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Why can't I delete this folder?

Postby multivariable » Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:57 pm

The story so far...

I had a HDD that had two partitions: one large FAT32 partition and one smaller NTFS partition.

I wanted to merge them into one large NTFS partition.

For safe-keeping, I cut/pasted all the data from the original small NTFS partition to a separate HDD, so this original small NTFS partition was effectively empty.

I converted the large FAT32 partition to NTFS. Both partitions, large and small, were now NTFS.

I used Partition Magic to merge the two NTFS partitions to one large disk-filling NTFS partition.

Before the merge operation, Partition Magic saved the contents of the small partition to a new folder on the large partition, which is presumably PM's way of safeguarding the data. This folder should be empty, however, because I'd removed any data myself from the small NTFS partition beforehand.

I now have one large NTFS partition on the disk, and on this partition is the folder that PM created.

The folder is presumably empty.

I can't access or delete the folder.

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Re: Why can't I delete this folder?

Postby zbeast » Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:18 pm

Run spinwrite on the drive... you may be ending the vol on an odd sector.
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Re: Why can't I delete this folder?

Postby KoolKat » Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:45 pm

Have you tried the free app, unlocker? Sometimes booting in to safe mode as admin will allow you to delete without the use of a third party app. I have never had a folder i couldnt delete with unlocker tho.
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Re: Why can't I delete this folder?

Postby Paladwyn » Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:04 pm

Ya, I run into that crap all the time, usually booting in safe mode and whatnot makes it work, though I've also had to use 3rd party to do it as well.
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Re: Why can't I delete this folder?

Postby bigboxes » Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:17 am

Before you spend too much time trying to diagnose this problem, just format the drive after first deleting the partitions and creating a new one.
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Re: Why can't I delete this folder?

Postby HouseCrowd » Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:55 am

Most likely either the folder contains illegal characters or it has been locked and flagged as 'in use' by PM.

Either way (as already suggested) Unlocker should be able to unlock and/or delete it.
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Use it to check what process, if any, is holding on to it before you delete it.
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Re: Why can't I delete this folder?

Postby Downloader » Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:43 am

I keep a live CD handy for just such annoyances. CLI deletion FTW :)
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Re: Why can't I delete this folder?

Postby Psycho Ced » Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:56 am

I had this issue once but could not use unlocker because it does not support x64. Permissions were set to the system only so once I took control back, I was able to delete.
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