Windows 2000 "Black Hole" Folder
Posted on 2004-09-01
Windows 2000 machine running Imail Server under NTFS.
Norton Antivirus scanned inside mail "Spool" folder, I guess corrupting files inside.
Folder was successfully moved and renamed to take care of problem with Imail.
Left with "oldspool" folder on desktop.
This folder cannot be deleted. I don't believe this to be a permission problem. I am unable to run some scans as they will scan this folder indefinately.
What I've tried:
Under 2000 GUI - Dropping in recycle bin.
Using a file shredding program.
Killing explorer.exe and deleting from a command prompt.
Moving to a temporary second HDD.
From repair console: Using "del" command on folder.
Using del *.* inside the folder.
Odd things I've noted:
If I right click on the file and click properties, size and size on disk grow infinitely.
Double-clicking the folder will open the folder and it will show 0 files and 0 folders but with an hourglass cursor if I hover over the window.
If I drop a file in the folder it is not displayed. However if I drop another file in the folder with the same name, I will get an overwrite error.
I never get an error when trying to delete the folder, just a never ending deleting notice.
This is crazy. Any ideas? I'll try anything at this point. I also tried using a marker the same color as the desktop and coloring the monitor over the folder. This appeared to work, but I still have problems.