I have a folder which I'm not able to delete or open. when I check its properties, it seems like I have a drive beneath my folder:
strange path

C:backup is the name of the folder. Although I have a C drive, working fine, but what about this ? Does anyone know how to overcome/delete this folder? Normal delete process not working and neither is any tool. When I try to open this, it shows an error like this:
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I have tried every possible way to remove this, but it always give error.


NTFS supports file names that Explorer.exe (The shell for windows) does not. The easiest way to solve this without writing your own custom softare/script to fix it is download a Linux live CD that supports NTFS (ubuntu is a easy one to use) and delete/rename the folder from inside Linux.

  • hmm I will try with this.. something new for me. – agpt Aug 25 '13 at 11:53

That looks like an NTFS link. Try this:

  1. Press [Win] + [R], enter cmd, click OK.
  2. Navigate to the folder with the link: cd /d D:\Aman
  3. Enter: rmdir "C:backup".

What message are you seeing?

  • no help.. it gives error at console as The system cannot find the file specified. – agpt Aug 25 '13 at 5:04
  • See answer below, then. – mynetx Aug 25 '13 at 11:48

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