Table of Contents
- Video Recovery
- SD Card Recovery
- Recycle Bin Recovery
- Recover Data from USB
- Recover Deleted Emails
- Hard Drive Not Showing Up in Windows
- Recover Unsaved Word Documents
- Recover Deleted Files in Windows 10/11
- Recover Files from Virus Infected Hard Drive
- Photo Recovery Software
- Recover Files from Formatted Hard Drive
Many users who did a Windows 10 upgrade reported that they have encountered 'the directory name is invalid' error while plugging their USB flash drive, external hard drive or SD card into PC.
Being caught by this problem, they will not be allowed to open the device and access your data there. Here, you can get help no matter you want to recover data in Windows 10 or get the problem fixed.
Note: To protect data security on your USB flash drive or other storage devices, do remember to follow Part 2 for data recovery assistance when you've removed the directly name invalid error from your Windows PC.
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Method 1 - Change USB Port
When it reports 'the directory name is invalid' error in Windows 10, the first thing you can try is to re-insert or replug the external hard drive, USB or SD card via another port. Some users said changing the USB port solved the problem.
Method 2 - Check Disk Errors
If this does not work, connect the device to another computer to check if can be opened or not. If the device can not be accessed, try to check and repair disk errors in Windows 10. Otherwise, it suggests that 'the directory name is invalid' error has nothing to do with disk corruption and you have to try other ways to get the error fixed.
Method 3 - Update Disk Driver
After ruling out the possibility that 'the directory name is invalid' error appears because of USB ports issue or disk errors, we can guess that the problem might stem from disk driver. In this case, we recommend you to try to update the disk driver and check if it helps.
Step 1: Press "Windows + R" Key.
Step 2: Type devmgmt.msc and press "Enter" to open device manager.
Step 3: Expand "Disk Drives".
Step 4: Right-click on the external drive, USB or SD card driver and click on "Update Driver Software".
If 'the directory name is invalid' error still persists or any data loss happens during the fixing process, you can try EaseUS disk data recovery software to scan the external hard drive, USB or SD card to find and retrieve your important files.
Now please watch this video tutorial to see how to recover data with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.
- Step 1. Select a location to scan.
- Step 2. Select files to recover.
- Step 3. Recover lost data.
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Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.
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