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Is it technically possible to make a self-destructing movie clip?

Is it technically possible to make a self-destructing video clip, like in the movies? I just want to make a little player, which would play clip only once and than remove itself from the system. I ...
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Windows 7 asks administrator for administrator privilege

I seem to get a malware and when I try to delete it, it says I must be administrator to delete it(I do not know the English version since I am not using an English version). But the problem is I do ...
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Deleting a file from a network drive

If I have a network drive setup which connects to a specific server. If I delete a file from that network drive, it does not go into my desktop recycle bin and it does not go into the recycle bin on ...
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How to overwrite system32 files in Windows 7? (that really works please)

I have Windows 7 64bit installed on a virtual box (the fact it is a virtual box shouldn't be relevant). I need to overwrite /Windows/System32/d3d9.dll but the system won't let me. I've read the same ...
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How to strip off mail attachments in Thunderbird while keeping the mail

As I have only 500MB quota on my IMAP account and I want to keep messages when I sent something to someone but the data attached to those mails is often out of date and of no use anymore, it come to ...
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Deleting old Windows 7 Files

This is my 3rd install of windows 7 now on various array of hard drives, I'm now onto a SSD. However I need to clean up all the other files, I've managed to get rid of all the permission based files. ...
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Operation not permitted error when deleting as root

I got into a weird situation. I got a 1Tb portable HD filled with some contents. It was used in Windows and as always packed with virus. I tried deleting some folders as root. But the following error ...
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Permanently delete files from a flash drive

I heard some people mention that files are deleted from flash drive for good, there is no tracing back. Is that really true? If not, how do I permanently delete files from it? I have a sensitive ...
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How to mass remove symbolic links in Windows (amongs regular files that share similar name in many folders)?

Is there anyway to quickly remove many symbolic links in many folders that contains many other files. E.g some command in command prompt (be able to delete all slink created from day XX for example)? ...
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DEL *1.* deletes all files in folder

I'm trying to delete all files that end with the number one, but for some reason it is deleting all of the files in the folder. The command I'm using is DEL *1.* It works when I use a letter like ...
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Windows 7 cross-volume symlinks affecting recycle bin

Related to this question but not identical. Scenario: C:\Folder\Symlink\ is a symlink pointing to E:\Folder\Folder\Target\ Problem: Deleting a file through C:\Folder\Symlink\* bypasses the Recycle ...
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Delete multiple files on PowerShell command line

With PowerShell, what is the most concise way to delete multiple explicitly named files? E.g. on *ix it would be: rm subDir/a.png anotherDir/b.jpg thirdDir/c.gif I'm currently using: echo ...
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Delete locked file/folder from command line

It is easy to delete file or folder from a command line or a locked file or folder from a nice GUI tool like Unlocker. However is there a way to delete locked file/folder from a command line? Is ...
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Make a batch file find duplicate file names with different extensions, and actions on the results

What I want to do is have a batch file search folders, and subfolders, for matching file names that are ending in .mp3 and .wma and delete or move the *.wma duplicates. Below you'll find what I have ...
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Deleting folder with many files from a Library takes ages

I have a large source code folder which consists of 82,480 Files, 19,633 Folders. It is added to Library for fast access. When I delete it from library, it takes forever to prepare deleting and ...
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Batch delete : Access is denied

As the title suggests, I'm having issues with the del command in a batch file. When it gets to the delete step I get the message "Access is denied". My batch command looks something like this. set ...
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How do I temporary delete files with the command line?

I've tried to alias rm with rm='mv $1 /tmp/' to no avail. How can I temporary delete files with the command line? I want to replace the rm command with the mv command to not delete my files and ...
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How to delete a Thumbs.db:encryptable file

I found a file called Thumbs.db:encryptable on my image folder, and I can't delete it. I've tried reboot my PC, but it doesn't work. When I try to delete a folder that contains this file, this ...
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How to detect why I cannot delete directory?

I cannot delete empty directory, I would like to know why. That directory did contain movie that was being played by my custom player and it might somehow be still blocking the directory. however it ...
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How can I remove a directory with rm - rf?

I try to remove a folder with rm -rf foldername … but it says rm: cannot remove folder :is a directory. What's wrong?
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Deleting Multiple Files

I am deleting multiple files with the command: del /s *.doc *.rtf *.txt I get the error Could Not Find *.doc. How can I get the command to continue deleting RTF and TXT files when there are no ...
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Media Sanitation

What is considered the minimum amount of overwrites to sanitize media? For example; there are 1, 2, 3, 7, and 35 overwrites methods to make data irrecoverable. Using standard recovery methods (such ...
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JRE rt.jar getting deleted on machine reboot

I am observing a strange behavior on some of my Windows machines. I have a Server application that uses Java JRE 1.6u26 (Oracle) which is bundled within it. Sometimes a machine reboot causes the ...
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Why can't I delete some .exe files?

I've been having a really strange problem in Windows 7 that's been driving me nuts. Sometimes when I delete a folder full of random files (and no, not files in the Windows folder) and one of those ...
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How do I remove Windows 7 installation?

I want to remove Windows 7 installation from a partition WITHOUT destroying any other data on it using Windows 7 booted from another partition. The most obvious way would be to just delete the ...
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OS X: directory access stalls; how to delete the directory?

