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A File I Can't Delete


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#1 baso3456

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 01:48 AM

A friend sent me a daa file I cannot open, or rename or delete. It is on my desktop and is not going anywhere. I tried changing file associations but I always get an error saying ( cannot read from the source file or disc). Its size is zero bytes when I right click it and look at properties. Any ideas? What am I missing?

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 02:16 AM

Have you tried deleting it, in Safe Mode?
How to start Windows in Safe Mode

Have you checked the folder's Properties?
Right click the folder, and select Properties.
Make sure it's not set to, Read-only.
If it is, uncheck it, click Apply, and click OK.
Now try to delete it.

Have you tried renaming the file, then deleting it?
Name it anything you want, like trash, old, useless, ........ whatever.

If none of the above works, here are a couple of programs, you can try:
Unlocker
Eraser
Delete Doctor

There's also this Microsoft Knowledge Base Article that might be helpful:
How To Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;308421
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Posted 02 December 2007 - 11:56 AM

Thanks tg1911! :thumbsup: Unlocker worked and I am very happy. Eraser did not and the ms website was useless. As I stated before; I could not move, rename, or delete this file. That = frustration. Thanks again.

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 02:54 PM

Just so you know what a .daa file is:
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Posted 02 December 2007 - 08:08 PM

You're welcome, baso3456.
Glad to hear, one of them worked. :thumbsup:
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Posted 02 December 2007 - 08:38 PM

Just out of curiosity, tg1911, would running the appropriate DOS commands (cd, ren, del) in a command prompt have worked, or would the more recent versions of Windows override that?

ETA: Not sure I recalled the rename command correctly.

Edited by Dialer, 02 December 2007 - 08:40 PM.





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