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Cant Deleted Back up

by sportsstud35 / April 25, 2008 2:14 PM PDT

Okay, So i recently had to reinstally windows xp on my gateway laptop, The option I had to save some files I chose, so It created a folder - MY Back up on my C:/ drive. Now That it's been a while I want to delete that folder but it keeps telling me I can't that access is denied. any ideas how to get rid of this folder? It's almost 35 gigs on my 80 gig harddrive

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In user accounts
by Dango517 / April 25, 2008 3:24 PM PDT
In reply to: Cant Deleted Back up

change your account from basic to administrator. This will give you all privileges.

Caution! Are you sure you did this right maybe a few of those files are still working within the OS? If they are and you delete them you'll be re-installing the OS.

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See if "Taking Ownership" helps.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 25, 2008 8:47 PM PDT
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CAn't do either
by sportsstud35 / April 26, 2008 5:06 AM PDT

I already am the system admin - double checked to be sure, and When I click properties to take ownership there is no security tab like the instructions say. This folder is really hogging alot of space that I could really use.

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Can you access or move any files from that folder?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 26, 2008 6:18 AM PDT
In reply to: CAn't do either

What happens when you try to access, (open), any file in that folder.

What happens when you try to move any file?


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Yes and No
by sportsstud35 / April 26, 2008 6:41 AM PDT

I can open some of the folders but when I try to open any of the program short cuts in the programs folder it says that the service is not online and is not accessable,
When I try to open the Owner folder it says access is denied.

Deleting this whole my back up folder shouldn't cause trouble should it?

I need the space for some school programs

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"There's no security tab".
by Kees Bakker / April 26, 2008 7:35 AM PDT
In reply to: CAn't do either

Maybe you forgot to read this essential instruction from the MS article: "If you are running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, you must start the computer in safe mode". Did you?


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by sportsstud35 / April 26, 2008 7:58 AM PDT

I missed that, how excatly do i do that now? I've tried a few times and the option won't pop up like it normally does, any back way to it?

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still no luck
by sportsstud35 / April 26, 2008 1:51 PM PDT
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So I figured out i was just hitting f7 instead of f8 so i finally got it to safe mode, had 2 profiles(i normally only have one) went in both to change the owenership, tried to deleted and get the same error can't delete owner: access is denied
make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use

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I still think it's an ownership issue.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 26, 2008 6:39 PM PDT
In reply to: still no luck

When in Safe Mode you have to follow the procedures exactly as Microsoft lists them in that Knowledge Base article to take ownership of a folder, or folders.

Taking ownership of files seems to be different, in that you do not have to be logged in to Safe Mode, but you must be logged in with an admin account.

What I am not sure about is whether you have to do this for every file and sub-folder within a folder you have just gained access to.

That 2nd Administration Account you saw in Safe Mode is XP Home's hidden Admin account.

If none of that works, then use Google to find a utility called "MoveOnBoot". If you download and install it, it will allow you to move/delete files and folders the next time you reboot the system. But be very careful. This is a powerful utility and you can easily delete folders and files you did not mean to delete. Such folders and files are not retrievable by normal means.

Also, I would ensure that you really do not need these folders before deleting them. Perhaps moving them to a different directory/folder first to test the system would be a good test.


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