Could not delete some files.
Recently faced rather strange trouble.
A while ago, my hard disc crashed. The help company managed to salvage most of the data. The greatest damage was caused to collection of anime pics. For some time I haven't checked them throughoutly, but now i found a huge number of files good for nothing, besides trashbin. I started to delete them. Yet some of them were impossible to remove. They were claimed to be used by some program. But - there is no program that could use these files. After I removed the ones not "used" and restarted my PC -- they were still counted as used.
Is there any way to deal with this problem? Thanks Beforehand!!
OS -- WinXP. All damaged file were saved on disc by Win98.
Progams ran togeter with process:
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it might be a bad sector
use partition magic 8 to seperate the bad sector.
look up a program called process explorer. I think I might have it in the freeware thread, so check there first. This is windows task manager.... on crack.
Once you have that up and running, go to Find, and select Find Handle. Once you've done that, search for the filename... or close to it. You get the idea. Once you've done that, the program will take you to the handle, and you can delete the handle call from withing whatever program is holding it.
This is kinda dangerous, and could destabilitize your system, but most of the time it works OK. Try this method at your own risk. I've done it quite a few times (some files explorer.exe likes to hold on to, like video's with previews on the side) and it doesn't kill the process, just the handle within the process. Once I did that, just went back to the file, and Shift+Del the little prick. XD
thanks to Silverwmoon!
Flash, Volvogga, thank you both!!!
Tried "Process Explorer" and it did the trick perfectly!