1.    04 Feb 2017 #1
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 43
    Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

    The Directory Name Is Invalid

    OK, here's my situation. I have a Western Digital (WD) My Passport Ultra external USB hard drive. I use this as a media drive on my WD TV Live Plus media player. For some unknown reason, the media player will sometimes corrupt files on the My Passport drive. The net effect is that a file is somehow changed into a directory.

    The problem is when I attempted to delete/remove the corrupted file/directory, I receive a 'The directory name is invalid.' error.

    I've tried the following:

    • Run chkdsk /f; no errors found.
    • Run WD Drive Utilities diagnostics; no errors found.
    • Checked dir /x looking for an 8.3 filename; no luck.
    • Taken ownership of the directory; no luck.
    • Tried a few file unlocker utilities; no luck (not reported as locked and delete fails).
    • Even tried an NTFS disk editor; no luck.

    I've spent the last three hours googling a solution. Nothing!

    Anyone else ever encountered something similar and found a solution?
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  2.    04 Feb 2017 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 43
    Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
    Thread Starter

    Well, I just tried IObit Unlocker and that successfully deleted the directory.

    I am still interested in knowing about any native solution that does not required a third-party utility...
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  3.    04 Feb 2017 #3
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
    Posts : 1,836
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240

    It used to happen in the old MSDOS days regularly - file and directory names would get corrupted and you had to do tricks with wildcard characters to get them deleted.

    Like with a file or folder that had one readable x in the 7th position of the 8 character filename, and the rest gibberish - sometimes it worked.
    ren *x?.* ffffffx?.*
    del f*.*
    rmdir or rd f*.* /s
    deltree f*.*
      My ComputersSystem Spec


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