Access Denied \Device\HarddiskVolume1\...

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?

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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.
Suburb-ManAuthor Commented:
Sorry I'm not that trusting.
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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Suburb-ManAuthor Commented:
Local Physical Drive.
Ghost process is not running and disabled System Restore on Drive.

Any other ideas?
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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Suburb-ManAuthor Commented:
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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