Corrupt file locks up Windows Explorer

By birchyboy ·
I have Win XP Pro (also run Linux, but that's an aside) and it locks up when searching a folder.

I have managed, with Dr Watson and observing the lock-up, to tie it down to searches on a particular folder. I copied the files to a USB and did the same search, with the same fault. I assume therefore that it's a file attribute and not a disk fault. It doesn't seem to be a system file fault - run: sfc/scannow shows no problems.

I read another post, where the member did the same as me and apparently had no responses.

Does anybody know a program that can check for corrupt files without trying to open every file in the folder?

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If the file IS corrupt - how could you copy it?...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Corrupt file locks up Win ...

THAT seems to be a contradiction in terms.

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by TheVirtualOne In reply to Corrupt file locks up Win ...

Windows XP automatically searches through archives, more specifically .cab and .zip files try removing these file try removing these file types from the specified folder.

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.cab & .zip files

by phillip In reply to basics

I ran the search on the folder concerned and there were zip, avi and cab files. The search didn't lock up looking for *.extensions. It only locked up when I was searching for text within a word processed document.

Unfortunately, ALL the files in that folder have now vanished.

They are not in the recycle bin and I am both mystified and annoyed. All my financial data was in that folder. I have an old backup but there was still new un-backed up data.

Any idea how this could happen?

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just wondering....

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Corrupt file locks up Win ...

are there by chance .AVI files in that suspect folder?

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Thanks for the comments

by phillip In reply to Corrupt file locks up Win ...

Old Mycroft - You obviously know more about it than I do.

TheVirtualOne & CaptBilly1Eye - I'll check when I get home.

I know that NTFS can report a corrupt file if the long and short filename pairs in the MFT don't match the File Record Segments (e.g. a case error), but then that one can't be copied or backed up, so it's apparently not the case here.
As I said in my first post, if it's not a common hardware error like the storage media, lost clusters, crosslinked files (and it copied to a USB stick), what's left? I assumed it must be a file attribute corruption, despite what Old Mycroft says. If it's not file corruption, can someone help me find what could it be?

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Why the two accounts?

by jdclyde In reply to Thanks for the comments

is there a reason you created a new account and used that to post your question?

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Why the two accounts?

by phillip In reply to Why the two accounts?

I just forgot that I had set up an account a long time ago.

No other reason.

Should I delete one?

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just wondering

by jdclyde In reply to Why the two accounts?

others have been known to have multiple accounts so they could stir up crap.

Don't recall crossing paths, and so don't know if you fit in that or not, so I asked.

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Multiple accounts

by phillip In reply to just wondering

jdclyde -
No worries. I am probably one of the most polite and considerate people around.

That's not to say I can't be very assertive on matters of principle. :-)


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The reason I asked about AVI files was...

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Corrupt file locks up Win ...

...because there is a known issue that often causes Explorer crashes.

You may find the answer here:

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