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    Strange Directories (WXpHeSp3)

    We have 3 pc's networked, Pc1 & Pc2 are identical an each has a Maxtor external hard disk drive - used for backups. On Pc2 external HDD there are 3 directories that I would like to remove, but even in Safe Mode I'm unable to delete. Changing the properties of these doesn't work either. The directories do not appear on Pc1 HDD though. The directory names are
    03ad38997b3eea510e08af0c
    i2afb401b6dd358c0b411
    81f5a90953e508c02db
    I suspect that they may be windows updates, however they are in any case in the wrong place - anyone got ideas as to how to remove them please?
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    Re: Strange Directories (WXpHeSp3)

    Having checked within them that they are really Windows updates (very likely), you could try going into Safe Mode and attempt to delete them, or perhaps try Unlocker.
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    Re: Strange Directories (WXpHeSp3)

    Those folders are most likely from updates. The Windows installer will check your drives to see which has the most space left and extract the installation files to the one with the most space.

    Is the userid which you are logged in with a member of the administrators group? What error message do you receive? Are you the owner of the folder? See How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP for more information.

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    Re: Strange Directories (WXpHeSp3)

    BATcher, thank you, now got rid of them. Nice programme that.
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    Re: Strange Directories (WXpHeSp3)

    Hi Joe, thanks for the pointer to the MS site article - very good.
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    Re: Strange Directories (WXpHeSp3)

    As others have said, most likely updates, and the folders should have been removed. As Joe points out the package Installer looks for the disk with the most space, and when you say the "wrong place" I guess that is the root, since that is what Windows Installer use.

    Don't know if this was WU/MU downloads or other manual updates, but for information <!post=how to set the extract location see MSFT link in this post,654925>how to set the extract location see MSFT link in this post<!/post> [a thread about File Extract Locations]. Maybe can be of some use in the future (manual installs) if one knows that using a certain disk is not wanted. Usually the package installer should remove them, so maybe something to check, why it didn't.

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