Delete --- No Go

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Hipster Doofus, May 26, 2002.

  1. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Inserted a CD, copied a folder to the desktop & then I could not move it into another folder. (It refused to move) I then copied the folder from the CD directly to where I wanted it. Now when I try to delete either folder (not the one on the CD) I get this message: 'Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk.'

    I have tried this. Opened a command prompt, found the offending folder, opened task manager, closed explorer, then deleted the folder using DEL command.

    This emptied the folder but did not delete it. It is still there but empty. How can I get rid of it? :confused:
     
  2. TR!GG3R

    TR!GG3R Guest

    insert the cd where u got the folder from then delete the thing u dont want :) then remove the disc
     
  3. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    :( Tried that. Rotton thing still refuses to go away. Must try again & see what happens. Maybe I had the wrong face on. :rolleyes:
     
  4. andy_rose

    andy_rose Moderator

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    reboot and do it again
     
  5. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    No go it's been rebooted about six times. Good thing it's just an annoying folder & nothing else.
     
  6. Khayman

    Khayman I'm sorry Hal... Political User Folding Team

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    are you sure you copied it and not just made a shortcut to the CD folder?
    also make sure its not read only and have correct security settings
     
  7. madmatt

    madmatt Bow Down to the King Political User

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    Reboot
    Enter Safe Mode (F8)
    Use any safe mode option (even with command prompt)
    Then proceed to delete the folder

    If you decide to use safe mode with cmd prompt, simply navigate to c:\documents and settings\USERNAME\desktop\ and delete what you do not want.

    Good luck.
     
  8. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    This is one stubborn folder. Nothing works. I've tried all the above. I can empty the folder but not delete it. I can even make a new folder with the same name at the same location. Very wierd. Oh well at least it's empty. Thanks all.
     
  9. PseudoKiller

    PseudoKiller Zug Zug

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    Did you check to see if is 'Read Only' ...??
     
  10. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Yep & it's not. If I try to change any of the properties they just reset to their default after closing it.
     
  11. xsk8zerox

    xsk8zerox Moderator

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    I have that same problem only mines with some virus scanning software that i have no idea where it came from and the folder will not go away. but since its empty im not to worried about it
     
  12. Bytes Back

    Bytes Back Ex Police Chief

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    Daft question this, I assume you've chkdisked the drive ?
     
  13. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    What you talking bout???? Have not tried that yet. :eek:
     
  14. Bytes Back

    Bytes Back Ex Police Chief

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    you know :D Xp equivalant of scandisk. Go to the drives properties, tools, then error checking. It justs sounds like a corrupt entry.
     
  15. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Still no go. Should I try it from a command promt at startup???
     
  16. Bytes Back

    Bytes Back Ex Police Chief

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    If your drive is Fat32 you could do it from a 98 boot disk. Just run scandisk.
     
  17. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    So what you're really trying to say is that if it is NTFS, forget it???
     
  18. GZFirestorm

    GZFirestorm Guest

    1. try a system restore to the point before you added the folder.

    2. if that doesnt work, try making a boot disk and boot up your computer using it. then navagate to the folder and delete.

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    To create an MS-DOS startup disk
    The MS-DOS startup disk you create will allow you to boot into MS-DOS.

    Insert a floppy disk into your computer's floppy drive.
    Open My Computer, and then click the floppy disk drive to select it.
    On the File menu, point to the name of the floppy drive, and then click Format.
    Under Format options, click Create an MS-DOS startup disk.
    Click Start.
    Important

    Creating an MS-DOS startup disk erases all information on the floppy disk.
    Notes

    To open My Computer, click Start, and then click My Computer.
    The MS-DOS startup disk only allows the system to boot into an MS-DOS prompt. The disk contains no additional tools.

    - straight from Start>Help
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    shut down your computer, put the disk in drive A, then boot up. once you boot up in MS DOS, try and delete the file then.

    if that doesnt work, you could always reformat.... :D