Windows 10: The Directory Name Is Invalid

Discus and support The Directory Name Is Invalid in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; Today I updated this laptop. Now all I see for the last 5 hours is this message: The directory name is invalid error message won't stop since... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by DennisKelly7, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. The Directory Name Is Invalid


    Today I updated this laptop.


    Now all I see for the last 5 hours is this message:

    The directory name is invalid


    error message won't stop since I updated this PC from Windows 7 to Windows 10.


    What do I have to clear or change or reset to get this to stop showing up, please.?


    Have run full updates.

    Have disabled then re-enabled DVD/CD Drive.

    There are no other devices plugged in the laptop.


    Your help very appreciated. Thank you.


    Dennis

    :)
     
    DennisKelly7, Feb 14, 2020
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  2. The directory name is invalid

    Hi David,

    Since you have rebuilt your computer, it may have made some changes or installed some updates that might be causing the error message "G: \The directory name is invalid". However, let's check if there is a device that you can remove in Safely Remove Hardware
    utility. Follow these steps to access the utility:

    • Press the Windows icon + R on your keyboard.
    • Copy and paste this 'RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll".
    • Remove any device that you'll see in the utility.
    • Restart your computer, then observe if the issue will occur again.

    We're looking forward to your feedback.
     
    Carlos Tin, Feb 14, 2020
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  3. The Directory Name Is Invalid


    OK, here's my situation. I have a Western Digital (WD) My Passport Ultra external USB hard drive. I use this as a media drive on my WD TV Live Plus media player. For some unknown reason, the media player will sometimes corrupt files on the My Passport drive. The net effect is that a file is somehow changed into a directory.

    The problem is when I attempted to delete/remove the corrupted file/directory, I receive a 'The directory name is invalid.' error.

    I've tried the following:

    • Run chkdsk /f; no errors found.
    • Run WD Drive Utilities diagnostics; no errors found.
    • Checked dir /x looking for an 8.3 filename; no luck.
    • Taken ownership of the directory; no luck.
    • Tried a few file unlocker utilities; no luck (not reported as locked and delete fails).
    • Even tried an NTFS disk editor; no luck.
    I've spent the last three hours googling a solution. Nothing!

    Anyone else ever encountered something similar and found a solution?
     
    claytoncarney, Feb 14, 2020
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  4. The Directory Name Is Invalid

    directory name invalid - pop up box

    Please help - keep getting a pop up box stating - directory name invalid - G drive ? I don't have a G drive ? Suggestions please
     
    MaddisonBeattie, Feb 14, 2020
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