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I have a directory on a Windows file server (2008R2) that appears to be orphaned.  Properties in security tab shows "The requested security informaiton is either unabailable or can't be displayed" .   I can not delete the folder, either in the gui or at the command prompt.  Any suggestions?
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Rob Miners earned 2000 total points
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Try this

Open a Command window and navigate to the root of the drive with the folders that you want to remove. Ensure that no Web Browsers are running and follow this process to turn off Explorer.exe

Click the Start button.
In the Start Search box, type in cmd
Right click on the Command Prompt in the search results and select Run as Administrator.
Click OK or Yes to the UAC prompt.

Modify and then type the command lines below into the command window and press Enter after each command line.

taskkill /im explorer.exe /f

rmdir /s /q \\?\"D:\winold"

explorer.exe

eXample:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>taskkill /im explorer.exe /f
SUCCESS: The process "explorer.exe" with PID 3568 has been terminated.
SUCCESS: The process "explorer.exe" with PID 2684 has been terminated.

C:\Windows\system32>rmdir /s /q \\?\"D:\winold"

C:\Windows\system32>dir D:\winold
 Volume in drive D is Tools
 Volume Serial Number is D0B2-0E90

 Directory of D:\

File Not Found

C:\Windows\system32>explorer.exe

It also may have already been deleted and a restart and check at a convenient time would suffice
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by:kitadams
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Thanks!  that and using the 8.3 file format worked!
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Your welcome :)
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