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Undeletable Avi file

By Godataloss
May 7, 2004
  1. This happened last night...
    I have a partial avi file (~100mb) that I downloaded from dc++ and I cannot delete it. Whenever I try, I get the error that it is in use by some other program and my cpu usage spikes to 100 percent (but no programs are running) and stays there until I reboot.
    I did the virus and spyware thing came up clean and went to bed disgusted. puke:

    Ideas?
     
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    You need to boot into safe mode. Then delete it.
    Somehow it still thinks that the download is not yet complete.
    Do you use a Downloader other than the IE built-in one?
     
  3. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 482

    I was using DC++ and I've deleted hundreds of partial files with no problem before.
     
  4. smtkr

    smtkr TS Rookie Posts: 131

    Delete it via command prompt. Windows is quirky about avi files sometimes.
     
  5. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 482

    the file in question is stored on an external drive (300gb maxtor one touch via firewire) that is unavailable in safe mode.

    Will it work from the command line if I enter j:\dir/x
    I have no dos experience- obviously.
     
  6. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Click Start/Run and enter "CMD" without quotes, then press OK.
    After each of the following lines (substitute names as needed) press Enter:
    J: (if that is your external HD)
    CD \directoryname or CD \directoryname\subdir (space after CD)
    DEL filename.AVI
    EXIT brings you out of CMD-mode
     
  7. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 482

    no dice- can see it in the directory, but when I try to delete it, it says it 'cannot find the file'. I copied and pasted the file name so Im fairly certain its correct.
     
  8. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

  9. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 482

    Another satisfied customer

    Nodsu- You da Man! :giddy: I've never loved a man before:eek:
     
  10. Goalie

    Goalie TS Booster Posts: 616

  11. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 482

    Mind your own business Goalie- You cannot question love and besides, I hear Estonia is the new Seattle.
     
  12. Goalie

    Goalie TS Booster Posts: 616

    You mean I have to put up with Two sets of Seahawks fans now??

    Jeesh. :p
     
  13. BubbaCola

    BubbaCola TS Rookie

    Undeletable AVI files

    after reading the matter for a bit - most folks say to boot into safe mode. But I have found a better way is to bring up taskmanager and end explorer as a process on XP. Then rum CMD from Taskmanager bringing up a DOS-like box. Type in the path to the offending file and delete. Works fine!
     
  14. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 482

    I havent had a problem since the regedit
     
  15. scotiawhiskers

    scotiawhiskers TS Rookie Posts: 24

    I've had a similar problem with lots of files. I have 3 routes to dealing with it.
    1) - Taskmanager - shutdown all running copies of explorer.exe, then File/new task (run) and type "explorer.exe" and enter. Often then allows deletion of offending file. If that doesn't work then
    2) Copy the file to another location, then both copies will usually delete ok, don't know why.
    3)Copy everything else to a different folder and then delete the original folder complete with offending file.
    One of these usually works for me. I do them in this order as they are the quickest to the slowest.....I've never had any command line experience that doesn't give me a migraine!:eek:
     
  16. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 482

    I tried your second and third suggestion, but because the file is in use, you cannot copy, move or rename it.. I dont believe restarting explorer would make a difference either- the registry edit did the trick and was very simple.
     
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