Cannot open or delete file in W2k PRO SP4

By dshorrosh
Feb 12, 2005
  1. I am having no luck when trying to delete a large (2.5GB) AVI file from My Documents:

    1 - "Explorer has encountered an error" message when just clicking on it

    2 - "Access denied" messages when trying to delete from command line, even in safe mode

    3 - I burned the file onto a DVD for archival from this same PC.

    4 - My PC hangs when I simply click on the file from the DVD drive.

    5 - I'm the Administrator, and I originally copied the file, so access isn't the problem.

    I may have screwed things up by aborting the original effort to copy from the DVD to My Documents, but bottom line I can't touch the thing now. Any ideas?
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Things you could try are

    1 Try to delete the file from the programme you used to burn the DVD.

    2 Right click on the file and try to rename it then try deleting it

    3 create a new folder and call it whatever you like and drag the file and drop it into that folder and try to delete the whole folder.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Also, boot in safe mode and try to delete it from there, or use a W98-bootfloppy if your HD is formatted in FAT32 and try to delete it in DOS.
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