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C drive full of folders with random names such as 0ad14b7fef20de97e40973

Posted on 2009-07-01
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Hi
My C folder is full of folders named 0ad14b7fef20de97e40973 and similar each one is roughly 150 megs. They seem to be some kind of SQL 2005 server patches.
These folders can not be delete in safe mode or in regular windows mode.
Any clue
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by:mkrisz
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If your aim is to delete them regardless of they are important or not for SQL then you should boot a Vista DVD, select repair and open cmd. With cmd you will be able to delete these folders if you want. Or of course you can boot linux or any other system too... Vista DVD is just a convinient and quick method.
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nobus earned 500 total points
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if the above does not help, try unlocker : http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/
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by:http:// thevpn.guru
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Well I would rather want to know where these files are coming from if possible.
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by:Danny Child
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Some good tips here on cleaning up Locked files:
http://www.optimizingpc.com/optimize/deletefiles.html

You might want to see what Windows Update is doing - do these files appear all of a sudden if you run it manually?

You may have some old app installed (SQL related?) that MS are trying to patch, but you no longer use...

hth, Danny
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by:nobus
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they can come from malware, or a update that is putting files in the wrong locations.
any thing in them ?
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by:johnb6767
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Should be an .INF file in each of the folders, or an Update.exe/Setup.exe that should be able to give you more details......

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"Well I would rather want to know where these files are coming from if possible."

Did you find out where they came from?
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