Windows 10: How to remove "undeletable" 0-byte folders?

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  1. KyleLZ Win User

    How to remove "undeletable" 0-byte folders?


    Hi,I was attempting to use robocopy to copy some files from "Documents" to my backup drive. However, it seems to have also copied a sort of non-functioning, 0-byte version of the "Pictures" and "Music" folder but not the actual folders; those are still functioning as normal on the C drive. Trying to delete either of these results in an error message with code 0x80070091. As well, it states that I have no permission to delete the file/folder, even though I am the Adminstrator and have also given myself full privileges for folder. Attempting to access the folders themselves results in an error

    :)
     
    KyleLZ, Apr 22, 2022
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  2. 0 byte folder cannot be deleted Problem

    I have a 0 byte folder and I can't delete it. I'm using win 7 64 bit.
    please help *Cry :cry:

    It says access denied when trying, please login as admin blah blah msgs....

    I've searched the net for hours, Trying unlocker, fileassassin, and all other 'file deleter' programs out there. tried on safe mode, tried the cmd commands, even in cmd it says access denied, tried the closing explorer.exe and doing the command. I tried changing permissions and atrributes and it says you do not have permission to view or edit this objects permission settings. I logged in as the Administrator and still no hope.

    the folder originally contained all my movies but since then i moved(using the move command) all of them someplace else(on another hdd) and I thought it was gone but the folder is still there, 0 bytes. It was shared when i deleted it and still appeared on the shared folders list but inaccessible coz it was already deleted so i 'unshared' the folder from the shared folders list. and so the problem began. the folder is still there and it is undeletable

    One surefire way to do it without deleting my files is copying all other files to another HDD and reformat it and copy it back again but my hdd is currently contains 1 tb out of 1.36 and i dont have any hdds with that free space to use.

    ALSO I CAN'T OPEN THE FOLDER it says

    Location is not available

    'directory' is not accessible.
    Access is Denied.

    i think its more of a windows glitch than a virus problem

    help??? *Frown How to remove "undeletable" 0-byte folders? :(
     
    lyndonguitar, Apr 22, 2022
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  3. 0 byte folder cannot be deleted Problem

    its irritating yes, i just dont like it being there *Bang Head :banghead:

    the directory is exactly the same as on the hdd the ive copied it.
    so its like this f:/a/b/c/ - 0 byte and e:/a/b/c/ - real files

    sometimes i would open up or copy to the wrong folder.
     
    lyndonguitar, Apr 22, 2022
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  4. auggy Win User

    How to remove "undeletable" 0-byte folders?

    An unexpected error is keeping you from deleting this folder

    Have you tried to delete the folder in Safe Mode?

    If the issue persists you should be able to remove the folder using the RD command from an Administrator Command Prompt using the 8.3 short name for the folder.

    There is a video in the following link explaining:

    https://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/330317-undeletable-0-byte-file.html

    Using the RD command is a permanent delete (does not go to the Recycle Bin).
     
    auggy, Apr 22, 2022
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