How to Delete a Corrupt File?

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There are situations when a file gets corrupt, may be due to abnormal or abrupt closing of an application, some system fault or any other reason. When a file gets corrupt, it cannot be used any further. It occupies memory space, in other words, blocks memory space without serving any purpose.

A corrupt file can’t be deleted by usual process. Rather you may try to delete it or remove it using CCleaner or any similar software. Your system will generate an error message informing the file being corrupt, file does not exist or file can’t be accessed. In either case, the file cannot be removed from the memory.

To delete a corrupt file, you need to reboot the system in Safe Mode, which provides you an extra advantage over the normal booting of the system. In Safe Mode, you have privileges to perform some of those tasks which are restricted by normal boot process of Windows. The Safe Mode operation filters Windows system files from engaging most of the resources and other optional files. So while in Safe Mode, you can easily access the corrupt file from its location and delete it from your system.

How to delete corrupt file using Safe Mode:

  • Boot your system using Safe Mode. To use the system using safe mode:
  • Re-Boot your system and press F8.
  • From the list of options, choose Safe Mode.
  • Your system will open in safe mode where you have limited access.
  • Browse the file location to delete it.
  • Right-click and from the drop down list select Delete. Choosing this way won’t delete the file permanently from your system; rather your file will be moved to Recycle Bin.
  • You may also delete it by simply selecting the file and pressing Delete button. This will also move it to Recycle Bin.
  • To remove the file permanently from the system, you will even have to delete it from the Recycle Bin.
  • To delete it permanently, select the file and press Shift and Delete button simultaneously and then click OK. It will remove the file permanently from the system.
  • The corrupt file is now deleted and you may reboot your system and use it normally.