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kuzzz September 21st, 2020 07:46 PM

Found this folder on my G drive. It has a padlock on it and I can't open it. It says access denied. Is it ok to delete this folder? When trying to defrag the drive it gets stuck on this folder and won't release it.


Ned Seagoon September 21st, 2020 08:01 PM

The folder named "found.000" is from chkdsk, it puts these folders and files inside the folder when it finds corrupted fragments on the partition, instead of deleting them it puts them here. the files in that folder will be various 'name.CHK' files. .CHK files as “recovered file fragments”. A single .CHK file can actually contain one or more complete files, fragments of a single file, or fragments of many files. unfortunately you usually won’t be able to recover much data from .CHK files.
Try manually deleting them from the command prompt with administrator privileges. Or you could just leave them, if the are small sized it isn't going to mess with anything.
If you keep on seeing new files created here, it could be a sign your hdd is starting to fail. It wouldn't be a bad idea to check it's smart status.

kuzzz September 21st, 2020 08:06 PM

Thank you I was able to delete the file.


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