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Tool for deleting directories with path/names too long for normal delete

Windows seems to have a length limit on file names when trying to delete, though it won't prevent those files from being created. Our build process creates a number of temporary files (many build off ...
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How do I get permissions to delete files on Windows 7?

I updated my laptop's OS from Windows XP to Windows 7. There are some leftover files from Windows XP on the computer now. If I try deleting them I get the following error: You need permission to ...
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Can't delete folder in Windows 7

I'm trying to delete a folder in Windows 7 and get a perplexing error message: "Could not find this item: This is no longer located in G:\Graphics. Verify the item's location and try again. I can ...
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Is there a program to truly delete all deleted files?

I know that on the windows operating system, when you delete a file it's still recoverable. I'd like to avoid simply paving the harddrive with zeros as I would like to keep my OS installation as is, ...
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Recover hard disk data?

When I reinstall Windows XP, by mistake I deleted all five partitions. I dit not format them yet though. So how can I recover this? When I attach the hard disk to another PC it just sais that the ...
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How do I delete a folder which is nested quite deep and avoid “File name too long”?

Eclipse created a temp folder in one of the directories which is nested quite deep, e.g. dir1\dir1\dir1\dir1\... I am unable to delete this folder in Windows via Explorer, the del or rmdir ...
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How to secure delete file or folder in windows?

How do I securely delete (i.e., permanently delete) a file and/or folder in Windows? Secure in terms that the deleted file/folder can not be restored. Can you recommend any free or open source tool? ...
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How to recover deleted files in Mac OS X?

Is it possible to recover my deleted files in Mac OS X (after I emptied the trash also)? In Windows I can recover the deleted files using file recovery software. What options are available in Mac OS ...
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Windows 7: File In Use when deleting file [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I delete a 'locked' file? Trying to delete a file, and I get an error saying that the file is in use. I've tried to look for it in the Resource Monitor ...
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How to delete (invalid) files with colon in their name under Windows?

I've got a rather large number of files on my Windows drive that have a colon in their name. (These came from unpacking some Unix archives.) When I try to delete them, Windows (XP) complains that ...
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How to delete files and folders that cannot be deleted?

I have a backup copy of a previous Windows' Documents and Settings folder which only contains my original user and within 2 more directories: Favorites and Local Settings. When I try to delete Local ...
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Mac OSX Preview: Disable the Command-Backspace “Move to trash” keyboard shortcut?

I use Preview to view PDF files (duh) and sometimes annotate them as well as search them profusely. I keep using the Command-Backspace combination to try to delete the current line I'm writing in the ...
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Deleting Windows.old folder?

I have recently re-installed my Windows 8 Release Preview, and it has left a Windows.old folder in my C Drive. I am trying to delete this folder, but I am getting lots of errors: After ...
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Can't delete folder. Infinitely looped folders created within each other

My flex builder somehow decided to create infinite folders within folders and crashed itself. Now windows cannot delete the folder, saying the file name is too long. Even Unlocker can't delete it. ...
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Can I delete the folder “C:\WINDOWS\Installer\$PatchCache$”?

This folder is taking up nearly a GB of my C partition. Is it possible to just delete it?
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How do I trim my Time Machine backups and find and exclude frequently-updated large files from bloating it?

Time Machine is nice because it Just Works and it does its magic in the background. But left to itself, it can really swell up due to either large files that you don't really need backed up slipping ...
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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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Automatically deleting old files from recycling bin while keeping the new ones?

I want an explorer add-on which will delete old files from recycling bin after a time period. For example, I want to set the time limit to 30 days. When I delete a file in Windows, the software will ...
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Deleting folders give access denied error message on Windows 7, although I am administrator

I have an external hard drive that was used as a Windows partition before, but now I want to use it for storage instead. I have added it to my Windows 7 machine, but I am not allowed to write or ...
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Can't delete file named ЃϵϳЅЂϿϽϯІχϯπρЂϻϵЉЃϵϳЅ, what to do?

I installed Windows 7 over the top of XP and it left me with a Windows.old folder. I tried to delete it, and it got rid of everything except two files named: ЃϵϳЅЂϿϽϯІχϯπρϴϱЄϱЃϵϳЅ ...
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Folder cannot be deleted

I am using Windows XP Home Edition. When I try to delete a folder I have named cygwin. When I try to delete it or any file or folder within it, there is a long pause, and then an error pops up, ...
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Windows 7 can not delete a file - file in use [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 7: File In Use when deleting file I searched via google and saw that many people have this problem but no definite problem. It says it is in use with explorer ...
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How to delete system files in Windows 7?

When I first started testing windows 7 RTM, I created a separate partition for it. That left me with a vista partition (carrying all my personal files and stuff), and a windows 7 partition. When 7 ...
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What command do I need to use to remove a file called `-rf`?

