Folder cannot be deleted - Location is not available
Posted on 2013-01-28
I have looked this up and cannot find any solution that works.
I installed a new SATA II hard drive in my desktop as an additional data drive. It is working perfectly.
I backed up all of my Steam games to this drive without any errors. My intention was to move all of the backups to an external drive afterwards. When I tried to move the backup folders (about 30) to an external drive, 2 of them won't copy. When I double click on them, I get the error "Location is not available" - "... refers to a location that is unavailable". If I try and delete these 2 folders, I get "Item not found" - "Could not find this item".
I have tried the following as per various articles on the web:
- Start Windows with last good configuration
- Try and delete from an elevated CMD
- Try and delete from Safe Mode
- Roll back to the last restore point
- Run a full check disk on the drive (drive is healthy, no errors)
I cannot remove these folders at all. I can even create folders with the exact same names in the same folder.
The only thing I can think of is that before I installed the drive (F:), drives F, G, H and I were used by USB ports on my machine. Have I perhaps interfered with Windows recognising F: as a USB device? It doesn't explain why the rest of the files and folders on the drive work fine.
Can it be a drive hardware fault or is this a known Windows issue?