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Blue Screen: Registry File Failure; can't copy corrupted file to tmp directory

Q: Blue Screen: Registry File Failure; can't copy corrupted file to tmp directory

I'm in the process of repair/recovery of my machine (Dell Inspiron 8500 with Windows XP Home, Service Pack 2). I'm following exactly the instructions in: http://attachments.techguy.org/attac...chmentid=62075, but a problem has developed. The "software" file (which is the file that the original blue screen error message says is "corrupt, absent or not writable") will not copy to the new tmp directory to create the backup. My understanding from the article is that this backup file (software.bak) will later be used to restore correct settings for various software applications. Since I can't copy it, it appears that I am screwed, no? Or is there a way out somehow?

Thanks to anyone who's been there and can help...

BTW I have the XP installation disk that came with, and a diagnostics disk which I have not yet run.


Preferred Solution: Blue Screen: Registry File Failure; can't copy corrupted file to tmp directory

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Blue Screen: Registry File Failure; can't copy corrupted file to tmp directory

Never mind, I had it wrong--didn't read the document referred to above carefully enough. The procedure worked like a charm, and the document is very easy to read and entertaining to boot! (pun intended).

The document describes a procedure that closely follows a Microsoft KB document (which I now can't find) but does not contain any warning regarding whether the OS is an OEM (original equipment manufacture) install or not. The Microsoft doc says not to use the procedure on an OEM-installed OS, but I just did it on my Dell, so that warning seems to be incorrect.

Many many thanks for the help provided by this document and this site.

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Turned on computer it went thru its normal bootup process...everything looked normal then just before it should go to the home.screen, it instead goes to a blue screen the message says...
Registry File Failure. Registry cannot load hive (file)
___s its log or alternate ____s is corrupt, absent or not writable.

Beginning dump of physical memory.
Physical memory dump complete.
Contact your system administrator or technical support for assistance.

That's it! I didn't nor can I get on internet with this computer. And the only thing I worked.on yesterday was a letter in msword. I did copy a file.from a cd to.save formatting from it but that's all it was used 4 all day...nothing complicated! So I am totally baffled on where the issue came.from & why!?
Any help would.be greatly appreciated!

A:registry file failure blue screen

Hi and welcome - not an easy one to solve.
How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting

You could try a Repair Install.
Insert the XP cd in the CD ROM Drive then switch on the computer.

You will receive the following message:

This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.
To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
DO NOT at this point select R - DO NOT SELECT R

Select ENTER
On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen
Press F8 to agree to the license agreement

Select current installation of Windows XP.and then

Press R to repair Windows XP.
Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to repair Windows.
After you repair Windows , you may have to reactivate your copy of Windows XP
And install all Windows updates.

A repair install should leave all of your programs and data in place.

Read all info and warnings - as a Repair Install does not always work.

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Hi folks

I have an error mesage on a Dell Inspiron 6400 running XP

C0000218 (registry file failure)
The registry cant load the hive
is corupt absent or not writable.
excuse the abbreviations but you get the idea. I get the same blue screen even when booting in safe mode.

I 'm wondering if its just the system files needed for booting that are corrupt. I havent got the windows disc that came with this machine. will any OEM XP cd do the job or do I need to get the one for this machine?

am I wasting my time anyway, is the hard drive bust?


A:blue screen - registry file failure- Please help!

Any XP CD will do as long as it's the same type. ie; XP Home, XP Pro, XP Med Ed, etc. Try to get the same SP.

You can boot with the CD and run a recovery.

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I am getting a Blue Screen with the message: C0000218 Registry File Failure
The registry cannot load the hive (file)

It is corrupt absent or not writable

Beginning dump of physical memory

A:Blue Screen: Registry File Failure???

Go to this Google page for many references to the error code:



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I turned my laptop on this morning and a blue screen came up titled. STOP:c0000218 {Registry File Failure}

Heres what it looks like....

Now I have looked on Youtube a lot, and it seems other people have had this problem. However most of the solutions given on youtube say to download a virus checker or scan your computer/latpop, however I cannot move from this blue screen. I can't click start or open anything. Is there a keyboard command to bring anything up?

Any help would be much appreciated also sorry for my lack of computer knowledge but if you could explain the solution really slowly and in the simplest form i would be really grateful

A:Registry File Failure (Blue Screen Error)

Also some of the other youtube videos tell me to boot the laptop but I have no idea how to do that. Ive downloaded a software and tried to put it on a CD but the CD doesnt appear in the "my computer" also something about ISO??? I've done this all on my computer as i mentioned I cant get passed the blue screen on the laptop

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Well after removin my malware with malware bytes, 2 reboots later i got hit with the blue screen of death.
"STOP: c0000218 Registry file failure
The registry cannot load the hive(file):
or its log or alternate
It is corrupt, absent, or not writable."

