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posted on Mar, 13 2013 @ 11:51 PM
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Hey guys, it's me again......

I've created myself yet another problem.

The gist of the problem lies with the fact that the latest backup evidently was not set as I usually have it [selected folders only] and it copied EVERYTHING!!!!!!


So when I did a restore from the latest backup, I have thousands upon thousands of useless images.
There are numerous icons/logos/pictures from ads etc. - all from my saved documents.
My games have been dissected to a point where it's a smorgasbord of 'parts is parts' crap. Ugh.....
Needless to say I have spent days trying to delete these annoying images, over 10,000, and ran into a slight problem with some of them.

Evidently, per this fellow at Best Buy, the backup copied everything including 'licensed' images, even tho they are useless, thanks to me taking for granted the settings were okay.
[ Normally it's selected pictures/music/documents. But not this time....]

When I try to delete them, I get "permission denied" -----Try again/Cancel
He suggested trying to Safe Mode......didn't work.
He also suggested right clicking and see if they are 'archived'...well, it won't allow any changes to the properties.

So my question is this..........

Has any one got any idea on how to bypass the 'permission' thing?
I've got the 'User Account Control' off....
And I haven't got a password set.
Oh yeah, it won't let me 'drag' them to another folder either.

I was kinda hoping that there would be some one here that might know of something.


Here is a picture of a few of the images that I can't delete:


Once again, I turn here for help because this place gives me the best advice....

Thanks in advance.....

Much respect~
snarky


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ETA: Vista / Windows Photo Gallery

The guy at Best Buy said the same thing you guys told me before......ghost imaging [Norton]
But before I do that I must clean out all the junk.
[DVD+R]

Man oh man this sucks......learn from ones' errors the hard way.
Lesson learned......never to be forgotten.


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posted on Mar, 14 2013 @ 12:19 AM
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Have you tried this?

This "should" allow you to take ownership of a folder, there is another way by using the right-click and going to permissions, but that takes a few steps to do it right...hope it helps

I just added to my windows 7, it didn't set off any bells or whistles with my virus software, and works good, wish I would have found it a few days ago...I ended up doing it the hard way.
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posted on Mar, 14 2013 @ 12:55 AM
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Originally posted by Shdak
Have you tried this?

This "should" allow you to take ownership of a folder, there is another way by using the right-click and going to permissions, but that takes a few steps to do it right...hope it helps

I just added to my windows 7, it didn't set off any bells or whistles with my virus software, and work good, wish I would have found it a few days ago...I ended up doing it the had way.
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Thanks......downloaded it but nothing happened.
No prompts or guides.
Tried it twice with no result.


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ETA: Found another link for it and it worked so I shall see what results I get with it........


Thanks...
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posted on Mar, 14 2013 @ 01:00 AM
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Make a Linux boot disc, LiveDVD, or flash drive. Boot to it. Find those files and delete them. Linux doesn't care what permissions Windows has set
Its also a free download.

  1. Download Linux (recommending Ubuntu Linux for this)
    www.ubuntu.com...

  2. Make a Bootable Disc/Drive
    EDIT: Better links!
    USB drive - www.ubuntu.com...
    DVD - help.ubuntu.com...
    Video Guide - youtu.be...
    Having Trouble? - www.ubuntu.com...
    Still having trouble? - help.ubuntu.com...

  3. Boot to it. When you turn on your computer, press F12 (Dell) to boot to a disc/drive. If non-Dell, pay attention to the boot screen for the button used to change boot source/options.

  4. Delete your troublesome files

  5. Shutdown Linux

  6. Remove Bootable Disc/Drive and save it for future use!

  7. Start Computer Back Up into Windows as Usual

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NOTE: These steps will not force you to install Linux. Rather, you'll just be running it temporarily from your bootable disc/drive. Once you boot back into Windows, nothing will have changed at all except that those pesky files will be nowhere to be found
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This isn't the only way to reach your goal, but it certainly works by allowing you to work with files on your hard drive without any of the limitations of the Windows file permissions.
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posted on Mar, 14 2013 @ 01:03 AM
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You can use the Access Control List to set permissions on a folder. If you give, say "Everyone", full permission on the folder where the images are, you can then delete them. At a "cmd" prompt, do this:

CACLS "C:full folder name." /T /C /G F:Everyone

Use the quotes around the folder name, as shown. Also note the "." (period) after the last backslash after folder name. That means all files in the folder.

Once you've reset the permissions you can delete either the entire folder or the files you choose....

This is weird. Backslashes will not show up in my post. So: There's a backslash after the C: and another after full folder name.

Sorry. That's really unexpected.

EDIT: Strike that. Should be "C:full folder name." /T /C /G "Everyone":F

(Use the backslashes as pointed out above. Also use quotes around "Everyone"; and the F goes after the colon. Sorry. It's been a while since I've done this....

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posted on Mar, 14 2013 @ 01:14 AM
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Oh man, you are a life saver.......

It works!!!!

I would give you 20 applause if I could.
No more hair pulling, at least for the moment.
Now if I could cure my carelessness......


Thank you, thank you...

snarky



posted on Mar, 14 2013 @ 01:20 AM
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I think my problem is solved however, I will save all the advice given for future reference.
You guys surely know a lot more than I do and I've learned more from you guys than any where else.

Thanks so much~
snarky


P.S. If any else wants to add to it, please do.
It might help others as well as myself....can't have to much info on 'how to'



posted on Mar, 14 2013 @ 01:22 AM
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Crap double posted. Sorry mods.

OP, look at my first post again. I updated it with better links, guides, even a video.
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Ah, glad you got it fixed Snarky. But always remember, booting up to another temporary OS, like Linux, is a great way to fix lots of things when Windows doesnt want to play ball.
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posted on Mar, 14 2013 @ 02:15 AM
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Originally posted by Heliophant
Crap double posted. Sorry mods.

OP, look at my first post again. I updated it with better links, guides, even a video.
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Ah, glad you got it fixed Snarky. But always remember, booting up to another temporary OS, like Linux, is a great way to fix lots of things when Windows doesnt want to play ball.
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This is just a quick fix.
I will take any advice given. I need to learn....
Like I said, I am saving this thread as a guide and to educate myself.

Thank you~
snarky


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posted on Mar, 14 2013 @ 02:24 AM
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Originally posted by snarky412
reply to post by Shdak
 


Oh man, you are a life saver.......

It works!!!!

I would give you 20 applause if I could.
No more hair pulling, at least for the moment.
Now if I could cure my carelessness......


Thank you, thank you...

snarky


Glad I could help...



posted on Mar, 15 2013 @ 01:54 AM
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Originally posted by Shdak

Originally posted by snarky412
reply to post by Shdak
 


Oh man, you are a life saver.......

It works!!!!

I would give you 20 applause if I could.
No more hair pulling, at least for the moment.
Now if I could cure my carelessness......


Thank you, thank you...

snarky


Glad I could help...



Just thought I'd let you know all my folders are back right again, got rid of those pesky images.
The only images that I was not able to delete was in Windows Photo Gallery but that's okay.
I usually use my 'personal' pictures folder any how. I like to play with GIMP and that itself is not available in Photo Gallery, so I can live with that.

Thanks again very much.....

I really appreciate it. Now I can proceed to do a new and correct backup.

[Yes, I will keep an eye on the settings from now on...LOL]

snarky





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