Access Denied \Device\HarddiskVolume1\...

Posted on 2006-03-23
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Have a ntfs HDD Folder and File I can't delete.
I've propogated my account (admin) as owner with full control thru all child objects from the top "R:\Temp" down.
But I still can't delete it or rename it.
I get the error: "The system cannot find the file specified."

Attributes shows none. i.e. no encryption.

When I bring up the file properties it only show the general tab.
It's size is 0 bytes

Any Ideas?

Question by:Suburb-Man
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    Expert Comment


    This is a shot in the dark but this app has helped me to delete files and folders when something was holding. It may be possible that a ghost app is holding this file and not allowing Windows to access it for the delete function.

    Let us know if this works for you.
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    Author Comment

    Sorry I'm not that trusting.
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    Expert Comment

    Is this a network drive?

    If it's a network drive then try to delete it from the computer that has the drive as local

    Hope this helps!

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    Author Comment

    Local Physical Drive.
    Ghost process is not running and disabled System Restore on Drive.

    Any other ideas?
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    Accepted Solution

    have you tried to delete it from the comman line?

    go to the folder and try del 002*

    you can try to delete using the short name

    Use dir /x to see the dos name of the folders and files

    use del  (or rd for directories) \\.\drive letter:\path\file name

    read also Q120716 from Microsoft Knowledge Base, it has more info if it continues to resist

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    Author Comment

    Even though DOS (CMD) line was my first alternate attempt, it did work this time.
    I believe it worked the second time because I had previously logged on local machine with the original Administrator account and took ownership.
    Even though at the time I got access denied, it must have changed enough, for DOS to del later.
       PC OS is WinXPSP2 on a domain
       ntfschk report any problems, (even though I suspected bad area/corrupted formatting.)

    Thanks for your efforts,

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