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Windows 2003: cannot delete files

I am trying to remove a bunch of old files that were restored from a failed server (WIN NT)to my current server(Win2k3). When I try to delete them I get this message "make sure the disk is not full or write protected and that the file is not in use". These files are old and are NOT in use, I checked. Many have the ? mark entries in the ACL in the security tab and many also seem to be compressed. They are old .doc files, so I dont believe they are tied to any runing processes. I need to delete these things, it is holding me up fro more important tasks.
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kevotron
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kevotron
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi kevotron,

are you able to delete them in safe mode?

Cheers!
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BareMetalCommented:
Boot into safe mode and then delete the files.

Booting into safe mode disables the Windows file protection and will allow you to delete them.

Here is an article: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=222193
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vmaheenCommented:
i think SID with  previous OS user or administrators

login as administrator and take ownwership to administrator and try to delete it  
 folder/file properties -> security ->Advanced >Owner > change owner to administrator (also  put tick to "Replace owner on sub containers and objects" )
now try to detele.

 following  article for more detail
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;320081

Maheen


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kevotronAuthor Commented:
Spanks fellas.
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