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    Removal of Blank Folders

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    by richard shortland ·

    I have had one of my servers at school “hacked” for want of a better term by someone who setup an ftp server on it. I have managed to stopwhat they were doing but I cannot delete a whole load of folders that they have left behind. I have tried to use both the RM program from the W2K resource kit and Norton Commander to delete them but without success.

    If any one has any ideas or suggestions I would appreciate them.

    Thanks

    Richard Shortland
    Network Administrator
    Castle Community School

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    • #3543871

      Are they being used by a resource?

      by jimhm ·

      In reply to Removal of Blank Folders

      Are those folders being used by a running process or resource?

      I know – but I’ve run into that before … That folders that were used by a running process or resource could not be deleted until I stopped the processes..

      Just a suggestion… (it was a challegen to find the associated processes..)

      Good Luck

    • #2745436

      What OS?

      by jackofalltech ·

      In reply to Removal of Blank Folders

      If it’s W98 (or lower), restart in DOS mode and use a DOS-based file manager (such as the excellent, free, File Maven) to remove them.

      If it’s NT4 (or higher) it get a little tricky. Stop all unnecessary processes, open a DOS box then use Tasklist to kill Explorer. Then use the method explained above. From the C/L start Explorer again and exit the DOS box.

      Ralph

      • #2745428

        What OS?

        by richard shortland ·

        In reply to What OS?

        This particular server is running NT4 SP6a.

        I’ll give what you suggested a try in a bit after I have had my coffee.

      • #2745427

        What OS?

        by richard shortland ·

        In reply to What OS?

        I just tried using File Maven and found that there are folders buried inside the directory structure called COM7, COM1 and LPT2 which I cannot access or rename, delete of change in any way.

        Any ideas on how to deal with them.

        • #2745162

          Tricky!

          by jackofalltech ·

          In reply to What OS?

          OK, we’re dealing with a very old practical joke here. You can’t delete them because the O/S reserves those names. I haven’t dealt with this since the good old DOS days so I don’t know if it can be fixed under NT. The way we used to do was to use a disk editor to rename the files/directories then delete them normally. You can try it but it might be better to backup your data and do a clean install.

          Ralph

        • #2745136

          Tell me about it.

          by richard shortland ·

          In reply to Tricky!

          I have already tried to rename the folders but it won’t work. I have also tried to format the drive but to avail. The only thing I can think off if to use Partition Magic to delete the partition and start again. However I think that I am going to have to run from within Windows as the partion in question is part of a raid array.

          I’ll let you know on Tuesday how I get on.

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