I tried the last known configuration boot but that didnt work and the twist is that my cd rom drive wont load cds for some strange reason so i cant use the boot disk

please help!!

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My aunt has tasked me with fixing her dell laptop that has been useless for about three months. i had no idea it was going to be this kind of problem! She doesn't know how to install software, so it isn't like she has changed the registry. THe last thing she remembers is playing a crossword game online. I know... not helpful. Now that you have zero info to go on, here is my problem:

When I start her machine, it automatically takes me to the startup options part to reboot in safe mode, safe mode w/ networking, safemode w/ prompt, last known good config, & normal startup.

None of these options get me anywhere.

Regarless of which startup option I use, I am taken to a blue screen that says:

I have spent about two hours google-ing and searching several forums hoping I could get an answer, and I am empty handed. Sinse it is a dell I thought I could restore it with ctrl+f11, but that won't work either. I ran the built-in diagnostic test and of course, it said everything is fine.

I'm not really sure what to do here.... especially sense dell didn't send her with any recovery disks or original xp disks. Needless to say, she never created any backup disks herself. She has every disk that dell ga... Read more

A:Blue screen... STOP: C0000218 {REGISTRY FILE FAILURE}

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I have a dell laptop which came with winxp installed so i think that's called OEM install. I am getting a blue screen that says "STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}" and a bunch of other stuff about system32 etc. I read MS website on how to recover but it also gives warning saying not to do if OEM. I also read elsewhere that this issue is related to corrupt hard drive but could not find anything that states how to diagnose if HDD issue. Currently booted up and am running diagnostics extended test that comes with laptop. No idea how I got here but its doing the testing.

I need to recover files from this hdd and after which i don't mind reinstalling but need help in confirming if HDD is bad (How to do it?) and how to recover the files needed? I have Dell CD that came with laptop and if i put it in and get to recovery console it asks for administrator password. what do i do from there and once if i get to the command prompt what else can be done from there. Pls help.

A:Blue Screen Windows XP - STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}

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I'm gettting a blue screen when i try to start my laptop with Windows XP media. It's saying the registry cannot load the hive (file): /SystemRoot\System32\Config\SECURITY or its log or alternate. It is corrupt, absent, or not writable. I'm guessing I need the windows xp media reinstallation disk, but I can't seem to find it.

A:XP won't start, blue screen error STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}

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When I turn my Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop computer on I get the black screen that asks to start in safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt, last known good configuration or start windows normally. I've tried each of them and it always goes to the blue screen with the following: Stop: c0000218 Registry file failure The registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\System or its log or alternate. It is corrupt, absent, or not writable. Beginning dump of physical memory Physical memory dump complete. I have tried using my Windows Xp disc and it won't load. I don't have a recovery disc, but I used every disc that came with the computer and each time it goes back to the blue screen. Does anyone know how or if this can be repaired. If so, please give me simple step by step instructions.
Thanks for any help I can get!

A:Unable to get past blue screen "Registry file failure"

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I cannot copy or paste jpeg files from my computer to my SD 2GB cards. Also, I get this msg when I try to print jpeg files. Using Adobe Elements I am able to archive these files. Oddly enough I can attach and send these jpeg files via email. Prior to August '08 was able to do these tasks without a problem. I suspect that there is a software compatibility problem since this problem came on suddenly (maybe iTunes?). No problems importing jpeg files from SD cards. I've looked at several sites on the internet but none seem to have the right solution for my problem. THANKS for any help that you can provide! -Stu

A:Error copying file or folder; cannot copy img the directory or file cannot be created

This has caught me more than once.

The problem is a limitation on the number of files and folders allowed in the root folder of a FAT16 file system (as for a memory card) of 512. (Note, this number is reduced much further if longer file names than 8 characters are used, as most people will want to).

When transferring the files onto the card, new files will be rejected when you hit this limit.

So keep your files in separate folders, so they are not all in the root folder.

For files and folders in root it might be worth keeping your filenames under 8 characters in length so you can use the full 512 files on root folder.

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i get a blue screen error message.
Stop: c0000218 {Registry File Failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE or its log or alternate.
this happend when i accidentally hit the power switch on the bus-bar that my comp was plugged into, shuttin off all the power while the comp was running.
My windows xp will not boot. i do not have any windows xp boot disks, Nor a floopy drive.
is there any way i can make a boot disk from another xp comp i have (it also has no floppy drive) just using a cd-rom??
is there any chance in hell to save my files on the harddisk?
ive looked all over the interweb. any help would be greatly appreciated.!!

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I am running Windows Vista.

When my Sony Vaio laptop boots up, it says:

STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file): \systemroot\system32\config\components

How can I fix this?


