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yesterday I discovered a folder in the Trash Bin named FdtN0bhKRX containing more than 700,000 corrupted files. I know the approximate number because I tried to move the folder to a USB key, and when I cancelled the operation, the "preparing to move.." dialogue was showing that mark. The folder is 1017Mb and the files inside are all 0 byte long. I tried everything I could to remove this folder or to access it, but I failed. sudo rm or sudo su and then rm with -d and -f options goes in infinite loop, which may cause a complete block of the system's functions (including Ctrl+Alt+Del). I even coded a c++ program, which works great on other folders, but in this case it failed miserably. I searched all over the web and I couldn't find any other case like my one. The files inside the folder are named something like this:

S __FrO__ kj

I could read some of the names one of the times I tried to open the folder in Nautilus, because before the program crashed, if I clicked the back button, some of the files icons were rendered together with their name. The only command I can use on the folder is mv AFIK.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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I solved my problem with the monstrous folder which was by me found in the Trash folder. Nor the folder, nor its files had been corrupted, indeed it was a HDD Bad Blocks problem, which I detected with fsck, by running it from another partition. I'm not expert on Hard Drive, but I can say that fsck detected a problem in the folder structure (probably where the Trash folder reside on the disk).

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This should work:

sudo rm -rf path-to-the-folder

if didn't work, do it with root privileges type sudo su press Enter and repeat the command no sudo required.


When login as a root, do it at your own risk! If you completely sure this folder is nothing then ok.

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I didn't mention it because I thought it had been obvious, but I have used rm as root, too. Thanks for sharing, anyway. – Antonio Molinaro Jun 8 '14 at 18:23

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