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cannot remove folder : cannot find the specified file

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I am trying to delete a folder which contained a backup of Outlook Express . After "deleting" the folder and contents, I stillhave a few folders inside th original folder. These folders show 0 bytes in properties, but I cannot delete these folders, files inside these folders. I get an error cannot remove folder "name" : cannot find the spcified file.
Also if I try to delete a folder inside the partially deleted folder, I get message  Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk. Theother foldrs and files on the USB stick work fine.

I have tried using DOS prompt, but no success. Looks like a USB device file structure corruption?

Any suggestions? I would prefer not to re-format the USB storage device if possible.
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DonNetwork Administrator
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Hopefully its as simple as just unplugging and plugging it back in???


See if this resolves it.

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Tried that on more than one computer, but no success.
DonNetwork Administrator
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How about copy all the other files to your desktop/laptop then reformat usb and copy them back?

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I was trying to avoid this solution. I'd like to know if there is any other solution.
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Lets see if unlocker will help you


http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/

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Try deleting this file in safe mode. i could be that some program might be using it. try deleting in Dos prompt also. you can also use a free utility called unlocker. download it from here.
http://www.filehippo.com/download_unlocker/
install it and then try to delete the folder using unlocker.

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Thanks very much. I liked the option box in the program you suggested to delete file even if it found nothing locked. Solved the problem. I would still like to undertand why this happened.
DonNetwork Administrator
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It is most likely from removing the usb without selecting "safely remove device" option
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