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Windows 7: random unknown folder on my external drive refuses to delete.

14 Aug 2015   #1
Sylveon Fetish

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
random unknown folder on my external drive refuses to delete.

There is a file that I have no clue on what it is, it has only one file inside of it named $shtdwn$.req. I don't need it for anything and I have no clue on what it is. I never put it on the drive in the first place. If I try to delete the folder, it says I need permission from a user that is a random string of numbers. I am the only user of the computer and I am the only administrator. I cannot see why I cannot delete this folder and I have no clue what this phantom user is that is preventing me from deleting this folder. Please help me.

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14 Aug 2015   #2

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM

Can you delete the file inside the folder first, then delete the folder?
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14 Aug 2015   #3

Windows 10 Pro X64

Take Ownership of the folder. See here: Take Ownership Shortcut
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14 Aug 2015   #4
Sylveon Fetish

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1

I've installed the Take Ownership registry hack a number of times but it have never worked on this machine. It works on all my other machines. I am still stuck
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15 Aug 2015   #5

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan

There's a high chance the Take Ownership registry 'hack' will not work if there is a deny rule on the item.

Sylveon Fetish, it would help if we could see this folder's access control list. Could you open up a Command Prompt and run a command similar to
icacls "C:\path\to\random\unknown\folder"
and post back the output here.
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24 Aug 2015   #6

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

I know that this thread is a bit old - but it is not marked as solved.

Here is some info and a video that I made on randomly named folders:
Unnecessary files creating in External HDD

These temp folders sometimes hang around due to poorly written installers.

They appear on the drive with the most free space.

I use Unlocker (see warnings here) to get rid of these folders.
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