location not found error


  1. Posts : 59
    windows 7 pro 32 bit
       #1

    location not found error


    After changing my os from linux to win7 , there are a few media files on my external hd that give the error location not found. It's not a big deal about the files as i can replace them, but i would like to be able remove them from the hd as now they are just empty folders, how would i remove them if every time i click on them i just get that error?
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  2. Posts : 4,161
    Windows 7 Pro-x64
       #2

    Does Windows recognize the disk, just not the files? Low-Level format the disk under Windows 7.

    This free, for personal use, utility does a good job with external disks. I've used it a few times on USB connected drives. The free version is limited to 50MB/s (180GB/hr) but it's not all that bad unless you're trying to do it on a coffee break.

    HDDGURU: HDD LLF Low Level Format Tool
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  3. Posts : 59
    windows 7 pro 32 bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Well out of around 600 files, windows does the "location not found" on maybe a dozen, so I don't want to format the disk as everything else is working. I was just hoping there was some way to get around the error message and force remove the file from the hard drive.
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  4. Posts : 4,161
    Windows 7 Pro-x64
       #4

    Ok. I thought you said it didn't matter about the files on the disk.

    Try running a chkdsk on the drive.
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  5. Posts : 4,047
    W7 Ultimate SP1, LM19.2 MATE, W10 Home 1703, W10 Pro 1703 VM, #All 64 bit
       #5

    Reserved Characters


    Since Windows and Linux have different reserved characters, it's possible that the files have reserved characters in the names (e.g. ")

    Do you have a Linux Live CD/DVD (or USB stick)?
    If so, use that to delete the files you don't want. :)
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  6. Posts : 59
    windows 7 pro 32 bit
    Thread Starter
       #6

    lehnerus2000 said:
    Since Windows and Linux have different reserved characters, it's possible that the files have reserved characters in the names (e.g. ")

    Do you have a Linux Live CD/DVD (or USB stick)?
    If so, use that to delete the files you don't want. :)
    cool that was the problem. I probably should have realized files with a : in them would be problematic in windows, haha thanks
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  7. Posts : 4,047
    W7 Ultimate SP1, LM19.2 MATE, W10 Home 1703, W10 Pro 1703 VM, #All 64 bit
       #7

    No problems. :)

    It's easy to get "tripped up" by the reserved character sets when you are swapping between operating systems.

    You should mark the thread as "Solved", if you are sure your problem is fixed. :)
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