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delete read only file

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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I understand about not using ccleaner - how about MacKeeper for Apple desk computer?

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Not Applicapple

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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?

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Step away from MacKeeper

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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

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Flash drive format issue(s)

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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

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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.

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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

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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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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.

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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

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Can't delete a read-only file - try Unlocker?

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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

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

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