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Error Deleting File or Folder

Cannot delete : Cannot read from the source...

 
  Description  
     
 

When attempting to delete a file, Windows could not read the file system from the media to locate the file to delete.

 
 
   
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  Error Deleting File or Folder 

 
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  Cannot delete item : Cannot read from the source file or disk. 

 
Typical location
  C:\WINDOWS\

 
Issued By
  explorer.exe

 
OS
  Windows XP

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  Microsoft Corporation    
 
   
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Attach the Missing Drive
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For local drives, attach the missing drive (USB, eSata, Firewire, etc.).

For removable media, insert the media (CD/DVD/Blu-ray) and try again. 

For remote drives, verify you have a valid network connection to the remote system and that drive sharing is allowed.

 
   
 
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Posted: 21-Oct-2009
 
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Fix Data Corruption
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Data and/or file structures on the drive may be corrupt. Run the check disk program or other disk validation and repair utility on the drive. To do this:

  1. Open Explorer or My Computer (Press Windows+E).
  2. In the right pane, right-click on the drive you want to validate and select Properties.
  3. Select the Tools tab.
  4. Under Error-checking, click on "Check Now".


  5. In the next dialog, make sure the option "Automatically fix file system errors" is checked. If you want a more complete validation and repair check the option "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors" (although this takes considerably longer to complete).


  6. Click on Start.

Several software products that offer an extensive range of disk diagnostics includes Fix-It Utilities Professional and SystemSuite Professional. Other diagnostic products include Eurosoft's PC Check and Iolo's System Mechanic.

 
   
 
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Posted: 5-Oct-2008
 
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Replace Defective Hard Drive
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If you are unsure the hard drive has failed, check that the power and data cables are securely connected to both the drive and the motherboard. You might also swap the cables out with known good cables.

If everything else checks out, then you will need to replace the defective hard drive.

 
   
 
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Posted: 15-Jan-2009
 
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