Unable to delete folder, see pic

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  1. Posts : 81
    Win 10 Home Latest Version
       #1

    Unable to delete folder, see pic


    Iím using Windows 10 with 1903. Iím unable to delete some folders aka directories. See the pic below. I tried various command line commands but they didnít work. Like Ďí
    Code:
    C:path>rmdir /q /s foldername
    Ďí didnít work. How can I delete these two directories? The folders don't appear in the dir/x command results. Thx,

    Unable to delete folder, see pic-2019-10-17-unable-delete-directories-crpd.jpg
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  2. Posts : 4,101
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #2

    Try to do a disk check.
    Open a CMD window as administrator and type:
    chkdsk c: /f

    It will say that the disk is in use and if you want to do no next boot = yes
    Reboot
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  3. Posts : 891
    W10-2009 19042.1348
       #3

    You are trying to delete folders in a library - they may have disappeared or got corrupted, so instead try rt-clicking on the level up ('pictures', immediately below 'music') and you should see the various folders in the library. Then try removing the offending folders.

    Note that I don't use libraries myself, but turned them on to test, added a new folder, then renamed the source, hoping to get behaviour like yours, but the library just adjusted to the new name. So I instead deleted the source, and got the '... is unavailable...' message box you got. Deleting from the library made it disappear.

    hth, Martin
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  4. Posts : 55
    Winows 10 Pro 1809
       #4

    Try download PowerRun64 (download link is at the very bottom) and 7zip (the 2nd download link "x64"), open PowerRun64 and drag 7zip into white space in PowerRun64 and after dragging it, click the newly added 7zip file and click the > run button on the top left and head to C:\Users\Advait-Standard\Pictures\Vaishnavi right click and delete Vaishnavi, but be careful, it wont warn you nor will it move to recycle bin, itll be deleted immediatly, not 100% sure if this will work for corrupted folders but definetly worth a try.
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  5. Posts : 11,676
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1776
       #5

    I suggest that you first open File explorer & go to the path
    C:\Users\%UserName%
    {you can just copy & paste that line straight into File explorer's address bar}

    You should now be looking at the real location of your Pictures folder not its appearance-only reflection within your Library.

    Then check it has the Pictures subfolder.
    Then look in the Pictures subfolder and see what subfolders it has.

    Denis
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  6. Posts : 7,484
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #6

    Boot your PC from a Linux device. The folders can then be deleted.
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  7. Posts : 1,169
    win10 home
       #7

    Try this
    1 left click on file/folder
    2 right click on a file/folder
    3 left click on PROPERTIES
    4 left click on DETAILS tab
    5 at the bottom of the window,left click on "Remove properties and personal information"
    6 In the new window,left click on the second rdio button "Remove the following properties from this file".
    7 in the SAME window,left click on "SELECT ALL"
    8 in the SAME window,left click on O.K.
    9 in DETAILS tab window,left click on O.K.
    10 Should now be in the Recycle Bin
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  8. Posts : 81
    Win 10 Home Latest Version
    Thread Starter
       #8

    mngerhold said:
    You are trying to delete folders in a library - they may have disappeared or got corrupted, so instead try rt-clicking on the level up ('pictures', immediately below 'music') and you should see the various folders in the library. Then try removing the offending folders.
    Note that I don't use libraries myself, but turned them on to test, added a new folder, then renamed the source, hoping to get behaviour like yours, but the library just adjusted to the new name. So I instead deleted the source, and got the '... is unavailable...' message box you got. Deleting from the library made it disappear.hth, Martin
    Here's the image of what I see. Nothing I can delete. Any way to fix this?

    Unable to delete folder, see pic-2019-10-18-unable-delete-directories.jpg

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    Try3 said:
    I suggest that you first open File explorer & go to the path C:\Users\%UserName% {you can just copy & paste that line straight into File explorer's address bar}
    You should now be looking at the real location of your Pictures folder not its appearance-only reflection within your Library.
    Then check it has the Pictures subfolder. Then look in the Pictures subfolder and see what subfolders it has. --Denis
    Followed your instructions and the 2 zombie folders were not there. Any ideas? Thanks,

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    #Matthew Wai @Matthew Wai ''Boot your PC from a Linux device. The folders can then be deleted.''

    A very good idea but I don't have a Linux device. You mean something like WSL?

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    @joeandmarg0 When I look at the Properties box there's no Details tab. Anyway to delete these folders? Thanks,
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  9. Posts : 7,484
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
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    @ m3110w
    You can create a Linux device for free as long as you have a 2-GB USB stick or SD card.
    I have a 2-GB bootable Linux SD card. Years ago, when I had some folders that could not be deleted by Windows, I used Linux to deleted them.
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  10. Posts : 11,676
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1776
       #10

    I now suggest that you start a new thread called something like Non-existent folders shown in Library - how to delete the false entry

    This would be a good course of action because you have now identified that you are not dealing with difficult-to-delete folders but with false Library entries.

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    By the way, not that it is relevant to the current situation, you can boot from a self-created Windows 10 installation disk to manually delete things that Windows wants to stop you deleting. Not that this is relevant to the current situation.
    - Create a bootable installation disk - TenForumsTutorials
    - You boot from the disk [USBs are convenient but I understand that DVDs can still be used]
    - Boot from USB Drive - TenForumsTutorials
    - Go through the dialog about selecting language, formats, keyboard
    - At the Install now screen choose Repair your computer instead
    - Go through the Troubleshoot, Advanced, Command prompt menu options and then use that to navigate around
    - You can enter Notepad in the Command prompt to open this utility and use it as a very basic form of File explorer [you can open multiple Notepad windows and you can keep using the command prompt in parallel with it]
    - Not that this is relevant to the current situation.

    Denis
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