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Deleting files appears to work, but doesn't

I am attempting to delete a moderately large directory on a network shared drive. Each time I do this (using the Windows Explorer), the deletion appears to work and the file is removed from the ...
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Cant delete or rename a very wierd long name in windows 7 [duplicate]

Recently i found this file sitting on my desktop, i tried all suggested methods such as `dir /x` command or the \\?\file address method to rename or delete the file in question! but none of ...
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What happens when I delete the entire Windows registry?

I've been wondering what would happen if I delete all the registry stuff. Would my PC stop working? Edit: I've edited the code, now it should delete the registry. cd %TMP% reg query HKCR> ...
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Is it possible to see when and how a file was deleted?

An application I'm working has unexpectedly deleted some data files from a folder. Is it possible in windows 7 to pull up some kind of log for that folder, to see when the files were deleted, and ...
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If I begin a mass file deletion on a network share folder, what is the load on my local PC and what is the load on the network share PC/device?

All questions are based on Windows 7 64-bit PCs and/or a Synology NAS. I'm going through an aging file server and cleaning up thousands of old documents including e-mails and attachments and tons of ...
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Delete All files except specific file in bash [duplicate]

I am trying to use rm -rf !(current) delete all folders in current path except current folder. But I am getting below error bash: !: event not found How do I get this functionality in bash?
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Permission Issues When Removing Directory

I am using Windows 8.1, and am trying to remove a directory (specifically a Cygwin install directory). I keep getting this error: You need permission to perform this action. You require permission ...
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Easy way to delete duplicate files in a folder in Windows 7

I have a folder with lots of images, where each image file has a duplicate file in the form abc.jpg and abc-1.jpg (where the latter is the duplicate file). Is there an easy way to select and delete ...
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Duplicate Office documents from using OFC (detect duplicate file name with different extension)

I used Office File Converter (OFC) to convert my old Office documents to the newer format with a an X (docx, xlsx, pptx). OFC did not provide an option to delete converted documents. Now, I need to ...
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Trouble deleting TIFF images

I am doing some processing of TIFF images and experiencing some trouble deleting them when I am done. I make sure that I close all the processes that may be locking the file, but still the explorer ...
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Remove and delete certain local accounts [duplicate]

How can I delete a user from the command line? I am just starting working at a college and I'm inheriting a unintelligible mismash of local and domain accounts across a span of computers ranging ...
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Actually erase browsing data. (Ok so I'm paranoid) [closed]

While I'm not really worried about the law kicking my door in and siezing all my electronic devices, I do make it a regular habit to wipe my free space and browsing history. I currently use Piriform ...
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How to safely shred unlinked files on a Unix-based file system?

Scenario: After working with a confidential file (e.g. PDF a bank statement), you typed: rm my-confidential-file (or the famous Shift-Delete action in a GUI-based file browser such as nautilus) ...
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How to execute batch script in windows right?

According this answer in How do I delete a folder which is nested quite deep and avoid “File name too long”?, I created 1.bat file with following source: @echo off if not (%1)==() cd %1 for /D %%i in ...
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How to remove directory with invalid name on running system root partition without third party software? [duplicate]

Somehow, most probably from one or another usb-born Linux, I got cute little directory named C: located on my C: NTFS partition, due to its peculiar name I can not operate on its directory tree as ...
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Folders added to external HD and don't have permissions to delete it

Recently I bought this HDD, and then I restored my laptop to older image of itself and I needed Microsoft .net environment 4.5, so I installed it while the external HD was attached to the laptop. ...
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Agent.txt in User Folder

I just got a new laptop with Windows 8.1 and under the user directory (e.g. C:\Users\USER_NAME\) there is a file called: agent.txt I ran a Virus Scan and didn't find any malware... Does anyone know ...
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Deleting file names from MFT

I want to delete the unused contents of a disk without leaving any traces, e.g. for giving it to a colleague or a customer. The colleague/customer shall receive some files which are already on the ...
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How do you stop the process of deleting an account on Mac?

My mac is in the process of deleting an account. So far it's taken like 5 hours. I thought that isn't how long it should take so I was wondering if their is a way to stop deleting the account. I ...
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Is there any way to undelete files not in the recycle bin on Windows? [duplicate]

Hit Shift-Delete on one directory off from the one I wanted to. The work can be redone, but it is laborious to say the least. Any recovery tools, like the old days before the recycle bin?
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To remove linux directories ending with build numbers

I have a path where there will be build directories copied, so i need to keep only latest 3 directories and delete others, not by date but with the latest build number. If i have the following ...
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How to delete half of the files in a directory?

A directory has files with names ending 001 to 100. How can you delete 2,4,6,8...100. And can that be written as a script. As soon as the directory becomes week old, this has to run. And after a month ...
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Corrupt folder won't delete in Trash

My Mac Air runs both OS X 10.9.4 and Windows 7. There is a folder that won't delete in Windows, but I successfully put it in Trash in Mac. However, I can't delete it from Trash. I have tried pressing ...
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What happens if I delete the files from Desktop synced folder?

I am using windows 7 Desktop. I want to delete files from my cloud storage. If i delete the unwanted files from desktop synced folder, Does it delete them from cloud or retains the files on cloud and ...
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How to automatically move contents of Recycle Bin to a directory in my hard drive?

