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  1. Posts : 23
    Windows 10 V1909

    Windows 10 - SystemResources Folder

    Recently I migrated an old hard drive to a new hard drive.

    Let's say the new hard drive is C:\ and this is where the windows operating system has been installed and running well.
    Now the old hard drive i put it now as D:\ as a general data but i observe that there is D:\Windows\SystemResources folder.
    When I try to delete that, it does not allow me to saying it must have Administrator rights.

    Question - what is this folder use for? Is it safe to delete?


    Please note when I peep inside that folder, this is what I see.Windows 10 - SystemResources Folder-annotation-2020-02-11-175736.jpg
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  2. Posts : 40,619
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Hi, you've not specified how you migrated from the old drive to the new drive. Cloning? A good guide is not to have two disks in your PC that in any way look like two occurrences of the same O/S - for example, I've no idea from what you say if you formatted the old drive at any point or deleted its partitions.

    One simple way that might help is to view the 'Date Created' column in file explorer. It could be that if you view the equivalent folder in your new disk, you will see the same things but with a later date. That would be a useful guide. Further, if you have that folder with the same content on your new disk, again that's a clue.

    A safe approach would be to rename the folder on your old disk and check all remains ok.

    Are there any other remnants of your old O/S on that disk?
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  3. Posts : 23
    Windows 10 V1909
    Thread Starter

    I did a new and clean install of Windows 10 in C:\
    I just put the old drive as slave and I didn't format it as i need to keep some of My Documents for accessibility. I did try to delete some Window folders in D:\ but it seems without success as what I have explained above.
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  4. Posts : 40,619
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Thank you so much for troubling to reply.

    I will presume you want to ask a question:
    'How do I delete such a folder?' as there's no question there.

    You can easily delete folders or files where permission is refused. Here, once again, are some methods:
    a. Use this tutorial and take ownership, then delete.
    Add Take Ownership to Context Menu in Windows 10
    b. Boot to a command prompt and then delete (Windows isn't running so no permission issues).
    c. Download and install a program such as
    Emco Unlockit (free).
    This lets you select the folder or file for deletio, and it is deleted on restart.
    d. Boot your PC from a live boot disk, navigate to the folder or file and delete it.
    e. Boot your PC from a Win 10 install medium, and via Repair your computer, navigate to a command prompt and then delete the file or folder.
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