N/APosted on - 06/22/2011
Our company is implementing that every six month our hard drive must be sanitized from useless files to maintain a good hard drive space.
On my process of deleting some files, I encountered an error, that said cannot read the source file or disk.
Error Deleting File or Folder
Cannot delete File: Cannot read from the source file or disk.
What I did, I first checked if someone was using the files that maybe locked for deletion, none was using it.
So I also checked if the file is protected by our application, it is not. I also scanned my computer for some virus that might use that file, none was found.
So I restarted my computer in the hope it will just be some glitz, but same thing happened.
I can not delete the file, please share some thought on why I cant delete the file.
Error deleting files and folders on my hard drive
I have also faced this problem few years ago. So, I am writing the same that I was suggested then.
Please do the following steps as I say and hope you can delete any folder or application.
If this is an application, then it is easy. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del at a time to open ‘Windows Task Manager.’
Click on the process tab and select your application.
Right click on your application and select end process and a dialog box will be opened. Select ok.
Now close your application normally. In windows seven, this problem solution is much easier.
Now, If this is a folder, then it is obvious that it is because of virus.
Go to your safe mood window and delete the folder.
If the folder still there, download a licensed antivirus program and scan thoroughly. Before scan, your antivirus program should be updated.