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UNable to delete URL shortcut

I have been backing up my computers religiously. I will open another question post about what specifically is recommended for backups but for now, I need to find a way to get rid of this file on my 250GB Seagate FreeAgent drive. I suspect it got there from backing up my computer which is NTFS and onto the FreeAgent Drive, which I suspect is FAT32, and now, I can't delete it. I can't move it or rename it or anything. What ever I do, pops up this warning... (see screenshot)

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No install cure.

For this sort of issue I boot (no install) an UBUNTU CD and click around to that location. Select it, tap delete and it's gone.

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Thought it looked easy

I just happened to have a Ubuntu -Live- CD that I made a while back and I was able to easily click to that file. But it wouldn't let me delete it because it said it was on a, "Read Only Drive."

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Ahh. That hit me a few days ago.

Here's an article about a step to try in Ubuntu:

Sorry but I'm not seeing a reason to do this the hard way. Usually it just shows up and maybe I right click and check a box for read write but it's being difficult for you today.

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Thanks Bob

I'll have to read through that again. I'm not sure this is where I'm having a problem because Ubuntu lets me open and look at everything. It just won't let me change it. I believe it has something to do with that whole "ownership" thing. I changed all the permissions I could find in Windows to make it available to everyone for everything but I'm still missing a checkbox somewhere.

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The ownership is ignored in Linux.

--> Before you wipe, chkdsk it. This stung a friend recently. Ubuntu didn't mount it due to some chkdsk error.

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OK, thank you!

I will definitely try that and play around with it before I delelte anything. Thank you for the heads-up on that idea. I didn't know Ubuntu was suppose to ignore ownership. The first popup I get in Ubuntu when I hit the delete button says that it "can't" do the delete because it is a "Read-Only" drive. And I thought I got every permission set correctly to avoid that. So I probably missed something somewhere.

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