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Corrupt folder in Windows 2003

Posted on 2009-05-18
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I have folder on our Windows 2003 server that I am unable to delete or change the security settings.  I have also tried taking ownship (using a domain admin account) without any luck.  There is nothing in the folder. I just want to delete it so our backup job will stop generating an error.
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by:Justin Owens
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Can you attach a screen shot with the full path?  Often times folder name length will cause issues like this.  The length cannot exceed 254 characters, including all parent folders.  Also, can you create / delete files within the empty folder you are trying to delete?
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by:rkanter
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the folder names are fairly short.   The longest folder is about 20 characters and the folder structure is only 5 deep.  I can create and delete both files and folder from this folder.  I just can't delete.
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I found a fix.  I basically went to a command prompt and rename the folder using the 8.3 convention for both the source and the destination. Once it was renamed, everything seemed to get reset.
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