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    Resolved [Resolved] cannot delete folder because of a file that doesn't exist

    I have been searching far and wide on the web for a solution, with no luck. So I figured it was time to bring out the big guns and ask you guys.

    I am trying to delete a folder, but cannot because of a file which used to reside within it. The file was an email called:

    Long time...

    or

    Long time..

    and probably caused a problem because of the ellipsis. So the file disappeared (I have show hidden files selected), but the folder did not. When I try to delete the folder, I get an error message saying something like: Cannot delete Long time..: Cannot find the specified file. Make sure you specify the correct path and file name.

    I have tried deleting the folder in DOS, as well as del *.* within the folder. I also told the recycle bin that I didn't want files to go into the bin, but to be deleted immediately. Nothing is working for me. I tried to delete it using "Wipe Info" or whatever the Norton program is in SystemWorks.

    Any other ideas?
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    Re: cannot delete folder because of a file that doesn't exist

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    Re: cannot delete folder because of a file that doesn't exist

    Quote Originally Posted by Rangoon
    I have tried deleting the folder in DOS, as well as del *.* within the folder.
    Any other ideas?
    Did you boot the unit from a floppy dos boot disk?
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    Re: cannot delete folder because of a file that doesn't exist

    No, I just booted up into safe mode with only command line (tried run cmd, too). I will try that.

    Thanks.
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    Re: cannot delete folder because of a file that doesn't exist

    Well, now I feel like a real novice. I tried that, but I couldn't access any other drives. I think it's because my hard drives are all on controller cards. I made the boot disk from WinXP and made it bootable to DOS. So I got there, but then couldn't do anything. Is there a workaround for this situation? Or do I need to open the case and reconnect everything?
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    Re: cannot delete folder because of a file that doesn't exist

    If you visit www.bootdisk.com, there shold be an image that supports reading NTFS volumes. If your drives are on controller cards or are SATA, you might have difficulties acessing them. If the drive that the folder is on is IDE, why don't you put it on the motherboard controller when you boot from the floppy?

    If you can't delete it from safemode, I doubt you'll be able to do it from a boot disk that reads NTFS. Worth a shot though.

    There's a few apps that might be able to help here. I'll find the name of them and get back to you.

    You might also like to search the Registry for the folder name...

    I'm not real confident about these errors. I had an error identical to this in December. I exhausted my options and ended up reformatting to delete a folder that windows thought didn't exist - I could see it in Explorer, but kept getting the same error that you're getting.

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    Re: cannot delete folder because of a file that doesn't exist

    Try KillBox or MoveOnBoot.

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    Re: cannot delete folder because of a file that doesn't exist

    I just tried Pocket Killbox, and when I try to delete the file with that I get this error message:

    PendingFileRenameOperations Registry Data has been Removed by External Process!

    If I try to delete the directory in which it supposedly resides, the computer reboots (as it should according to the program) and nothing has changed. What a mystery. Maybe I can learn to live with this phantom file in peace. Any other ideas. I will try the other program tomorrow...Move On Boot.

    Thanks for the generous help as always.
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    Re: cannot delete folder because of a file that doesn't exist

    Silly outside shot suggestion : You could try creating the 'missing' file in the containing folder and try deleting again.
    If it still exists, Windows should ask you about overwrites.
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    Re: cannot delete folder because of a file that doesn't exist

    try Copylock, it has worked for me. get it HERE
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    Re: cannot delete folder because of a file that doesn't exist

    I tried Copylock, but no luck still. I couldn't locate the file with the delete file, rename file, or replace file functions, but when I went to delete its folder, the phantom file was listed there. However, when I tried to delete the folder, the operation failed.

    Any other ideas out there? I have tried recreating the file, and I even have another copy of that same file in its original state elsewhere. I moved that file there and it's the same story. I also thought of moving the file to a floppy and then casting that floppy disk into an active volcano. But I can't move the file.
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    Re: cannot delete folder because of a file that doesn't exist

    Could have a go at using Zap also
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    Re: cannot delete folder because of a file that doesn't exist

    did you try going into safe mode first? that might help.
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    Re: cannot delete folder because of a file that doesn't exist

    I tried Copylock from safemode, with the same results. Does this situation normally involve a file which still exists and is visible? Or is it not unique that the problematic file itself is gone (except that Copylock can see it, if only when I try to delete the folder containing it) in this case?
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    Re: cannot delete folder because of a file that doesn't exist

    Try going to a command prompt in the directory above the one you want to delete and typing:
    Code:
    attrib -r -s -h directoryname\*.* /s
    rd directoryname /s/q
    where directory name should be obvious. If that doesn't work, try killing the explorer process and repeating the above steps.

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