external hard drive access denied folder

By rjant ·
I formatted an external hard drive since I had system files on it and only wanted to transfer data. I formatted the drive successfully and removed all files,

I started to transfer data only files, to transfer files inidividually was time consuming so I transferred file folders with intent to remove individual files that I did not want.

One of the folder transfered was RECYCLER, which I did not want so I attempted to remove it gave me an access denied, I tried formatting the drive and was not allowed to format drive. (safe boot will not access external hard drive) There is only 4096 bytes associated with the folder the folder has a subfile and a subfolder which cannot be accessed, deleted or formatted. McAfee scan showed the folder contained 110 files but did not find any viruses, I have tried changing admin permissions one of permission was $L, I deleted that permission. The only thing I have not yet tried is using win xp recovery console which would be new for me and I do not have the original disk, but I do have the recovery disks that were made with sys. purchase. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Open a command prompt

by seanferd In reply to external hard drive acces ...


attrib -r -s X:\recycler

Hit Enter.

(Where X is the drive letter assigned to your external drive.)

Do this running the Administrator account.

Then delete the folder. (It is the Recycle Bin for all accounts.)

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Something else to try

by Jacky Howe In reply to external hard drive acces ...

With the external drive attached press the WinKey + Pause/Break and click the System Restore tab. Stop monitoring the drive and the system volume information directory should be removed.

With the external drive attached right click on the Recycle Bin and select Properties. Click Configure drives independently. Click on the TAB for the external drive and tick the box next to Do not move files to the Recycle Bin.

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