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Unable to delete a folder due to long path,

  1. #1


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    windows 7

    Unable to delete a folder due to long path,


    Unable to delete a folder due to long path,

    I wanted to delete the attached file but I got the “long path” error (attached).


    How the folder can be deleted anyway?


    Thank you

    Best

    Jamal
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  2. #2


    Posts : 562
    W10 x64 pro and W8.1 x86


    One of those things you perhaps need to be sat in front of to play with...

    Have you tried dragging the folder elsewhere, say to documents and deleting from there ?

    Is it in a separate HDD ? if so have you tried using the HDD on another PC and deleting from there.

    And totally crazy suggestion... browse for the folder by using the "insert image" option on this forum (as if you were attaching a picture). When the forum window opens and you have the folder showing can you right click and delete it from there.
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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Shift right click on the folder. Then click Open Command Window Here. Enter these commands once you have the prompt opened to that folder:

    del *.* /s
    cd ..
    rd foldername

    where foldername is the name of the folder. If it contains any spaces wrap the name in double quotes like
    rd "folder name"
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    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    The simplest way is to use UNLOCKER .
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  5. #5


    Posts : 68
    windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    Shift right click on the folder. Then click Open Command Window Here. Enter these commands once you have the prompt opened to that folder:

    del *.* /s
    cd ..
    rd foldername

    where foldername is the name of the folder. If it contains any spaces wrap the name in double quotes like
    rd "folder name"
    Thanks guys for the help,

    It appears not to work. It still says: “too long”

    I think that the issue is with the file stored in the location below (shown in the screenshot):

    F:\All\Software\GeoMedia\GeoMedia Desktop 14.1\GeoMedia Desktop 14.1\GeoMedia Desktop 14.1\Repository\GeoMedia\GeoMedia Grid Tutorials\Customer-Based Tutorials\A Natural Heritage Study\Custom Commands\MatrixScoreCalculator\src

    I tried to add a file is the same folder and delete it and it worked fine.

    What other options do I still have to delete this folder (which is in an external HD)?
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    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    You can try using:TreeSize Free Portable
    Explore the folders and right click to delete it.
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    Posts : 68
    windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    You can try using:TreeSize Free Portable
    Explore the folders and right click to delete it.
    Many thanks topgundcp for the help,

    Same issue! Not able to delete the file! “too long” (attached)

    What other tools that can delete this annoying folder?
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    W10 x64 pro and W8.1 x86


    The time you are spending on this... would it be quicker to move the stuff you want to another drive, format this one and then move the stuff back.
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    windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Mooly View Post
    The time you are spending on this... would it be quicker to move the stuff you want to another drive, format this one and then move the stuff back.
    Do you mean that I need to format a HD of about 900GB to fix the issue of that folder?
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    San Jose - California
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    It would be interesting if we can try with linux.
    If you wish to try:

    1. Download the ISO (160MB) :Slacko Puppy Linux . Click one of the link shown on screen shot #1.
    2. Create a bootable USB Using Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way
    3. Boot from USB, the screen should look like the screen shot. From the bottom left #2 of the screen. The HDs mounted as sda1, sda2 ... and one of these is your external drive.
    4. Explore the folder(s) and delete it.


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