Can't delete folder

December 5, 2005 at 08:22:21
Specs: WinXP Home, 2.53 Ghz / 512 Mhz Ram
Hi. This morning a folder appeared on my desktop. It is empty and has no name. If I try to delete it I get message - Error Deleting File Or Folder, "Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk. Same with trying to name it, cut and paste it to recycle bin, etc. You can open it and it is empty. In properties it says - C:\DocumentsandSettings\Owner\Desktop.
I tried to delete it in safe mode and same thing happens.

Any ideas?

James.


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#1
December 5, 2005 at 08:27:55
just do this type on Run C:\DocumentsandSettings\Owner\Desktop
then drag the folder from your desktop and put it on the window that you opened.

i got more ideas so write back if that doesn't work

Mess with the best, die like the rest!!!!

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#2
December 5, 2005 at 08:38:17
Hi masterjuan.

I tried it and it says - C:\DocumentsandSettings\Owner\Desktop refers to a location that is unavailable etc.

I made a new folder but I can't move it into the new folder to try to delete the new folder. I can create a folder and put it into the problem folder though. But still can't delete the problem folder.

James.


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#3
December 5, 2005 at 08:42:10
I just tried -

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop

and it opened the window like you said but I can't drag the problem folder from desktop to the window that opened.

James.


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#4
December 5, 2005 at 09:08:17
Hi James masterjuan, hello everyone,

James,

Rename the folder to x

Click on Start and Run.

Type cmd and click OK.

At the prompt you should see;
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner

Type cd desktop and press [Enter]
*note the space after cd

You should now see;
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop

Type RMDIR x and press [Enter]
*note the space after RMDIR

The folder should be gone now.

Best Regards,
Mesich



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#5
December 5, 2005 at 09:25:02
Hi Mesich.

This folder has no name. I can't name it, or rename it. I tried RMDIR and just a space instead of "x" , no luck.

James.


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#6
December 5, 2005 at 09:31:39
Hi James, hello everyone,

James,

Right click on the folder and select Properties.

What does it say in the field next to the yellow icon folder towards the top?

Best Regards,
Mesich



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#7
December 5, 2005 at 09:51:00
Mesich,

There is nothing at all in there. If I click I can get the flashing vertical symbol that lets you enter a name but when I put anything in there such as "x" and then I click "apply" I get the error message. This folder has no name. Nothing at all. The view of the folder on the desktop is just a yellow folder with nothing below it. Strange huh?

James.


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#8
December 5, 2005 at 10:16:49
Hello everyone,

Very strange indeed James.

Go back to a command prompt.

Type cd desktop to get to the desktop directory.

Type dir and press [Enter]

You will see next to some of the entries [DIR]. These are the folders on your Desktop. Can you see one that is not related to any on your Desktop? If so, does it show a name there?


Best Regards,
Mesich



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#9
December 5, 2005 at 10:33:49
Mesich,
Here is what I get. The one to the right of 12:22 PM created today is the one with no name I guess.

James.

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>cd desktop dir
The system cannot find the path specified.

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>cd desktop

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop>dir
Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is 0050-E885

Directory of C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop

12/05/2005 12:22 PM <DIR>
12/01/2005 03:49 PM <DIR> DVD
09/17/2005 12:08 PM 1,455 Main Photos.lnk
12/01/2005 03:49 PM <DIR> Maintenance
09/13/2005 11:36 AM 712 Outlook Express.lnk
09/13/2005 03:59 PM 1,503 Paint.lnk
09/13/2005 12:42 PM <DIR> Phone Numbers
11/24/2005 03:04 PM <DIR> Photo Editing
09/13/2005 03:09 PM 1,302 Shortcut to Saved Emails.lnk
09/16/2005 10:06 AM 804 Windows Media Player.lnk
5 File(s) 5,776 bytes
5 Dir(s) 80,682,414,080 bytes free

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop>


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#10
December 5, 2005 at 10:56:46
Hello everyone,

Again, very strange.

