This is a very similar problem to this QA ( How can I delete a file that "Does not exist" ), except I'm on an entirely Windows computer, whereas the OP in that question was SSHing to a NAS running Linux.
I was using
git with GitKraken and was performing a merge that I later aborted. During the merge I was diffing two files from two commits in the same branch and
git (or GitKraken - I'm not sure who was responsible for the file, exactly) created two files on-disk representing a merge-conflicted file, each file represents the file's state from each commit.
When I was done, I tried to delete the files (it failed to clean-up after itself) - one of the two files was deleted successfully, but the other file cannot be deleted.
- The file exists on a local volume (a Samsung PCI-Express NVMe SSD )
- The volume is formatted NTFS 3.1 running Windows Server 2016
- The file appears in Windows Explorer and
dir(see screenshot above)
Attempting to perform any operation on the file in Windows explorer, including Move, Rename, Delete, and Shift+Delete, results in this error message:
Item Not Found
Could not find this item
This is no longer located in C:\git\redacted\
Verify the item's location and try again.
Date modified: 2017-12-14 12:30
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The File Properties dialog is empty:
The File Properties dialog's Security tab says:
The requested security information is either unavailable or can't be displayed
The total filename length is 130 characters, well within
The file appears in
dir /aas a normal file (i.e. not an NTFS link or reparse point):
Directory of C:\git\redacted 2017-12-14 12:36 <DIR> . 2017-12-14 12:36 <DIR> .. 2017-12-14 12:30 8,559 DemoServiceClient.cs~WIP. 1 File(s) 8,559 bytes 2 Dir(s) 223,416,360,960 bytes free
del DemoServiceClient.cs~WIPgives me this error:
Could Not Find C:\git\redacted\DemoServiceClient.cs~WIP`
chkdskreported no issues:
Stage 1: Examining basic file system structure ... 1140992 file records processed. File verification completed. 19089 large file records processed. 0 bad file records processed. Stage 2: Examining file name linkage ... 1527444 index entries processed. Index verification completed. 0 unindexed files scanned. 0 unindexed files recovered to lost and found. Stage 3: Examining security descriptors ... Security descriptor verification completed. 193227 data files processed. CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal... 34291080 USN bytes processed. Usn Journal verification completed. Windows has scanned the file system and found no problems. No further action is required. 499526655 KB total disk space. 290439980 KB in 856509 files. 464848 KB in 193228 indexes. 0 KB in bad sectors. 1258155 KB in use by the system. 65536 KB occupied by the log file. 207363672 KB available on disk. 4096 bytes in each allocation unit. 124881663 total allocation units on disk. 51840918 allocation units available on disk.