cannot delete file - cannot read from source file or disk

Posted on 2007-11-25
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
When deleting files from the Recycle bin i get the following error message.  "cannot delete file - cannot read from source file or disk"  This occures twice, then the message is deleted.
Question by:S_Floyd
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ID: 20347707
Have you tried deleting in Safe MOde?
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KCTS earned 63 total points
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try running chkdsk /f
The file/disk may be damaged.

Expert Comment

ID: 20348013
the file system is corrupt. as mentioned by KCTS run the chkdsk then you can run these commands on the command prompt

rd /S /Q recycler
rd /S /Q recycled
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rpggamergirl earned 62 total points
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Recycle bin folder might have been corrupted.
Try this reg file to replace/repair the recycle bin in XP.

Kelly's corner line 64 right pane.

OR: this batchfile(to delete recycle bin, windows will create a new one at bootup. I've used it twice to delete my recycle bin when it got corrupted.
Copy & paste the text inside the lines below into notepad and save it as recyclerem.bat
(Set filetype to "All Files")
attrib -r -s -h %systemdrive%\Recycler
del %systemdrive%\Recycler
attrib -r -s -h %systemdrive%\Recycled
del %systemdrive%\Recycled
shutdown /r /t 0 /f
Close all programs and doubleclick recyclerem.bat
Your computer will reboot and you will have a new recycle bin.

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