Thanks in advance! I need to get this working TODAY!


A:STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file):

You need to install a backup copy of your Registry. The simplest method would be a System Restore.

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• I have a network directory that stores photos of individuals in jpg format. There may be only 2 pics of each person, or there may be 7 pics.
• Each persons pics are stored in a randomly named directory / subdirectory. dont have any control over the original program, it's just the way it was written, does not seem to follow any logical pattern, possibly a HEX naming structure based off the date & time, who knows (I will include a sample directory tree at the end of the post).
• Included within each of these created directories, along with the pictures, is a standard text file (filename "B.TXT") which includes the date the picture was taken, the persons name, and other information.
• Each time a person comes in and their picture is taken, the program: (i) creates the random directory (ii) stores the pics (iii) creates the "B.TXT" file with the persons information (iv) generates several other program specific files that I have no need for.
• The program names each of the pictures with the exact same names, which is why they are stored in different directories, so they will not overwrite. The retention period on each individuals directory, pics and files is approximately 40 days.

MFXX0000.jpg (Forward facing)
MLXX0000.jpg (Left facing)
MRXX0000.jpg (Right facing)
STXX0000.jpg (Identifying marks picture 1)
STXX0001.jpg (Identifying marks picture 2)

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A:vbs or bat file copy / rename based on txt file in that directory

Wow, no takers yet ? I see there has been a few lookers, but no one - just a bump on the thread to get another look

many thanks to anyone that will give me a hand

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A couple of days ago, i set my computer for a 'Administrator User Account login/w password' before windowsXP would boot. The next time i went to start up windows,either i forgot the correct password or the correct password would not work,nevertheless i could not get by the Administrator user to get windows started. After fooling around,somehow i got a user log in and got in without any password.

Everything is fine except i decided to do a full reformat(im experienced). Instead of getting my computers reformat page, i got the following:

"stop:c0000218 (registry file failure)the registry cannot load the hive file...
\systemroot\system32\config\security or its log or alternative it is corrupt,
abscent, or not writeable"

I did a system restore,no luck.

Again everything seems fine except trying to do a reformat. I fiqure sooner or later the problem will show up elsewhere if i dont take care of it now.

amy comments?

A:"stop:c0000218 (registry file failure)the registry cannot load the hive file..."

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Suddenly files in my USB memory could not open and following error message was prompted.

The file or directory is corrupted and unreadabe

How can i recover from this problem?

A:file or directory is corrupted

Hi Fujioka. Welcome to TSF!

When you say "USB memory", do you mean a thumb drive?


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Dear all,

I've had an IBM Thinkpad T42p for about 2 years now. FYI, it's still under warranty.

I haven't fully rebooted in a week or so, mostly hiberating and that works just fine. I rebooted just today and encountered a blue screen of death indicating something about:


For the past 6 hours I've been reading all about this and the related problem:

"The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable."

Apparently my disk got corrupted somehow. It's apparently not as simple as BOOT.INI being bad as is said to be a common problem. My problem seems very severe in the following way: I actually have another Windows XP installation on the same computer. It still works fine as does linux.

However, if I try to access the other partition/drive (called e: in the other windows) then I get:

"The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable."

I read some more and found that chkdsk /f or chkdsk /e are to be used. I do this and the first time I ran chkdsk /f e: it was reported to have a few things fixed. I still couldn't access the HD, which gave the same error as above. I continued with doing:
C:\Documents and Settings\jon>chkdsk /f e:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is IBM_PRELOAD.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
File verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...
Index verification completed... Read more

A:The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.

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I just purchased a new external harddrive...2TB my passport.
when performing a standard backup of my computer from windows 7, it failed twice*.
now, even after restart, my computer cannot access the new drive, neither from windows explorer nor cmd prompt...both say "E:\ is not accessible the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable". also, under disk management screen it now indicates the file system as RAW and 100% empty (although the status indicates healthy).

my question is, is the hardware damaged? or will reformatting be sufficient.
I am not concerned about any data recovery...just whether or not I must return the harddrive for a new one.


* I gather from the internet because of some idiotic windows 7 issue that it falls asleep during backup process, but wondering if others could validate this as a known problem

A:the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable

Quote: Originally Posted by pson

I am not concerned about any data recovery...just whether or not I must return the harddrive for a new one.


In Disk Management, do you see the option to "Initialise Disk" when clicking on the USB drive? Do that, and the disk should no longer show as RAW, and be usuable.

Once you have that, let bus know and we can recommend some tests to check the USB drive out further.


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i've got the same problem BUT...
i mounted the drive with ntfs-3g under linux before. in linux it's no problem to mount and read it but windows gives me that failure massage: "file or directory corrupted..... bla bla.
so i tryed already some options with testdisk but it seems not to help
-> allthrough i'm not such a pro in those tools and hope i didn't lost all my data by now. so may you have any recommendations what i should do with that tool. <-
...or you got some other ideas for me...

