cannot delete folder on external HD, even as admin


  1. Posts : 137
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       #1

    cannot delete folder on external HD, even as admin


    I am trying to delete this empty folder:

    cannot delete folder on external HD, even as admin-admin.jpg

    It said I needed admin privilege, so I clicked continue, then I got this error.

    Then, I ran Windows Explorer in admin mode and tried to delete it again and got this: cannot delete folder on external HD, even as admin-admin.jpg

    How do I delete this folder?
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  2. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1
       #2

    Use Take Ownership on the folder.

    Add Take Ownership to Context Menu in Windows 10
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  3. Posts : 137
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    Let me clarify this problem. There are two external harddrives. The first one, which I mentioned above, I fixed by right clicking on the hard drive itself, and setting permission for everyone.

    I tried this numerous times in the folder itself but it wouldn't work.

    Now I am having another problem. I have another external harddrive. There are a lot of weird named folders on it and I want to delete them. Permission is set for everyone but this doesn't work. It says you have to be administrator. I am, but I click "continue" anyway.

    I see this:cannot delete folder on external HD, even as admin-folder2.jpg

    I do not know who that program is it's referring to.

    Permissions are set.

    cannot delete folder on external HD, even as admin-folder3.jpg

    Will try your take ownership thing. STILL, I'm worried maybe these folders shouldn't be deleted?! Can external harddrives come with things that you aren't supposed to delete?

    This is what I'm talking about:

    Attachment 287806

    - - - Updated - - -

    No idea why that picture doesn't appear.
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  4. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1
       #4

    ironfist said:
    STILL, I'm worried maybe these folders shouldn't be deleted?! Can external harddrives come with things that you aren't supposed to delete?
    Permissions and ownership are two different things.

    To find out what account is attached to the SID -

    Open a Command prompt and enter (Copy and Paste) the following -

    wmic useraccount get name,sid

    To find out who the current owner of the folder is -

    Right-click on the folder.

    Select Properties.

    Click the Security tab.

    Click the Advanced button.

    To find out if any application is currently accessing that folder, do the following -

    Download the free Sysinternals tool Process Explorer.

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sys...ocess-explorer

    In the toolbar, click on Options > VirusTotal.com > Check VirusTotal.com

    Each process will be checked for malware, and the results displayed in a separate column.

    Click Find on the Process Explorer toolbar, then Find handle or DLL.

    Enter the drive letter (including the colon), and click Search.
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  5. Posts : 137
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    Thread Starter
       #5

    I am a little confused. If fixing permissions on harddrive 1 rebuilt the problem, why did making permissions the same on harddrive 2 not?
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