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Windows 7: One folder with files, inside a number of empty folders

13 Dec 2012   #31
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Could you please tell me the difference between the two commands 'del' and 'RD /S /Q'.

I would also like to get familiar with the Process Explorer. Could you direct me to a tutorial for same.

Regards


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13 Dec 2012   #32
Just married

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
files in folder C, no files in A,B folders

I have seen creators of software create folders with hideen files, how they do that I do not know is one thing to think about. First open Folder Options, click the View tab, locate the option LOCATE HIDDEN FOLDERS AND FILES, place a dot in that option. Then check the folders that did not show anything in them, if there is still no files in them go back to folder options and remove the dot you added and make sure the option above that one has the dot.

Since you know what the files are in the folder that contains the files, create a new folder in the same drive the A folder is in with the folder name that relates to the files. Locate the files in folder C, select them, right click them and choose cut, then open the folder you created and in the blank space in that folder right click and choose paste. Then Delete the folder that contains the empty folders and files. Problem solved. One folder containg the files.
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13 Dec 2012   #33
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melita View Post
Could you please tell me the difference between the two commands 'del' and 'RD /S /Q'.

I would also like to get familiar with the Process Explorer. Could you direct me to a tutorial for same.

Regards
del or erase
Deletes one or more files.
This command is used to delete a particular or more files.
Syntax: del filenameerase filename
Options: *.* All files in current folder*.* /s all files in current folder and sub folders,

rd, rmdir - Both mean "remove directory"
Removes (deletes) a directory.
RD [/S] [/Q] [drive:] path
RMDIR [/S] [/Q] [drive:] path
/S Removes all directories and files in the specified directory in addition to
the directory itself. Used to remove a directory tree.
/Q Quiet mode. Do not ask if OK to remove a directory tree with /S.

The following should help with explaining and using Process Explorer:

Tutorial and Advance Troubleshooting using Process Explorer | Captain Debugger

HTH
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13 Dec 2012   #34
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you very much.
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13 Dec 2012   #35
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hello Just married,

I am reluctant to use the 'cut' method on valuable files, for fear of losing them. I tried many similar methods but they didn't work. Thank you for this information.

Regards.
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13 Dec 2012   #36
Just married

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Folders some with files some without

I have no problem with CUT as long as no other action like cut, copy, paste is done before a paste which removes the files from que. You can use Copy, but then you must go back and delete all the folders that you had originaly. I have done with a thousand times, has not failed me yet. I am allways moving files and folders from one place to another. I teach a computer club in the retirement community I live in and wind up with lots of files some i want to keep and put them in an isolated place like a flash drive or an external hard drive for storage or what ever.
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13 Dec 2012   #37
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I myself never had a problem with files and folders before this. For some obscure reason these particular folders refused to delete.

Regards.
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13 Dec 2012   #38
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I did a little more checking for a good tutorial on Process Explorer and found the following;

http://www.k-state.edu/its/security/...al_Handout.pdf

It appears to be more in-depth and with fewer grammatical mistakes.
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13 Dec 2012   #39
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you for all the help. I shall keep both these articles about the Process Explorer. I don't understand most of it but I will keep at it!

Best regards.
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13 Dec 2012   #40
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

just chiming in, I'd personally move the files out of those folders, and then do a disk check (both options checked). It isn't the first time something like this turned out to be a filesystem error, that diskcheck fixed.

In case the issue persists, I'd use a linux liveCD (or pendrive) to boot a Linux flavor instead of Win 7, then proceed to do such housekeeping without any interference. (as Linux does not care of Win 7's things, which cuts both ways as you can ruin the installation if you run amok and delete system files, as long as you are playing with stuff in My Documents you should be safe).

I use Puppy Linux, but you can use ubuntu as long as when you see this screen you choose Try Ubuntu.
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