A:file or directory is corrupted & unreadable

Hi, welcome to TSF.

If you can read the files in Linux, but not in Windows, I think you should start looking for infections.
What anti-virus program are you using?

If you find malware you can't get rid of:
Follow the 5 steps here: http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...oval-help.html
Post the logs in a new thread here: http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...this-log-help/

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My external USB hard drive gives me a "file or directory is unreadable and corrupted error" when I try and open it. Defrag sees the drive, but gives the same error.
It is a Transcend 120 gig SATA drive.
I have a lot of experience fixing hardware on many systems. I am a retired service rep.
I always tell people to have a backup, well this was my backup, and then I started erasing files on my computer to speed it up. I would like to recover some of the files on this drive.
I ran Belarc, which is a neat program.

Copy and Paste ran some of these together

Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
IBM 237319U ThinkPad T40
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
1.30 gigahertz Intel Pentium M64 kilobyte primary memory cache1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache Not hyper-threaded Board: IBM 237319U Clock: 400 megahertz
BIOS: IBM 1RETDRWW (3.23 ) 06/18/2007

USB Drive Last Used
FUJITSU MHY2120BH -- drive 1, s/n 4047A28AFFFF 7/24/2011 8:56:30 PM

Drives new ? drive encryption Memory Modules c,d
74.95 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
49.63 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space
MATSHITA DVD/CDRW UJDA775 [Optical drive]
FUJITSU MHY2120BH USB Device [Hard drive] --
drive 1Hitachi HTS541680J9AT00 [Hard drive] (80.03 GB) -- drive 0,
SMART Status: Healthy
2048 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
Local Drive Volumes new ? volume encryption

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 74.95 GB 49.63 GB free

I left the drive connec... Read more

A:File or Directory is corrupted and unreadable

There is drive recovery software that bypasses the directory and reads directly from the platter. This works provided it really is a corrupt directory. Otherwise, if it is a hardware failure, you will need to pay a drive recovery service to open up the drive and repair the drive or have them read and record your files off the drive.

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Hi Guys,

I have an external hard drive on which a folder/directory gives this message when I try to open it on my PCs:

'the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable'

When I attach the drive to my Sony TV via the USB slot I can access the folder and play the files in it - mp3s.

The PCs are Win XP and Win Vista and they cannot open the directory.

Any tips on how to get in there and get the files out?


A:Ext. HD: the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable

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I attached my xp drive as a slave to my 2000 pro drive and booted. It checked my xp drive and then started to truncate everything. I now cannot reboot my xp drive. I tried using xp cd to repair but it says I can't due to error on partition, drive full etc. I have tried my friends partition software but it finds no errors. When I use his xp drive to see my xp drive, it says it is unreadable. Is there something out there to repair my truncated files? Is this fixable or is formating my only option. I am desperate to retain my xp drive data. Using parition magic 8, it shows my xp drive as a type 07 and my 2000 as a FAT drive. I have spend days searching for answers. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

A:File or directory corrupted and unreadable

I´ve got a very similar problem and ask for help.

I was clonning a hard drive using GHOST, but I realized that I picked the wrong HD, so I turned the PC off inmediately when the process was at 35%.

Then I connected the HD as slave into another laptop.
Windows XP see the slave disk but can´t access the data (data I hope still be in my HD).
"the file or directory is corrupted ad unreadable" appears.
I went to Computer Management :
In the primary disk appears NTFS, in the slave appears nothing.

I returned the HD to my first laptop, and booted from a Win98 floppy disk and run (in DOS) "A:>fdisk /mbr".
After a few seconds, A:> appeared again, so, with no message visible, I turn my laptop off.

And again I went to my second laptop and connected my HD as slave but nothing new happened.
I don´t think all the data is lost but probably the NTFS partition went crazy. I can´t do chkdsk too.

Please, help me!

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I have been having a virus problem for the past week, and I ran many programs to fix it, according to postings on this site.

One thing I'm working on now, is deleting an infected file.
I get the error:

The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable.

The file name is C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\UACrhxfhbrrsb.sys

chkdsk doesn't fix it, because it has problems fixing files with a mix of UPPER and lower case in the file name.

I tried "unlocker", but doesn't work.

If you could help me delete that file, that would be great.
Thank you.


A:The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable.

