Windows Legacy OS forum

General discussion

Can't delete file

I am having a goofy glitch quite frequently. Sometimes when I am trying to delete a folder off of a drive (usually a flash drive but sometimes the hard drive) Windows tells me that the folder can't be deleted because it is in use. Please shutdown the program ... yada yada. When I go to look in the folder there is nothing there. Not even a hidden file or folder. It deletes everything then quits. Why? Please all mighty CNET community, tell me. It is driving me nuts.
When it is doing this it also won't let me stop the drive so I can disconnect it. It tells me it can't be stopped now because it is in use. Please shutdown the program ... same as before. I have to unplug the drive, replug it in and quickly delete the folder before the demons can get their hands on it.
Thanks.

System Specs:
Dell OptiPlex GX 150
Windows XP (upgrade from Windows 98)
256 MB SDRAM
10 GB Hard Drive (OS is on this drive)
250 GB Hard Drive (recently installed, but problem predates this drive)

Problem has occurred on:
250 GB Hard Drive
512 MB SanDisk Cruzer Micro
Olympus WS-320 Voice Recorder

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Can't delete file
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Can't delete file
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
My thoughts are...

In reply to: Can't delete file

System Restore is "monitoring that drive." You could also look up UNLOCKER on google.com to see if that helps.

Bob

Collapse -
Thanks

In reply to: My thoughts are...

Will try. Thanks.

Popular Forums

icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

SMART HOME

This one tip will help you sleep better tonight

A few seconds are all you need to get a better night's rest.