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Unable to delete media files on all drives.

Posted on 2003-12-08
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I seem to be unable to move, delete or rename any file on any drive related to media, ie. mp3's, avi's, mpg's etc etc.
When i try i get told another user or program is using it, but i have checked task manager for anything, ive tried booting into safe mode to do it aswell.
Ive also tried doing it through cmd but still i cannot perform any of the operations above.
Ive checked for attributes such as read only aswell.
Im currently using Windows Xp Pro.
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Hi DC4CPL,
To know which process is accessing the file, you may consider using Process Explorer.
http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/procexp.shtml

Now you can find out. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded

Cheers!
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by:Goofytouy
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Hi DC4CPL!!


Try doing the following:

1) Right-click one of that files
2) Select Properties
3) Select Security folder

On it, check which permissions are given to your user.
Try to checkmark all permissions and click apply. If it did not return any error, click Accept and try to delete or move the file.

If continues returning the same error, well... give Shivsa option a try...eventhough the shivsa program works for NT Server 4 (i did not try it on w2k nor XP)..

GoofytoUy
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by:Callandor
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If you use a virtual drive, that may have a movie loaded onto it.  Your startup may be set to load a media player program, and it may be reserving those files.
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try playing a file that you are not trying to move with media player whilst moving the files you want to move, a bit long-winded i know, but it worked for me.

Aki.
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