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  • Question

  • Hey, I have a folder on my external that I cannot delete, even though it is empty. I've tried going down many avenues, but can't seem to find out how to delete it. 

    If I try to delete it, I get the message "You require permission from Administrators to make change to this folder"

    It is currently read only, if I try to disable that, I get a message that says "You will need to provide administrator permission to change these attributes. Click Continue to complete this operation." If I click continue, it does nothing.

    When I go to the security tab and try to change permissions, I already have full control, and when I try to tick the box "Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object" I get the the message; "An error occurred while applying security information to: [drive letter:\folder name\Thumbs.db] Access is denied"

    So, I can't find any way of changing the file, nor deleting it; is there anything I'm missing? Any information/help greatly appreciated!

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012 1:27 PM

Answers

  • Hi,


    You can go to Safe Mode and then take Ownership of a File or Folder to check the result.  After that, you should able to delete it.


    If any error message received, please capture a screenshot and post it here.


    Hope this helps.


    Vincent Wang

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Wednesday, June 27, 2012 9:43 AM
    Thursday, June 14, 2012 9:12 AM

All replies

  • Instead of reseting teh permissions try taking ownership.

    Go to the Advanced Security Settings "Owner" tab.

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012 1:31 PM
  • you can download a free piece of software called unlocker which will remove it with no issue shoudl the folder have bugged.
    Wednesday, June 13, 2012 2:00 PM
  • I've tried both methods suggested, neither work. When I changed ownership to my user account, it said I would have to ask that account for permission, even though I'm signed into that account.

    Unlocker did nothing, like when I chose it, it does nothing, using LockHunter, I am told that the folder is not locked in any way.

    At this rate, I'm thinking I'm going to have to reformat, which I really didn't want to do. :(

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:00 PM
  • Hi,


    You can go to Safe Mode and then take Ownership of a File or Folder to check the result.  After that, you should able to delete it.


    If any error message received, please capture a screenshot and post it here.


    Hope this helps.


    Vincent Wang

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Wednesday, June 27, 2012 9:43 AM
    Thursday, June 14, 2012 9:12 AM
  • 1. Start Windows Explorer with SYSTEM rights interacively by scheduling elevated interactive task.

    2. If this does not help, use Process Monitor to pinpoint the cause of troubles.

    Regards

    Milos

    Thursday, June 14, 2012 9:30 AM
  • cannot delete file?

    Long Path Tool helped me in this situation. http://PathTooDeep.com


    • Proposed as answer by Gabriel Nar Friday, September 21, 2012 5:00 AM
    Friday, September 21, 2012 4:59 AM
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    Sunday, October 14, 2012 3:56 PM
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    Friday, August 9, 2013 4:14 PM