Few months back, I paid a visit to my friend's house. I love deleting things from other people's hard drives. Shift & Delete are two of my favorite keys in the keyboard. To make some space, I ...
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Windows 7 deleted media folders on boot

A weird thing happened to me tonight. I installed serviio on my computer and needed to reboot. On the reboot the 2 folders with my media in them deleted all the files and it took forever to log on . ...
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How to delete a file with a bad file name?

I had a file downloaded from torrent by a media center device on an external hard disk. The file has an invalid filename such as "Movie ** 480p ** NEW.wmv" (without the quotes). I cannot delete or ...
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How can I delete root users?

This is my passwd file: root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash m:x:0:100::/home/m:/bin/bash masoudjjgh:x:1000:100:masoudjjgh:/home/masoudjjgh:/bin/bash I try to delete user m that I am created: ...
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Unable to delete emails because mailbox is full

I just realized my email mailbox is full. (I'm using imap) I looked at my emails and saw two with a size of 21MB. I wanted to delete them but whenever I try to delete I get this message from sever ...
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BAT file: Delete all files in directory older than 5 days except one file

I have a directory with many temp files. All files older than 5 days can be deleted except one file 'DoNotDelete.txt'. Therefore I should add an extra argument to my current script: forfiles /p ...
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bat file to move parent folder ONLY containing PDFs into a new location and then delete the old parent folder

I need the bat file to scan a directory and look at all of the subfolders. If a subfolder contains any PDFs then I need that parent folder to be moved into a new location and then deleted from the old ...
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In windows, filter and delete image based on dimension(or any search filters for that matter)

In windows explorer, I can filter a folder based on the dimension criteria, say: width:<800 height:<600 (so that I filter small images) height:>2000 (so that I filter portraits) and then delete ...
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Delete All The Offline Files That S.E.P. Is Filling Up My Hard Drive With?

I have a folder containing 120GB worth of files generated by S.E.P. (Symantec Endpoint Protection), and after some searching I found this Symantec KB article supposedly answering a similar issue. It ...
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Can I delete all data/files definitively from my computer? [duplicate]

I have a couple of very important personal files, that I don't need anymore. But the problem is that even I delete these files using default Windows 'delete' command, the files can be restored using ...
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How can I delete a Folder Lock “.flkb” file for which I forgot the password?

I want to delete a .flkb file, which was created through Folder Lock 7 software. This requires a password which I have forgotten. Now this file taking 20 GB space of my drive.
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cannot delete windows executable files [duplicate]

i have created a file named test.bat on my desktop named it "test.bat" and sent it to notepad, written "REM" and saved it. then i closed notepad and reopened it, added another "REM" and saved the file ...
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CMD delete specific files and log all output

Hi guys ive written a script for a school im working at to automatically mount a folder as drive X: and then to go into drive X and recursively scan all folders and sub folders for .bat .cmd .exe and ...
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Windows 8.1, Domain Users logging into Mandatory Profile, skip Welcome screen, activity not saved

We currently use computers on domain and are used to Windows 7. We have a group of new computers which we would like to create a Mandatory Profile for, and have domain users login to this specific ...
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DOS command to remove file_001.* copies, but only if file.* exists

Didn't find the answer, hope it has not already been answered here. I have a tree of directories containing files and sometime a copy at the same location. This copy is identified by some string, ...
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Make files which starts with a dote visible for every user

I'm trying to delete an uploaded Dropbox directory, but only receive "550 Access Denied" and i don't know why. I already tried to set the directory permissions to 777 but nothing changed. On the ...
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Cannot delete a file: System cannot find the file specified

I want to delete a file but it shows an error: "System cannot find the file specified" what's the problem? the file which I want to delete: when I delete the file: the file name is : ...
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I can't delete a folder that's on my desktop, even after I've tried many different methods [duplicate]

Could not find this item. This is no longer located in C:\Users\(censored)\Desktop. Verify the item's location and try again. I have tried different solutions from people who have also had ...
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No delete option when right clicking people windows 8.1.

Finally got contacts into people in Windows 8.1. Finally learned how to delete contacts, but with some, there is no delete option, only edit. These contacts are not on social media because they are ...
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How can I delete the oldest directory in a directory?

I am writing a backup programm, and I need to execute a bash command to delete the oldest directory in a specific directory. I have found this command to print the oldest directory: find -type f ...
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Unable to delete folder on Windows 8

I am struggling to delete a directory using Windows 8. There is a directory that is used by Eclipse/ADT to developer android apps. It is in my user folder (c:\Users\Mark.android). I have tried the ...
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Linux: Deleting old log files recursively

I have a directory /home/projects/ with several nested sub-directories. How to recursively delete all files older than 1 week inside any logs directory starting from /home/projects/ ? A schedulable ...
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Windows Server 2012 Can't Delete Folder/Files

I've got a folder with two ISO files in it and I don't need them anymore, however I can't delete the folder! I am an administrator and also the owner of the files. When I try and delete using windows ...
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Delete files from shared folder

I am trying to safely delete files from a shared folder hosted on the server. However file doesn't move to the recycle bin when deleted because I'm not the owner. How do I force the file to be moved ...
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how to delete taggregate_temp_ tables at once?

In MySQL, I have multiple tables named like this: taggregate_temp_1364792160 taggregate_temp_1364795760 taggregate_temp_1364799360 taggregate_temp_1364802960 taggregate_temp_1364806560 ...
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If I delete a windows 8.1 user, will remain family safety active?

I have an user which has family safety enabled by the second user. If I delete the second user, will family safety remain active on the first user? I am using Windows 8.1. Also, I'm not sure if the ...