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powerover
30-12-2010, 09:50 AM
First of all, hope you guys had a kickass xmas :P
Secondly, hope you guys have a even more kickass new year :D

now back to the topic.

I have a freeagent external HDD. Aaaaages ago I found this annoying folder which just popped up out of nowhere, with a funny name "b76d75d8c7d6c041ba91a50292f5b2ac"

inside the folder it has a folder called "update", which is very outdated since it was last modified in 8/10/2009. within that "update" folder it has a "update.exe", dated all the way back to 2006 and a "updspapi.dll".

I can't delete it, when I try it says I require permission from the admin to make changes to this folder, but I am the admin!!!!:badpc:

How can I delete this annoying folder??

Thanks very much for the help guys, much much appreciated

Agent_24
30-12-2010, 10:01 AM
I believe that folder is a temporary folder to hold windows updates.

powerover
30-12-2010, 11:11 AM
I believe that folder is a temporary folder to hold windows updates.


fair enough...but how can I delete it?? I am gonna wipe windows off my HDD n start with a fresh installation anyway?

Thanks 4 the reply

8ftmetalhaed
30-12-2010, 11:49 AM
When I had this problem I ended up using an ubuntu live cd to delete the damn thing. It was just an empty folder, and yet I couldn't delete it in windows, safe mode or not. Nor could any file deleters get access to it.
So yeah, linux worked.

Terry Porritt
30-12-2010, 11:51 AM
Unlocker is a useful tool to have

http://www.filehippo.com/download_unlocker/

Agent_24
30-12-2010, 02:56 PM
fair enough...but how can I delete it?? I am gonna wipe windows off my HDD n start with a fresh installation anyway?

Thanks 4 the reply

If you are going to reinstall Windows then as long as you do a full reformat it will be gone anyway.

Linux should delete it for you, and Unlocker might work. I think though what you would really need to do is you may need to change the access control list to get permissions to delete it in Windows.

But as I said, if you are full-formatting and reinstalling then don't bother.

powerover
31-12-2010, 09:42 AM
If you are going to reinstall Windows then as long as you do a full reformat it will be gone anyway.

Linux should delete it for you, and Unlocker might work. I think though what you would really need to do is you may need to change the access control list to get permissions to delete it in Windows.

But as I said, if you are full-formatting and reinstalling then don't bother.

Perhaps I am not typing this right, let me try again.

The annoying folder is on my external USB HDD.

I am wiping the windows installation off my internal HDD, once I reinstall windows on my internal HDD (which I jst did), it shouldn't need that folder anymore right?? But I still can't delete it...:badpc:

powerover
31-12-2010, 09:43 AM
Unlocker is a useful tool to have

http://www.filehippo.com/download_unlocker/

Thanks so much, will try it now :D

powerover
31-12-2010, 09:49 AM
Unlocker is a useful tool to have

http://www.filehippo.com/download_unlocker/

Doesn't work....:badpc: :( but thanks anyway..

Any other ideas??? I can always move all the data out of that external HDD then wipe it, but there are lots of data on it and it will take aaaaages...

Thanks for the input guys

Pancake
31-12-2010, 09:55 AM
Is the folder inside 'Program Files' ?

Agent_24
31-12-2010, 10:20 AM
Perhaps I am not typing this right, let me try again.

The annoying folder is on my external USB HDD

Ahh I understand now. Yes reinstalling Windows will leave the folder still on your external drive (obviously)

If you are OK with commandline I would check out the permissions on the offending folder with CACLS. (http://www.computerhope.com/cacls.htm)

Then you may find you need to give yourself access so you can delete it.

However, 8ftmetalhaed's suggestion to use Linux to delete the folder would probably be easier. So either take your drive to PC which has Linux or download and run a LiveCD.

zqwerty
31-12-2010, 03:17 PM
Try this:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

mzee
31-12-2010, 05:36 PM
Linux takes great pleasure in deleting windows files.
I use Puppy Linux because it also includes Part Edit Partition manager.

powerover
01-01-2011, 10:25 AM
Is the folder inside 'Program Files' ?

Nope

powerover
01-01-2011, 11:21 AM
Try this:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

Worked perfectly :D

Thanks heaps :clap

zqwerty
01-01-2011, 01:21 PM
Cool, thanks for posting back that solution worked.