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Old 12-15-08, 12:59 PM   #1
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Default Deleting a Windows (Vista) directory that's on another partition

Got an issue that I think you guys can help with. I previously had Vista installed on my 1 TB Hitachi hard drive. I then purchased a pair of 74 GB Raptors and re-installed Windows on that RAID array. The Hitachi then became the backup drive where I've installed my games. I want to delete the Windows directory that's on the Hitachi drive, but that can't be done because I either need permission to do so (despite the fact that I have admin rights) or that files can't be deleted because they're locked.

I tried to remove the directory in safe mode but that didn't work. Aside from a complete format, is there utility that I can use to remove that directory but save all the other data?
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Old 12-15-08, 01:03 PM   #2
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You have UAC activated?, if so deactivate it, reboot and try to delete the folder
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Old 12-15-08, 01:04 PM   #3
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You have UAC activated?, if so deactivate it, reboot and try to delete the folder
I had a sneaking suspicion that might be it. Can't try until I get home later, though, but thanks for putting it out there.
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Just ask digital_trans he's good at deleting this kind of stuff!
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Just ask digital_trans he's good at deleting this kind of stuff!
Damn! I was going to say the same thing.
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Old 12-15-08, 01:58 PM   #6
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Can you take ownership of them? It's probably that they are still "owned" by your previous account. Which it doesn't think you are. So if you take ownership of the directory (right click on directory > properties > security tab > advanced button at bottom > Owner tab > Edit Button > then pick your user name. That should allow you to delete the files. I had a similar problem once where I backed up all my data, but it also saved the owner info with it, so when I restored the data it wouldn't let me do anything with it because I wasn't the same user as before. Taking ownership fixed that.
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Can you take ownership of them? It's probably that they are still "owned" by your previous account. Which it doesn't think you are. So if you take ownership of the directory (right click on directory > properties > security tab > advanced button at bottom > Owner tab > Edit Button > then pick your user name. That should allow you to delete the files. I had a similar problem once where I backed up all my data, but it also saved the owner info with it, so when I restored the data it wouldn't let me do anything with it because I wasn't the same user as before. Taking ownership fixed that.
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Can you take ownership of them? It's probably that they are still "owned" by your previous account. Which it doesn't think you are. So if you take ownership of the directory (right click on directory > properties > security tab > advanced button at bottom > Owner tab > Edit Button > then pick your user name. That should allow you to delete the files. I had a similar problem once where I backed up all my data, but it also saved the owner info with it, so when I restored the data it wouldn't let me do anything with it because I wasn't the same user as before. Taking ownership fixed that.
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Can you take ownership of them? It's probably that they are still "owned" by your previous account. Which it doesn't think you are. So if you take ownership of the directory (right click on directory > properties > security tab > advanced button at bottom > Owner tab > Edit Button > then pick your user name. That should allow you to delete the files. I had a similar problem once where I backed up all my data, but it also saved the owner info with it, so when I restored the data it wouldn't let me do anything with it because I wasn't the same user as before. Taking ownership fixed that.
Thats the key. You have to go into security settings and get Full Control of the folder. Even after that you probably won't get rid of the entire folder without a full format of the partition. You can delete just about everything in the folder but somethings still might linger.
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do it outside windows. format the entire partition.
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do it outside windows. format the entire partition.
Looks like that's what will have to be done. Will try to back up my Steam directory to my RAID array, then burn the rest to DVD. After that, will run KillDisk for a low-level format.
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Looks like that's what will have to be done. Will try to back up my Steam directory to my RAID array, then burn the rest to DVD. After that, will run KillDisk for a low-level format.
Did taking ownership not work?? It should have.....
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