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I'm having problems deleting some files and folders on one of my 2003 servers.  I can send the items in question to the recycle bin, but when I try to empty the recycle bin I get an message:

Error Deleting File or Folder.
Cannot delete file:

I've tried restoring the items and then deleting while holding down Shift, but get the same message.  I've renamed the files in case the filenames were causing a prob, but still the same.  I've checked the permissions and everything seems fine with both administrators ans system having full control.

The files/folders are copies of our user home directories from a different server that were simply copied using Cobian Backup 8

Any suggestions as in total the folders take up almost 3GB!!
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Zenith63 earned 375 total points
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When you delete a file to the Recycle Bin all that happens is the file is renamed and a pointer from the Recycle Bin to the file created.  The file never really moves or gets deleted, hence the reason you can't empty it if the file can't be deleted from its current location.

Do you have ownership of the files/folders as well?  Try http://killbox.net/ .  It usually works quite well to delete files that won't delete for whatever reason.  Just bear in mind if an application has these files open and in-use for a reason and you kill them with a tool like this you run the risk of blue-screening the server.  Personally I'd go for it once all users are off the server...
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Got it working by going into the folders and trying to delte some of the contents within.  Most of it deleted fine but it threw up a message relating to a very obscure file name, but no indication of where that file was located.  A bit of trial an error tracked it down, renamed to something more usual and it then deleted fine.

It would have been nice if rather than just giving an error "Cannot delete file:" it actualy gave both the filename and the location.

Thanks for the input, points to you.
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