Please download RootRepeal Rootkit Detector and save it to your Desktop. * Close all programs and temporarily disable your anti-virus, Firewall and any anti-malware real-time protection before performing a scan. * Click this link to see a list of such programs and how to disable them. * Create a new folder on your hard drive called RootRepeal (C:\RootRepeal) and extract (unzip) RootRepeal.zip. (click here if you're not sure how to do this. Vista users refer to this link.) * Open the folder and double-click on RootRepeal.exe to launch it. If using Vista, right-click and Run as Administrator... * Click on the Files tab, then click the Scan button. * In the Select Drives, dialog Please select drives to scan: select all drives showing, then click OK. * When the scan has completed, a list of files will be generated in the RootRepeal window. * Click on the Save Report button and save it as rootrepeal.txt to your desktop or the same location where you ran the tool from. * Open rootrepeal.txt in Notepad and copy/paste its contents in your next reply. * Exit RootRepeal and be sure to re-enable your anti-virus, Firewall and any other security programs you had disabled.Note: If RootRepeal cannot complete a scan and results in a crash report, try repeating the scan in "Safe Mode".

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Good evening.

When I start up I get a box that states 'the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable' of what looks like Windows Updater. So I followed the instructions and have posted two scripts to this message.

However.. I was not successful in using DSS and GMER so I instead used RSIT and HijackThis (although they are both coming up as HijackThis?). The logs are posted below as per instruction.

I can post a photo of the box that appears if this is helpful.

Thank you

Logfile of random's system information tool 1.10 (written by random/random)
Run by charlotte at 2014-10-29 21:11:47
Microsoft Windows 8.1
System drive C: has 311 GB (70%) free of 446 GB
Total RAM: 3971 MB (64% free)

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 21:11:48, on 29/10/2014
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.02.1008)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v11.0 (11.00.9600.17344)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Creative Professional\E-MU USB Audio\EmuUsbAudioCP.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\OLYMPUS\DeviceDetector\DeviceDetector4.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Evernote\Evernote\EvernoteClipper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\TOSHIBA\PasswordUtility\readLM.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Plustek\Plustek OpticBook 3800\book express.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
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A:'File/ directory is corrupted and unreadable'

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Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your desktop.Double-click FRST64 to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to the disclaimer.
Make sure the Addition.txt button is ticked.
Press Scan button.
It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please copy and paste it to your reply.
The first time the tool is run, it also makes another log (Addition.txt). Please attach it to your reply.

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using usb flash removable storage disk to move -- mp3, excel, words, ppt, etc. -- from laptop W2k to laptop Wxp. 2 folders, 1 mp3 and an excel file cannot be moved or deleted. getting 'the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable'. objects show '0' bytes.

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I have done a Lenovo Critical Update, Since that I have that done, as i reboot the laptop, it will take me to the Blue screen showing the below Error Your PC/Device need to be repaired  The Boot Configuration Data File is missing some required information. File:\BCDError Code: 0xc0000034 once i ESC, it will take me to BIOS, i have arranged to place my HDD as the booting source but still it does the same, once I reboot the Laptop, and press F12 it will take me to a booting option menu as I need to choose mt HDD to get to Windows

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So I had decided to defragment my external hard drive yesterday, and used "Defraggler" to try and make the pc run a bit faster. I left it running all night, because last time I did it, it did take over six hours to complete. Woke up this morning, to find the pc off. Which was strange, cause I didn't ask it to turn off after it completed it. after turning it on, a little error appeared for the briefest second then went away. I then went to event viewer and found the following error which appeared through the whole list:

"The device, \Device\Harddisk1\D, has a bad block."

I went into my External HD, and clicked on one of my most important folders, and got:

"Sarah's Documents

the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable"

Please tell me I can get it back. This is my backup, the real backup.

OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6550 @ 2.33GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2047 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 131061 MB, Free - 20056 MB;
Motherboard: , ConRoe1333-DVI/H.
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

A:(Defrag) the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable

What program did you use to create the backup. Is it an image file?

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I really need some help here. I have a second HD with no OP system on which I just use to store most of my music, pics, documents etc. The problem is when I click on one of the folders (my most important one )
I get the message "file or directory is corrupted and unreadable"
I really need to get to this folder, I have been reading through the forums and have come across people with the same problem and they have been advised to run CHKDSK I have tryed this but it tells me it cant run becouse the drive is "RAW" (I have know idea what that is).
Please help if you can. The drive is FAT32.
Im not sure what information I should be giving you to help me solve this problem so please let me know.


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Hello, hopefully some can help resolve my headache!

I have a 40gb mp3 player, an iRiver H340. There are no drivers installed for it, I just use it like an external hdd or memory stick and access it through windows explorer files and folders.

I imagine I'm getting what I deserve here - I must have removed it from my pc without doing the proper safe remove process at some point in time, as it now won't read. When I try to access the drive it just crashes and falls over - when I try to access it via the command prompt I get the error message: the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.

I don't need to recover the data as all the music is on my proper external hard drive, so I imagine I just need to wipe it and reformat it. I tried to reformat it but got an error message about FAT32 (I'm not very techie - don't know what this means).

