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Windows 7: Delete from external drive

19 Feb 2010   #1

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Delete from external drive

I regularly back up to my external hard drive. Now I want to delete some of the older backups but when I try to delete them, I get the message that I cannot delete because Windows Explorer is open and to close it first before deleting.

How am I supposed to see the files I need to delete if I don't have Explorer open?

I never had this problem before Windows 7.

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19 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Hi janey6,

I'd recommend trying some of the solutions mentioned here: Cannot delete file or folder | Windows Problem Solver

Let us know if you are successful! Good luck...

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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19 Feb 2010   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by janey6 View Post
I regularly back up to my external hard drive. Now I want to delete some of the older backups but when I try to delete them, I get the message that I cannot delete because Windows Explorer is open and to close it first before deleting.

How am I supposed to see the files I need to delete if I don't have Explorer open?

I never had this problem before Windows 7.
May want to look into this and give it a try. Whenever making changes create a system restore point first.

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I have not used it but a member says that it works on Vista and therefore should work on Windows 7. In this area they are the same.
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