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Windows 7: How do I delete zone identifier files?


15 Feb 2014   #1

Win 7 Home Premium 64
 
 
How do I delete zone identifier files?

Win 7 x64 OS. I did a data recovery to restore thousands of deleted files on my external hard drive. After the files were successfully restored, I also had thousands of 1kb "zone.identifier" files for each of the restored files. I've tried deleting the zone.identifier files but get an "Item Not found" error window, which says "This is no longer located in E:\. Verify the item's location and try again." So... how do I remove or delete these files?

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1) an example of the file & it's zone.identifier copy
2) the error message I get when I try to delete
3) the properties of the zone.identifier files (personal ID blacked out)



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15 Feb 2014   #2

Win 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Tried rebooting. Unwanted zone.identifier files remain.
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15 Feb 2014   #3

Win 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Solved.
1) My Computer
2) Right click on external HD
3) Properties
4) Tools
5) Error-checking - check now - Automatically fix file system errors
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15 Feb 2014   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Removing Zone Identifier

I know that you marked this as solved but here's some extra info.



The Attachment Manager in Windows protects you against unsafe attachments and downloads by identifying the file type and the respective security settings. Based on the Zone Information, if it identifies an attachment that might be unsafe, it prevents you from opening the file, or it warns you before you open the file.


The Zone.Identifier is an alternative data stream (ADS) stored by Windows in files downloaded from the Internet, email attachments or saved on your disk and you get a security warning when these files are used.


If you really want to remove alternate data streams (ADS) you could just use something like the free:


ADS (Alternate Data Streams) Scanner



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Personally I prefer to use UVK. Link not provided as some features are no longer free in the current version.



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16 Feb 2014   #5

Win 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Appreciate the additional information. Cheers.
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