I did something crazy at some point that created a file called -rf on my filesystem. Now I can't figure out how to delete it... I've tried: rm "-rf" rm \-rf These just exit immediately, arrgh! ...
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Recursively delete empty directories in Windows

I have a directory on my Windows 7 machine that has hundreds if not thousands of sub-directories. Some of them have files, some do not. I want to delete all the empty directories. Looking at the ...
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How to delete file with this name on linux: -]???????q

Somehow a file named -]???????q got created on my terminal. I tried rm -f "-]???????q" (in double quotes), but it did not get deleted. (Error:: rm: invalid option -- ]). How do I delete it?
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How to delete a file that contains spaces in the file name?

I have a file with this name "Registering wrong app ", there are a few spaces in the file name, now I can't delete it, it won't even let me change file name, I also tried to delete it from my Java ...
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How to delete files and subdirectories from folder but not that folder itself?

What commands can I use (from the command prompt) to delete all files and all subdirectories from a folder, but not delete the folder itself? Basically at the end of the delete, there should be an ...
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Removing file with strange characters in filename in OS X

After a memory error in my program, I am stuck with a file with a strange filename. It's proving quite resistant to all normal methods to remove files with strange names. The filename is: ...
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Delete files recursively matching a name on the command line (OS X)

Just recently I tried out a backup utility, and wanted to back up the local copies I have of some websites on my MacBook (OS X) Unfortunately, the utility left two files in every directory it backed ...
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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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Delete protected files in ntfs?

I want to delete an old Windows directory from my system drive (C), but I am unable to due NTFS permissions. I tried from Win 7 and Win 2003, but can't do it. I tried safe mode as well with same ...
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How do I delete files greater than a certain date on linux

Occasionally I extract an an archive into the wrong folder and would like to move or delete the newly extracted files. What is the easiest way to do this via the command line? Can I somehow search ...
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How to disable magic searching after I move targets of shortcuts in Windows Server 2003?

When I move or delete the target of a shortcut and click the shortcut afterwards windows kindly starts searching and guessing. How to disable this on Windows Server 2003? I'd prefer a quick error ...
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Why does this file apparently not exist when attempting to delete it?

A month or so back, I untarred the Linux source in a folder in Cygwin (I was curious as to whether or not it would compile with MinGW 'cause my other computer running Linux is a slow single core ...
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How can the recycle bin hold multiple files with the same name? [duplicate]

Under Windows if I create a file and delete it, than recreate the exact copy of the file in the same place and delete it too, than I will have 2 identical files in the recycle bin with the same name. ...
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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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Why is it not possible to delete IE addons from the IE interface?

You can disable but you can't delete them from the "Manage addons" dialog. In IE 7 there was a delete button but I've never seen it enabled, in IE 8 I don't see the button at all. My guess would ...
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Delete a file that “does not exist” with a strange name

I've read about deleting files which "do not exist" and got as far as del /q /s filename in command prompt. However, the file is named COM^sv3.O[e in the browser. but when i type in dir it = Of ...
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Filename too long - IMPOSSIBLE to delete/move/rename [duplicate]

I can`t delete a folder because it has LOTS of folders inside it. Believe me, it is really lots. ...
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I can't delete a file, it's in use by the system… But it isn't [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I can't delete a file - even when using unlocker I tried all the tools from the question How do I delete a 'locked' file?, and they didn't help. All the ...
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Used the internet and deleted history (Internet Explorer). Can anyone find out still that I used it? What can they still find out?

As the question states: I used the internet on a shared machine and deleted history (Internet Explorer), which deletes all of the following: I do not want anyone to know that I used the internet ...
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Can't delete files in trash because they don't exist on OS X 10.6?

Something funky happened on one of my external drives and now whenever I plug it in 2 files show up in my Trash. If I empty the Trash via Finder, nothing happens. Ditto for the Option+Empty Trash ...
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Uninstaller sometimes lefts behind some files

Sometimes even if you run the uninstaller , some files get left behind usually in the registry. How to make sure all the program (that I want to uninstall) related files are removed for good.
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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 do I delete Windows.old in Windows 7?

I used to run Windows 7 32 bit, but installed the 64 bit version because of a RAM upgrade. During the installation I got this message: The partition you selected might contain files from a ...
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Quickest way to merge snapshots in VirtualBox?

I have vdi with quite a number of snapshots taken from it - say, 50 or 70 snapshots. I want to have one plain vdi with a current state. These snapshots take way too much disk space and are not needed ...
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Deleting large amount of files in Windows is slow

I have a Windows XP box with an NTFS disk and deleting large amounts of files is extremely slow. If I select a folder that contains a large number of files in a tree of folders and delete (using ...
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Put files deleted over the network into a Windows trash can?

From a Windows workstation when I delete files over the network (e.g. a file share, server disk, etc) those files are never put into a trash can, either on my Windows workstation or on the server - ...
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How to delete visible Desktop.ini, Thumbs.db and album art from My Music

How do I delete album art, desktop.ini, and thumbs.db from my music folder in Windows 7? I can see all of these files because I took the hard drive from my old computer and put it in my new one. It ...