Un-Deletable Folder

Boondock_Saint

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Recently I installed the program LimeWire, found at LimeWire.com. It is a P2P file sharing program based on Java. Anyways, while installing it, I encountered an error and was forced to abort the operation. What I found out after the fact is that it had created it's directory, but I cannot do ANYTHING with it! I cannot delete it (when I try to, it says the directory is not empty...even though no files, hidden or not, are in it). I cannot rename it, move it, and so forth. Officially, it shouldn't even exist on my hard drive. It's size (on disk) is zero bytes. It has no "Accessed" or "Modified" fields at all. I have tried to open the file in Edit, and has come up with the only clue thus far: it's location should be "C:\program files\LimeWire ", space included afterwards. I have tried removing it through virtual DOS, by typing in "del "c:\program files\LimeWire"", and then again with the space. I have done every possible thing I can think of, all without working. If you guys have any advice on how to remove this pug of a file, it would be most welcome at this point.

Thanks Again,

-Matt

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Boondock_Saint

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Toejam31

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Perhaps?

<A HREF="http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q159199&LN=EN-US&SD=gn&FR=0&qry=NTFS AND reserved system space&rnk=55&src=DHCS_MSPSS_gn_SRCH&SPR=WIN2000" target="_new">A File Cannot Be Deleted or Accessed on an NTFS Volume</A>

I would have posted sooner, but you didn't mention what file system you are using, which makes a difference.

Are you able to remove the folder in Safe or Debugging Mode?

<A HREF="http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q202485&" target="_new">Description of Safe Boot Mode in Windows 2000</A>

You could try going to the command line (Start\Run\CMD), navigating to the folder, and then using the DEL command.

If the file system is FAT32, you could also attempt to boot with a Win9X <A HREF="http://www.mirrors.org/archived_software/www.bootdisk.com/original.htm" target="_new">boot disk</A>, navigate to the folder, and use the DELTREE command to remove the folder.

In any case, I would definitely run a full CHKDKS scan on the hard drive, just in case you have a bad sector.

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