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Unable to move folder (and it's contained files)

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 64-bit

    Unable to move folder (and it's contained files)


    Hi Guys,

    This has happened a few times to me. I work a lot with professional Audio Production and I just tried to move some files that were created last year on the same PC (using windows 7 64-bit at the time) from one folder to another on the same partition. I used the 'take ownership' context item and even added my user name (only user on my PC) with all permissions. But I still couldn't move them (not one application or folder open that was using the files inside).

    In the end I had to copy/paste and delete the originals afterwards. They deleted fine, but wouldn't allow moving. Any ideas why that happened and how to avoid this in future, so that I can just move the files?

    It's happened to a few (seemingly) random folders since I've started using windows 8 64-bit, amongst hundreds I have in the parent folder from the same dates +/-.

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    San Jose - California
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    You might have a hidden thumbs.db file locked in these folders. Open folder Options and turn on "Show hidden files" to see if that's the case.
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    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 64-bit


    Thanks for the suggestion. I have "Turns off the caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files" enabled via group policy since I first installed win8 (with hidden/system files set to visible). I just did a search for "thumbs.db" on all the contents of the parent folder, just in case, and nothing found. It's a strange one! :|

    Should it happen again, I'll pop back with more info (without taking any further action). Pretty sure it will...
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    windows 8 pro x64


    Use unlocker software. Unlocker - CNET Download.com
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    Windows 8 64-bit


    Hi, that was one of the first things I tried (v1.9.1), but it didn't seem to work with win8 64-bit? (worked perfectly on win7 64-bit).

    I just tested it on a video I'm transcoding and it doesn't show the process that's using the file as in the past.
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    Camarillo, Ca.
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    All Versions Of Windows


    do you have UAC turned all the way down? If so turn it back on and see if you are being prompted when you try to move the files.
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    San Jose - California
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    Quote Originally Posted by BleepingCrazy View Post
    Hi, that was one of the first things I tried (v1.9.1), but it didn't seem to work with win8 64-bit? (worked perfectly on win7 64-bit).

    I just tested it on a video I'm transcoding and it doesn't show the process that's using the file as in the past.
    You could try Lockhunter, they came with 32 & 64 bit version and that's what I am using:

    LockHunter is a free 64/32 bit tool to delete files blocked by any processes
    Last edited by topgundcp; 20 Dec 2012 at 00:09.
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    Windows 8 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Haxcid View Post
    do you have UAC turned all the way down? If so turn it back on and see if you are being prompted when you try to move the files.
    Good idea! I'll turn it right up the second I see this happening again.

    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    You could try Lockhunter, thay came with 32 & 64 bit version and that's what I am using:

    LockHunter is a free 64/32 bit tool to delete files blocked by any processes
    Thanks for the link! First time I've heard of this app.


    Thanks for the feedback guys, I really appreciate you taking the time to help.
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