Can anyone point me in the right direction to get this reformatted and accessible again?

Thanks in advance.

A:mp3 player: the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable


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E:\ is not accessible
The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable

How can i open my hard disk

A:E:\ is not accessible The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable

First go to My Computer and confirm that E: is the actual drive letter of your hard disk. Then go to Start/Run and type CMD and hit enter. In the command prompt type the drive letter of the external drive and hit enter, the prompt should now read E:\> now type chkdsk /F and hit enter. Now type a Y and hit enter to unmount the drive. The Check Disk utility will try and fix any errors.

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I was recently transferring copies of some files from my PC to my external Maxtor 200GB USB HDD,
after i was finished transferring the files i tried to access a large 35GB .RAR file on there that i had just copied over, and it wouldnt let me a access it for some reason even though the file size was the same as the one on my pc..
so i unpluged the USB-HDD from that pc & pluged it into my other pc. But somehow in the process of doing that i guess I got some sort of a "Drive write cache failure" or something... not realy sure what it said becuase i saw it once and from then on i can no longer even access into the HDD for some reason, because now i keep getting this ERROR every time i try to open the HDD.

* I tried a Chkdsk on the drive & it gave me this "The drive, the path, or the file name is not valid."
* Ran SpinRite on it for 12Hrs and still cant access the drive

what else can i do to get my data back of this HDD or even access it..???

A:Please Help..!! Maxtor USB HDD - The File or Directory is Corrupted & Unreadable..!!

Write caching is something that Windows does to boost disk access performance. Typically with hard drives, Windows will not write data to an HDD *immediately*, instead it will write it to memory and copy it to the drive later on during idle time. This is why when you plug in a USB drive a "Safely Remove Hardware" icon always appears. Using that icon tells the computer to write all cached data to the drive so that you can unplug it without losing any data. "Drive write cache failure" means you unplugged it while unwritten data was still in the cache - data which is now lost.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but this is what that error means.

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I am going out of my mind. I am trying to run xp x64 OS but nothing is going smooth at all. When installing files I get "corrupt" errors, crc errors, checksum errors from the CD's (which work fine on other systems) or other downloaded files, I can't install anything. When I boot up I get a "registry hive (file): The system was able to recover ..." errors occasionally. Other times I get a brief blue screen and then a restart.

Here's the specs:
ASUS P5Q Pro mobo
Intel E8400 processor
8gb ram (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231152)
EVGA Geforce 8600 GTS (running off generic startup VGA drivers because I can't install anything)

I've left the mobo jumpers at default as well as all the bios settings. Does anyone have any idea what is going on with this or how to fix it? I have noticed the system runs smoother when I have only one 2gb stick of ram.


A:XP 64 - everything corrupts, random blue screen, registry hive (file) errors.

If the system wrote memory dumps during the BSOD's they should be in c:\windows\minidump. Zip up all that are there and attach them to your next post. They may tell us something.

In the interim, run chkdsk /f on the HDD.

Regards. . .



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I have Windows Vista Business 32-bit and today after downloading some files (.exe) from the internet, I recieved the "File or directory is corrupted or unreadable" error message. It only appears on the files downloaded from a specific point in time. I have ran a test on the HDD and that seems fine so what could it be?

Also I cannot run chkdsk after rebooting for some strange reason either.

Please help


A:File or directory is corrupted or unreadable and broken chkdsk

Hello Welcome to TSF! What are the files called?

And how did you run the chkdsk? From the command prompt or using the GUI way?

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Dear techs
I hope that you can help me.
My problem refers to an external 'backup' drive that gives the above error.
I have always disconnected the usb correctly
It was working perfectly nad then...
Is this the end of my essential back up? If yes. What is the point of having one?

A:Error message 'the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable'

Are you able to read anything on the drive? Have you tried running checkdisk or scandisk in repair mode on the drive?

The fact is, drives fail. A backup is simply supposed to be a second copy of your important data, not the only place you store your data.

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My Local Disk (C) not opening >> win xp

the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable




i am Write to you from another computer >> win 7
I want to open Disk (p) Without I lose what its important data PLZ

A:Disk C: not opening the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable


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File: Z:\Preboot\utils\spi\spilib.pyc could not be copied error 1392=File or directory is corrupted and unreadable;Using Windows XP Pro, model 8085, A50; While trying to do a back-up using Rescue & Recovery to a USB Drive, I receive the above message; I have recently upgraded RnR to v4.21 from its original v1.00.00;Also, when trying to do  a Restore, I cannot because "the USB was turned off, disconnected or removed". In fact, during the upgrade of RnR the drive was turned off. As well, I updated "System Update" prior to upgrading RnR. After the installation of RnR, it did not work. I uninstalled and re-installed it, twice, but it is still not working, a message as to: "A problem occurred while loading System Update configuration settings. Please wait while System Update restarts", popped up. I am then unable to close the window with the message or for Sys. Update. I believe all three are connected somehow due to an error I made, possibly, maybe? Can anyone help Please?Thank you very much, I'll be in your debt;HeinrichDS 

