Windows 10 Administrator can't delete unwanted folder on USB

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  1. nocruoro's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Administrator can't delete unwanted folder on USB


    Just recently got a new Lenovo Ideapad S340 with windows 10 built in and I have spotted a problem with my external 1Terabyte harddrive while using it on it for the first time on it on this machine.

    The usb hard drive it has a folder stuck in it which wasn't there when it was purchased and it was only spotted recently. There's nothing in it but my own administrative account is unable to delete it.

    I've already deactivated User Account Control and pressed confirmed "you'll need administrative access" to delete it but it's not a Windows or System file?
    The folder is on top of the list called -

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  2. idgat's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    Boot the device into a Linux distro USB flash drive, and then connect the subject/target USB and do the delete.

    Alternatively, copy everything else to another destination, and reformat. Although looking at the list of folders, I suspect a lot of large files. Could be a time consuming process. Could use Robocopy to run unattended overnight, maybe.
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  3. FreeBooter's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Give Everyone group full access to external HDD this way you should able to delete the folder.

    Open the Command Prompt as a administrator and execute below command.

    Code:
    icacls D: /grant Everyone:F
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  4. ricardobohner's Avatar
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    Windows 10
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    It looks to me like a forbidden filename. Maybe created by a Smart TV or sudden remove of the flash drive without using the "Securely remove Hardware option" on the taskbar.

    If you have winrar installed you could try this: Right click the folder, Add to archive, choose the option "Delete files after archiving", click Ok, then delete the archived file itself.

    >> video <<

    Delete file using command Prompt:

    1. You can also open a command prompt where the file is located

    2. Type the command dir /a /x to get the dir's shortname

    3. Then delete the dir with the command RD /q /s ShortName

    >>Video<<
    Last edited by ricardobohner; 11 Mar 2020 at 05:54.
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  5. nocruoro's Avatar
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    idgat said:
    Alternatively, copy everything else to another destination, and reformat. Although looking at the list of folders, I suspect a lot of large files. Could be a time consuming process. Could use Robocopy to run unattended overnight, maybe.
    Might be the only viable option. A lot of my files are tv episodes series. Any programs for compressing large sizes into zip files before transfer.

    Also there is only one user on the computer
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  6. idgat's Avatar
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    nocruoro said:
    Might be the only viable option. A lot of my files are tv episodes series. Any programs for compressing large sizes into zip files before transfer.
    Also there is only one user on the computer
    Wouldn't achieve much. Digital files don't result in much reduction when compressed. Length of time taken to compress might take as long to copy (both ways) anyway.

    Alternatively, you could look at imaging, although that process is not faultless ... hate to think that an image could not be restored (if you don't have a backup).

    Having said that, might be an ideal opportunity to backup - copy (not move) existing files to external drive, fix the current problem, and copy (not move) files back. then keep the external drive as an ongoing backup.
    To run unattended copy, use Robocopy (copy and/or MIR commands) or setup a <> backup using SyncBackFree.
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  7. Posts : 711
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    Try this for EACH file in the folder.
    1.left click on the file
    2.then right click on same file
    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 radio button"remove the following properties from the file".
    7.in the same window,left click on"select all"
    8.in the same window,left click "o.k."
    9.in "details"tab window,left click "o.k."
    That file should be deleted.If so,then repeat for each file in the folder.
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  8. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
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    I have a Linux Mint computer running and a part of my need is exactly for such situations, has a program on it called GPARTED that can do more with partitioning and formatting drives than Windows and usually works with Thumb drives, only had a couple too corrupted to fix. The program can create partitions much larger and format as 32-bit than Windows can with its 32GB limit although Windows can use them, I've done as large as 500GB. All the USB Thumb drives I've had to deal with came as FAT32, largest has been 64GB. But FAT32 still has a single-file-size limit of 4GB, if needing more I go with exFAT instead of NTFS which allows use on Mac OS X and maybe osMAC [new name for newer versions].

    GPARTED has a downloadable LiveCD .iso file that can be used to burn an exact duplicate of the original Bootable disc.
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  9. nocruoro's Avatar
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    joeandmarg0 said:
    Try this for EACH file in the folder.
    1.left click on the file
    2.then right click on same file
    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 radio button"remove the following properties from the file".
    7.in the same window,left click on"select all"
    8.in the same window,left click "o.k."
    9.in "details"tab window,left click "o.k."
    That file should be deleted.If so,then repeat for each file in the folder.
    Already completely emptied the folder before posting here. (all it had was a duplicate of a photo folder) which i already deleted. This one was named Trash 1000 after it was temporarily used on ubuntu which i dont have anymore) Its the folder itself that won't delete itself.
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  10. Posts : 33
    Win 10 Pro V1909
       #10

    I have similar issues with the odd .mkv file that seems to lock up windows and refuses all attempts to delete even in safe mode (both on hard drives and usb sticks). I use a Windows 10 PE boot CD (plug flash drive/external drive in first before booting). I then use the WinPE file manager to delete offending files/folders easily.
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