Let's try to use a nice free utility to remove the folder on your next boot.

It's call MoveOnBoot and you can download it from here.

Best Regards,
Mesich



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#11
December 5, 2005 at 11:51:28
if that program doesn't work try this one
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Secure-cleaning/Pocket-Killbox.shtml
ITS FREE

also one more thing you could do try do put a word document in there and since the word document was put in the folder it won't be empty no more so there try to delete the folder and probably you are not going to get the message - Error Deleting File Or Folder, "Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk because there is something to delete just try it

any questions just write back

Mess with the best, die like the rest!!!!

PLEASE WRITER BACK IF MY ADVICE WAS HELPFUL


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#12
December 5, 2005 at 11:56:14
Mesich,

I tried move on boot but it wouldn't work due to the problem that the folder had no name. It said that the directory did not exist.

What I have done is a system restore, then the folder was gone and everything running right again. I turned off system restore, then turned it back on again. So now previous restore points are gone. I hate using system restore and rarely use it.

When something goes wrong I look at what I have done that is new in the past day or so. I recently (a few days ago) got rid of Norton Internet Security 2005 and Norton antivirus. It was slowing down my surfing. I liked the ad banner and pop up blocker is the main reason I used Norton. Comcast gives Mcafee free so I'm now using it. Antivirus, firewall, and privacy. I'm surfing broadband fast again but was disliking the ad banners that Mcafee does not block. I installed "Admuncher." It was doing a good job. But the strange folder has appeared on my desktop twice now. So must be admuncher or Mcafee.

Are you familiar with ad muncher? It's a 30 day trial thing. Do you know of any other ad banner blocker?

Thanks for all the info. I learned a lot. If I have any more problems I'll probably do a clean install.

James.


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#13
December 5, 2005 at 11:58:30
masterjuan,

Thanks for the info. I did the system restore before I saw your post. I'll try it if the folder comes up again.

James.


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#14
December 5, 2005 at 12:03:15
just so you know i think i found the right answer for your problem


Right-Clicked on the file icon and in menu selected "Open with....". Selected Notepad as program to use. The PC returned the following error......."This file does not exist......would you like to create a new one?". Click on "Yes" and it gives a blank Notepad screen, where you scribbled some text and then try to save the data......which is going to do it and now you have a working file with data in it which you delete.

Mess with the best, die like the rest!!!!

PLEASE WRITER BACK IF MY ADVICE WAS HELPFUL


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#15
December 31, 2005 at 11:48:39
masterjuan,

I am having the same problem and don't want to go the route of system restore.

your last post doesn't work with this file. I only have the option to "open". anyone else have any ideas?


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#16
January 2, 2006 at 22:32:44
I am also having the same problem, but I really do not want to system restore. Anyone know why this is happening and if there is another solution that works?

Thanks


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#17
January 4, 2006 at 20:37:10
Had the same problem. Folder with no name and couldnt delete it. Use this little app from here.
http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/

Install, then right click on the folder, select unlock. It might pop up a window saying there is no lock on the folder, select an action. In the drop down select Delete, and voila! its gone.


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#18
January 7, 2006 at 09:46:56
Go to a command prompt (cmd.exe)

type DIR /X /A

This will list the files' 8.3 name. Use del and delete the file using the 8.3 name.

example: to delete a file / folder named "THIS IS ONLY A TEST" type del thisis~1 <enter>



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#19
January 8, 2006 at 09:38:34
Woo hoo! I downloaded the "unlocker" program and it's gone! Thank you all! This is the first thread I found where folks actually worked to address this stupid problem! Thanks all!

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#20
January 9, 2006 at 17:54:15
Google with "cannot delete file" "cannot read from the source file or disk" "windows 2000" returned various info.
I needed to delete a folder that had a bad link. Used rd thisis~1 <enter>
and it worked.
Thx :)


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