Cannot delete file..Zero Bytes?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by cohack11, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. cohack11

    cohack11 Guest


    I have a file on my desktop named <Fitzgerald ->. I do not know where
    it came from. This is no surprise given that my daughter uses the PC
    under my login from time to time. The file size is 0 bytes. The
    properties security tab says "The requested security information is
    either unavailable or cannot be displayed". The attributes info is "A"
    (don't know what that means). I can move the desktop icon around the
    screen but I cannot trash it by any means found online. When I try to
    throw it in the trash, the error message says "Could not find this
    item". Under this message it reads "This is no longer located in
    C:\...\Desktop\Fitzgerald -. Verify the item's location and try

    Vista Home Premium 32bit.

    Any ideas?
    cohack11, Sep 9, 2009
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    Tom Ferguson Guest

    Posted by R.C White to answer a very similar question in another place and
    time but in this galaxy and close by.

    Open a Command Prompt and use the old DOS command "Dir", from days before
    Directories were Folders. Type "DIR /?" to see a mini-Help file with a list
    of switches and parameters that can be used with the Dir command.

    Navigate to the directory where your zero-byte file is. Then type "Dir" to
    see a list of all the files and folders there, including your mystery file.
    You can use Dir /os to "order" them by size; any zero-byte file should be at
    the top. (If the list is too long, you can use Dir /o-s to put the
    zero-byte file at the bottom of the listing.)

    Then use Dir /x to produce the list with an extra column before the
    filenames. See if your zero-byte file has a name that includes characters
    that are not allowed in an 8.3 filename. If so, use that "short" filename
    with the Del command to delete that file.

    If all else fails, create a new folder and move everything EXCEPT the
    zero-balance file to the new folder. Then use the RD (Remove Directory)
    command with the /s switch to remove that entire directory tree, including
    all the files and folders left in it; there should be only the one file that
    you want to delete. Then you can rename your new folder to the original
    name, if you like.

    If these tricks don't work, post back with details. "Tried it" doesn't tell
    us much; neither does "Didn't work". We need step by step details of what
    you did and what you saw, including verbatim text of any error messages.[/QUOTE]
    Tom Ferguson, Sep 9, 2009
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    Dihua Guest

    Thank you! the "short" name solved it!

    Dihua, Nov 11, 2009
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