A:Error 1392=File or directory is corrupted and unreadable;

The location specified in the error message indicates that some temporary files are corrupt. Since the file is just a temporary file, one of the quick fixes you can perform is to delete the file mentioned in the error message and check if the issue still exists.Method: Run check disk to check for and fix disk errorsCheck Disk cannot repair corrupted data in seemingly structured files. You can run Check Disk from the command line or through a graphical interface.1. Right click on "Start" and select "Command Prompt" (Admin)2. Type the following command: chkdsk / fz: then press Enter (z is the drive for disk.exe error 1392 issue).When you use this command, Check Disk performs a disk analysis and then fixes any errors found, provided the disk is not in use. If you are using it, Check Disk will display a prompt asking if you want to schedule the disk to be checked the next time you reboot the system. Click Yes to schedule this check.Usually, this method can solve the problem of "File or directory is corrupted and unreadable".

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hi to all...

my father have External Maxtor DiamondMax HDD 160 GB. To tell the truth its not external coz when you open the cage its normal IDE HDD... anyway other day he was working with it via USB and when he finished he unpluged the HDD "WITHOUT" stoping the USB service for the HDD device. and noiw the problem:

when he try to plug in the HDD via USB the comp doesnt see it

and when i take it off the cage and conect it via IDE the BIOS recognise it and in "my Computer" there is an icon of the disk... but when i try to get in the disk it says

f:\ disk is accesible
The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable

please help ...in the disk he has more than 120 GB of memorys and stuff

thanx and best regards to all

i have
mainboard ASUS A7V880
win XP pro service pack 2


A:Disk is not accesibile the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable

Try and remove the drivers (if any) and all other references to it for the external HD.
When you plug it in as an IDE, make sure you set it correctly to Master or Slave!
What was the drive-letter when used as an external HD? And what as IDE?

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I have a 1TB Flash drive that currently has the "file/directory is corrupted and unreadable" error. I have used the chkdsk command but to no avail due to "read-only" status on my flash drive.

When I tried using diskpart to remove the read-only attribute on my flash drive, the "current read-only state" value still persists as "yes" (I also have changed the WriteProtection on regedit to 0).

I looked on the internet and used the AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition in hope to change the "current read-only state" to "no", but the AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition identifies the Flash Drive as Offline (maybe because of the problem with "file/directory is corrupted and unreadable" and I have checked that the disk is "online" on diskpart)

To change from RAW format to NTFS, I need to format it (I don't care about the data inside), but I can't format it because of "Current read-only state". How can I fix this (where do I start from? The error on its read-only or the error on its corrupted file directory?)

My Flash drive is corrupted, and to fix it I used chkdsk, which is blocked due to its read-only attribute. And when changing the read-only attribute, the Flash Drive is not "Online" based on AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition which I am guessing because of the corrupt file directory (a loophole?)

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I have a HP portable that gives the message the file or Directory is corrupt.
I would like to recover my files form this drive if possable. How do I trouble shoot
this? Is there some recover software that I could use to recover files?
Thank you,

A:Solved: File or Directory is Corrupted on portable disk drive

well if Windows still mounts it and provides a drive letter, you can start by checking the volume for errors, usually run chkdsk /r from the command line against that volume

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Hey all I have been trying to get all the file names of a directory copied into notepad, but i cannot get them to display without their extensions. I have been trying

dir /b

dir /b *.

dir /a-d *.

and similar commands but none seem to work. If anyone knows how to display all files in a directory with only the file name and no extension I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

A:Copy all file names in a directory without extension

NM all I figured it out. I used a program called dirprinter which is a shareware app found here

it can export a directory listing with only the file name.

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I have a problem copying photos in jpeg; There are about 600 photos in onde folder. When I try to move the photos to an SD card (which I just reformatted), some but not all will copy over. It is not a capacity issue. I receive the message "Cannot copy the file. The directory or file cannot be created." Further, the problem seems to have followed the same files to my external hard drive and a CD! This means I cannot copy from my backup to any other device. Other backup cd's work just fine, and most other photos can be moved about with no issues. I can, however, move the affected files into a zip folder and unzip them. But I am not sure that even worked because there did not appear to be much compression when zipped. In any event, it appears the file itself got corrupted somehow - any ideas?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.20GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 4
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 2046 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller, 64 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 152625 MB, Free - 109931 MB; F: Total - 305242 MB, Free - 250267 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corporation, 07W080, A00, ..CN7082134TH08T.
Antivirus: Norton 360, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

