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Undeletable PDA files

I have two files in the "Built-In Storage" of my Axim X5 (running Windows Pocket PC 2002). They resulted when I tried to copy a file (two separate times) but cancelled the operation halfway... and I can't delete them. Is there any program that will allow me to get rid of them? I checked out "Delete FXP Files," but that doesn't work with Pocket PC.

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What are the files?

In reply to: Undeletable PDA files

I'm not sure what you mean by "they resulted when I tried to copy a file," and am wondering if you, or the PDA, cancelled the operation. In any case, the main question here is what the files are. There are some files, such as "ignore_my_docs", which are system files that cannot be deleted, and will be recreated if you do delete them. (In the case of "ignore_my_docs", the most commonlly encountered one, it exists to tell the OS and programs that there is no "my document" folder on the "drive," so there's no reason to search for such.) It's also possible that those files are being used by a program that is running in the background, and thsus cannot be deleted at this time. To close open programs, go start->settings->system->memory->running programs, and stop anything that's running. Give a shout back with the file names and types and we'll see what's what.

Hope this helps,
John


P.S. Only programs designed for the PDA, and specifically PocketPC 2002, will work, or even be able to install. This is because although it's still a Microsoft product, it's a completely different operating system for a completely different device. It is also because of this that Cnet has a forum dedicated to Handhelds, including the PocketPC and Palm.

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No name

In reply to: What are the files?

I can rename the file (I just realized that it was only one) fine--and I've renamed it to simply "x" to make it less obtrusive. It tells me no programs are running, and it's not "ignore_my_docs" (I can delete those fine, and they do reappear.
I think it was me that cancelled the copy operation, because it was taking too long. The resulting copy was an unopenable and undeletable file. I think it was originally a photo.
It's not marked read-only, and I can't even delete it through ActiveSync.

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Suggestions...

In reply to: No name

Unlike standard Windows, there isn't a large list of advanced utilities for Windows Mobile/PPC. If there are no programs running in the background, and you're still unable to delete the file, I doubt you'll find a utility that can do it. First, I'd suggest seeing if a simple soft reset cures the problem, as it has done for me. If not, your best option may be to copy all of your data from the "built-in strage" section, and reformat it. Although this feature is not native to the PPC File Explorer, it's commonly found in third-party file explorers, including Resco Explorer, which has a 2-week free trial. Just open up the root directory in one of the explorers, tap and hold the icon for BIS, and select format. With any luck that will erase the problematic file and let you continue on as usual.

Hope this helps,
John

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