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File management problems with HP Pavilion dv8000 series

Hello all. Firstly I'm not sure if this is a problem with my harddrives, my OS or something else, but I figured I would try here first.

The situation is, ever since I've had my laptop (approx half a year now), I have had difficulty moving/copying/deleting certain files. With these "problem files", whenever I attempt to move/copy/delete them, I get an error message stating that the files are "currently in use" and that I need to "close the application" that is using them. 9 out of 10 times, I cannot find ANY applications that are using them (even in Task Manager). I've tried rebooting, changing folder settings, renaming the files, etc... Nothing works.

Has anyone had this type of problem before? Does anyone have a hunch as to why this is happening? Any light that can be shed on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

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Re: files accessed

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Download filemon (file usage monitor) from and see what it has to tell you about these files.

As long as you don't tell the particulars about these files (such as the full filename and location), it's impossible to comment more than that is either is a regular Windows process that's accessing them or some malware. Not all running processes are shown in the Task Manager application pane.

So do some research and tell more.


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Maybe easier to use its cousin 'handle' ...

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