Directory Name is Invalid
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After upgrading to Windows 10, a significant number of users have claimed that they are unable to utilise their USB flash drives, external disc drives, or SD cards on their computers because they receive an error message stating that “the directory name is illegal.”
Part 1. Fix the Directory Name Is Invalid Error in Windows 10
Due to the fact that they have been caught by this flaw, they will be unable to unlock the device and access the data within it. You can obtain assistance here whether you want to restore data on Windows 10 or you want to get the problem fixed:
First Method: Swap Out the USB Port
When Windows 10 gives you an error message that says “the directory name is illegal,” the first thing you should do is try inserting or plugging in the external disc drive, USB, or SD card through a different port. If that doesn’t work, you may have to reinstall Windows 10. A number of users reported that switching the USB port fixed the issue.
Method 2 – Check Disk Errors
If this does not work, you can try connecting the device to a separate computer in order to determine whether or not it is frequently opened. In the event that the device cannot be accessible, problems on the disc can be checked for and fixed in Windows 10. If this is not the case, it indicates that the “the directory name is invalid” error has nothing to do with the corruption of the disc, and you will need to attempt other methods in order to get the error resolved.
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Method 3: Performing an Update on the Disk Driver
After eliminating the possibility that the “the directory name is invalid” error is caused by a problem with the disk’s USB ports or by an issue with the disc itself, we will speculate that the issue may originate with the disc driver. In this particular scenario, we strongly suggest that you try updating the disc driver to see if that resolves the issue.
First, hit the “Windows plus R” key on your keyboard.
Step 2: To open the device manager, type “devmgmt.msc” and then hit the “Enter” button.
Step 3: Expand “Disk Drives”.
Step 4: With the disc, USB, or SD card driver selected, use the right mouse button to select “Update Driver Software.”
Part 2. Recover Data After Fixing “The Directory Name Is Invalid” Error in Windows 10
If the error message “the directory name is invalid” continues to appear or if any data is lost while attempting to fix the problem, you will need to use the EaseUS disc data recovery software to search the external disc drive, USB, or SD card for your important files and then retrieve them if they are found.
Now, if you’d please follow this video lesson, you’ll be able to determine how to retrieve data using the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.
First, decide where you want to start scanning.
Step 2: Pick the files you want to recover.
Step 3. Recover deleted data.