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Cant delete files on E: Can you help?

By NeedMSOutLookBack ·

I recently installed Nortons and had to remove McAfee. Everything came back clean. Not sure if I did something incorrectly but I now have an E drive that is filled with files that appear as the following. My original files are there and have no problems.


There's 100s of them. I tried deleing but I get an erro that says: CANNOT DELETE FILE: CANNOT READ FROM THE SOURCE

I tried opening and it says: the file name, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect

The properties show 0 bytes but the drive shows like 3,000,000 kb for most of them.

I'm very unsavy when comes to internal computer problems. Please help if you can.


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by Beanmeister In reply to Cant delete files on E: ...

Sometimes you can have the syncronise setting turned on for a certain device such as a USB key... This means that whenever you plug the device in, it will syncronise the files..
I could be wrong, but does it come up with any different options than normal when you go into the drives properties?

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by OnTheRopes In reply to Cant delete files on E: ...

I use "Unlocker 1.7.8" from It's a 168K download so it doesn't take long. It is very easy to install and use.

Allow it to install a link into the Windows File menu options. With unlocker installed it's easy to use Windows Explorer, right click any folder, file or choose a group of files, then choose "unlock" from the right-click text menu. Unlocker stops any file activity. If unlocker doesn't find any active handles (meaning the files are in use somehow)it will give you the option of deleting the file(s).

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by meet_darwin In reply to Cant delete files on E: ...

u r telling it is in E drive and also ur files are no need. just right click and format the drive....

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by zlitocook In reply to Cant delete files on E: ...

I would suspect a virus or some such. I would use an on line virus scanner, search Google for one and scan your computer. Both drives, update your Nortons and run it, down load spybot search and destroy. Boot into safe mode (you did not say what O/S you are using but it is prob. XP) to see if you can remove the files.
I think it is a virus because if you did not have a d drive and now you do there is some thing that made it. Back up the files and be ready to reload your system.

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