03 May 2012

Error deleting a file: Could not find this item. This is no longer located in

When I was trying to delete a file I got a strange error:
      "Could not find this item. This is no longer located in..."

After some investigation I found the following solution:
1) Open a command prompt
2) Go to the folder where is the located the problematic file:
   cd c:\temp
3) Type the command:
                   dir /x
4) Find the 8.3 filename
5) Delete the file using the command:
    del filenam~1.txt

And bingo...the file is deleted !

1 comment:

steven kor said...

Nice post.Try " Long Path Tool " is also useful in situations where you see these error messages: Cannot read from source file or disk, there has been a sharing violation, cannot delete file or folder, the file name you specified is not valid or too long, the source or destination file may be in use
and many other file managing errors that you encounter in your computing use.