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Windows 7: Delete folder/files - access denied

06 Dec 2016   #1

Windows Ultimate x64
Delete folder/files - access denied

My PC originally came with a normal SATA HD with Windows 7 installed.

Then I got an SSD and did a fresh installation of Windows 7 on the SSD.

The SSD is labeled C: while SATA HD is D:\

Now I am trying to delete the SATA's folders:

Program Files\

Program Files (x86)\



but it won't let me. I've tried Unlocker program, and even force delete command-prompt in Adminstrator-mode.

I even booted up in SAFE-MODE and it still says "Access Denied".

I've compared the C:\ with the corresponding D:\ folders and noted that the files already exist in C:\...

BUT Program Files\ is newer on C:\

WHILST the other 3 folders, D:\ seems newer.

If Windows 7 still uses folders/files from SATA D:\ (even though I did a fresh installation in C:\..... how can I transfer them to C:\ and get them deleted from D:?

PS: I could just take the SATA D:\ out and see what happens

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06 Dec 2016   #2

Windows 7 HP 64

Please edit your profile and add all your hardware information.
Is your computer a Desktop or a Laptop?
Let's see if I understood. You don't format the HDD because you want to keep your data on the HDD (that was on \users folder) and clean the old windows installation. Right?
When you did a clean installation on the SSD, did you remove the HDD? How big is your SSD?
Does your computer work fine without the HDD?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Dec 2016   #3

win 8 32 bit

The folders will be owned by your old Sid you will need to take ownership to delete them
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06 Dec 2016   #4

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

Expanding on what Samuria has pitched, here you’ll find the tool of which you can do so.
Take Ownership Shortcut
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