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Windows 7: Cannot delete file on external HDD

04 Mar 2014   #1
chaosrealm93

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Cannot delete file on external HDD

Hey,

I can't seem to delete this one file (Munich [720p].mkv) on my external HDD. I've tried rebooting and deleting from safe mode, using "unlocker", toggling the "enable thumbnails options" in gpedit.msc and cmd commands but i always get this message when i go to delete it "this action cannot be completed because the file is open in windows explorer". Any tips? Thanks.

*would trying to delete the file on another computer work?


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04 Mar 2014   #2
Alpha

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Try deleting the file through the command prompt. If all else fails get a copy of Ubuntu and delete it from there.
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04 Mar 2014   #3
chaosrealm93

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

huh...... ubuntu did the trick. never thought of that myself.. thanks!
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04 Mar 2014   #4
Alpha

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

When in doubt use the sudo judo
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04 Mar 2014   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

A reboot of Windows should also release the handles.
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04 Mar 2014   #6
chaosrealm93

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
A reboot of Windows should also release the handles.
first thing i tried. it didnt work
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04 Mar 2014   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chaosrealm93 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
A reboot of Windows should also release the handles.
first thing i tried. it didnt work
Hmm, that is the first time I have seen that a handle was not released with a reboot. But that is good to know. Thanks for the feedback.
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04 Mar 2014   #8
chaosrealm93

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chaosrealm93 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
A reboot of Windows should also release the handles.
first thing i tried. it didnt work
Hmm, that is the first time I have seen that a handle was not released with a reboot. But that is good to know. Thanks for the feedback.
me too. i've had the same problem happen in the past, but 9/10 times a reboot would fix it. that's why i was particularly frustrated this time
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04 Mar 2014   #9
chaosrealm93

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alpha View Post
When in doubt use the sudo judo
whats sudo judo?
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04 Mar 2014   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Well, sudo is a linux term that stands for Super User Do - I think. The Judo is just a gag that rhymes. Super User Do is the Linux equivalent to 'Run as Admin'.

It is always a good idea to have a selection of Linux tools in the drawer. This is my wonder weapon:

Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS
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