Unable to Delete File.


I am facing a problem on a regular basis wherein i am unable to to delete a file until the windows 2000 server is rebooted.

The message that i get is " Access is Denied,Make sure that the disk is not full or right protected and that  the file is not currently in use"

I am sure that the file is not in use. The file in question is a backup file which has already been backed up to tape.

The File system is NTFS. Also when you right click on the file and view propertoes you dod not see the security tan whcoh can be seen on all the other files in the same folder.

The fact that the file can be deleted after reboot suggests that the file is not corrupted and is locked.

Is there a way to forcibly delete the file? I have administrator rights on the machine.

Is there a freeware utility (Like FileMon)_ that can be used to determine whether the file is actually is in use?

Thanking you in Advance.


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mekhConnect With a Mentor Commented:
These are some of the utilities certified by Microsoft.

You may try Process Explorer from the list:


I have not tried that but I will.

This Freeware should help you a lot:


Have a look and try. We use this for same scenario.
vikrantpatilAuthor Commented:
Thanks mekh.

Since this is a production server i would also look for options which would not require me to copy files on the server.
vikrantpatilAuthor Commented:

Since there have been no further responses i guess a windows method to resolve the issue ( i mean not using third party utilities) does not exist as of now.

Unfortunately using third party utilities is not a option that is available to me and i guess resorting to the good old way of rebooting the server to resolve the issue is what i will have to do.

I guess it may not be a bad idea to write to MS PSS notifying them about  this issue.

vikrantpatilAuthor Commented:
Thanks again Mekh.

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