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How do I delete corrupt folders and scan for other  corrupt files?

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Our Dell PowerEdge 2800 running windows 2003 standard was crashing due to some funny harddrive errors. After replacing each of the 4 HDs in our RAID5, the errors were gone. Left behind on the new HDs was a corrupted Print Spooler folder. I created a new print spooler folder, so printing can continue, but I cannot delete the old folder. It says "The file or directory is corrupt and unreadable" If you try to delete it, the error "The folder is not empty". You can move the directory and rename it, just cannot enter or delete it.
I have tried Check disk (/r), this does not fix the folder
Bootable linux CDs - the raid5 configuration was not  recognized, could not access drives.
Delete from DOS - i believe a "not authorized" error, or some error, showed but I used Admin account
Windows Recovery console - This was really goofy. My E drive was called the D drive but It still wouldnt let me access the directory. Im thinking the system refers to the E drive as D because we renamed it awhile ago? ... this isnt important.
Move on Boot software- just didnt work
Some "unlocker" software- just didnt work.
I called Dell and they suggested that I call microsoft. Im afraid to do this to find out their answer will be to format the drive and recover. I dont want to do this...yet.

So, I need any suggestions on how to delete this folder. I am also afraid that there are other directories that are corrupted that I am unaware of. Is there a utility to scan for these?
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by:burrcm
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Run the system file checker - sfc<space>/scannow, hide the corrupt folder, and relax. You say you can move it, don't suppose it will let you move it to a USB stick?

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It gives the "directory not empty" when you try to move it to a USB.

The reason I want to remove the file is that our E drive shows as "dirty" when you run a chkdsk ntfs. I believe it is because of this folder and possibly others.

I will try the system file checker.
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Does the system file checker check non system files and directories?
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Im answering my own question but Yes, I think the system file checker is going to check  only system files and not all file/directories.
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by:burrcm
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Sorry, been away. Yes, SFC does only system files, but you were concerned about other corruption. This will resolve it in terms of the operating system, so you can safely ignore the corrupt folder.

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I could ignore it... The system has been stable but as I mentioned above. Occassionaly my E drive volume will report being corrupt or when I do a chkdsk ntfs E: the drive will report as Dirty, but not all the time. I am thinking it is because of this folder, or possibly others. If I was able to remove it, then I could eliminate it as causing the error message.

The SFC is a good idea and I will run it tonight. Thank you for the suggestion.
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SFC did not fix the problem....
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by:burrcm
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Wasn't expecting a fix. but this should give you an indication if you can safely ignore the issue for a time. Eventually though, you will have to start again.

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Disk Probe was used to delete the directory. A restart and checkdisk was needed after using Disk Probe. The directory is now gone. Disk Probe is a little tricky so if you use it, be careful.  http://www.petri.co.il/download_free_reskit_tools.htm
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