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deleting a folder that says 'access denied'


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#1 nca2003

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 08:22 PM

I have a secondary hard drive that holds a lot of my files, media, backup docs, etc but no program installations. Under a previous installation of WinXP Pro, I installed visual studio express which for some reason put temporary files/folders on my secondary drive. I recently reformatted my primary drive and reinstalled WinXP Pro but didnt delete these files from the secondary drive first. Now it says 'Access Denied' when I try to delete them. I have tried as much as booting in safe mode, killing explorer.exe and trying rmdir from the command line, but nothing works. What else could I try?

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 08:30 PM

Try a program called "Unlocker" and see if that deletes the file.

However, please, PLEASE be sure that those files aren't being used by Windows, otherwise... well, let's just say bad things'll happen :thumbsup:

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 08:33 PM

Try this: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...b;en-us;Q308421

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 08:57 PM

Thanks. I tried that support page link and it worked. Problem solved.

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 09:11 PM

Well done! :-)




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