Can't delete backup file created in XP, now I run Windows 7

By crista
Oct 22, 2011
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  1. Hi, I had a laptop Vaio, windwos XP home edition and before crashing for good I manage to have all data saved on external hard drive. Now I have a new HP, Windows 7, processor A8 and when I try to trim the backup data I can't delete anything from it. The delete button just doesn't work and right click dosen't show delete option. The data is huge I need that space.Thanks.
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,802   +326

    Have you tried to format the drive through Disk Management? Formatting will erase everything on it. This assumes you don't still have anything on the external drive you want to save.
  3. crista

    crista TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The drive has 500gb, I would like to keep all other files from external drive I previously had on it and some from the backup.
  4. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TS Guru Posts: 979   +53

  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,802   +326

    If Rabbit01's suggestion doesn't work, you could try saving the rest of the data off of the hard drive temporarily and then try reformatting the external drive.
  6. LakeyDaKidd

    LakeyDaKidd TS Rookie Posts: 43

    Try running chkdsk first before formatting.
  7. crista

    crista TS Rookie Topic Starter

    # rabbitt01 thanks for sharing with me, all good now, the delete option is available and I can keep what I like. No need for formatting. Thanks all for you time!
  8. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TS Guru Posts: 979   +53

    Glad it worked.

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