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How to recover or delete corrupted files completely from your computer

A corrupted file is a damaged computer file that fails to open or show some errors when you try to open. A corrupted file in your computer can crash you hard drive and the worst case scenario is it can lead to loss of valuable data. At times the corrupted files can be recovered but in some cases the files may become impossible to fix thus rendered useless.

There are a number of options that can be used to do away with corrupted data. The simplest way is to reboot your computer and try to delete the corrupt files. There are also a couple of free unlocker tools online that will help you to deal with this issue.

Reasons why files become corrupted

There are a number of reasons that explains why you files can become corrupted at one point or another. These may be due to

i. Presence of malware or defect in the software used to manipulate or create the file.

ii. Power loss or other power related issues

iii. Improper shutdown such as force shut down or due to power outages

iv. Ejecting the hard drives and other storage media before properly disconnecting them.

v. Bad programming especially if it results to hard restart.

Some of the corrupt files can be fixed or recovered. The Word will give you two possible options to open your corrupt file. These two options are Open and Repair the file and open with Text Recovery Converter. First try will any of these two options before you can use other alternatives.

If your file can not open after using the two options, it is recommended that you use data recovery software such as Wondershare Data Recovery, Recuva Recovery and the like. Check whether you can rescue your precious files before you consider deleting them.

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How to recover corrupted files using Wondershare Data Recovery

To recover your corrupted files using Wondershare Data Recovery, follow the step by step guide below

Step1. Chose a recovery mode

First, download Wondershare Data Recovery software to your computer and install it. Launch the program once installed. From the four-recovery mode displayed, select one, which will help you, recover your files. However the computer may guide you into Wizard recovery mode automatically.

Step2 Select the file type to be recovered

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Here, select the file type you wish to recover ranging from audios, video, office documents, photos, and archives. You can also select all if the files you desire to recover are scattered over the file types. Select the file types and click Next to proceed to the next step.

How to delete corrupted files completely from your computer

Step3. Specify the location

Identify the location or folder where you lost your files from the options given. If you are not sure of the exact location, select Computer to allow the program to scan for your files.

How to delete corrupted files completely from your computer

Step4. Scan for your lost files

Enable deep scan to allow recovery of your lost file and click on Start button. The time taken depends on the number of files to be recovered. Otherwise the process takes a short time.

How to delete corrupted files completely from your computer

Step5. Preview and recover the lost files

From the scan results displayed, go through the files recovered and check whether all the files you wish to recover have been found. You can also filter the results to allow quick seach on the files. Click Recover after previewing to recover the corrupted files.

How to delete corrupted files completely from your computer

Wondershare Data Recovery is great file recovery software therefore there is high probability that your corrupted files will be recovered. Unless the corrupted files were overwritten during the process, then you chances of getting back your precious files will be almost impossible.

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How to find and delete corrupted files (if they cannot be repaired)

Step1.Remove files and delete folder

Move all the files in the folder with the locked file. Manually delete the folder with the immovable files after you have moved the other files. The immovable files are the corrupted files.

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Step2. Close Windows Explorer

If the folder does not delete, close the Windows Explorer. To close Windows Explorer, start Task manager by right clicking on the Task bar and selecting Task manager from the menu.

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Step3 End the task

Preview through the list of programs running in Windows Explorer. Right click on Windows Explorer and select End Task from the given options.

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Step4. Restart your computer

After you have closed Windows Explorer, restart your computer and check whether the corrupted files have been deleted.

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Things to take care of when handling corrupted files

a. When data corruption behave in a way that there is low probability of it being modified, delete such data with harsh sum or check sum which is mainly used for deleting errors. You can also try to correct it by using error correcting codes.

b. When the corrupted files are very important, you don’t have to immediately do away with the files, try fixing the issue and see whether you can recover the data.

c. Backup the rest of the data to avoid further especially if the cause of corrupted files is due to a bug in the computer.

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