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How to Delete Corrupted Files on Different Devices

delete corrupted filesIt’s normal to store files and documents on our storage devices, especially on PC and Smartphones. But sometimes these files becomes a problem because they become corrupted. This is usually caused by incomplete file transfer, or the cord got plugged out while transferring documents from Smartphone to PC and vice versa. This scenario most likely will cause the transferred file to be corrupted and will be hard to delete on some occasions. Have just experienced such an occasion and wondering how to deleted corrupted files? Now just keep on reading and find out the detailed steps to remove corrupted files from different platforms.

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How to Delete Corrupted Files in Windows 10

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One of the most used Operating systems nowadays is Windows 10 by Microsoft. And since it’s commonly used, it’s not resistant to file corruption. If this is the case and you have tried every common deleting tactic you know, you might wanna try using the command prompt. So, how to delete corrupted files using command prompt you ask? Just follow these steps closely.

Step 1 Launch the Command Prompt

Run the "Command Prompt" as administrator by clicking the Start button and type "CMD" then right-click and select "Run as administrator" and wait for the small black window screen to appear.

run cmd as administrator

Step 2 Enter the Commands

On the screen type DEL/F/Q/A + the location of the file. (ex. DEL/F/Q/A D:\Users\Bryan\Files\123.vhd) /F means force deletion of the file, while /Q means read-only files will be deleted and /A means choose the files with archived ready attributes. This will take a few minutes and let the process finish and once done restart the PC.

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If you have wrongly deleted important files, you can recover them using Acethinker Disk Recovery. It’s a powerful tool that can recover lost and deleted files efficiently. Here are the steps to use Acethinker Disk Recovery to recover deleted files.

Step 1 Download the Software

Download the installer, then install the application on your computer device.

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Step 2 Launch the Software

Run the program and navigate through the interface by selecting the right file you want to restore and click "Next"

select the file type

Step 3 Choose the File Path

Select the location that will be browsed by the application, for this instance, it's drive "D" then click "Next". The software will take a few seconds or more depending on the file you are looking for, to scan that drive and will notify once done.

select file path

Step 4 Choose the File to Restore

Select the file that you need to restore from the list of scanned and retrieved files that are available, and click "Recover" to choose where the file will be saved.

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How to Delete Corrupted Files on Mac

macFor most users of Mac OS, corrupted files are not much of a concern because of the absence of USB ports on Mac devices. This means that files come and go from fellow apple devices and its official partners. But of course, it still can happen that a file from a mac device can be corrupted. In this event, you can read on to learn how to remove corrupted files on MAC.

Step 1 Look for the Broken File

Identify the corrupted file by opening the "Finder" and browse it. Search for the corrupted file.

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Step 2 Choose Secure Empty Trash

Once the file is identified, drag the corrupted file in the trash. Go back to "Finder" and select the "Secure Empty Trash" option, to permanently remove the file from the system.

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How to Delete Corrupted Files on SD Card


SD cards are small removable media storage often used on smartphones and other handheld devices. While being small in size, they can be packed with storage space from 2 Gigabytes to 1 Terrabytes. Since they are removable and can be used to transfer files directly to a PC device, they can also suffer data corruption. If this happens and you want to delete the infected files from your SD card, there can be two ways. First is by deleting the specific file that is corrupted and the other one is by reformatting the SD card. Here are the steps on how to erase corrupted files on the SD card.

1. Delete Specific Files

To delete only specific files, just follow the steps below.

Step 1 Prepare the SD Card

Remove the SD card from your Smartphone or any other device and use the built-in or portable memory card reader to make the PC device read your SD card.

insert card on reader

Step 2 Browse the Files

Next, press the "Start" button and type in "This Computer" and you will see the SD card under the removable storage option with a dedicated drive letter. Open the SD card to see the files.

browse saved files

Step 3 Select File to Delete

Select the corrupted file to be deleted and right-click it to open the menu and click the "Delete" option. After that, right-click the Recycle Bin and choose "Empty Recycle Bin"

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2. Format the SD Card

If in case the corrupted file infected all the contents of the SD card, follow the steps to delete all the files on the SD card.

Step 1 Plug the SD card in the PC

Use a Memory Card Reader to read the SD Card on your PC device.

insert sd card

Step 2 Choose Format Option

Look for the SD Card on this computer screen and right-click it and choose the "Format" option.

choose to format

Step 3 Finish the process

Wait for the process to finish and once done, all the files on your sd card will be deleted.

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How to Remove Corrupted Files in External Hard Disk

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External Hard Drives are portable drives that are used to store files and documents. These are larger versions of USB flash drives with more storage space in them. They can be connected to the PC or any device with a USB port, so they are prone to file corruption. It will be hard to detect a file that is affected if the Drive has many files stored in it, but it’s not impossible to delete it. Here are steps on how to remove corrupted files on the external hard drive:

Step 1 Plug Drive into PC

Plug the external hard drive on your PC device and wait for it to be read by the system. Next, open the hard drive from the "My Computer" window.

removable storage

Step 2 Search for the Broken File

Browse through the files that are stored in the drive and look for the corrupted file.

browse the files

Step 3 Delete the File

Select the file and press the Delete key. Or you can drag it to the Recycle Bin directly.

delete the broken file

Step 4 Format the Drive

You can also delete all the files on your drive. On the "My Computer" window, select the drive and right-click on it and choose the "Format" option and click the "Start Format" button and wait for it to finish.

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Learning how to delete corrupted files from different platforms can really take much time. Depending on the type of file and where it is stored, there are different approaches for each platform. However, if you will follow the steps mentioned carefully, there won’t be any problems. If in case the file that was infected is way too important and you don’t have any backup, don’t hesitate to delete it. After that, you can use Acethinker Disk Recovery to recover that file, without the corruption issue. This is the best tool to do the job regardless of the platform because it works well with both Windows and Mac OS.

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Posted by Trafalgar Law to Computer Troubleshooting

Last updated on August 8, 2020

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