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delete read only file

by luvdared / September 8, 2012 3:08 PM PDT

I have tried changing the properties, tried formatting the file won't go away. I'm using win7pro & have used CCleaner. Can any one help? the file is on a USB stick/drive

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If you have tried formatting then the
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 8, 2012 11:41 PM PDT
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file must have gone away.

Assuming you did actually format the stick.

Go back and re-format that stick and see if it works this time. ALL the data on the stick will be erased in a format.


Stop using CCleaner

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I also tried using the format process through Explorer
by luvdared / September 9, 2012 2:13 PM PDT

Mrmacfixit, in reply 1. the file has not gone away
2. 'Assuming' ; the device WILL NOT format
3. can you tell me why, I should 'stop using CCleaner'; Perhaps you would care to share this advice?

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CCleaner
by evti87 / September 9, 2012 3:40 PM PDT

I am also curious as to why one should stop using CCleaner.

Also, what does it do when you try and format? Does it give an error?

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CCleaner
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 9, 2012 10:00 PM PDT

Deletes files that "you no longer need"

Really? This piece of software can decide what files you no longer need, what files your system no longer needs and delete them?

A quick browse of the internet will give you thousands of posts telling how CCleaner "killed", or otherwise maimed, the users computer.

Likewise, a quick search of these forums will show the same thing.

Allowing any "registry cleaner" free rein over your machine is fraught with danger.

If you have a problem, find the cause, not treat the symptoms; which is what CCleaner does

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Not CCleaner but MacKeeper
by willymac88 / September 11, 2012 6:53 AM PDT
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I understand about not using ccleaner - how about MacKeeper for Apple desk computer?

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Not Applicapple
by TheAncient-24520069619133896315875403311864 / September 11, 2012 9:17 AM PDT

The OP tried to delete a file using a Windows 7 machine. I believe MacKeeper doesn't work too well in that environment.

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Malware?
by TheAncient-24520069619133896315875403311864 / September 11, 2012 9:24 AM PDT
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Step away from MacKeeper
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 11, 2012 10:18 AM PDT

See the post by TheAncient below.

Although OS X does not have a registry as such, MacKeeper is quite capable of deleting files that "you no longer need" and subsequently preventing you from booting your machine.

Onyx or Cocktail should be all you need, and then only sparingly

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(NT) oops, TheAncient post is above, not below
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 11, 2012 10:19 AM PDT
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Flash drive format issue(s)
by pgc3 / September 9, 2012 12:32 AM PDT
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Some flash drives have a locking switch as do some storage chips, first thing to check. If this particular FD doesn't have a switch try doing the format from another system (computer) if you haven't already.

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NO LUCK: yet
by luvdared / September 9, 2012 2:49 PM PDT

I have tried using a different computer, it still won't format and wouldn't delete nor would it allow removal of attributes.
I have used it and two other sticks i.e. same size same brand and none of them had a locking switch
I used to have a tool (app.) which removed these stubborn RO files I got it via Emule, but somehow I have lost it, the tool/app.
So I'm still stuck with this damned file ahhhhhhhh:(

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You tried formatting.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 9, 2012 1:23 AM PDT
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Trying is not enough. Doing it is. Why did you only try it and not actually do it?

Kees

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If it would format
by luvdared / September 9, 2012 2:20 PM PDT
In reply to: You tried formatting.

If it would format, the file would be deleted; the device will not format not with Explorer nor CCleaner. You are right doing it would be the solution, however; it won't format! BTW with this file on the stick/drive it can't be used i.e. nothing can be written to the drive. If it was only the drive, I wouldn't be so annoyed but it's the principle:- one should be able to remove the damned file. CHEERS

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Re: the device will not format.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 9, 2012 5:28 PM PDT
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Ok, so you boot into safe mode, go into command prompt and type format e: (or whatever drive letter that stick had, of course). Now either it does, or it gives an error message. What error message does it give?

Kees

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Let's hear more about this USB STICK.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 10, 2012 3:58 AM PDT
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At a trade show we handed out sticks with files in ROM. Later our support lines started to get calls about our sticks that folk could not delete files or format.

All that was not funny since we don't make USB STICKS or sell any so the support folk had no answer and folk were calling in for support. Later they came up with some canned reply about the free sticks were not formattable and the files could not be erased.

You can bet a few callers said they would never buy our sticks again. Which was the funny part since the stick was a freebie.
Bob

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Utilities
by TheAncient-24520069619133896315875403311864 / September 11, 2012 5:19 AM PDT
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Can't delete a read-only file - try Unlocker?
by rj_at_boronia / September 11, 2012 11:12 AM PDT
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I have had similar problems, although normally with files on the h/disk not a USB stick, or sometimes Windows says a file is in use by another program when it isn't. I have found an excellent free program through CNET called "Unlocker". It's got me out of trouble a number of times and I've got a feeling it may help u too. Download it from cnet.com using the Download tab (put Unlocker into the Search box). Ignore Cnet's comment about lack of docum'n - it is obvious even to a dill like me. Just install it. If a problem like yours ever occurs you don't have to do anything (it just sits in the background) and 5 or 10 secs after the problem occurs it comes up with 4 options: No Action, Delete, Rename or Move. Choose Delete. Always worked for me so good luck! **** J.

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unlocker is the one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I tried so many suggestions
by luvdared / September 14, 2012 8:28 AM PDT

Everyone having this problem GET ONTO "UNLOCKER" it is the ducks nuts Happy

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