Can't delete files on D drive

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August 15, 2010 at 16:58:20
Specs: Windows XP, P4 3.06 GHz / 512 MB
I've got two partitions on my system; C and D. After installing a fresh copy of Windows XP Pro on C - as my system was running really slow - I tried to delete some files on D drive to free up some space, but I couldn't. There's a folder named "888ad03f339d0dea90" which contains four subfolders: dotnetfx20, dotnetfx30, dotnetfx35 and tools. Each of these folders contains mostly .exe files and some other files. These might be from a previous installation of some software but I can't delete any of them. I get the error message, "Cannot delete (filename): Access is denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use."
I don't see any of these files running in the processes list in the task manager. I've tried deleting the files in Safe Mode and from command line as well but to no avail. MalwareBytes and my antivirus(MSSE) don't detect them as viruses. I can delete other .exe files on the drive though. I've tried ending the explorer.exe process and deleting them from CLI but that doesn't work either. Could there be a virus in this folder?

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#1
August 15, 2010 at 19:15:37
It's easy to wreck a computer by deleting files especially when you don't know what they are for. It can also lead to all sorts of orphaned registry entries. Windows is rightly warning you not to do so.

Google the file name dotnetfx20 and you will see that it is usually part of .Net Framework 2.0.

If you don't want .Net Framework then you'd be better off uninstalling it properly from Control Panel - Add/Remove.

If MalwareBytes and an MSEE virus scan don't detect anything than it's unlikely that you have got a virus. Reformatting (if that's what you did) usually kills of viruses.


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#2
August 15, 2010 at 20:17:59
finny22

Please do not copy/paste the whole question, we don't work that way on here.
If anyone wants to read the question they just look at the original posting.

EDIT:
Seems that post has now been removed.


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#3
August 16, 2010 at 07:45:42
@Derek
Please read my post again.
I've clearly mentioned that I just installed a fresh copy of Windows. I didn't install anything on D drive. Whatever is there, is from a previous installation. These folders and files have nothing to do with any of the installed programs.

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#4
August 16, 2010 at 08:19:33
OK, apologies, I obviously read it too quickly.

If you have room on the C drive you could copy the contents of D over into a folder, excluding the folder "888ad03f339d0dea90".
You could then format D and move the rest of the information back again.

Intuitively I still rather doubt this is a virus.

I trust I've read it right this time.


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#5
August 16, 2010 at 09:03:58
with a new install you get new security identifiers. Since they, the old and new don't match you can't delete files.

Web search taking ownership of files and then you should be able to delete no problem


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#6
August 16, 2010 at 09:07:17
@Derek
No need for apologies mate.
Yes you've read it right this time.
No I don't have enough room on C to accommodate everything from D. After some research on the net, I've come across this program called 'Unlocker' through which I'm able to delete these files one at a time, but there are about 100 of them. If I don't find a better solution, I guess this is the only way I'll have to do it. What I fail to understand is why I'm being denied access to delete the files when they're not in use by any program.
Anyway, thanks a lot for trying to help.

@wanderer
Thanks, I'll try what you've suggested.


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#7
August 16, 2010 at 09:15:09
Yes, there are various programs like that (such as Move On Boot) and maybe some are capable of multiple file deletions if you search around.

I didn't go that way as your problem was not on the C drive. As it turns out Windows was presumably locking the D drive files so they are still able to sort the problem.


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#8
August 16, 2010 at 10:15:23
Thanks a lot wanderer. That worked like a charm. These are the steps I followed:
Disabled simple file sharing from folder options.
Opened the properties of the folder I wanted to delete, clicked the security tab, and checked Full Control.
Then a simple shift-delete, and it was gone.

This is a great forum.
Thanks a lot!


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#9
August 16, 2010 at 11:18:14
Nice one and I'm sure wanderer will be pleased that you popped back to let us know.


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#10
October 21, 2010 at 10:32:13
I could not find the options wanderer suggested -- but I have windows xp home edition -- maybe the path is different.

However, after some experimenting, I found out that if I move the contents of the folder to another folder, I was able to delete the files from the new folder and then I was able to delete the original temporary folder.

A pain since I had hundreds of these temporary folders with the dotnetfx20,30,35 & tools, but it worked and I recovered the disk space.

Jared


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#11
October 27, 2010 at 01:38:54
MiniTool Partition Wizard can help you delete the file

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