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    Delete files have no permission over?

    How can I delete files that I don't have permissions on?
    It's on the file server and old files from long long ago before I was around. I cant give the local admin or domain admin permissions as it says I'm denied, wont let me change owner,wont let me do much..
    How can i delete these files? without formatting the drive as that's not an option due to other data on the drive

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    Unlocker is often good at deleting undeletable files. Make sure you uncheck the options shown below during installation however.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Unlocker is often good at deleting undeletable files. Make sure you uncheck the options shown below during installation however.
    Emm how do you use it?
    I installed it and all it's done is add a system tray icon with no options to do anything

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    You right-click the files or folders you want to delete, click the 'Unlocker' option from the context menu and select the Delete option from the drop-down box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    You right-click the file or folder you want to delete, click the Unlocker option from the context menu and select the Delete option from the drop-down box.
    Don't seem to have that as an option.
    Does it work with 2008 r2?

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    I gave you the wrong link. You need to install the 64-bit version for 2008 R2 (below). Sorry about that.

    www.emptyloop.com/unlocker/Unlocker1.9.1-x64.exe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    I gave you the wrong link. You need to install the 64-bit version for 2008 R2 (below). Sorry about that.

    www.emptyloop.com/unlocker/Unlocker1.9.1-x64.exe
    Thanks.
    Had the option this time but sadly it couldn't delete the files.

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    Are the files you want to delete in a folder with a really long path name or in lots of subfolders?

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    They seem pretty standard.
    They are old roaming profile folders. Just don't have any permissions over the folders and cant seem to give any to self.

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    Just thought of something else you could try...

    verbalprocessor.com/2007/12/05/running-a-cmd-prompt-as-local-system/

    Once you have the Command Prompt running under the System account you can then use the Del command to delete your file(s). The System user should be able to delete anything in Windows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Just thought of something else you could try...

    verbalprocessor.com/2007/12/05/running-a-cmd-prompt-as-local-system/

    Once you have the Command Prompt running under the System account you can then use the Del command to delete your file(s). The System user should be able to delete anything in Windows.
    Thanks. I'll give this a try as well.
    That unlocker did delete some of the files actually. I left it run over night on a bath of files and it deleted some. The problem is it's now moved the files to the Recycle Bin and I cant delete them from there. Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveaproblem View Post
    The problem is it's now moved the files to the Recycle Bin and I cant delete them from there.
    Try this (from an elevated Command Prompt). Change C:\ to whatever drive the files were deleted from.

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    rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.Bin
    Have you also tried rebooting the server?



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