I have a file sitting on an NTFS partition that I am unable to delete or move. I am able to view the file. This is also preventing me from reading that directory while inside Windows. I get the error; "The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable" when trying to access this directory while inside Windows.
[root@ziggurat var]# ls -al .piw\?PageNum\=0 -rw-r--r-- 0 ttucker root 2016 Jan 28 08:56 '.piw?PageNum=0' [root@ziggurat var]# rm -i .p* rm: remove regular file '.piw?PageNum=0'? y rm: cannot remove '.piw?PageNum=0': No such file or directory [root@ziggurat var]# mv .piw\?PageNum\=0 derp mv: cannot move '.piw?PageNum=0' to 'derp': No such file or directory
If I try to edit the file with
vim I see
".piw?PageNum=0" [Permission Denied] at the bottom left.
If I try to modify the permissions I get the following error:
[root@ziggurat var]# chmod 777 .piw\?PageNum\=0 chmod: cannot access '.piw?PageNum=0': Input/output error
This is a second drive which contains one partition. The partition was created inside Windows 10. This partition does not contain my
Windows C Drive - this drive is completely separate from my Linux root and Windows oot partitions.
[root@ziggurat var]# pwd /mnt/storage/ttucker/var [root@ziggurat var]# df -h /mnt/storage/ Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 932G 197G 736G 22% /mnt/storage [root@ziggurat var]# fdisk -l /dev/sda Disk /dev/sda: 931.5 GiB, 1000204886016 bytes, 1953525168 sectors Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes Disklabel type: gpt Disk identifier: 91985B34-E4D8-4F7B-ABF4-7F2E27482077 Device Start End Sectors Size Type /dev/sda1 2048 1953523711 1953521664 931.5G Microsoft basic data
Even more information:
While inside Windows I am not able to switch into the
var directory. I receive the message:
The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. I am able to view and modify anywhere else in the drive.
The file was initially created, likely, with a botched
The file is there and I can
cat it to
STDOUT. The contents are HTML from a US Patent webpage.
[root@ziggurat var]# cat .piw\?PageNum\=0 <!-- PageNum=0 --> <!-- NumPages=0 --> <HTML> <HEAD><TITLE>Patent Images</TITLE></HEAD> <BODY TOPMARGIN="0" leftmargin="0" MARGINWIDTH="0" MARGINHEIGHT="0" > ... clipped for brevity ... </BODY> </HTML>
Here is the OS and ntfs-3g info:
[root@ziggurat var]# pacman -Ss ntfs extra/ntfs-3g 2016.2.22-1 [installed] NTFS filesystem driver and utilities [root@ziggurat var]# uname -a Linux ziggurat 4.9.6-1-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Thu Jan 26 09:22:26 CET 2017 x86_64 GNU/Linux
I also tried running umount'ing the drive and running
ntfsfix on it. This did not help.
chmod 777'd the
var dir... Then ran
chown -R root:root var, received this error:
chown: changing ownership of 'var/.piw?PageNum=0': Input/output error ... then ... looking in the dir:
[root@ziggurat var]# ls -ltra ls: cannot access '.piw?PageNum=0': Input/output error total 3116333 -????????? ? ? ? ? ? '.piw?PageNum=0' -rw-r--r-- 1 ttucker root 250910 Jan 28 08:56 0.pdf ....
Ugh... I think the drive is just
jacked <-- technical term
After running the
chown on the directory mentioned above I then rebooted into Windows. During the Windows load it stated that it was
checking the drive for consistency (or something of that language) Anywho... it works now. The file is gone and I am able to read it in Windows.
Additional information which may be helpful to others:
I have two drives with the same files on them; an internal backup drive and an external backup drive. Both are NTFS and both
var dirs could not be accessed in Windows. After resolving the issue with the internal drive I found that deleting the "goofy" named files resolved the issue on the external drive as well. Example:
-rwxrwxrwx 1 root root 2016 Dec 31 22:31 '.piw?PageNum=0' -rwxrwxrwx 1 root root 8379 Dec 31 22:32 '.piw?PageNum=0&docid=01111111&IDKey=DE3F91CB19BB%0D%0A&HomeUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fpatft.uspto.gov%2Fnetacgi%2Fnph-Parser%3FSect1%3DPTO1%2526Sect2%3DHITOFF%2526d%3DPALL%2526p%3D1%2526u%3D%25252Fnetahtml%25252FPTO%25252Fsrchnum.htm%2526r%3D1%25'
For some reason, perhaps because I did not run
ntfsfix, on the external drive I was able to just delete those two "problem files" and then read that directory in Windows.