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Windows 7: Nothing on my C: Drive will delete

07 Oct 2016   #1
BPC

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Nothing on my C: Drive will delete

Hi! I can't delete anything from my C: drive. I want to delete everything on C: drive. It goes through the usual 'are you sure you want to delete, then asks for permission (which is new), then when I give it permission, the bar up the top of the Windows box goes green like it's loading something, but never does anything. I've tried taking ownership, and cutting and pasting into another drive and deleting it from there. Also, I've read you can do it through command prompt, but you have to put in individual file names, and I have 442GB of individual files to delete!
PLEASE HELP! Thanks so much


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07 Oct 2016   #2
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Hi BPC, welcome to the Forum.

I can't understand what you are trying to achieve. You say you have reformatted your C: drive, which is normally the one that has the Windows Operating System on it, then you have used a file recovery program to recover lost files.

If you reformat a drive it wipes all the information from it, so why do you need to recover files that have already been deleted with the reformat, then from what you say to delete them again.

Could you please explain exactly what you want to do. If Windows 7 was on your C: drive it will have been deleted with the reformat.
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07 Oct 2016   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Exactly, just format it.

With your install DVD or...

Partition Wizard.

Bootable Partition Manager| MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition

Or, are you saying you`ve reinstalled windows, used a file recovery program to recover files, and can`t delete them, and you do not want to reinstall windows again ?????

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08 Oct 2016   #4
BPC

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
Hi BPC, welcome to the Forum.

I can't understand what you are trying to achieve. You say you have reformatted your C: drive, which is normally the one that has the Windows Operating System on it, then you have used a file recovery program to recover lost files.

If you reformat a drive it wipes all the information from it, so why do you need to recover files that have already been deleted with the reformat, then from what you say to delete them again.

Could you please explain exactly what you want to do. If Windows 7 was on your C: drive it will have been deleted with the reformat.
Hi Ranger4, thanks for your reply. Sorry, that was worded confusingly! Before the format, I saved all of my files to another drive, then after format lost some of them, so I used a recovery program to recover them and save them on C drive. But the files it found are not the ones I lost, so I want to delete them. I want to delete everything on it. I have edited my original post so it's not confusing anymore! Thanks
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08 Oct 2016   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Are you the only user on the computer ?

Are you the Administrator ?
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08 Oct 2016   #6
BPC

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Exactly, just format it.

With your install DVD or...

Partition Wizard.

Bootable Partition Manager| MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition

Or, are you saying you`ve reinstalled windows, used a file recovery program to recover files, and can`t delete them, and you do not want to reinstall windows again ?????

Hi, I am kind of regretting even mentioning that I formatted and used a recovery tool now, as it seems to be the main focus of the replies so far and it isn't the real problem. I just thought I should mention it, just so people have a background on what has happened with the computer recently. It really isn't the problem, though. The problem is that I can't delete files off my C drive. Sorry to be confusing
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08 Oct 2016   #7
BPC

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Are you the only user on the computer ?

Are you the Administrator ?
Yup I'm the only user, and I thought I was the administrator, but maybe I'm not, cos it asks for permission from the administrator. But when I say yes you can have permission, it lets me, so maybe I am? Not sure. Sorry I can't be more helpful
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08 Oct 2016   #8
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi BPC,
Sounds like the recovery media you used has changed the permission.
Are the files/folders all personnel, (some MS core files/folders cannot be removed).
What type of files are they.

The hammer approach which i DO NOT advocate unless you know what your doing.
Program files select xxxx > expand >> delete the files within the folders from the Bottom up.
Even then it might not delete them.

Roy
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08 Oct 2016   #9
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Where, in what directory, on C are the files you wish to delete? If all else fails, you can boot a usb or dvd Puppy Linux, use its file manager to delete those pesky files. I assume you have already tried Safe Mode?
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08 Oct 2016   #10
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Hi BPC,

I have a few questions but not related to your problem - which honestly I can't digest or understand ( the problem) and just puzzled how such a thing can happen unless you had meddled with permissions. So I am curiously following this thread.

The off-topic questions:

You say you own the computer but you don't know who is the manufacturer/model number(as per your system specs). Is that even possible?

And you mention the OS as Victoria. Don't you even know which operating system is in use in your system and specify it correctly?

If I remember correct, there was another OP here sometime back who mentioned his OS as Victoria. Are you the same person in a new avatar? ( I don't remember which and on what topic that thread was, but clearly remember OS Victoria mentioned in it. )
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