Cannot delete/copy/move .MOV files

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by JoeT, Aug 11, 2007.

  1. JoeT

    JoeT Guest

    Copied some .MOV files off my sons camera for him. They play fine, however I
    cannot copy/move/delete these files. The system just hangs forever. The
    system won't even allow me to right click and look at the properties of
    these files. Since they are in subfolders of the pictures folder, whenever I
    open the pictures folder the system perpetually scans (green bar moving
    slowly at top) for as long as I have that folder open.

    I even tried creating blank files of the same name and copy/pasting them
    over the originals but that only crashes windows explorer.

    Any clues as to how I can rid myself of these files? I find no help by
    googling and no mention in MS online knowledge base...
    JoeT, Aug 11, 2007
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  2. The operative word is HOW are you trying to delete them?

    From what you said it sounds maybe like a file access violation so you
    can't delete a file in use even if just the folder it is in is open.
    Close everything down and try to delete from Windows Explorer. If that
    fails try from the command prompt. If a camera or other external
    device is connected turn it off first.

    If all fails try this:

    or even worse this one: Tip: If you don't know how to check printer
    toner, don't try or this may happen to you and you'll freak out
    everyone in the office:

    Or check out the typical reaction of someone that just installed Vista
    after having a perfectly good working copy of XP.

    Adam Albright, Aug 11, 2007
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  3. JoeT

    JoeT Guest

    Just how would one go about using windows explorer to delete a file that's
    in a folder without opening the folder? Is this intended to be humor?

    As I said, all attempts to delete the file, (whether by selecting and
    pressing the delete key or by right click and selecting delete on the menu
    or via admin command prompt) result in system hang. No error messages
    concerning access violations etc. All in all quite frustrating. BTW there
    are no programs running that should be "using these files" nor is there any
    related hardware attached to any system ports. Thanks anyway.
    JoeT, Aug 11, 2007
  4. JoeT

    Peter Foldes Guest

    Have you tried to take ownership of the file and then trying to delete it. Try and go into Safe Mode and delete. Use the command line to delete.

    Try the above and let us know.
    Peter Foldes, Aug 11, 2007
  5. JoeT

    Jume Guest

    most probably the video codec got crashed while making the thumbnail

    turn off thumbnails then delete the file, or simply uninstall quicktime
    Jume, Aug 11, 2007
  6. JoeT

    JoeT Guest

    Tried safe mode as well and it just hung same as other attempts. Found the
    problem was with QuickTime itself. Removed it and was able to delete the
    files as per another respondent's instruction. Apparently QuickTime's codecs
    come into play any time you access the file, even only to view system
    properties, whether QuickTime is running or not...

    Thanks to all for their attempts!

    Have you tried to take ownership of the file and then trying to delete it.
    Try and go into Safe Mode and delete. Use the command line to delete.

    Try the above and let us know.
    JoeT, Aug 11, 2007
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    Storm316 Guest

    Thank you so much! I've been having the same problem for a while and got
    really fed up of those unmoveble .mov files, i allready gave up on a
    sollution until i read your post.
    Storm316, Oct 27, 2007
  8. JoeT

    CatGirlPink Guest

    Thanks so much for this post!!! I had the same problem with every .mo
    I got off my Kodak camera or saved from the internet. I was s
    disappointed that my shiny new laptop with Vista was so useless an
    unreliable for file storage, I thought I was going to have to reforma
    to rid the files and then only use external hard drives for my photo
    and videos.

    I uninstalled QuickTime, and now I can move, delete, and rename th
    files all I want. Yay! I'm so glad I found this post. :
    CatGirlPink, Dec 16, 2008
  9. JoeT

    Mick Murphy Guest

    Quicktime is part of the software Kodak supplies to watch the Movies you make
    on their cameras...
    Mick Murphy, Dec 16, 2008
  10. JoeT

    CatGirlPink Guest

    Not for me. I don't install any of Kodak's software- it's slow,
    useless, space-taking junk. I just plug the camera in to the USB and
    use the drive folders to drag things where I want them, treating it like
    any other plug-in drive- works much better.

    QuickTime came with my laptop because it's "popular", or perhaps
    hitched a ride in with iTunes, I can't remember anymore. Either way,
    I'm sure glad to be rid of it. I can play all my .mov files with VLC
    Player, which I use for everything else anyway. :)
    My files are finally usable, yay!
    CatGirlPink, Dec 16, 2008
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