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Windows 7: Cannot unlock a folder on External HD

15 Sep 2010   #1
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Cannot unlock a folder on External HD

One of the folders on my external hard drive is locked. I have been unable to unlock it. I get the message "Cannot unlock, some pocsses are still lockig it. The process seems to be "wmpnetwk.exe" I don't use WMP so will happily uninstall it if necessary but am a bit lost. Any help appreciated!


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15 Sep 2010   #2
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

I assume you have already tried disconnecting/reconnecting the external drive as well as rebooting?

I see that process running on my system but have not encountered the issue you are describing. What leads you to believe that is what's blocking you?

Instead of deleting wmp, click on Start, then type "Administrative Tools" then select Services. From there you can find "Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service". Right-click on it and then you can click on Stop to stop for this session or you can go into Properties and disable it to prevent it from running in the future.
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15 Sep 2010   #3
prabz

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

  • Try taking ownership of the folders and then delte them
  • Try using some programs like, Unlocker or File Assissin.
  • Try deleting them in safe mode with Admin account if the drive is detectable.
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15 Sep 2010   #4
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by prabz View Post
  • Try taking ownership of the folders and then delte them
  • Try using some programs like, Unlocker or File Assissin.
  • Try deleting them in safe mode with Admin account if the drive is detectable.
Thank you for your reply but I do not want to delete the folder and it was Unlocker that gave me the error message. Safemode returns the same result as normal mode.
Still the problem is now resolved but thank you anyway!
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15 Sep 2010   #5
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
... Still the problem is now resolved but thank you anyway!
So what was the solution?
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15 Sep 2010   #6
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
... Still the problem is now resolved but thank you anyway!
So what was the solution?
Sorry about this. I am having problems with my internet connections. I posted a reply to your post and then did the visitor message . The message was OK but the actual post got lost as my connection failed. Pain in the neck really but my ISP is sorting it, I hope!
I had done all you suggested but then disconnected the HD plugged it into my XP machine, unlocked the folder. Plugged it back into the Win 7 PC and it worked. Didn't really make sense to me but as it worked I put it down to one of lifes mysteries! That's my way of saying I've no idea how it happened
THanks anyway!
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16 Sep 2010   #7
prabz

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Glad that your issue resolved.
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