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When you attempt to open, delete or rename a file or folder using Windows NT Explorer, File Manager or a command prompt, you may receive one of the following error messages:
This behavior can occur if the file, folder or file system index (Master File Table [MFT] or File Allocation Table [FAT]) is damaged.
WARNING: When Chkdsk detects problems with the file system and attempts to repair the damage, data loss can occur. Microsoft does not recommend running Chkdsk with the /f command-line switch unless you have a full backup of your hard disk.
Attempt to repair the damaged file, folder or file system index using Chkdsk. To do so, follow these steps:
Chkdsk saves each repaired file in the root folder as a File<nnnn>.chk file, and each repaired folder in the root folder as a Found.<nnn> folder, where <n> is a number.
For information about how to use Chkdsk, click Start, click Help, click the Index tab, type "chkdsk" (without quotation marks), and then double- click the "Chkdsk Command" topic.
For more information, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
TITLE : How to Perform Scandisk in Windows NT 4.0
ARTICLE-ID: ID: 160963
TITLE : CHKNTFS.EXE: What You Can Use It For
TITLE : Chkdsk reports an erroneous Event ID 41
Article ID: 176646 - Last Review: July 19, 2012 - Revision: 5.0