Can't delete corrupted file? Erase it!
Tip1: ByebyeData Erase can delete corrupted or unreadable files on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and Windows Server 2016, 2012, 2008, 2003. On both file system FAT32 and NTFS.
Tip2: This guide applies to permanently delete corrupted file on internal, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card and any other data storage device.
Improper shut down or suddenly power off to the storage device might result in corrupted files, also malware or virus leftovers of uninstallation maybe stubborn and corrupt. Press the delete button or right-click to delete will not work on these files; we need to try other solutions.
Erase them instead
When Master File Table (MFT) or the File Allocation Table (FAT) is corrupted, error like "the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable" will show, and Windows will not allow you to delete it. But if you're erasing it instead, Windows will not stop you either. So we'll go to the erasure steps as follow:
1 Download ByebyeData Eraser, install it and administrator run it. For Windows 7 and above user, the UAC dialog will show when running programs, click YES to it.
2 In the main window's side bar, click Erase files and folders, then click Add files button to add the corrupted files or click Add folders to erase the corrupted folders.
3 Although there're fourteen easing algorithm listed in the security column, the zero filling one pass overwrite method is fine to us. We'll just leave this option as default.
4 Click Erase Now and ByebyeData Eraser will need a confirmation again to erase, click YES and the corrupted file will be gone for good, no data recovery programs can have it back.
To delete some stubborn files left by malware or virus, you can also try the Erase files and folders function to make disk clean again, but if these files cannot be locked or the process cannot be killed by Windows task manager, we can boot from CD and use ByebyeData Eraser in WinPE mode:
1 Get a blank CD/DVD or USB ready for the ByebyeData Erase ISO file, which can be created by in ByebyeData Eraser create bootable media function. We'll take the commonly and widely used USB flash drive for example, if you have data on it, back it up because we'll format the USB to burn ISO file in Rufus.
2 Run Rufus and select the USB we plugged in in the Device drip down menu, select the ByebyeData Eraser ISO file, which path is defaulted to the desktop and click Start to burn. When the bootable USB is ready, we close all the running programs and restart the computer, then press some key according to your BIOS to boot from USB.
3 In WinPE ByebyeData Eraser interface, the same, we click Erase files and folders; add the corrupted files or folders from here.
4 The simple overwrite method is fine and then we click Erase Now to completely delete the corrupted files.