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    Delete the “undeletables”


    by yclee ·

    This problem is not about locked/shared/ etc. files, its about coding, so here is it:

    I have a few files with non-printable characters tagged at the end of filename (truncated for char coding problem, I think), with files from servers running on foreign language systems, (my xp is Traditional Chinese version) how can I remove them?

    explorer lists the entries with zero file size.
    When I rename/delete them, explorer responds with “Unable to rename/detete file: cannot read source files or disks” (translation)

    cmd and 4nt (yeah, quite handy) can display the filename, using TAB or wildcards, but totally deny the existance of such files.

    I did delete some such files once, but I’ve forgotten the procedures, and the tools.

    Can I get away with these kinds of problem all together?

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    • #2870566


      by yclee ·

      In reply to Delete the “undeletables”


    • #2870553

      Ooh, on an NT filesystem.

      by seanferd ·

      In reply to Delete the “undeletables”

      I’ve done this before on FAT filesystems where one couldn’t delete normally files with names which included extended characters. I think you could even use Edit to rename them.

      I would suggest a low-level disk editor, but be very careful. You may also try to mount the drive offline from another operating system. I’ve never checked on filenames with extended characters from a Linux distro, but all distros I’ve used mount NTFS partitions easily. You could even try a DOS boot disk if you incorporate Avira’s NTFS4DOS file.

      • #2869559

        Any recommendation?

        by yclee ·

        In reply to Ooh, on an NT filesystem.

        I used to embedding a little extra non-printable character(s) in directory/file names to prevent “straying eyes” and/or accidental deletion (of course, in MS FAT FS, in linux, this won’t work).

        And now, it’s NTFS, quite a new game. Do you have any low level disk editing tools that will do do job?

        Will winhex do?

        Any suggestion is welcome.


    • #2870499

      try these utilities

      by markp24 ·

      In reply to Delete the “undeletables”

      I know you say this inst a locked file issue, but those tools may still help?

      i have had files i could not delete, usually rebooting the server or pc will fix the issue, If you werent running foriegn language, i would tell you to run a Chkdsk on the system drive as well , because it sounds like you may have some MFT errors (Master file table , in Fat FS it was File allocation table)

      but you may want to try Unlocker (

      • #2869556


        by yclee ·

        In reply to try these utilities

        They are gone!

        unlocker is great, I alreay have a copy of unlocker my system, and I don’t even know it has such capability.

        Thanks for the help.

        One question arise: your title is in plural form, it implies more than one tool.
        Just out of curiosity, are there any?

        Thanks again.

        • #2868759

          Yes, i forgot to post the others

          by markp24 ·

          In reply to Thanks


          I am sorry i meant to post more but got sidetracked. there us “file assassin” and unlock me.

          Im happy that helped:-)

          see you around


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