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How to delete nonexistent files?


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#1 tos226

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 11:00 PM

Windows XP-SP3

I have two old files I don't need. They're just saved webpages (.mht).
In explorer they show up as having 161KB and 204KB, and NO OWNER.
Attempts to delete, rename, change properties, move ... all end up with "The system cannot find the file specified", and the General properties display both as zero bytes long.

I ran chkdsk on this partition. Files are still there stuck, and annoying me.
What can I do?

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 06:24 AM

I once did this: setup a new folder and named it misc files. Moved the orphan files into that folder. Then deleted the folder.

Another thing you might try is to drag the files to the Recycle Bin.

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:25 AM

The problem is it can't move, delete, etc., when "The system cannot find the file specified" :(

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:44 AM

Post a screenshot which reflects these items, please...from Explorer view.

How To Capture And Edit A Screen Shot - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic43088.html/page__gopid__2493350


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Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:56 AM

I ran chkdsk on this partition. Files are still there stuck, and annoying me.
What can I do?

Did you run "chkdsk" or did you run "chkdsk /r"? The former does absolutely nothing. If you have not run chkdsk /r, please boot to the recovery console and do so. It may or may not help with your problem.

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:43 AM

@Alan, yes, chkdsk /r

@hamluis,
Can't screenshot anymore. Few minutes ago I got rid of them through Mandriva (linux). I've been thinking and then I remembered I dual boot. I must have pushed them from linux to windows about two years ago! Today Mandriva saw the files, displayed correct linux user name and non-zero file size, and deleted.
Interesting how Windows was actually protecting those files :) Lesson learned.

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:46 AM

Try unlocker: http://www.filehippo.com/download_unlocker/

and / or

Move On Boot: http://emcosoftware.com/move-on-boot

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:09 PM

hi Allan, thanks again. It looks like you and I were posting about the same time, so I can no longer use your likely good solutions :)




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