# how to delete strange folders refering to my c partition

I have some strange folders on my harddisk (they appeared in a subdirectory of a QT installation on my c partition, i am not sure, but i think those folders appeard after i deleted some temporary files on the command line with `del /F /S /Q *.*`).

those strange folders have the name "c:" and i cant delete them, because when i click delete, windows wants to remove all my files on the c partition.

has anyone any clue how i can get rid of those folders ?

i even can start the calculator with the path: `C:\a\c:\a\c:\b\c:\a\c:\b\c:\a\c:\b\c:\a\c:\a\c:\Windows\system32\calc.exe`

EDIT1: dir /Q results: Directory of C:\a

``````19.11.2010  07:59    <DIR>          MYCOMPUTER\MYUSER      .
21.12.2009  20:04    <DIR>          ...                    c:
0 File(s)              0 bytes
3 Dir(s)  19.354.865.664 bytes free
``````

EDIT2: running a full chkdsk /F /R during boot didnt change anything

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Can you paste the output of `dir c:\a`? –  icyrock.com Nov 20 '10 at 16:54

I don't know how you ended in this state, but can you try the following:

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that junction tool does not work in my case: `Failed to open \\?\C:\a\c:: The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.` –  smerlin Nov 20 '10 at 17:25
Try: `junction c:\a` to determine whether it's a junction. Did you try `chkdsk`? –  icyrock.com Nov 20 '10 at 17:27
junction c:\a gives me `No reparse points found.`, and no i havent tried chkdsk yet, will try it now. –  smerlin Nov 20 '10 at 17:38
OK, then it's not a junction point. Try `chkdsk`, hope it helps. –  icyrock.com Nov 20 '10 at 17:46
chkdsk stage 1-3 havent detected any error... stage 4&5 will take some hours to finish... if it doesnt find any error aswell it seems like i will try if i can get some info about these strange directories using the direct filesystem api myself... maybe it is indeed a junction, but that junction tool does not detect it because it normally only supports links to other folders and not to partitions... –  smerlin Nov 20 '10 at 18:12

Since the odd folders appear to be stemming from folders in your root of C:, I would investigate doing a backup of your drive (on another machine) with a tool like `Total Commander`, but excluding those base folders (i.e. `a`, `b`, etc.).

I recommend TC because it can run in elevated mode, and copies user security without trying to take ownership of a folder.

Then format the drive, resync the folders back, and run a repair install off the XP CD.

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i was able to easily delete those strange folders using a Linux-OS. Interestingly, on linux those folders looked quite different, and were not recursive at all. They just contained some emtpy subdirectories and nothing beside that:

``````-media
-Windows_mount
-a
-c:
-lib
-QT4
-plugins
-designer
-b
-c:
-lib
-QT4
-plugins
-designer
+bin
+Documents and Settings
...
+Program Files
+Windows
``````
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