Cant delete file with zero length

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by holdgaj, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. holdgaj

    holdgaj Guest

    Somehow I have created a file with zero length - I can't delete it. When I
    try I get "Illegal file entry" File system check shows all OK - how can I
    get rid of it ?
    holdgaj, Mar 5, 2009
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  2. holdgaj

    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, holdgaj,

    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.

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8064.0206) in Win7 Ultimate x64 7000
    R. C. White, Mar 11, 2009
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