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Deleting System Files

Posted on 2014-03-12
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Hi, I have a USB drive that had some Windows XP O/S system files copied to it using an XCOPY command. The system files are listed below. I've tried to delete them several ways (i.e. via the command prompt, via the Windows GUI, etc). I've even tried using a Mac, but I can't get access to them. I keep getting an error that says that the files cannot be deleted.

boot.ini
IO.sys
MSDOS.sys
NTDETECT.com
NTLDR

How can I delete these files from the USB drive?

Thanks for your help.
Fulano
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by:JAN PAKULA
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can you format the usb?
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by:Seth Simmons
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did you do del boot.ini /a  from an elevated command prompt?
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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Provided you haven't actually booted to them if you change the attributes of these hidden system files you should then be able to remove them.

At a command prompt:

attrib -h -s -r X:\*.*

where X is the drive letter assigned to your USB stick

Followed by:

del X:\*.*
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by:Mr_Fulano
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I folks, I hope this answer all your questions...

1). I would not want to reformat the USB drive. I'll do it if that's my only option, but I'd rather not.

2). I've tried del, erase, rmdir, attrib, etc.

This problem began when the USB was used to try to backup a hard drive using the XCOPY command. The backup failed, but not before it copied a series of files to the destination drive (the USB drive). I was able to delete everything else, but this group of files within this "amd64" folder is giving me a hard time.

I think that the problem is that the files listed above are all in a directory named "amd64". I cannot get access to that directory to do anything regardless of running the command prompt as an Admin.

I keep getting a message that says - "Access is denied."

Any thoughts on how I can get access to the "amd64" directory?

Thank you for your help!
Fulano
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I figured it out...what I needed to do was take Ownership of the folder. Once I did that, I was able to access it and delete it.

I tired to split the points evenly amongst you all, but the system did not allow me to do so if I chose my solution as the correct one. I think that providing someone else that needs help with this problem with an accurate solution is more important to all of us than points.

Thank you again.
Fulano
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Moderator, if there is a way for me to select my answer as the correct one and still split the 500 point equally (as close to equal) between the 3 contributors above, that would be OK with me.
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My solution was the one that provide an actual solution.
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