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Technical Q&A > Unable To Delete Files From 2008┬áServer


I seem to have a problem with not being able to delete certain files, even if I take ownership of the files. I'm sure this is down to some sort of corruption, I 'm just looking for a cure.

Any Ideas?


February 23, 2010 | Registered CommenterGlen Celestine

I've had this before and I ended up reformatting the drive. Luckily, it was only a virtual one...

Still, I would like to know what to do as well...

February 23, 2010 | Registered CommenterJamie

When you try to delete them via explorer what error to you get?

February 23, 2010 | Registered CommenterSupernova

I've not got the machine anymore, but it was something to do with the normal "this file is in use or write protected" sort of thing. Nothing else...

February 24, 2010 | Registered CommenterJamie

I get a permission error, even if I try an admin account.

February 26, 2010 | Registered CommenterGlen Celestine

Hi Glen,

Is it anything to do with files in nested deep within folders? I am thinking maybe is it to do with the directory depth, I definitely have had an issue with files nested too deep, the solution was to move the file elsewhere and then delete it.


February 26, 2010 | Registered CommenterNicky Curtis

I've had this problem with empty folders, I guess I should have checked hidden files?

February 27, 2010 | Registered CommenterJamie

Thanks all, my problem are Thumbs.DB files. I've tried everything to renove them, but I'm still having no luck. anything else I can try before I go mad?


March 2, 2010 | Registered CommenterGlen Celestine

Ah, that might explain it. I just ended up reformatting each time, but obviously in a production environment that wouldn't be helpful (and with using real hard drives, it could take forever to reformat a partition).

March 2, 2010 | Registered CommenterJamie

Oh, the thumnail cache. I guess you have tried switching it off?

1) Open My Computer
2) Click on Tools
3) Click on Folder Options
4) Click on the View Tab
5) Place a check in the option "Do not cache thumbnails"

March 2, 2010 | Registered CommenterNicky Curtis

The disk clean up wizard should also purge them

March 3, 2010 | Registered CommenterSupernova

I can't try it right now (I don't have a virtual machine with this problem) but it does tend to be Windows servers that have empty folders from ex-user profiles or even just data stored by other users. And, like Glen even after taking ownership of them, they don't work.

I would like to hear back from Glen to see if Nicky's method worked (or supernova's...)

March 3, 2010 | Registered CommenterJamie
Hi All, will be looking at this over the weekend, will let you know.
March 19, 2010 | Registered CommenterGlen Celestine
Hi, I did as Nicky suggested, gave the server a reboot, and gave it another try. I was able to delete all the Thumbs DB files.
March 30, 2010 | Registered CommenterGlen Celestine