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Windows 7: Remove directory Issues

28 Nov 2010   #11
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

That's the main reason I name my drives/partitions as I do. It's a Dell Precision 370. When Win 7 is booted, they are:

D370_C (C: )
D370_D (D: )
D370_E (E: )
D370_F (F: )
D370_G (G: )
D370_H (H: )

That way I know no matter what actual drive letter is assigned in other environments, D370_C is always my Win 7 C: drive, etc.


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28 Nov 2010   #12
Tuck

Windows 7 Professional x32
 
 

It turns out that the drive letter did change, however I was still unsuccessful in deleting the folder from the installation disk command prompt. I think I'm just going to have to format the thing. Thanks to everybody who helped.
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28 Nov 2010   #13
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

It might have been interesting to see if the super hidden administrator account made any difference.
Hidden Administrator

Certainly not an account for day to day use.
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28 Nov 2010   #14
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tuck View Post
It turns out that the drive letter did change, however I was still unsuccessful in deleting the folder from the installation disk command prompt. I think I'm just going to have to format the thing. Thanks to everybody who helped.
What did it say when you tried deleting the folder?
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29 Nov 2010   #15
Tuck

Windows 7 Professional x32
 
 

The system could not find the folder specified. See the event log for details or something to that effect.
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29 Nov 2010   #16
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Tuck,

Do you have enough free space to temporarily copy everything on the corrupted drive that you want to keep to another drive/partition? Afterwards, format the currupted drive and copy everything back.
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29 Nov 2010   #17
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

You could have some really nasty corruption going on.

I don't know how adept you might be, But i can tell you that a Linux Live CD would probably delete those folders.
That is if they actually exist. ... they could be (not saying they are) ghost directories that are stuck out there and may not actually exist... cause by really nasty corruption.
Chkdsk could help remedy that issue. But if not, you may need to take more drastic measures...

One of those being... back up what data you can,,, then Nuke and reload.

Or......

If you are adept enough to learning,,,, you could try Puppy Linux Live CD.

Just download the latest release lupu-511.iso and burn to CD
Then boot your system with the CD like you would 7
just let the boot process go till you either get to a prompt (just select US or English) this is just language keyboard locations stuff
you may also have to select video resolution. just read what it says and follow the instructions.

Or it may just boot you right into the OS.

Then you will see an Icon called Mount,,,, click it once
There you should see your Drive or drives
You will have to mount each one to find what you are looking for or try going by size, or generally they will be listed in order like....

sda1 = C: (the boot drive)
sda2 = D: (the OS drive)
sda3= E: (other drive)

etc. or something similarly equal to that.

Then you can try right clicking those folders and find delete and delete then choose Quiet.
They should disappear.

Why?

Cause Linux does handle these things differently. It ignores much of the problems that Windows does not.
Linux is a good tool to have for situations just like this one.


Personally,, in these situations,, I would recommend the following very highly....

Back up data.....
Get Hard Drive Diags from Manufacturer
Run the diags a couple of times, just to be sure that there are not problems with the drive/drives themselves.
Format and reload windows from scratch.

If you have this kind of crazy corruption, there is no telling what else could be happening or might happen later
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29 Nov 2010   #18
Tuck

Windows 7 Professional x32
 
 

Ha I'm actually in the process of doing that now. I'm still encountering errors here and there, but these ones are more google-able.
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29 Nov 2010   #19
Tuck

Windows 7 Professional x32
 
 

Thanks for the suggestions Tepid, however, formatting seems so much easier at this point. I've already sunk enough hours of my life into this mess.
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29 Nov 2010   #20
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

hahaha,.,,, yeah, you might want to refresh the screen and re-read my post,, I edited and added stuff,, sorry,, bad habit of mine.
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