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Can't delete ~.tmp or change attribs


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Nodrogchavez

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I am trying to help a friend here. She is running WinXP SP2 with a partitioned drive. On D:\My Pictures she has numerous folders with photos. In a few of these folders there will be (as an example) a photo named Daffs 004.jpg which shows normally. Right beside it there is another item named Daffs 004.jpg~RF36Q05457.TMP. I wish to remove all files similar to the latter one. It will not permit me to delete it. If I select Properties and uncheck Archive, Apply, OK I still cannot delete it. I tried going to the Command prompt, going into that directory and using Attrib -a on these files, but am denied access. I also tried Attrib -a *.tmp and Attrib -a ~.tmp and still am denied access. I ran Disk Cleaner in Tweak Now 2010 and still no joy. Any ideas on what else I might try?
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I tried going to the Command prompt, going into that directory and using Attrib -a on these files, but am denied access. I also tried Attrib -a *.tmp and Attrib -a ~.tmp and still am denied access.

Go back into that directory and try the following two commands, pressing [Enter] after each:

attrib -r -s -h *.tmp
del *.tmp

The "-r" means remove the "Read-only" attribute, the "-s" means remove the "System" attribute, the "-h" means remove the "Hidden" attribute and the "*.tmp" means all files with a ".tmp" file extension.

(Note: If you have Windows Explorer open and it still shows the *.tmp files in that directory, press [F5] to refresh).
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The r, s and h attributes were not set on these files. Doing an attrib on them showed only an A as being set. Same when I selected any of those files and chose Properties; the Hidden and Read-only were not set. However, in pursuit of a solution, I shall try those -r, -s and -h and see if it changes matters. Thanks for your input.

Edited by Nodrogchavez, 11 April 2010 - 09:56 AM.

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V-e-r-y interesting. My friend changed all of her photos to Adobe Photoshop format, and was then able to easily delete all of those ~.tpm files. Why? I have no idea. But, consider this problem as having been resolved.
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