Cannot delete folder




I am trying to delete a folder but I get the error message:

"Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk."

I also cannot move, copy or cut & paste it.

I can, in the same location, create a folder with exactly the same name
(strange!) and then delete the old folder, but when I attempt to delete the
new one, it has assumed the old folder's creation date, and I get the same
error message.
The foldername ends with a space and was created my a music management
application. Is this space at the end of the filename what is causing the
denial of access? I have no issues deleting other folders generated by this
music management application.

Gerry Cornell


Is the music management application still installed?

Have you tried renaming the file? Have you tried deleting in safe mode?


Hope this helps.

Stourport, England

Enquire, plan and execute

Wesley Vogel

The foldername ends with a space

Cause 6: The file name includes an invalid name in the Win32 name space
You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume

You may not be able to delete a file if the file name includes an invalid
name (for example, the file name has a trailing space...

Hope this helps. Let us know.

MS-MVP Windows Shell/User


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