cannot delete folders

Posted on 2009-12-25
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Last Modified: 2013-11-14

Hello there,

i have some folders on my External HD which gets created everytime i install mssql server 2005 which is also on my HD. now i have around 4 of these folders on my HD.but cannot delete them,please help.

Question by:zolf
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what are the paths of the folders.. what do they contain?
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Do you get any error message when you try to delete them? Are you able to delete other files from the HD, or is it just those four files?

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it is on my External HD.i cannot open those folders.permission denied
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it is only these four folders i cannot delete.i get error message you do not have permission
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Try to right-click the folder, then choose Properties.

Go to the tab called Security, click Advanced. Go to the tab Owner and select your name/account. Click Apply and see if you now are able to delete the folders.

Another tip, you could backup all your data and format the hard drive. A little bit extreme, but it might help.

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i still cannot delete it .

i installed unlocker but seems it is not compatible with windows 7 64 bit OS. i also tried suing windows 7 compatibility feature but no luck.

please help..
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Accepted Solution

nordtorp earned 2000 total points
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Are these folders located on the root of your external drive? As in F:\UnDeletableFolder.

Do you have UAC activated? Try switching it of and see if you are able to delete them.

Here's how to do it:
1. Go to Start > Control Panel
2. User Accounts
3. User Accounts
4. Change User Account Control settings
5. Set it to Never notify
6. Click OK and reboot your computer

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