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Need help deleting unwanted images after doing a complete system recovery......

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#1 squirt4368


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Posted 12 March 2013 - 10:33 PM

Okay, I have a 2009 Gateway FX series pc with Vista [64 bit]. I just recently had to do a complete system recovery which went fine, no problem. I then proceeded to restore my files via Seagate external hard drive and that's where the problem lies. My files, yes, are there, albeit a mess in no particular folder. However, what I found were thousand upon thousands of unwanted images that are parts of games, logos, arrows, etc. ...crazy stuff. It's as if the programs had been dissected into a 'parts is parts' smorgasbord.  I have literally spent the past few days deleting over 10,000 images and still going. They were placed in Windows Photo Gallery as well as my 'program files'. Even the 'printer' copy image, magnifying glass image, 'exclamation' icon, yellow pages icons. As far as the games go, there are  weapons, both in color and bk/wht,    backgrounds, clothes, hair, eyes, face, bodies, then there are templates that looks to be from Microsoft Office. Just every image possible. Not quite what I had in mind when doing a backup. LOL.


The question I have is this:


First off, there are still approx. 60 images where I have been 'denied permission' to delete.  Why?

I am the sole person using the computer and no password has been set. 

Also, I turned the 'user account control' off to make deleting easier.

So why can't I delete these and is there a way around it? 


Second question, any idea what caused this?

And what should I do to prevent this in the future?


I did submit this problem to Seagate a little while ago but haven't heard any thing yet.

Just trying to figure out what the heck is going on.


Are there better ways to do a back up which won't allow this crap to happen?


Thanks in advance for any help or advice~



P.S. Here is just a few of the images that I'm not 'allowed' to delete or drag....

And yes, I checked my games to make sure they are running okay. 




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#2 jhayz


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Posted 13 March 2013 - 02:47 AM

Most likely you have copied the whole hard drive including the Windows Vista OS to the seagate external. The Windows files are not easily removed as they are protected. Its like making an internal drive with windows files and turning converting to external drive and trying to delete Windows but get access denied. Try this http://www.snapfiles.com/get/fileassassin.html


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