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Undeletable File Is Killing Me!


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#1 theenchantress

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 02:58 PM

Okay, PLEASE HELP!
there are a few files on my desktop that will not delete
I always get this error message :
cannot delete file: cannot read from the source file or disk

I have tried EVERYTHING!!!!! :thumbsup:
The properties on the files show it takes up 0 disk space and has a size of 0
I have tried to delete it in safe mode
I have tried to delete it using a program that specializes in undeletable files
I have tried ending explorer. exe and delteing it
IT DOES NOT WORK!!!
I need help
please!!
If you have a soultion, please write it out in plain english, becaue I do not speak techincal terms!!
EVen if it seems like a simple term, like registry, I will have no clue what you are talking about, so please go into detail!
I THANK EVERYONE WHO TRIES!!
PLEASE HELP
Thank you from the very bottom of my heart

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#2 tg1911

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 03:25 PM

What are the names of the files you are trying to delete, and where are they located?

I have tried to delete it using a program that specializes in undeletable files

What program?
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Posted 29 May 2006 - 03:40 PM

I had a similar situation where I had 7 undeletable files. This worked on 6 of them. Might seem a very simple solution, and you might be unlucky and have a file like the still undeletable 7th one I had! I transferred the files to a floppy disk and threw it away!

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 08:16 AM

theenchantress:

The first thing that I would try is to check the file system to make sure that files aren't just corrupted. I suggest that you run CHKDSK.

Running CHKDSK.
  • Open a command prompt.
    • Click Start than Run.
    • Type "command" (no quotes).
    • Click "OK"
  • Type "CHKDSK C: /R" (no quotes).
  • Type "Y" (no quotes), when asked if you want to do this during the next reboot.
  • Type "EXIT" (no quotes)
  • Reboot your system.
  • Note: CHKDSK may run for quite a while so just be patient.
For more information on CHKDSK see:

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 08:47 AM

You didn't say what program you tried to delete the fle with, you can try file unlocker
http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 11:15 AM

Hi Joe C

I have the same issue on my Removable Disk (disk-on-key) with a Folder that I can't cancel.
My disk has a 1GB capacity, and the "corrupted" Folder shows (when I click Properties: 16.3GB!!).
Nevertheless when I check the disk for Free space I get 256MB.
I tried to remove it using Unlocker, and RegSeeker programs but with no success.
I can't either transfer it to a Floppy disk nor to the trash bin.
I suppose that the issue occured when my kid tried to transfer a document from the PC to the disk but
inadvertantly copied a wrong file and/or pulled out the disk before all the transfer/copy was performed.
When I am opening this Folder I get a list of approx. 80 files. In the column "Name" appears a blank square for each one, in the
column "Size" different sizes from 1KB up to 96,833KB, and in the column "Type" I have File or System File.

Waiting also for assistance.

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 11:51 AM

Hello Just Me

I did it!!!!!

I followed your commands and typed CHKDSK I: /R (I for the Removable disk Drive). I've got
"Unrecoverable error in folder/Letters" (Letters is the corrupted folder name).
"Convert folder to file (Y/N) Y"
"File and folder verification is complete"
"Convert lost chains to files (Y/N) Y"
"free space verification is complete"

It showed the size of the disk capacity, the free space and the used space....... Then:
"Windows has made correction to the file system"

I rechecked the corrupted folder and found it Empty, so I cancelled it

Thanks a lot :thumbsup:

Edited by sam-my, 30 May 2006 - 12:08 PM.


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Posted 30 May 2006 - 01:28 PM

oKay, I tried disk checking, didnt work :thumbsup:
Tried moving it to a floppy, didn't work :flowers:
The program I tried to delete the files with was moveonboot , and that did not work either
Grrrrrrrrrrrrr *mimes bashing laptop*
Any other suggestions that do not require fully recovering my system?
Tg1911 : The files that won't delete are on my desktop and are supposed to be the files for some attachments I recieved in an email. They don't open, and they are not viruses.

I fully appreciate everybody's help and advice!

thanks to all who tried

Edited by theenchantress, 30 May 2006 - 01:28 PM.


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Posted 30 May 2006 - 02:40 PM

oKay, I tried disk checking, didnt work :thumbsup:
Tried moving it to a floppy, didn't work :flowers:
The program I tried to delete the files with was moveonboot , and that did not work either
Grrrrrrrrrrrrr *mimes bashing laptop*
Any other suggestions that do not require fully recovering my system?
Tg1911 : The files that won't delete are on my desktop and are supposed to be the files for some attachments I recieved in an email. They don't open, and they are not viruses.

I fully appreciate everybody's help and advice!

thanks to all who tried


You tried Normal mode / safe mode. Someone here in the thread earlier asked for a file name(s) If these file(s) contain Special characters like "_$." or "~" they are system files in use... an example of this would be finding a "unerasable" file named " ~ " with no extension on your desktop. The file name "~" results when you have updated Addresses in your Outlook Express.

Edited by C J., 30 May 2006 - 02:41 PM.


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Posted 30 May 2006 - 02:41 PM

OT: Unlocker is great program for these purposes...you may want to add it to the list TG.

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 03:56 PM

If Unlocker doesn't work, there are loads of suggestions here for someone who had a similar problem.

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 04:24 PM

theenchantress,

Not sure what all you have tried so far. But have you tried just renaming the file to something like "old" or "pest" and then deleting or deleting in safe mode? Just a thought.

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 05:05 PM

How long have you had this file you are trying to delete?

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 05:51 PM

UNLOCKER ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :thumbsup: :inlove:

*party*

Thanx to ALLL OF YOU WHO TRIED TO HELP!!
I cold never have done this without you!!!!!
Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou!!!!!!!!! :flowers: :trumpet:

Over and out,
Theenchantress

Edited by theenchantress, 30 May 2006 - 05:51 PM.


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Posted 30 May 2006 - 05:51 PM

You're welcome, theenchantress.
Glad you were able to get your problem resolved.

OT: Unlocker is great program for these purposes...you may want to add it to the list TG.

It's already on my list of possible programs, for addition to the next Freeware List update.
I added it, back at the beginning of May.

Edited by tg1911, 30 May 2006 - 06:06 PM.

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