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Windows 7: location not found error

14 Feb 2013   #1

windows 7 pro 32 bit
 
 
location not found error

After changing my os from linux to Windows 7 , there are a few media files on my external hd that give the error location not found. It's not a big deal about the files as i can replace them, but i would like to be able remove them from the hd as now they are just empty folders, how would i remove them if every time i click on them i just get that error?

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14 Feb 2013   #2

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Does Windows recognize the disk, just not the files? Low-Level format the disk under Windows 7.

This free, for personal use, utility does a good job with external disks. I've used it a few times on USB connected drives. The free version is limited to 50MB/s (180GB/hr) but it's not all that bad unless you're trying to do it on a coffee break.

HDDGURU: HDD LLF Low Level Format Tool
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14 Feb 2013   #3

windows 7 pro 32 bit
 
 

Well out of around 600 files, windows does the "location not found" on maybe a dozen, so I don't want to format the disk as everything else is working. I was just hoping there was some way to get around the error message and force remove the file from the hard drive.
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14 Feb 2013   #4

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Ok. I thought you said it didn't matter about the files on the disk.

Try running a chkdsk on the drive.
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15 Feb 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 16 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Reserved Characters

Since Windows and Linux have different reserved characters, it's possible that the files have reserved characters in the names (e.g. ")

Do you have a Linux Live CD/DVD (or USB stick)?
If so, use that to delete the files you don't want.
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15 Feb 2013   #6

windows 7 pro 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Since Windows and Linux have different reserved characters, it's possible that the files have reserved characters in the names (e.g. ")

Do you have a Linux Live CD/DVD (or USB stick)?
If so, use that to delete the files you don't want.
cool that was the problem. I probably should have realized files with a : in them would be problematic in windows, haha thanks
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15 Feb 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 16 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

No problems.

It's easy to get "tripped up" by the reserved character sets when you are swapping between operating systems.

You should mark the thread as "Solved", if you are sure your problem is fixed.
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