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davehartley
13-08-2010, 01:46 PM
I have an external USB HDD that I've been keeping data on for a year or two now. In tidying up the mass of files that have accumulated, I've found a folder that won't allow itself to be removed.

The folder has one file: Thumbs.db:encryptable with a file size of 0 bytes.

When I try and delete it, Windows 7 tells me that "The system cannot find the file specified" (command line) or "This is no longer located in X:\xxx\xxx. Verify the item's location and try again." (Explorer).

How can I delete this file? :badpc:

GameJunkie
13-08-2010, 02:02 PM
try unlocker, or failing that
copy the rest of the datan off and format???

ronyville
13-08-2010, 02:08 PM
Boot from a live linux CD and delete or plug the drive into a linux machine and delete. I have found that under windows some file that you are unable to remove can be easily removed under linux. That's why I have dual boot on my laptop, ubuntu and windows. :thumbs:

dpDesignz
13-08-2010, 02:45 PM
I agree with GameJunkie. Unlocker is the best free program you can use. I find it very good. get it here http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/

Scouse
13-08-2010, 02:56 PM
Hi Folks.........
Site brings this response....
Attached file: ccollomb.jpg (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/ccollomb.jpg) (54 KB)

GameJunkie
13-08-2010, 02:58 PM
get it from here
http://www.filehippo.com/download_unlocker/

DeSade
13-08-2010, 02:59 PM
I checked over the site, its fine.

Trev
13-08-2010, 03:12 PM
Do as ronyville says. I removed an undeleteable file that way.
:)

SolMiester
13-08-2010, 03:49 PM
thumb.db is a system file for windows o/s with config details on how to display the folder.
Do you have show hidden files enable on folders?

kahawai chaser
13-08-2010, 05:57 PM
I finally removed a folder (Soluto boot program) with process explorer by sysinternals, even though I uninstalled it's program. But also used reg seeker and ccleaner to remove registry references. But that unlocker mentioned (glad it was noted) above seems a better program for file/folder removal. Does it clear out associated registry fragments? Anyhow I have just downloaded it...

davehartley
13-08-2010, 10:07 PM
Thanks everyone for your input ;)


I agree with GameJunkie. Unlocker is the best free program you can use. I find it very good. get it here http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/

Downloaded it, tried it -- no good :dogeye: it tells me there was an "error" deleting the file, and even on a reboot can't do anything with it :(


thumb.db is a system file for windows o/s with config details on how to display the folder.
Do you have show hidden files enable on folders?

Yeah -- I think this file is a hangover from when I had XP ... from what I've read, Win 7 doesn't use this Thumbs.db file for storing thumbnails anymore ... I'm at a loss as to why it's even there!


Boot from a live linux CD and delete or plug the drive into a linux machine and delete. I have found that under windows some file that you are unable to remove can be easily removed under linux. That's why I have dual boot on my laptop, ubuntu and windows. :thumbs:

I will try this tomorrow (the drive is in use tonight as part of a backup) :cool:

dpDesignz
14-08-2010, 03:33 PM
http://www.brothersoft.com/download-unlocker-208761.html

EDIT: sorry, just saw your post. What is the error coming up?

davehartley
15-08-2010, 09:15 PM
Update: file is now deleted, once the drive was free I plugged it into my desktop running Ubunbtu 10.04 and simply deleted the file :)

I'm still curious as to just what this zero-byte file with the ":encryptable" bit in the filename was ...

Renmoo
15-08-2010, 09:33 PM
Hi Folks.........
Site brings this response....
Attached file: ccollomb.jpg (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/ccollomb.jpg) (54 KB)
Hmmm... The French.

What's Napolean up to?