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2012-10-16, 17:59 #1
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How to delete folder that contains itself?
I have a client who is running Windows 2000 Server. On a data partition, he has a folder named "Backup S" which, when opened, appears to contain itself, and opening the second folder shows the same folder inside it, and so forth. If I try to delete the folder, I get the message "Cannot delete file: File system error (1148). Because this is a data partition, I can make a backup copy of all folders except this one, then reformat the drive, and then restore the backed up data. Before I do this, is there anything else I can try to get rid of this one problem folder? Thanks in advance.
2012-10-17, 08:14 #2
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Are we talking NTFS or FAT-32?
In any event, I would try the kill-or-cure CHKDSK x: /F /V /R (replace x with the appropriate partition letter) in a Command Prompt window, which might sort out the file system errors. (Probably wise to attempt a backup before you run it!)
If that doesn't work I would try UNLOCKER, selecting the top-level directory you wish to try deleting, then select Delete from the drop-down menu. Beware that it can take an amazingly long time to do anything, doing which time there is no obvious sign of activity (inless you look in Task Manager).
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