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"Error moving file or folder" "directory is not empty" one file left

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by WiredCan, Nov 16, 2007.

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  1. WiredCan

    WiredCan Thread Starter

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    Hello,
    I am getting the following error when moving files on the same drive or from one to another:

    "Error Moving File or Folder
    Cannot remove folder (insert folder name here): The directory is not empty."

    This is fairly common (once or twice a month) and it occurs usually with folders containing many subfolders when being moved by explorer gui "Move the selected items", or ctrl-x, ctrl-v . Repeated attempts through the same process seems to move the folders, but the errors increase as the concentration of stubborn folders increases.

    There are no event viewer logs corresponding to these errors. (eventvwr.msc: system, or application)

    I would have thought this would be a common problem, but extensive searches came up with nothing... so either it is rare, untroubling to others, extremely easy to fix, or my search queries suck. =)
    I am going to run Checkdisk to make sure all is well there, and I will repost the likely failure.
     
  2. WiredCan

    WiredCan Thread Starter

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    Occasionally when I am deleting a file, it is difficult, I have to go through process explorer, search for the thread that is strangely(?) associated with that file in explorer (no reasonable dependencies could be linked, nor is the file being viewed), and kill the thread before deletion.

    any thoughts?

    Thanks =)
    -J
     
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    WiredCan Thread Starter

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    Thanks for that link, I was pretty suspicious of it being able to do what I want, but it just automates the process which I do with process explorer, and has many other options. I am adding this to my list of software to install after a fresh OS installation.

    Thanks,

    -J
     
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