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Solved: Can't delete folders that have problem files therein

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by redoak, Nov 1, 2010.

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  1. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten Thread Starter

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    I have tried to use several software programs after Ws "Delete" failed. None of the 3rd party programs would remove a folder, only files.

    In some cases the file name is too long. Others the path is either too long or invalid.

    Very frustrating! TSG is my last resort.

    {redoak} :mad:
     
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    redoak Gone but never forgotten Thread Starter

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    Yes, but nothing happened so far as I know. Maybe I became impatient? I waited many minutes for a reply with nothing coming up.

    Thanks for the response.

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    can you post a screenshot of what unlocker said? A few times it will try to clean it on reboot, but it will generally tell you that it needs to do such.
     
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    redoak Gone but never forgotten Thread Starter

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    Unlocker has "said" nothing. I have seen the need to reboot message other times.

    I am trying to delete a folder on an XHDD. I see the activity light blinking erratically- some single spaced blinks and some blinks in rapid succession. No particular sequence, however.

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    have you tried through dos?
     
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    redoak Gone but never forgotten Thread Starter

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    I know very little to nothing re 'dos'. Are there instructions re this particular use of 'dos'?
     
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    Indeed. If the file you wish to delete was on the external drive G, for example, you would start > run > cmd > g: > enter > del g:\wherever\this\file\resides.

    If you get the gist. :) The '\' denote a directory change.
     
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    My XHDD is 'H'. When I entered "del h:" I was asked to enter Yes or No. Obviously, I said no at this time.

    Regret taking so much of your time. I am very appreciative.

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    Yeah, you don't want to delete the entire 'h' drive. What you want to do is delete the file on the h drive. Ideally what you would do would be to navigate to that directory; let's say it's a file called my-pic.jpg, in a folder called misc, which is in a folder called pics, which is on the h drive. You would do the following:

    h: (every carriage return here means hit 'enter')
    you will then be looking at h:\>

    h:\> cd pics

    it will then look like the below:

    h:\pics>

    type cd misc, it should look like the below now:

    h:\pics\misc>

    Now you are in the directory with the file named my-pic.jpg, do THERE is where you type del.

    h:\pics\misc>del my-pic.jpg

    All that aside, it may just be easier to figure out why you can't delete this particular file. Is it protected? What error precisely are you getting?

    thanks,

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    Valis: Some how a few of our back and forth replies have been dropped from the Thread. However, that makes no impact on me, since I became totally frustrated trying to use DOS. No fault of yours!

    What I did was go into Safe Mode and tried to delete the master folder, since I had already marked it "DON"T USE", after I recreated the files to be backed up on 'H' that did not include those in the bad folder. I just wanted to see if it could be done in Safe Mode.

    I almost succeed. A glitch occurred very near the end of the deletion. I have attached a screen shot that both shows how far the deletion went and the error message that came with the abrupt halt. What can be done to overcome the troublemaker?!

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    You might need to run a chkdsk.
     
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    redoak Gone but never forgotten Thread Starter

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    "P- - - ": Thanks for the reply and the link. [I didn't realize "chkdsk" could be run on an XHDD. "Live and learn."] I'll run "chkdsk" when I finish my daily browser routine.

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    I ran "chkdsk" as suggested. The report said "OK." I then reran in "Safe Mode" trying to delete the folder. The process didn't run more than a coupe seconds when a new error message came up. I have seen this error message before when I tried to delete the folder in normal fashion.

    Why did the delete process stop so quickly this time? Perhaps my question is unanswerable, what with computers having a "mind of their own."

    See attachment.

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