Background: I am running Windows Vista Business SP1, with UAC turned off.
Problem: I have approximately 8Gb of video files that I moved to an
external hard disk to free up space. The files moved successfully, but a
copy remains on my main hard disk - and I would like to delete the copy.
However, these files are inaccessable. I cannot delete them or take
ownership of them (and I am a local administrator).
I'm familiar with the standard method of taking ownership in Windows
Explorer, and I simply get an access denied error. I cannot see the current
security defined on the files as I do not have permission to access these
files. Running takeown from a command prompt also gives me an access is
Security on the files copied to the external hard disk is correct.
I note that other people are having similar problems, e.g.:
however in my case these are not files copied from another system.
What appears to have haapened is that the move operation did not complete
successfully and I am left with orphaned unmanagable files that are taking up
considerable hard disk space.
Any advice appreciated.