A:Cannot copy picture, the directory or file cannot be created

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Hello ,I am copying photo's from my computers hard drive to a SD memory card. every now and then I get the above message. the memory card is 1Gb capacity and at the moment is about 25% full.
Any help will be most appreciated

A:Cannot copy picture, the directory or file cannot be created

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i have been using a 128mb flash USB memory.some files in it are not accessible.when i tried opening or deleting it says "cannot remove folder :the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable".i do have back up copies of those files but i want them removed.i have also noticed a new file in the drive by the name "s2uk".i am not sure if it is a virus or something.i keep removing it and it promptly comes back the next time i open the drive.Please help me.

A:ERROR MESSAGE:cannot remove folder,the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable

Although some drive manufactures and BIOS provided so-called "low level format utilities", they actually perform a write-read verify of the drive's user data sectors, and do not actually perform a low-level format. SimpleTech does not provide such utility. In the event of a corrupted master boot record or boot block virus, use FDISK /MBR command to restore the master boot record. But be careful not to do it to your hard drive.

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I would like to batch replace all files in a directory with a copy of a single file. The file names need to stay the same. Suggestions?


A:Replace all files in directory with copy of single file

May I ask why?

That is exactly what many infections do :-(

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I use a few different files on a very regular basis. As an example, I have an Excel file that starts out as a template which I then modify to fit the situation. I start by navigating to the location of the "template" (via a shortcut to make it quicker), copying the file and then navigating to the sub directory where I need to copy the file. It's not a huge issue, but I'd love to simply navigate to the sub directory, right click my mouse to bring up the context menu and then click on a button to copy the file to the current sub directory I'm in.

I'm very close, but need help tweaking what I have. I created a bat file that I call from the Context menu (see below for the path I used). It works great, the only problem is that I have to click on a directory for my context button to come up. When I click on it copies my file, not into the directly I've selected, but into the current directory I'm in. This is actually good, because I'd like to be in the directory and then copy the file. The problem arises when I am in a directory that doesn't have a sub directory. In this case I have no directory to right click on and thus, I can't get my menu button to come up. I could go up one directory, click on the one I "really" want to work on, paste my file and then move the file, but I'm sure there is a better way.

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A:How to add a button to the context menu to copy a file to a directory

Here are some instructions I've posted to add a batch file to the right click menu. It only appears when I click on a file within a folder as far as I can tell. You can replace my stuff with yours and see what happens.

Add Is this a link to the Windows Explorer right click Context Menu.

Step 1:
Create isItaLink.bat.
Click Start, type notepad and press Enter.
Copy and paste the following RED lines into the Notepad window:

fsutil hardlink list %*

Save the files as isItaLink.bat in a folder you will be keeping.

Step 2:
Create AddisLink.reg as follows:

Click Start, type notepad and press Enter.
Copy and paste the following RED lines into the Notepad window:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

@="Is This a Link"

@="\"C:\\xxxxxxxx\\isItaLink.bat\" \"%1\""

Note: Change xxxxxxxx to the folder you put isItaLink.bat in.

Step 3:
Merge AddisLink.reg into you registry by double clicking on it or right clicking and select Merge.

To use, open Windows Explorer and navigate to the file you are interested in,
Right click on it and select Is This a Link.

A Command Prompt window will open with the results.

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I am in the process of modifying an existing device driver. After making some organizational changes to the project build structure I
was able to successfully compile and install the driver on a clean Windows 7 64 bit machine. I then proceeded to plug the device into the machine via USB. The Plug and Play manager kicked off and everything appeared to be going fine, but ultimately the device
was NOT successfully installed. The only clue as to what might be happening was listed in thesetupapi.dev.log as
ndv: 12:37:20.307 Installing device...
dvi: 12:37:20.307 {DIF_INSTALLDEVICE}
dvi: 12:37:20.307 Class installer: Enter
inf: 12:37:20.307 Opened INF: 'C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\some.inf_amd64_neutral_9ab34af1e046559f\some.inf' ([strings])
inf: 12:37:20.307 Opened INF: 'C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\some.inf_amd64_neutral_9ab34af1e046559f\some.inf' ([strings])
!!! dvi: 12:37:20.370 Class installer: failed(0x00000570)!
!!! dvi: 12:37:20.370 Error 1392: The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.
dvi: 12:37:20.370 {DIF_INSTALLDEVICE - exit(0x00000570)}
!!! ndv: 12:37:20.370 Error(00000570) installing device!
ndv: 12:37:20.370 Device install status=0x00000570
ndv: 12:37:20.370 Performing device install final cleanup...
! ndv: 12:37:20.370 Queueing up error report since d... Read more

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