How can I delete corrupted folders in Windows?

Utpal Deb June 5, 2011

I used to back up my data with ‘Synctoy’. However, over a few months, I began to notice corrupted files appearing in some of the folders which had been backed up. This was reported by Synctoy. I find that I cannot delete such folders using the ‘Delete’ key. Even the software ‘Unlocker’ is of no help.

I have now started a new backup using Easeus ToDoBackup.

Can someone help me in deleting those old folders which just will not go?

  1. Jeffery Fabish
    June 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I would recommend a file & folder shredding utility if the folders can't physically be removed by Windows.


    Once you've installed Eraser (reboot required), simply right click on the folder you want to delete, choose "eraser" and then "erase". If that doesn't work try using "erase on restart".

    Various Windows cleanup utilities will automatically remove currupted Windows for you as part of the cleanup process. One such utility is Gary Utilities. Alternatively, you may use TuneUp utilities, which isn't free.

    Gary Utilities:

    Tuneup Utilities:
    - You do not have to enter an email in the download area in order to download.

    If none of these work, please reply and we could try other options!

  2. Anonymous
    June 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm
    June 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Hello, have you tried deleting the files on safemode?