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    Help please - problem deleting folders

    Hi

    As above really. I bought another hard-drive to keep my music, pics, vids etc. So i fit it, initialise it, format it, all the bits, and it's working brilliantly.

    But...(there's always a but!)

    I copied all the files across and when i was sure they were all on the new hard-drive I clicked on the old ones and clicked delete. It has deleted all the files, but some of the folders are still there and when i try to delete them, i get an error message saying

    "Cannot delete [folder name]: it is being used by another person or program. Close any programs that may be using the file and try again".

    I have checked all the folders individually and they are empty. I have rebooted to ensure that nothing is using them , but still the same message.


    Does anybody have a clue as to what is going on??? Any help greatly appreciated!!!

    15 Comments

    Are you sure that there are no system files on thedrive you are trying to delete from?

    Original Poster

    i've moved all the files from the folders across to the new harddrive, and just want to delete the folders from my C drive. but i keep getting that error message. I mean, they are all empty, there's nothing there to use.
    I'm baffled :thinking:

    Reboot and try again.

    Original Poster

    i keep doing that, but nothing seems to work. i've tried renaming them, but apparently that's not allowed.

    have you tried safemode?

    I would try restarting and unplugging all your external hard drives. And once windows is loaded, try deleting the folder as the first thing you do. Just keep trying if that doesn't work. Just remember to try and delete those folders first thing you do everytime you load your computer...eventually it'll work. lol Don't need to keep restarting your computer until you can finally delete them...just try every time you need to restart.

    PapaSmurf;2254118

    i keep doing that, but nothing seems to work. i've tried renaming them, … i keep doing that, but nothing seems to work. i've tried renaming them, but apparently that's not allowed.



    Try this : ccollomb.free.fr/unl…er/

    You may need to press unlock a few times but it does work (I get the same problem).

    Also check that indexing is turned off on your hard drive as i'm convinced that adds to the problem.....

    do you have explorer set to display system files?

    You can use the ]Unlocker to stop the program (probably windows) from using the folders so you can delete them

    Edit: Woops, Shengis got there first :-O

    Original Poster

    dt_matthews;2254215

    do you have explorer set to display system files?


    how do you do that?

    Original Poster

    Shengis;2254205

    check that indexing is turned off on your hard drive as i'm convinced … check that indexing is turned off on your hard drive as i'm convinced that adds to the problem.....



    and how do i do this?

    PapaSmurf;2254307

    and how do i do this?



    My computer, right click the drive then properties, untick the box at the bottom. Try unlocker though (as its free), set it to delete in the bottom left hand box and keep pressing unlock all till you kill it :lol: It'll either delete it straight away or ask if you want it deleted at next reboot.

    PapaSmurf;2254118

    i keep doing that, but nothing seems to work. i've tried renaming them, … i keep doing that, but nothing seems to work. i've tried renaming them, but apparently that's not allowed.



    Have you disconnected the other drive as well?

    Original Poster

    Hurrah!!!! That Unlocker thing Shengis recommended worked a treat. Thanks all!!!!


    Rep left for everyone!!!

    Glad you're sorted. Now i've got a little puzzler if anybody can solve it...

    Right, you know when you click on say an .avi file, explorer reads the file to get the time, dimensions etc (basically the file info). Does anybody know how to shut that off? Windows 98 never did it and I find it VERY irritating as it slows everything down, another stepback in a windows upgrade imho. Not sure there is actually a solution but if anybody has any ideas or can suggest a good free alternative to windows explorer....
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