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#1 cxcxx

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 01:22 PM

Hello ,
I put a file one the desk top and I can not remove it, when I try to delete it I got the following message:

Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk.

even I try to delete it in the safe mode but got the same message

I have windows xp home

will appreciate you help
thanks

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 01:51 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

You can try deleting it from safe mode.

You may receive that message because the file is located on a section of the hard drive with bad sectors...I'd enter chkdsk /r from the command prompt...and then reboot and let it run.

What type of file?

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 01:54 PM

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
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