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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 114 posts 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. See attached screenshot Attached Thumbnails My System Specs
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 14 Aug 2015 #2 Boozad W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM 6,741 posts Wolverhampton, England Can you delete the file inside the folder first, then delete the folder? My System Specs
 14 Aug 2015 #3 Ztruker Windows 10 Pro X64 6,291 posts Space Coast of Florida Take Ownership of the folder. See here: Take Ownership Shortcut My System Specs
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 14 Aug 2015 #4 Sylveon Fetish Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 114 posts 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 My System Specs
 15 Aug 2015 #5 Pyprohly Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan 722 posts In a house 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 Code: icacls "C:\path\to\random\unknown\folder" and post back the output here. My System Specs
 24 Aug 2015 #6 UsernameIssues W7 Pro SP1 64bit 10,516 posts 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. My System Specs