can't delete a folder

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Gus K, Jan 29, 2004.

  1. Gus K

    Gus K NTFS abuser

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    I had installed WWWFileShare awhile back. For some reason I have the same named folder in My Documents and I can't delete it. I always get 'cannot read from source file or disk' when I try. Tried safe mode, no go and from the command prompt, even though it's listed I can't get into it. The folder always seems to have the current date and is 0 bytes. I ran chkdsk thinking it might help.

    Any thoughts?

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  2. cpugeniusmv

    cpugeniusmv Computer Genius

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    use the command prompt (with explorer not running just to be safe)...

    To close explorer (the RIGHT way):

    Start, Shutdown: Shift+Alt+Ctrl+Cancel

    now, Task Manager, File, Run: cmd

    NOW! :)

    go to the root of your drive: cd \

    next, type: dir /x

    now you can cd your way through directories using the 8.3 filenames listed in dir /x

    only use 8.3 filenames.

    when you get to MYDOCU~1 you can delete the folder (be sure to use its 8.3 filename)

    rd WWWFIL~1

    don't ask me why it works. it's weird.
     
  3. Gus K

    Gus K NTFS abuser

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    Well you've lived up to your name :) . That did it. I think the key was using WWWFIL~1, which you so graciously provided.

    Thanks
     
  4. cpugeniusmv

    cpugeniusmv Computer Genius

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    glad i could help :)