Delete folder/files - access denied

December 6, 2016 at 02:14:54
Specs: Windows 7
My PC originally came with a normal SATA HD with Windows 7 installed.

Then I got an SSD and did a fresh installation of Windows 7 on the SSD.

The SSD is labeled C: while SATA HD is D:\

Now I am trying to delete the SATA's folders:

Program Files\

Program Files (x86)\



but it won't let me. I've tried Unlocker program, and even force delete command-prompt in Adminstrator-mode.

I even booted up in SAFE-MODE and it still says "Access Denied".

I've compared the C:\ with the corresponding D:\ folders and noted that the files already exist in C:\...

BUT Program Files\ is newer on C:\

WHILST the other 3 folders, D:\ seems newer.

If Windows 7 still uses folders/files from SATA D:\ (even though I did a fresh installation in C:\..... how can I transfer them to C:\ and get them deleted from D:?

PS: I could just take the SATA D:\ out and see what happens

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December 6, 2016 at 03:01:03
You may need to take ownership of the drive. have a look at this site

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December 6, 2016 at 12:49:29
Take the SATA drive out first and see if Windows runs normally. If so, and you don't want to keep any of the files on the D drive, then right click it and choose Format. If you want to keep some of the folders/files then copy them into a new folder on the C drive first then copy them back again afterwards.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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December 6, 2016 at 15:13:13
I would have left the original OS on the HDD as backup in case the SSD drive plays up.
In order to delete the folders, you need to take ownership of the folders and files as already suggested.

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