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Posted on 2011-02-15
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Hi,

I have inherited this server with this anomaly on it.  The server is running Windows 2003.

The directory tree looks like this.  (Print out form the Tree command.)

----scanned docs
    ----  
        ----  
            ---- 

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Dir says this:

 Directory of J:\scanned docs

02/15/2011  07:06 AM    <DIR>          .
02/15/2011  07:06 AM    <DIR>          ..
02/15/2011  07:06 AM    <DIR>
               0 File(s)              0 bytes
               3 Dir(s)  1,145,984,622,592 bytes free

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"Scanned docs" appears to be a real directory.  The level beneath it seems to be a symbolic link to something else.  Unfortunately that something else may have been on a volume that is no longer there.  Also the link or junction now seems to have a name of "  ".

My question is how can a delete this without trashing the rest of the volume or any data files.

When I try deleting it with windows exploder I get "Cannot delete file: Cannot read from source file or disk."  Of course when I try this I'm assuming that it doesn't point to something that might be valuable. Trying to rename it gives the same error.

linkd "  " says that the name is not a valid windows 2000 name, which of course I already knew.
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by:Loftbug
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Hi there,

That folder may be a mapped to a remote computer.
Do the following:

Start --> Run -- cmd
Type in console: subst
See if anything appears there.

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Plan B, if subst returns no results.

Start the command prompt console.
Type: f:
Type: cd "scanned docs"
Type: dir /x
(each time followed by pressing enter)

Dir/x should show you the name of the folder even if it has no name.
If its a hidden folder it will display like this

---------------------
.
..
0a00~1
---------------------

to remove it
Type: rd 0a00~1


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by:Gary4
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H:\>subst

H:\>

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by:Loftbug
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Ok, that rules out mapped folders. Have you tried the altenate suggestion I posted?
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by:Gary4
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H:\>cd scanned docs-bad


H:\scanned docs-bad>dir /x
 Volume in drive H is Common2
 Volume Serial Number is FCDD-5471

 Directory of H:\scanned docs-bad

02/15/2011  08:45 AM    <DIR>                       .
02/15/2011  08:45 AM    <DIR>                       ..
02/14/2011  04:23 AM    <DIR>          0202~1
               0 File(s)              0 bytes
               3 Dir(s)  940,859,535,360 bytes free

H:\scanned docs-bad>ren 0202~1 zz

H:\scanned docs-bad>dir
 Volume in drive H is Common2
 Volume Serial Number is FCDD-5471

 Directory of H:\scanned docs-bad

02/15/2011  09:15 AM    <DIR>          .
02/15/2011  09:15 AM    <DIR>          ..
02/14/2011  04:23 AM    <DIR>          zz
               0 File(s)              0 bytes
               3 Dir(s)  940,859,760,640 bytes free

H:\scanned docs-bad>linkd zz
zz  is not linked to another directory.

H:\scanned docs-bad>

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Hmm.  I'm a bit curious now.

H:\scanned docs-bad>dir
 Volume in drive H is Common2
 Volume Serial Number is FCDD-5471

 Directory of H:\scanned docs-bad

02/15/2011  09:15 AM    <DIR>          .
02/15/2011  09:15 AM    <DIR>          ..
02/14/2011  04:23 AM    <DIR>          zz
               0 File(s)              0 bytes
               3 Dir(s)  940,859,760,640 bytes free

H:\scanned docs-bad>cd zz

H:\scanned docs-bad\zz>dir
 Volume in drive H is Common2
 Volume Serial Number is FCDD-5471

 Directory of H:\scanned docs-bad\zz

02/14/2011  04:23 AM    <DIR>          .
02/14/2011  04:23 AM    <DIR>          ..
11/01/2005  11:29 AM    <DIR>          E
               0 File(s)              0 bytes
               3 Dir(s)  940,859,760,640 bytes free

H:\scanned docs-bad\zz>cd e
The system cannot find the path specified.

H:\scanned docs-bad\zz>linkd e
Could not open: e

H:\scanned docs-bad\zz>

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Now what is e?

Windows explorer now shows this:

O scanned docs-bad
    O zz
       O E
          O MOV
             O V

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But tree only shows this:

H:\scanned docs-bad>tree /a
Folder PATH listing for volume Common2
Volume serial number is 0062002D FCDD:5471
H:.
\---zz
    \---E

H:\scanned docs-bad>

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The reason I'm curious is if someone deleted it's target I'd like to know what the target was to determine if we lost something.

BTW, thanks for the trick.  I didn't know you could specify hex in a command line let alone display it in a dir.
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by:Gary4
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Hi,

Ok, case solved.

The other directory levels simply had other hex characters in them.  By renaming them I was able to traverse the directory with no problem.  And delete it.

I forgot to mention that chkdsk reported no errors on this volume.

Thanks a bunch.  I spent many hours trying to figure out what to do about this and how to get rid of it.

Gary
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by:Gary4
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As there were directories under this one I had to clean those up to.
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