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Can't delete "write-protected" folders from mp3

by ErGu / July 16, 2010 12:48 PM PDT

I have an 8gb sony mp3 that I just bought and added some folders with music. 3 folders that I just added won't be deleted. I decided to delete them because they take up about 1.5 gb and I thought they took up too much space. So I tried cutting them to another location but the folders won't let me. I can't delete, cut them [the 3 folders] to somewhere else, or even re-name them. I don't know how to get rid of them. Every time I try to delete the folders from my sony mp3 my laptop says, "Remove write-protection before trying to delete again...bla bla bla". How can I delete these folders for good?

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Tell more....
by Papa Echo / July 16, 2010 1:53 PM PDT

> have an 8gb sony mp3 that I just bought and added some folders with music. 3 folders that I just added won't be deleted... <

Are the Sony mp3 files on a CD ? Flash drive ? Downloaded and saved in a folder ? How did you add the three folders with music ? Have you checked their attributes to confirm that they are, infact, not wrtite protected ?

[WAG: The SONY mp3 files are probably "read only" to prevent them from being copied, and when you add more files in their folder, the added files take on the same attributes...]

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this is all I know
by ErGu / July 18, 2010 6:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Tell more....

I copied and pasted music from a cd-r, then I made folders in my sony mp3 and copied the music there. So basically from the Cd unto my mp3. The folders are now on my mp3 and I can't delete them they won't even show up on my mp3 when I plug it into my laptop but when I unplug it, the folders (with music) show up on my mp3.

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OK
by Papa Echo / July 18, 2010 9:56 AM PDT
In reply to: this is all I know

Let's see if I understand the situation:

1. You have a SONY MP3 player on which there are already folders of music tracks.

2. You addeed 3 folders of music tracks, copied from a CD.

3. You now want to delete the 3 folders but can't, because the folders do not show up at your computer. Do the other folders show up ?

4. The 3 folders show up at the MPS player when you unplug it from your computer.

Question: Can you delete them from the MP3 player using its own delete/remove utility ?[you did not mention that].

[sometimes, if you copy files from a CD, those files become "Read Only" at the destination location.] Or have you inadverdentlt "protected" those files ? {refer to owner's manual.]

Please share the model of your SONY MP3 player, so that we can try to obtain the manual]

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Sony NWZ-E436F -same delete problem
by sje1101 / September 11, 2010 3:46 PM PDT
In reply to: OK

I am having the same/similar problem. I cannot delete certain files from my SONY NWZ-E436F.

1) I added the folders by copying them from my PC.

2) The folders show up on the computer and on my MP3 along with all others.

3) The folders and all contents will not delete as they say they are write protected.

4)My SONY does not have a delete utility function built into the MP3 player. You must use the computer to remove files.

5) The properties function does not include the ability to uncheck the write protected function (it doesn't even show up).

6) Other folders can be deleted during the same session (i.e. the hold button is not the problem).

The SONY troubleshooting guide lists 'Data cannot be deleted on the player.' but the remedy is 'Delete the using the software you used to to transfer the data or Windows Explorer' and that does not work.

Any thoughts?

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sounds too simple, but try this...
by four-oh-four / September 12, 2010 2:27 AM PDT

Wow... Here's a longshot... you say the files don't show up on Windows Explorer when your Sony is jacked in? Could be that in addition to the files/folders being 'read only', that they also are attributed 'hidden' (-h)? ....and your control panel>folder options is set NOT to show hidden files? See if the 'show hidden files' box is ticked....

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It is too simple
by sje1101 / September 12, 2010 11:38 AM PDT

In my case I can see the folder and all files. I can use the delete key or the red IE 'x' delete icon and get the standard warning message... and then nothing some of the time and the write protected message other times. If I click on edit or right click, the cut feature is disabled and only copy is enabled. I have tried to check/uncheck the folder properties to ensure that hidden files are displayed thinking something might change but that didn't change anything.

Periodically, another folder and all or some of the contents of the folder will add itself to the 'protetected' list. I had an entire MP3 audio book do this in July. I am beginning to believe that I may have to reformat and reinsatall all the software. The battery life of this player is excellent but I can't fully use all the storage because some of it is being taken up by folders I'd like to remove.

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go old school
by four-oh-four / September 12, 2010 12:12 PM PDT
In reply to: It is too simple

or....
go old school.
start>run
type 'command'... this'll give you a DOS shell complete with a "c" prompt. "re-attribute" the files 'non' read only...

at the c:\(whatever) type 'help attrib'

I think it used to be [drive:](path)(filename)-r

jeez... I feel so 40 something! Happy

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Try doing this
by warrencharlot / September 12, 2010 11:44 AM PDT

1. If your mp3 has a memory card, try using a memory card reader USB and then open the files in a computer and try deleting them.

2. The memory card has a little write-protection button at the side of it. It must have been ticked. Try pushing it the other way and that must deactivate the write protection.

3. If these actions would not still solve the problem, you can try reformating your memory if it ok with you.

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Hello
by valentine85 / October 8, 2010 5:46 PM PDT

Delete the folders or songs using windows media player where u have the option "Copy to CD or Device" there select your device, all the folders in the MP3 player will be displayed , select the folders and click on delete button on top.
Hope this helps you.

Thanks
Glady

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Pain in the arss
by whatever192837465 / August 30, 2011 3:00 PM PDT

Alright, I had the same problem and the solution was probably the easiest thing I could have tried and didn't. After an hour of messing with it I decided to see if I could delete individual files within the folder that is supposedly write-protected. The files COULD be deleted individually. After deleting them I went to the top folder and it could be deleted now. You have to work your way up. So say your music was stored in WALKMAN>Storage Media>MUSIC>Led Zeppelin>Houses of the Holy. You would have to delete every song in the Houses of the Holy folder, then delete the folder, then delete the Led Zeppelin folder. Don't ask me why. Hopefully you figured this out by now or got a new mp3 player but I figured I would post this for anyone else looking for the answer.

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yep
by DrGonzo5000 / October 1, 2011 4:59 AM PDT
In reply to: Pain in the arss

gotta give ya some credit! that worked thanks!

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It worked!
by fergsha / October 7, 2011 9:43 PM PDT
In reply to: Pain in the arss

thank you so much. it is the only way i could do it.

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YOu can
by AltiarEzio / September 18, 2013 11:21 AM PDT

Go to the folder in which the music is there.
One by one delete songs in sub folders
Then delete the main folder\
It should Probably work!!!!
HappyHappyHappyHappy

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