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Unable to delete folder from share on Windows 2003 Server

Good Morning,

I'm currently unable to delete a folder contained in a share on a Windows 2003 Server.
When trying to delete the folder i receive the error message ' Cannot Delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk '
If i right click and select properties on the folder there isn't a security tab available.
I tried taking ownership of the entire share, but i still cannot delete the folder.
I have Administrative privileges on the server.
Rebooting the server also does not make any difference.
Any ideas would be much appreciated.

Thanks,

Andrew
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Andres PeralesCommented:
You mentioned that you had access directly to the server can you go to the actual path that that folder is on and delet from there?

Andres
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AndrewLegAuthor Commented:
Hi Andres,

That's where i'm receiving the error message, directly on the server.

Andrew
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KCTSCommented:
Take ownership of the folder - not the share - then delete it
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AndrewLegAuthor Commented:
I'm unable to take ownership of the folder as there isn't a secuity tab when i select properties on the folder.

Andrew
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lnkevinCommented:
Permission screwed up sometimes due to the disk error. You may want to run chkdsk /f on the partition, which the folder resided then reboot the server to make sure Security tab is back.

K
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Andres PeralesCommented:
agree with Inkevin...reboot and check again...
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ChiefITCommented:
These may be DOS Based permissions. Go to start>>Run>>type cmd: navigate to the folder that this problem child folder resides in. Type attrib and see if it has any dos based attributes that don't use kerberose permissions to it.

Another thing I found that works is to change the folder name. Instead of foldername, change the name to foldername.tmp. Then, try to deleted it.
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AndrewLegAuthor Commented:
I've now run chkdsk /f on the partition but i'm still getting the ' Cannot Delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk ' error when trying to delete the folder, and the security tab is still not showing under properties for the folder.

Andrew
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AndrewLegAuthor Commented:
Unable to change the folder name ' Cannot rename file: Cannot read from the source file or disk '.

The psucurity tab was available before the problem started.
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AndrewLegAuthor Commented:
sorry, can't type :)

I meant the security tab was available before the problem started.
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lnkevinCommented:
Try to boot in Safe Mode (F8 while windows is booting) to see if you can delete or access the security tab on the folder.

K
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AndrewLegAuthor Commented:
Ok, so i tried booting in safe mode then accessing the folder and i'm still getting the same error message.
Any ideas ?

Thanks,

Andrew
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lnkevinCommented:
Some thing screws up in the registry. If you don't want to repair install your OS, all you need to do is download and use this application to delete that bad folder:
http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/

K
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AndrewLegAuthor Commented:
What a great tool, worked like a charm, thanks.

Andrew
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