How to delete Found.000 directory and subdirectories?

  1. Posts : 184
    Windows 11 Pro

    How to delete Found.000 directory and subdirectories?

    I'm facing a rather strange situation.

    I have a directory on an external hard disk named found.000. Its attributes are Hidden and System. Inside it there is another directory named dir_00000000.chk. That one also has Hidden and System attributes.

    Now it's worth noting that in Windows Explorer the dir_00000000.chk directory is not shown, but I do see it with Total Commander.

    My problem is that I cannot remove these directories from the external hard disk. I tried various methods as Administrator, but the weird thing is that Windows informs me that I need a standard user account's permission to delete the dir_00000000.chk directory. I tried removing the two directories directly from an Administrator account as well as from a standard user account.

    I do not want to format the external hard disk because it holds my backups. Is there a way to remove those directories after all?

    EDIT: I don't know if this will help, but I delved into the Security settings in file properties and I got this message for each of the files below:

    An error occurred while applying security information to:


    Failed to enumerate objects in the container. Access is denied.

    The above appeared separately for each of the four entries. I had to press Continue in each case.
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  2. Posts : 35,442
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Hi, you should be able to delete anything you like if you boot using a live boot disk.

    That makes it really rather easy.

    Otherwise you could try
    Change Owner of File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 10

    windows - Remove found.000 folder completely - Super User
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  3. Posts : 184
    Windows 11 Pro
    Thread Starter

    I went to the second link that you gave me. I had seen it earlier before posting here, but there was no success in running cmd as Administrator. I'm guessing that after I played around with the Security settings, probably the one about enabling inheritance, made it possible to run cmd as Administrator and enter the dir_00000000.chk subdirectory. In there after some effort within other subdirectories that I discovered and finally having to change file attributes in some cases, I manged to delete everything. The whole process took me 8-10 minutes.

    To make certain that everything is fine I rebooted the PC and so far I don't notice anything unusual.
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  4. Posts : 35,442
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    A useful program for deleting and unlocking is Emco Unlockit (free). If necessary it will delete on restart.

    I just used it to delete Windows.old- it hadn't been deleted after the usual period.
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  5. Posts : 13,950
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503

    Unlocker is another good program for this, it's the one I use.
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  6. Posts : 35,442
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    That's useful in normal circumstances.. the Emco program goes further though..
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  7. Posts : 13,950
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503

    I just installed it, will try it for a bit. I do like the ability to check if something is locked already.

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