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Solved: How to delete an (undeletable) hidden 'corrupted and unreadable file'?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Colt, Aug 17, 2012.

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  1. throoper

    throoper Trusted Advisor

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    There's more than just the one folder with the problem?
    How far down the path can you go before you hit the folders with problems?
     
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  3. Colt

    Colt Thread Starter

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    Hi throoper. Yes, I can go right down the path to the thumbs.db file itself, and I tried deleting from the thumbs file back to the main folder in My Documents - all with the same results. The folders are empty now except for the stubborn thumbs, as I've moved all the jpegs.

    Thanks for that link user2339. I rid of the recurring chkdsk problem.
     
  4. Cookiegal

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    user2339,

    I've edit one of your posts above as we don't allow the use of that particular boot CD due to copyright issues with the files it contains that belong to Microsoft. Please do not refer to it again. Thanks for understanding.
     
  5. throoper

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    I assume you've done this, but in case you haven't.
    Use the command prompt to delete the upper level directory (Obviously not My Documents, but the folder that contains the other folders. After emptying them of their contents, of course).

    If that doesn't do it (or hasn't if you already tried it), call up Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Delete on your keyboard).
    Keep both Command and Task Manager open and on screen while doing the following.

    In Task Manager>Processes, find and end the Explorer.exe process.
    You should only have your desktop background after it ends (No folders, taskbar, or anything else on the monitor except TM and Command).
    Using the Command Prompt, try deleting the folder with the rmdir command.
    To start up Explorer again, on Task Manager switch to the Applications tab, click New task and type explorer.exe and OK.

    The idea here is that it's the folder shell causing the problem and trying with explorer out of the equation will allow it to be deleted.
     
  6. Colt

    Colt Thread Starter

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    Thanks a bunch throoper. Your Task Manager and Command prompt combination was the solution. Really appreciated your time and patience!
     
  7. throoper

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    You're welcome. (y)
     
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