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how to delete C folder items on SBS 2008

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I restored a C drive folder as a test and now want to delete it, but I keep getting "you need permission to perform this action". I am logged on as administrator on our SBS 2008.  What do i need to do to be able to delete this C drive folder that is actually on E drive? It is not the actual C drive and it isn't even actually named C drive, it is simply a restore of the C drive from a backup, as a test.
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by:marcustech
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To take ownership of the folder, follow this guide, then you should find you have the required access to delete the folder - if you need more detailed instructions post back.
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by:rodynetwork
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I don't know.  My "administrator" name is listed as an owner.  For grins, I tried "replace owner on subcontainers and objects" but still get the "you need permission to perform this action".
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by:marcustech
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Try this:
TAKEOWN /F <directory> /A /R /D Y >> C:\takeown_log.txt
(the last bit just logs the "takeown" command's output to a textfile so i can have a look if it fails)
From the command line to get ownership of the directory (remembering to run CMD as administrator). If that still fails, there's a couple of other options the - one would be to boot to a Live CD of some sort (hiren's boot CD, Ubuntu, knoppix) and delete the folder from there - it might also be worth trying a boot in safe mode and then take ownership from there - appreciate with it being an SBS box downtime might be hard to come by...
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by:rodynetwork
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the folder I need to take ownership of is named-

test recovery of TheC

It is on the E drive.  Can you post that cmd again with that? I ran the one you posted and it gave "the system cannot find the file specified"
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by:marcustech
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TAKEOWN /F "E:\test recovery of TheC" /A /R /D Y >> C:\takeown_log.txt
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Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6002]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>TAKEOWN /F "E:\test recovery of TheC" /A /R /D Y >> C:\takeo
wn_log.txt

ERROR: The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.

C:\Windows\system32>
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by:marcustech
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Can you post the result from running "dir" from the e: drive? Sounds like that folder name is wrong.
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by:rodynetwork
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I don't know how to run "dir" from the e: drive.  How do I do that?
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by:marcustech
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Open a cmd prompt and enter "e:"   Press enter.
The start of the command line should change to E:>
type "dir"  Press enter.
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by:marcustech
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Sorry, from E:> please run:

dir > c:\dire.txt

This will create a text file called 'dire.txt'on the C:\ drive.  Post that here.  Thanks.
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by:rodynetwork
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Volume in drive E is America
 Volume Serial Number is 20AB-0B3D

 Directory of E:\

03/02/2011  04:34 PM    <DIR>          Joe Backup
08/22/2010  09:33 PM    <DIR>          IS_Unhip_Directories
09/10/2011  10:19 AM    <DIR>          Joe Share
06/06/2011  08:13 PM    <DIR>          JJMasterDatabase
09/15/2011  09:43 AM    <DIR>          test recovery of TheC
03/17/2011  03:46 PM    <DIR>          WSUS
               0 File(s)              0 bytes
               6 Dir(s)  166,278,037,504 bytes free
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by:rodynetwork
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Where do you learn all this?  The dir>c:/dire.txt is wack.
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by:marcustech
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Hmm, this is not expected behaviour.  The first error (ERROR: The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.) indicates that there is no folder  E:\test recovery of TheC
The dir output indicates that there is.

I shall have to consider this matter for a period of time.
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by:marcustech
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Just for the hell of it, try:

del /f "E:\test recovery of TheC"

from an elevated command prompt.

Where do you learn all this?
All the info is freely available on the net.   There's a cmd A-Z here.  As you browse the forums and see how other people use cmd you'll pick up which cmds are more powerful or useful, then you can just run

[command] /?

to get the syntax.  The >> trick is pretty universal, if the command supports piping the output to a text file then that's the way to do it.
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by:rodynetwork
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I ran del /f "E:\test recovery of TheC"  from cmd with C:\Windows|System32>. When I gave it del /f "E:\test recovery of TheC" it came back with "Are you sure Y/N? and I put y and enter and it came back with C:\Windows|System32>.  I then check the E drive and that folder is still there.  Should I just try booting with Ubuntu and delete the file while SBS is offline?
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by:marcustech
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Certainly there is no harm in trying this approach, so long as you don't get carried away deleting things ;)
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Just out of curiosity (from where we stand now, your easiest option to get rid of the folder is probably a linux liveCD), can you browse the contents of the restored folder? And can you delete or rename individual files within it if so?
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by:rodynetwork
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I used Ubuntu last night to delete.  That was a great suggestion.  Thanks! To further clarify for all, I had tested my backup and restored the C into a folder named TheC on my E drive.  I think in the future when I want to test a restore, I will do that to an external drive rather than my E.
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