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Windows 7: Endless, Infinite, Never Ending folder... How to delete?!

14 Apr 2011   #31
Orbital Shark

 
 

An old explainiation but still a good'un, reminds me of the good ol' DOS days

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What Are Cross-linked Files?

MS-DOS organizes the disk's data area into sections called clusters or allocation units. Each file has its own directory entry, which includes the file name, size, attribute information, date, time, and the cluster where the start of the file is stored.

The file allocation table (FAT) includes an entry for each cluster. Each cluster's entry includes either a code specifying that it is the last cluster in the file, or the number of the next cluster used by the file. Clusters can also be marked unusable, which CHKDSK reports as bad sectors.

Cross-linked files occur when two or more files are both marked as "owning" the same cluster. Usually, the last file updated is correct; the other is correct except for the cluster's worth that is part of the other file.

For example, suppose you have two files, each 512 bytes in size. Each file requires one cluster. If both files are marked as being located in cluster 5, then cluster 5 probably contains the file with the later date. You can confirm this by looking at it (if it's a data file) or running it (if it's a program).
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14 Apr 2011   #32
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Lame Explanation

On your disks there exists indices of all the files stored. The directory tree is displayed or "written" form these indices. When these indices become corrupt or jumbled. You directory tree can show some files that do not exist or miss files that do exist. That is the best I can do for an explanation.

Oribital Shark's explanation is really a good one!
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14 Apr 2011   #33
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
UH OH

The Sharks are circling.
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14 Apr 2011   #34
noisyscanner

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I think I get what you're saying. So this is a hard drive thing, not a Windows thing?
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14 Apr 2011   #35
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

This absolutely is a case of permissions being altered, possibly even while the system was still on Vista.

Number one, upgrade was a huge mistake. Upgrades never go well and will get worse over time.

Number two, you won't be able to fix this problem. It is too complex.

In the time taken at this point to discuss it, you could have already backed up any important files and performed a full, clean install. This is what you will HAVE to do to have a functional system. Period. Get started.
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14 Apr 2011   #36
noisyscanner

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
I have Ubuntu, too.

Will re-installing screw up my Ubuntu install?
And anyway, I'll have to wait until I get home before I can because I'm at my Mum's.
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14 Apr 2011   #37
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noisyscanner View Post
Will re-installing screw up my Ubuntu install?
And anyway, I'll have to wait until I get home before I can because I'm at my Mum's.
I would recommend you not worry about the Ubuntu install unless it is your primary operating system. You need to format the drive to get your full, clean install of 7, so yes, it will kill it. Reinstall Ubuntu later.
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14 Apr 2011   #38
noisyscanner

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Well I'm debating on wheter to ditch Ubuntu all together actually as I keep having to boot into Windows to use iTunes for my new iPhone. So I'll probably just forget about Ubuntu.
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14 Apr 2011   #39
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noisyscanner View Post
Well I'm debating on wheter to ditch Ubuntu all together actually as I keep having to boot into Windows to use iTunes for my new iPhone. So I'll probably just forget about Ubuntu.
You can always put it back....it takes like 20 minutes to install.
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28 Apr 2011   #40
noisyscanner

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I don't have a Windows 7 Install disk! Just a Toshiba upgrade disk. I popped that in and re-installed Windows 7 but all it did was wipe my programs and files and backup all my other stuff to Windows.old.000. Windows.old is still there!
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