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    normallcy is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Whenver i try to delete some of the folders for files i download i keep getting messages saying:

    Error Deleting file or folder
    cannote delete _________: it is being used by another person or progrgam close any programs that might be using the file and try again.

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    Cannot delete ___________: Access denied
    make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

    now im not using these files anymore and all i want to do is delete them, but i seem unable too. Does any1 have any suggestions??? Help is appreciated.

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    download a program called Process Explorer. It's like Taskmanager on crack. Use it to search for a handle with the name of the file you want to delete. Remove (kill) the handle from the program that has it. Delete the file.

    Removing handles is dangerous. While it normaly doesn't cause problems, it can potentialy do some damage. Be carefull doing this.
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    The alternative (well it works for me at least) is to log out and back in again since that will kill the handle anyway.

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    Also, something I have done that (strangely) works, is to delete the contents of the folder first, then cut/pasting the empty file somewhere else, then deleting. Don't know why, but it sometimes works then...

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    or could it be bad sector? something to do with the hard drive, because I have one folder that I can't delete, it is empty (I check the hidden files too) and the folder doesn't have anything to do with the OS or any prog.
    Last edited by flash; 01-14-2007 at 04:56 PM.

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    Well thanks every1 XD!!!!

    Apparently after i turned my computer back on today i was able to delete one of the problem files. The other i tried to get rid of using process explorer, but i couldn't find a handle. So, i tried the cut/paste thing WoW!!! it worked!!!

    thanks

    oh ya it was odd cause before i deleted it the folder had no size, but once in the recycling bin its was 200kb bigger?? Apparently a credits file that the folder said was there wasn't >.<
    Last edited by normallcy; 01-15-2007 at 02:55 AM.

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    ah, windows never gives you the right results anyway for subdirectory sizes.

    Oh, and flash... chkdsk?
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    Quote Originally Posted by normallcy View Post
    Well thanks every1 XD!!!!

    Apparently after i turned my computer back on today i was able to delete one of the problem files. The other i tried to get rid of using process explorer, but i couldn't find a handle. So, i tried the cut/paste thing WoW!!! it worked!!!

    thanks

    oh ya it was odd cause before i deleted it the folder had no size, but once in the recycling bin its was 200kb bigger?? Apparently a credits file that the folder said was there wasn't >.<
    I know? Isn't that odd that it works? I can't really think of any reason why, but it does.

 

 

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