How to Delete a Corrupted File on Windows 10/11? [6 Easy Ways]

Why You Can’t Delete Corrupted File

To free up disk space, a lot of users intend to delete some large files or folders. However, some of them complain that they can’t delete corrupted files and receive the “ the file or directory is corrupted or unreadable “ error on Windows 10. Here’s a true example from the answersmicrosoft.com forum:

  • The corrupted file/folder is occupied by a running program.
  • Your hard drive or external storage device like a USB stick may get corrupted due to bad sectors or file system errors.
  • Your computer experienced a sudden power outage or improper shutdown.
  • The external hard drive is not plugged or unplugged properly.

How to Delete a Corrupted File on Windows 10/11

How to delete corrupted files Windows 10/11? Here we explore the following 6 accessible ways. You can try them in order or directly select the one that works best for you.

# 1. Delete Corrupted Files with the Admin Right

The first and simplest way for removing corrupted files is to restart your computer and delete the file with an administrator account. This is because certain files/folders require the admin privilege to delete.

# 2. Delete Corrupted Files Forcefully Using CMD

Command Prompt, also known as CMD, is the command-line interpreter in Windows operating system. This tool can help you repair system files, check the hard drive, delete files, and so on. Here’s how to delete corrupted files Windows 10 forcefully using the CMD tool.

  • Q: It means to delete read-only files without asking if it’s okay.
  • A: It means to select the desired files with the archiving attribute.

# 3. Delete Corrupted Files in Safe Mode

Safe Mode is a built-in diagnostic mode of the Windows 10 (7, 8, etc.) computer operating system. It allows you to start your computer with only startup basic system services and programs, which can help you remove corrupted files without loading any third-party programs or drivers. Here’s how to delete a corrupted file in Safe Mode.

# 4. Delete Corrupted Files Permanently Using MiniTool Partition Wizard

Sometimes the Windows built-in tools like Command Prompt and File Explore may not help you delete corrupted folders/files. In this case, you can try using a professional file cleaner like MiniTool Partition Wizard. Its Space Analyzer feature can not only help you check what is taking up space on your PC but delete corrupted folders permanently.

# 5. Repair Disk Errors and Delete Corrupted Files

As mentioned above, a faulty hard drive/external drive is also the reason why you can’t delete corrupted files on Windows 10/11. So, it’s highly recommended you check if there are any logical or physical errors on the disk. After repairing the hard drive errors, you can re-delete the corrupted file.

# 6. Delete Corrupted Files by Formatting the Hard Drive

If you still can’t delete corrupted file after trying all the above methods, you may have to consider formatting the hard drive or external storage media. By doing so, all the files and folders including the corrupted ones on the hard disk will be deleted permanently. This operation may sacrifice your time and other data, so please proceed with caution

What’s Your Opinion

This post mainly focuses on how to delete a corrupted file Windows 10. You can try the above 6 methods in order until you find the one that works best for you. Of course, if you have any better ways or suggestions on how to delete a corrupted folder, please write them down in the comment area. Also, you can directly send us an email to [email protected] when you have any difficulty using MiniTool Partition Wizard.

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