Cannot delete a file

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  1. Mike LS

    Mike LS Supporting Actor

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    I've got a video file that is corrupt and will not play. I'd like to delete it since having it does me no good, but for the last couple of weeks, I've been unable to do so.

    Whenever I try to delete it I get a dialog saying....



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    I've tried shredding programs and everything and nothing will allow me to delete this file.

    I've tried deleting it from another user account as well....still nothing.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Jason Merrick

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    Try booting into safe mode and deleting it. If that doesn't work, try from a command prompt.
     
  3. LewB

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    Perhaps the file is marked as 'read only'. If that's the case, this thread should help.
     
  4. Rob Gillespie

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    If you're on NT, 2000 or XP try taking ownership of the file first.
     
  5. Kevin P

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    Safe mode should do it. The message clearly indicates that's in use by a process so a reboot, even not necessarily into safe mode may free it up.

    If it were read-only or a permission problem he'd be getting a different message. And you can still delete read-only files, you just have to answer a confirmation prompt first.

    KJP
     
  6. BlakeN

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    I get this same msg all the time. I havent tried safemode as of yet but dos (yes winxp still has a command prompt lol) will usualy take care of it. The file isnt being used he is correct in stateing that its corrupt.

    Go start-->run and type cmd

    That will bring up your command line.

    navigate to the drive by typing X: where X is the driver letter.

    navigate to the directory like so

    cd theplacewhereikeepmyillegaldownloadedfriendsepisod es

    then type
    del *913*.*

    becarefull this will delete any file with 913 in the name so if you have another file with 913 you might want to change the name of it untill after you delete the file thats causing the problem.

    Hope it helps.
     
  7. Mike LS

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    It'll have to be safe mode then.....I've been trying to delete this thing for weeks with no success. I've rebooted several times in the process.

    I just logged onto my home PC from work and checked the properties of the file, and simply doing that slowed my system down so much that I thought it had locked up. I finally got control back and the properties dialog came up and it's not marked as read only.

    I'll try safe mode from home later and see what I get.
     
  8. Mike LS

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    OK, when I open the command prompt, it's automatically opened to cdocuments and settingsMichael and I'm unable to change the directory.
    It's been so long since I've dabbled in DOS that I've forgotten the commands.

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    OK, if I'd spend more time experimenting than asking questions I'd figure it out faster.

    That did the trick!

    Any ideas as to why some files refuse to delete through the normal means?
     
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  10. BlakeN

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    type cd .. (yes with the two ..) to backup untill your in your root directory aka C:

    Doh john beat me to the punch ... nice links btw

    I have no idea why it does that but its only happned to me with corrupt avi files.
     
  11. Kevin P

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  12. Mike LS

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    Kevin,

    Here's a question along those lines....I thought the same thing except my Win Explorer does not show the preview. I do wonder how to change to a view that does use the preview? I find it handy sometimes, but I can't see how to change that in XP Pro.

    ???
     
  13. Rob Gillespie

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    I don't think the Preview mode is even an option in Windows XP, at least not in the same way it used to be. A shame really because I liked that layout in 2000. In W2K you could even customize the HTML for folder views but I think that was something else dropped on XP.

    After all, an animated dog on the search function is massively more useful.
     
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