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How to delete the file, "search[1]."

By daj3245 ·
I am trying to reformat Drive 2- by right clicking Properties/Format-partitions E and F,using XP Pro on Drive 1. Partition F reformatted successfully. For E I get, "Windows cannot format this drive. Quit any disk utilities or other programs you are running, and make sure no window is displaying the contents of the drive. Then try formatting again." I tried reformatting it in Safe Mode with the same result. I tried deleting all files on E and did except for 3 files named the same thing, "search[1].". One of each is located in Documents and Settings/Don/Local Settings/Temporary Internet Files/Contene.IE5, folders, "4LYV099J, K757YARP,WZBBAWTL". If I can delete these 3 files then I hope I can run the format successfully, or; is there another way to reformat this Drive 2 without worrying about deleting these 3 remaining files first?

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by daj3245 In reply to How to delete the file, " ...

Sorry 'bout that, I forgot to describe the error message when I try to delete each one of the three, "search[1]." files which is, "Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk." Thanks again for anyone who can help.

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by gralfus In reply to How to delete the file, " ...

In DOS, try switching to that directory and using DEL *.*

Please let us know if this works, as it was the only solution I ever found in the many newsgroup discussions about this very problem.

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by OTL In reply to How to delete the file, " ...

If the above does not work try;

attrib -h -s -r *.*

then

del *.*

BTW - any directories over 8 letters will appear as the first 6 characters then ~1.

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by willcomp In reply to How to delete the file, " ...

Try deleting partitions. Then repartition and re-format.

This has always worked for me.

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