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How to delete a folder that Windows can't find?

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For a GUI, try Helge Klein SetACL Studio. It will delete anything. Product page here, no cost (used to be commercial).
-x16wda (October 06, 2020, 05:58 AM)
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Last year I had one folder it couldn't delete, couldn't do anything with it.
Can't remember what happened in the end, think I gave up and reinstalled Windows or formatted the drive.
Most obstinate file/folder I've had in 40+ years of playing with computers 🤣
-4wd (November 09, 2020, 03:57 PM)
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Yeah... I also remember applying the just give up 'solution' in the past. I just ignored it, deep in its directory path. :D

Stoic Joker:
For the non long path related shenanigans, the other two most likely gotchas are ownership and attributes. I just ran into the - blast-from-the-past - attribute thing a week or so ago. Had a file marked read only and system that wouldn't leave until I stripped off those attributes.

Stuff I've done in the past:
Shorten names from above until it comes into range.
Map a drive letter to something just above the problem folder to "shorten" its path when accessed through the mapped letter.

and if you just want to delete it:
RmDir \\.\C:\[parent folder path] /q /s

Had to use that one a few times to get rid of hacked FTP's with hidden folder trees, using space character named folders.
-Stoic Joker (October 06, 2020, 05:53 AM)
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Thank you very much for your help, I was looking for an answer for a week!


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