Files cant be deleted from External Hard Disk

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  1. Shellfish

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    Hi I can't delete files from my External Hard Disk from my office workstation, so I have to del it from my home computer every time after I transfer the files from my home computer to my office computer. The External HD is NTFS format. What should I do? I have a small thumb drive and it has no such problem
     
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    Re: Files cant be deleted from External Hard

    Hello Shellfish and welcome back :)

    Do you get any form of error message when you try deleting the files? Or do you just get no response from the command?

    What operating system are you using?

    Regards,

    Smokeycheech :D
     
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    Re: Files cant be deleted from External Hard

    Using Win XP and I can't remember what it saids but is something like "file can't be delete" I think is something to do with permission?
     
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    Re: Files cant be deleted from External Hard

    Hi, thanks for the reply.

    XP permissions are really not my area of expertise - I have opened your thread to get a techs input for you ;)

    Someone will be with you soon :)
     
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    Re: Files cant be deleted from External Hard

    Shellfish

    Is this an external hard disk that you are carting between home and the office?
     
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    Re: Files cant be deleted from External Hard

    yes
     
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    Re: Files cant be deleted from External Hard

    It seems that the office systems administrators have allowed external devices to be connected.

    You may wish to ask them regarding file deletion while a device is connected to the office network.

    They may have set policies that do not allow such action whilst connected.
     
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    Re: Files cant be deleted from External Hard

    But what about my ThumbDrive? I could still del files from it in the office.
     
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    Re: Files cant be deleted from External Hard

    Without knowing how they have configured everything it would be impossible for me to comment.

    Unless other members have opinions I recommend you consult the system admins.
     
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    Re: Files cant be deleted from External Hard

    Hmm... can you delete files via the command prompt on that external drive at all?
     
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    Re: Files cant be deleted from External Hard

    Use Unlocker to delete the unwanted files and folders...

    UNLOCKER 1.8.9
     
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    Re: Files cant be deleted from External Hard

    Unless the admins at work have a policy that stops you deleting these files(which may not effect a pendrive) you need to set the permissions on all the folders to everyone having full control.

    What xp are you running at home and the office ie home or pro
     
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    Re: Files cant be deleted from External Hard

    I think both are win pro. I tried the unlocker. don't work on my office computer. can see the unlocker on right click.

    error msg -

    Error Deleting File or Folder

    cannot delete file: Access is denied.

    Male sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.
     
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    Re: Files cant be deleted from External Hard

    Shellfish - I've got to repeat what others have stated. The external drive belongs to your office - it is possible that the IT staff there have disabled removal of files for some reason. You will want to discuss your file delete issue with them to rule out a permissions policy that they might have set.

    Why can you remove files from the thumb drive? That's *your* thumb drive, right? The office IT staff doesn't have the ability to set delete permissions on your thumb drive. They could remove the ability for the office system to read the thumb drive, but not set file permissions on it. :)
     
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    Re: Files cant be deleted from External Hard

    O. no ! The External HD also belong to me. I own it. ; P
     
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