Odd folder deletion problem...

Discussion in 'Windows OS's' started by athomas, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. athomas

    athomas Geek Trainee

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    On one of my dev servers running server 2003, I can't delete this folder on the desktop, I'm getting that "directory is not empty" error. I tried taking ownership of it, though I'm not sure what difference it'd make since I'm logged in as administrator.

    How can I delete this stupid thing?
     
  2. RHochstenbach

    RHochstenbach Administrator Staff Member

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    Make sure that you allow Inheritance to Child Objects in the tab Security > Advanced.
     
  3. athomas

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    Just tried that, didn't help.
     
  4. Anti-Trend

    Anti-Trend Nonconformist Geek Staff Member

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    Ahhh, Windows. If I was in your situation, I would boot to a live Linux distro with ntfs-3g support, e.g. eLive, mount your Windows partition, and delete the file from within Linux.
     
  5. athomas

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    I made a test FTP user and ftp'd up and deleted it. Not sure why admin user wouldn't work in winblows, oh well :chk:
     
  6. athomas

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    Actually FTP only deleted the files, folders say that they aren't empty, when they are... ugh
     
  7. athomas

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    Anybody have anything for this?
     
  8. athomas

    athomas Geek Trainee

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    Also, changing ownership on these empty folders locks up the system, CPU caps at 100%. The folders are all 100% empty.
     
  9. Anti-Trend

    Anti-Trend Nonconformist Geek Staff Member

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    Did you try my earlier advice?
     
  10. athomas

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    Like I said, system locks up.

    Ever since this folder issue came up, the system has been VERY slow, CPU capping at 100% for no reason at all, I'm just reloading it, tired of dealing with it.
     
  11. megamaced

    megamaced Geek Geek Geek!

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    OK a few things to check.

    Is the folder set to Read Only?
    Have you taken ownership of the folder and all child objects?
    Have you granted the administrator account Full Control for the folder and all child objects?
    Have you checked for any stubborn hidden files and folders, or files that have been explicitly set "do not inherit parent permissions"?
     

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