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Cannot Delete xxx xxx: The Directory Is Not Empty Windows XP

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March 25, 2010 6:34:37 AM

I was able to fix this problem "Cannot Delete xxx xxx: The Directory Is Not Empty Windows XP" by going to "Disk Properties" and performing the check disc function on my hard drives (Main: Drive C, External: Drive E [since then I've added another External: Drive G]) I have had no problem since then. I feel some what sad or sheepish to tell you folks this, I got the not here (@ Tom's) but, from the internet. I copied & pasted Cannot Delete xxx xxx: The Directory Is Not Empty Windows XP into the Google(?) seach box and from what came back a saw "perform the check disc function".
March 25, 2010 7:41:21 AM

No need to feel sheepish. We all share each other's resources on the web, and forums don't compete with each other. Since this is a common problem, thanks for the tip :) 
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May 3, 2010 5:33:18 AM

Hi Harmonica

Try to delete the file or folder you wish to from the command prompt. you might have a hidden file in the directory.

Start>Programs>Accessories>Command Prompt.

You can do that only if you are familiar with dos command.




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July 20, 2010 6:52:00 PM

georgejabr said:
Hi Harmonica

Try to delete the file or folder you wish to from the command prompt. you might have a hidden file in the directory.

Start>Programs>Accessories>Command Prompt.

You can do that only if you are familiar with dos command.


When DOS commands, or running in Safe Mode does not help, CHKDSK command does.
From Start, Run, type CHKDSK E: /F
"E:" here is my first external (USB) disk, if no letter and colon (:) , then CHKDSK checks the system disk after restart of your system.
/F is check and repair.
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August 11, 2011 4:45:58 AM

So glad I came across this post. By following simple instruction (but not if you don't have an idea, you will go loco in fact) made by Harmonica bob > right click on disk>properties>tools>check now>tick automatically fix file errors, presto windows allowed me to delete target folder :pt1cable:  :bounce:  Thanks Man :hello:  jiro
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January 2, 2012 2:39:32 PM

Harmonica Bob and Jiro Got It Thanks Guys I Had this problem with several folders for a while and after i did the disk check it recovered all the information from all the damaged folders, Thanks Again !!!
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January 20, 2012 3:54:56 PM

several folders is not like that bcoz some time servoer was bend detabase like directory so there are no option
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March 14, 2013 3:22:37 AM

valiant50 said:
georgejabr said:
Hi Harmonica

Try to delete the file or folder you wish to from the command prompt. you might have a hidden file in the directory.

Start>Programs>Accessories>Command Prompt.

You can do that only if you are familiar with dos command.


When DOS commands, or running in Safe Mode does not help, CHKDSK command does.
From Start, Run, type CHKDSK E: /F
"E:" here is my first external (USB) disk, if no letter and colon (:) , then CHKDSK checks the system disk after restart of your system.
/F is check and repair.


Great man thanks
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