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Windows 7: Can not delete file just says preparing to recycle

18 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Can not delete file just says preparing to recycle


I have found that some files on an external HD will not transfer across when I try to move them to my laptop I get an error about that particular file. As it turns out I don't actually need this file anymore so I tried to delete it however when ever I try to click on the file it doesn't respond and I need task manager or if I try to delete it it just says preparing to recycle and will not do anything it just stays like this for ages until I hit cancel.... Any ideas?


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19 Jan 2013   #2

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You could try using one of these free utilities to see if it will delete the file for you.


Malwarebytes : Remove any locked file with FileASSASSIN

As to why some files won't delete, it's hard to say. Your user account could be damaged or corrupt. You could create a new user account and see if that will let you delete the file.

User Account - Create

Does the file have a lock icon? Have you used any kind of encryption software? If you right-click on the file does a context menu open up with a "Share with" option? As I said, there are many possibilities why you can't delete it.
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