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I have several folders on one server that I cannot delete.  I can change their name, change permissions, change whatever about them, but I cannot delete them.  If I try, I get a "This item is no longer located in xxxx verify location and try again." message.  I can open the folders, the folders in the folder, the files in the folders, etc.

I have taken ownership of the file, I have changed permissions to allow everyone to have full control of it; I have tried pretty much all of the tricks I can think of.  Still cannot delete it.

Any ideas?
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by:John Hurst
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Server 2008 is something like Windows 7. Are you looking at a pointer to the folder?  That is, are the folders in Users, and perhaps you are looking in Documents and Settings?

See if you can find the folders in Users under your login name.

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by:mjburgard
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The folder is on a separate drive than C:  I am going directly to the folder.
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by:John Hurst
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Make sure the username you are using has at least Modify permission to the root folder holding the data.

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by:mjburgard
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I own the folder and have full control permissions
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by:John Hurst
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The windows stuff appears fine. Thanks for the update.

Open a Command Shell using Run as Administrator. Navigate to a folder holding just files (no other folders). Delete the files using the DEL command. If they won't delete, use ATTRIB to see what attributes they have. Change if you can. Then DEL the files.

Repeat for all files in all folders until only folders are left. Then delete the folders. Check the ATTRIB(utes) on the folders if need be.

It would appear some file has change attributes which will not allow delete.

I use Total Commander in a case like this as it will show hidden files that Windows Explorer will not always reveal.

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by:mjburgard
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Still no go.  I cannot get the attrib function to work on some of the files or folders - It does not thing they are there either.  
I can get to them in the cmd box, but when I try to run the ATTRIB on them, it says they are not at that location.

Total commander cannot do anything with them either.
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by:John Hurst
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I think you must be using a pointer to the folder (Windows 7 / 2008 use this concept out of Linux).

Try making another userid on your Server that is a member of the administrators group. Log in as that userid and try deleting the files from a different userid.

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mjburgard earned 0 total points
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I found the answer from another discussion site:

I had to use the cmd prompt, and cd to where the directory was.
Then do a dir /x /a to give me the short name of the folder.

I could then do a rd /s using the short name (e.g. rd /s cantde~1)


That solved the issue.  Thanks for all the suggestions -
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by:mjburgard
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I found this answer on another site.  None of the suggestions before this solved the problem.  This is not my answer, but the person from whom I did get this answer is not on expert's exchange - that I know of.
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