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Windows 7: can't delete folder when there is a subfolder

22 Mar 2016   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
can't delete folder when there is a subfolder

I just added a second hard drive to my windows 7 home theater PC. On the second drive when I go to delete a folder, That contain's another folder, I am told I don't have permission to delete the folder. So I have to open the first folder, delete it's contents, then I can delete the original folder.

Example I have a folder named: movie, This folder contains: tvshow.mp4, and folder subs.

If I try to delete folder movie, I get error "you do not have permission to delete this folder"

If I open folder movie, delete folder subs, no error. Then I delete folder Movie, no error.

This happens on every folder no matter the contents.

This does not happen on drive c: where the OS is installed.

I am using Win 7 pro. And there is only one account on the PC that is the admin. What do I need to do so I can just delete the parent folder without deleting each sub folder.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Mar 2016   #2

Windows 7 32 bit

Did the second drive already have files on it? If so it may not see the user on this machine as the owner of the files. A quick fix may be to set up the Take Ownership Shortcut
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Mar 2016   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Delete the subfolder first.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

25 Mar 2016   #4

Windows 10

Move the contents out of the folder, then delete it. No other way that could be available.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Mar 2016   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Download a program called Unlocker. Delete it with that. Logging in w/ safe mode also works sometimes.
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