I just have been in trouble with this case. Have tried a little bit on it and left un-solved. So now just thought to ask it here if any one else has got any clue to solve it.
It's a long time ago when I was using Windows XP as a Primary OS on Drive C: , I tried to test Windows-7(an earlier release perhaps it was RC in new stages) as a dual boot. I installed it on drive D: .
For may be a week or so, I was with both of the versions perfectly running on my laptop. And then I got some issue with it and had to reinstall Windows XP on primary drive C:
I did install Windows XP again on drive C: letting win-7 be spared on the other drive. And thought to delete the win-7 files manually on the other drive.
Here I got the trouble. Even being in Windows XP, I was not able to delete the Win-7 Files/Folders which were on the other drive D. Some of the files were deleted just as easily as normally we do but more of them were not able to be deleted.
I just left them be there thinking of that there was enough space to ignore some GBs (it was around 20 GB)
Now, when I am running Windows-7 RTM release as Primary OS on drive C: for more than a half of the year. I tried to delete the older win-7 files on drive D: again manually but I was still not able to delete them. I left them again.
But now when I have got the drive D: less in free space, I just have tried again to delete the win-7 files manually by going more into the folders and subfolders to delete as much as I could. By doing that I was able to delete more stuff but still not enough to get free space. It's still consuming more than 15GB, which is just not delete able.
This is what needs to be solved. I need to delete those crap files/folders of older win-7 on drive D:
The Error, what occurs when I try to delete is simply "Access is Denied". Only when I try to delete or move or edit.
Reading the files and folders are just fine. I can open files in a relative program or notepad. I can open folders and explore what's in there.
Following is what I have done already:
- Connecting the drive via a USB adapter with another computer...........No change, the same error occurs....
- Deleting from with-in other OS(only Windows).......... No change, the same error occurs....
Following is what I can not do:
- Formatting drive D: which contains the files to be deleted...... as it's the last thing I can do..
- Can not make back up of important files from drive D: to format it after that...... as well it's the last thing I would do.