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Deleting a folder in an external drive

by zlzpqx / May 15, 2016 1:26 PM PDT

When I try to delete one particular folder in my external drive, I get the message, "You will need administrator permission to delete this folder."

I myself am the single owner, and therefore the "administrator," of my computer. I have no idea as to WHERE in my computer, and HOW, I provide my "permission" for the above deletion.

Thanks for the help.

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Tried booting a Linux distro?
by Dafydd Forum moderator / May 15, 2016 1:36 PM PDT

Be sure what you delete isn't something important.

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Remember administrator is not God.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 15, 2016 1:57 PM PDT

This is a shock to many but even an Admin account may not delete a file or folder they don't have permissions for. However as an Admin they can take ownership or add themselves as an owner with full rights.

I notice the first time folk run into this they often write "I own this PC, the only owner and administrator." If they can move past that, then they can dive into permissions, rights and such.

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try taking ownership
by renegade600 / May 15, 2016 2:05 PM PDT
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Re: administrator
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 15, 2016 2:05 PM PDT

Run either CMD or Explorer "as administrator" (right click, it's rather on top of the list of options) . Then try again. A program run "as administrator" can do more than a program you just run.
If no luck, Linux is a good alternative.

A somewhat nasty work-around is trying to move it to another folder, then hide that other folder. Then it's still there, but you won't see it any more.

What, by the way, is that "particular folder"?

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