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unable to delete recursive folders

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by moose29moose, Oct 21, 2003.

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  1. moose29moose

    moose29moose Thread Starter

    Mar 31, 2003
    I run Windows 98 and Scandisk has just reported the following error :-

    c:\ProgramFiles\RidingStar\RawData\Music\Music\Music\Music\Music\Music\Music\Music\Music\Music\Music\Music\Music\Music\Music\Music\Music\Music\Music\Music\Music\Music - folder cannot be accessed because it's file name is too long.

    The options to deal with this are to 1) move the folder; 2) delete the folder; or 3) ignore.

    I'd like to delete theses folders (they seemingly recur forever), but option 2 doesn't work ("Cannot delete Music ; access is denied - make sure disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use"), and option 1 clearly just moves the problem to another directory.

    I've tried removing in DOS using DELTREE, but this doesn't work either.

    Any ideas/solutions would be gratefully accepted.
  2. NiteHawk


    Mar 9, 2003
    The first question would be, in this tree, what is the lowest level you want to keep?
    Assuming you want to keep the first "music" try this: in windows rename the second "music" to "music2".

    Reboot to DOS

    CD c:\Progra~1\Riding~1\RawData\Music
    Deltree /y music2

    Before that you may want to do
    CD c:\Progra~1\Riding~1\RawData\Music
    dir /ad /s

    at the end it will give you the count of directories.
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