can't delete a folder

Gus K

NTFS abuser
Nov 6, 2002
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?



Computer Genius
Apr 14, 2003
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)


don't ask me why it works. it's weird.

Gus K

NTFS abuser
Nov 6, 2002
Well you've lived up to your name :) . That did it. I think the key was using WWWFIL~1, which you so graciously provided.


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