Unable To Delete Some Folders / Files


#1

I download many vector files and stock photos from depositphotos. First I download them on desktop and then after unzipping I save them to their specific locations on hard drive.

The issue I am facing is that recently I unzipped a file to desktop but when I try to move that folder to any other location it gives error "Cannot move tiger.eps. It is being used by another person or program"

Tiger.eps is the file "inside" the folder, I have closed all applications but still I am unable to move or even delete that folder. It has been many days now but I still can't delete that folder. I can "copy" it but not delete / move it.

Just to avoid this kind of issues now I unzip all files to their original locations (not on desktop).

Any idea what's wrong with it?


#2

Follow the below approaches until problem is resolved.

1 - Reboot and retry.

2 - Boot into safe mode and try deleting the file.

3 - Attach HDD to another computer and manually delete the file.


#3

1- You can also try with creating new user with admin rights and login with new user account and delete other user's files.

2- Hijackthis is also a handy tool.

3- You can boot in DOS mode and delete whatever files you want. (Hiren Boot CD/USB)


#4

Check this for future reference

http://superuser.com/questions/399659/how-can-i-identify-what-application-is-using-a-given-file


#5

[quote=“shafiq, post:4, topic:21922”]

Check this for future reference

http://superuser.com/questions/399659/how-can-i-identify-what-application-is-using-a-given-file

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Probably the best and most informative reply.


#6

sometimes a file may be encrypted or read-only.. just check details in file properties and you may get several clues to whats happening with the file..


#7

[quote=“farhan_ds, post:6, topic:21922”]

sometimes a file may be encrypted or read-only.. just check details in file properties and you may get several clues to whats happening with the file..

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Yes, I changed the properties and uncheck the read-only option, but it didn't delete.

Then I restarted the computer and tried again, this time it worked :)

Now the folder has been deleted. Thanks for the tip.


#8

:D

Ollaaaaayyyyy...!!!


#9

This little software helps you delete the most stubborn files without having to restart. http://www.emptyloop.com/unlocker/


#10

[quote=“executionist, post:9, topic:21922”]

This little software helps you delete the most stubborn files without having to restart. http://www.emptyloop.com/unlocker/

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Process Explorer can be used to search for and close the task/handle which is using the file without restarting.