There is a directory on my (solid-state) drive on OS X (Lion) that makes the computer stall when I try to delete or otherwise access it (no processor or drive activity). What can be attempted so as ...
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Delete duplicate files with Windows batch file

I have a program that automatically copies files to a directory, and if it creates a duplicate it will name it like so: file with duplicate.xxx file with duplicate - 1.xxx file with duplicate - 2.xxx ...
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How to delete an invincible 0 byte file?

I have a file whose size is 0 bytes. When I try to remove it an error message appears, saying "Could not find file". Here is the list of things I've tried to delete the file: Rebooted Reset folder ...
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Can I delete a blank file left on my desktop by a virus removal?

My computer was infected with a virus. I scanned it with AVG and cleared it. It left me with a blank file that I cannot delete. When I right click on it, the only options I'm given are OpenHomePage, ...
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Windows Live Photo Gallery is deleting photos

I'm helping my mother organize her photos in Windows Live Photo Gallery (Windows 7). We've been scanning in slides taken decades ago. We want to arrange the photos by date, so we have been changing ...
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Deleting Linux partition

I am currently running a dual boot machine with Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows Vista. Is there any way I can delete the Linux partition and Grub boot loader without affecting the Windows partition at all? ...
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Cancelled cut and paste in windows 7

I cut and paste an 80Gb worth of files and folders. At about 80% I cancelled it. Are some of the files deleted and gone forever? Does the files that were successfully transferred gets deleted? If yes, ...
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How to lock a file against deletion but still make it writeable?

I want to make a file locked against deletion but still be writeable. How do I do this? The file in question is a Truecrypt volume as a file on a NAS SMB Network share, so I don't want to ...
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How do I “Move to Trash” in Preview in OS X Lion?

In earlier versions of OS X, in Preview one could delete the currently open file by pressing ⌘⌫. In Lion, the keyboard shortcut (as well as the actual menu item) no longer works. Is there any way ...
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Two commands to move files to trash. What's the difference?

trash-cli provide a trash command, and gvfs-bin provides a gvfs-trash command that move files / directories to the trash can. Is there an important difference between these two commands?
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Accidentally copied a gigantic E:\$RECYCLE.BIN directory from one external hard drive to another. Need to delete it

Ran SyncToy to sync E: to F:. Before I stopped it, SyncToy managed to copy $RECYCLE.BIN from E:, which is gigantic. I emptied my Recycle Bin but F:'s didn't delete. Haw can I manually delete it?
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Deleting VirtualBox

I want to delete my entire VirtualBox, which I have been working on, because I am giving away my PC. How should I do that? I am working on Windows 7 64-bit. Thank you.
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How to quickly empty a very full recycle bin?

I have deleted about half a million files from a folder, and didn't think to press Shift in order to delete them completely straight away. Now they're clogging my recycle bin, and Windows claims it ...
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delete .mp3 files from player - have tried 'del d:\*.mp3' and 'chkdsk d:\ /f'

I bought a cheap .mp3 player from a guy, you know how it goes... Anyway, I tried to delete the .mp3 files from the player through the Windows folder. I kept getting an error - something about ...
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Outlook tasks wont delete

I have a few tasks that don't seem to want to delete. I can try hitting the flag button for completion, remove any reoccurances, and even remove from list or delete, but they keep poping back in to my ...
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What are the techniques for securely erasing data in Linux? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to wipe free disk space in Linux? This question is inspired by What is the best tool for file-shredding on a memory card?, in which brice recommended the simple ...
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do files in the temporary folders get automatically deleted?

We are thinking to make our web application hosted on a windows server 2003 machine create temporary files, and "leave" it there as such. We won't manually take any action on them. So will these files ...
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Can I recover a file deleted by Ant? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I need a program for recovering deleted files in Windows Is there a way to recover files deleted by Ant? I ran a script that deleted a file. However, it is not inside ...
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Securely delete files that were already 'deleted'

So I know that there are many utilities that can delete files securely by zeroing the location (on a regular hard drive here), and there are many utilities that can scan a drive to find 'deleted' ...
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Cannot delete flash9.ocx

Some kinda voodoo, indeed. Bought a new boot drive, and it's time to use the old drive for data. I thought I'd save some time by just wiping the unneeded system folders, instead of backing up, ...
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Force deleting a directory under Win 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: File I can't take ownership of I want to delete a directory, but I cannot,e g. Because I am not the owner ("Ownership"). Files are used by a process. Folder is ...
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How far will you get with an 'rm -rf /' command?

I've often wondered how far the system will actually get if you run rm -rf /. I doubt the OS would be able to erase itself (?) Bonus Question: After the command has been executed, will rm have ...
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How to make CMD+delete delete a line (left of the cursor) in Firefox

I recently switched from Chrome to Firefox (OS X version 5.0.1) and I'm surprised to see that Cmd + Delete is not working. When I hit Cmd + Delete in any editor (as well as Chrome and Safari), the ...
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Not able to delete an email account

I entered an IMAP email into my Outlook (it is not the only email account I have). I then realized, I did not want it in my account so I went to Tools/Account Settings/Email Tab and deleted the file. ...
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Delete a folder when “Could not find this item” (when the folder ends with a space, maybe?) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can't delete folder in Windows 7 I have a folder that appears to be mildly corrupted or something in Windows 7: Windows shows it, but if I try to delete it, I get ...