Cannot move file .psd

Posted on 2012-09-04
Last Modified: 2012-09-04
Photoshop 7.x
Windowx Xp

Im trying to organize my image files into new directories for easier retrieval but Windows claims the file is in use by another application and cannot be moved.

I dont even have Photoshop running, nor are the files in use by any other person or application. I suspect the problem has to do with the small icon that photoshp created next to the file's name - a smaller version of the actual image.

This problem prevents me from being able to drag and drop files from one directory, and move them into another. Ive tried to do this in safe mode but I encountered the same error.

I suppose I could open each individual file using Photoshop, save it in a new location, and then go back and delete the original, but the number of files I have to deal with is voluminous and this method would take quite a long time.

It'd be so much easier if I could just open the directory (within windows) where the files are located, select the files I want to move, and them drop them in the new location - there must be a way I could accomplish this. Any help would be appreciated.

Question by:Analog_Kid
    LVL 35

    Accepted Solution

    I would suggest downloading unlocker. This tool will let you see what process has the open handle to the file.

    LVL 3

    Assisted Solution

    Is there a message diplayed when you try to move the file? Also, try copy and paste the file to the new directory.
    LVL 7

    Author Comment

    The exact error is:

    "This File Is In Use By Another Application Or User"

    I dont recall the rest. something about closing it and try again.
    LVL 35

    Assisted Solution

    by:Joseph Daly
    My guess is that you have a lingering EXE that has locks to the file. You could either try running the unlocker tool i mentioned or a reboot and then move the files.
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    Having an explorer window open in the folder can cause a lock. Try closing them all and just open one for the move.
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    Author Comment

    Im actually trying to move the files from the Windows search results. It seems sometimes it is possible, while other times it is not. Just now it allowed the move as I was trying to get the exact error message - only this time I got no error.
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    Assisted Solution

    by:Horn E. Towed
    I used to have this problem, occasionally, with my PS files.
    I assume you are trying to move the files with Windows Explorer?

    Sometimes I was able to to free the files by closing WE, pausing my AV app [McAfee], and reopening WE.
    Sometimes that didn't work.

    Sometimes rebooting worked.

    I suspected that the Indexing Service was getting in the way.
    I disabled it and have not seen the problem since.
    Was that a cure, or was the help provided by a mystic alignment of the planets combined with the love of a good woman?
    I dunno.
    In XP the Indexing Service is a resource hog and not worth the trouble.
    You can disable it per these instuctions:
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    Author Closing Comment

    For a device that is supposed to be exact and precise, these computers are sure fickle.
    I've changed nothing, and yet I can not reproduce the problem. A fresh reboot was not the answer, as that is the first thing I tried - with negative results.

    As it seems not to be an issue (for the moment), I guess I'll close this up. As for an answer, my previous research indicated unlocker should work, so I will select that as the answer, and split the points with the other insightful comments. I regret we could not arrive at a definitive solution, but it is what it is.

    Thank you for all your help.

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