How do I delete a folder?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by pluto, May 29, 2006.

  1. pluto

    pluto OSNN Addict

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    How do I delete a folder? [SOLVED]

    I have a folder on my D drive, which is a physical secondary slave hard drive. Here is what I have tried:

    Safe-mode - delete - doesnt work
    Command prompt - delete - doesnt work
    Scan disk - delete - doesnt work
    Defragged - delete - doesnt work
    Tried a program that deletes empty folders - doesnt work
    Disconnected the hard driver, booted, logged onto windows, shut down, re-connected, reboot, log on - delete - guess?

    Its annoying the hell out of me! this empty folder will not shift, be renamed, or favourably - be deleted!

    Messages I get:

    "Error Deleting File or Folder
    Cannot delete file: Cannot read from source file or disk."

    "Error Deleting File or Folder
    Cannot delete (folders name): Cannot find the specified file.
    Make sure you specify the correct path and file name"

    (notice theres a double space between "file" and "name". Odd?)

    So yeah, how can I delete this ******* piece of ******* ****, damn ******* folder **** **** :dead:
     
    Last edited: May 29, 2006
  2. technokid88

    technokid88 Part of a System Folding Team

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    Try renaming the folder, then deleting, also if it is a folder of something you deleted like with bit torrent or something make sure the folder is not being used by another program.
     
  3. pluto

    pluto OSNN Addict

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    Already tried re-naming, wont do it. Its just a folder I created and copied over some files and then removed them. It isnt attached to any programs.

    "Error Renaming File or Folder
    Cannot delete file: Cannot read from source file or disk."

    Plus, I dont do torrenting. Im a good guy :smoker:

    Oh balls, I tried renaming it, just in case! and now Im stuck in a loop. Everytime I click off, it says it cant renamed, I cant click off *tears*
     
  4. technokid88

    technokid88 Part of a System Folding Team

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    Don't know then, try restartig then deleting that sometimes works for me, if i get a folder i cant delete.
     
  5. madmatt

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    Which folder?

    Check the user permissions of the folder, make sure you and/or the group you are a member of have permissions.
     
  6. pluto

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    Ive been doing this for a month now :twisted: restarting and stuff. One would think that a folder would bugger off after the first restart. This is like the 40th?

    Its a folder I created on my D drive.
     
  7. technokid88

    technokid88 Part of a System Folding Team

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    no luck then rename it and use the folder lol... or try putting a file in it and try to delete the whole thing.
     
  8. pluto

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    I tried renaming and it wont rename and I cant move the folder.

    Damn ******* **** stain. Argh!

    It bloody deletes now! after a damn month! This computer is lucky that it doesnt have feelings and I dont have PMT!

    *rage*

    Solution:

    Opened up command prompt.

    Dir /x

    use the 8.3 name.

    rename (folder name) (new name).

    then went to the folder and deleted it.

    Wee bam. Why didnt it do that when I attemped this before?

    I recommend the "Open Command Window Here" powertoy, saves a lot of time and effort for opening up a command window for a folder.

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx

    My brain hurts.
     
  9. damnyank

    damnyank I WILL NOT FORGET 911

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    I glanced thru the other responses - maybe this will work: download this!
     
  10. madmatt

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    What is the name of the folder?

    Who has full permissions (R+W) to it?
     
  11. pluto

    pluto OSNN Addict

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    That looks pretty nifty. I might use it on someone elses computer :laugh:

    It was named as "6 misc" and I had created it a month ago, then I renamed it to "a" and deleted it. It was located on my secondary hard drive and there is only one account on this computer and Im the only one who has access and is able to log-on here. I have an administrator account and I never bother with permissions as I have no need for them, since I only use this machine.
     
  12. madmatt

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    If the Administrators group or your account does not have full access to it then you will not be able to delete it. I'm not suggesting you changed the permissions but stranger things have happened.
     
  13. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    Sometimes you can delete a pesky folder by opening notepad, using its file>open menu, browse to the location of the folder and delete it.