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Old March 18th, 2013, 09:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a stock Galaxy S3. Quickpic was running just fine, it was a great improvement over the stock gallery. It stopped working, I contacted the dev, he was very helpful until we discovered I had a thumbs.db file in my Android>Cache file. I can't delete it and he's stuck since I'm not rooted. Any suggestions?

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Old March 18th, 2013, 09:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello rickjumps!
Although I cannot say this is device specific, do you see these thumbs.db in the Android/cache that is on the sd card internal?
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Hello rickjumps , unfortunately you have to be rooted in order to access the Cache Directory to remove this file . Here is a link to your device .
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Hi Mikestony,
It's on the ext sd card
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Bummer, how did it get on my phone in the first place <== rhetorical question (unless you have an idea)
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Why can't you just delete the thumbnails on the card?
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I get a message that I don't have an application to open the thumb.db file

Sorry all, the file is called thumb.db, not thumbs
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Why is it important to delete this file?

Here is info on this file.
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Quickpic gallery won't run until/unless it's deleted.
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Can you post a screenshot of that thumb file/folder.?
Can you long press on the folder and have a choice to delete it?
I am not quite sure what you are looking at, that's why I request a screenshot
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When I long press, I get this.
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I see the path is /storage/extSDcard/Android/data/com???? what is after that?
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So the complete path is:
/storage/extSDcard/Android/data/com.alensw.PicFolder/cache/thumb.db?
What is in Temp?
what I am trying to get at here is possibly deleting the parent folder called "cache"
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I opened Cache, was able to delete .temp, it is an empty folder, but that pesky thumb.db won't go away. I tried deleting it, got a message that it was deleted, but when I open properties, there it is.

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So the only thing in cache, is the thumb.db correct?
Can you delete the cache folder or is that what you meant?
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Correct, I deleted the cache folder, but the empty .temp folder and the thumb.db file remain.
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Thumb.db is a windows file for thumbnails. Try to connect your phone to your windows computer, make sure you can view all files and set the view to something other than thumbnails and delete the file. Its always worked for me. You don't need that file.
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The screenshot is what's there after I deleted cache, deleted .temp deleted thumb.db and tapped thumb.db
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Well, I am officially stumped
How can that be? After the cache folder is deleted, whatever was in that folder should have went bye-bye.
One more thing to try...go into menu/settings while in ES File Explorer. Click on File settings,scroll down to "clear cache"...

Unless someone else has a better idea, I would save what you need off of the ext. sd card, and format it.

Edit: or try what h4x0rj3ff suggested...I hit submit and saw he posted a possible solution too
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How can that be? After the cache folder is deleted, whatever was in that folder should have went bye-bye.
One more thing to try...go into menu/settings while in ES File Explorer. Click on File settings,scroll down to "clear cache"...

Unless someone else has a better idea, I would save what you need off of the ext. sd card, and format it.
I would take the card out and put it In a windows PC. Show all files and delete it on a windows PC
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Just tried that and got: "Cannot delete thumb: The storage is write-protected. Remove the write-protection and try again."
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Just tried that and got: "Cannot delete thumb: The storage is write-protected. Remove the write-protection and try again."
Are you using an adapter? Sometimes the tab on the side moves a bit. Try taking it out and making sure the tab is in the right position. Then try again.
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I just plugged the phone into my pc via usb
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I just plugged the phone into my pc via usb
Hmm... Do you have a microsd adapter? Might want to try deleting it that way. Your slowly stumping me too. Lol
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No adapter I get the same message when try to delete the com.alensw.PicFolder file
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Don't know if this is relevant or not, but in your security settings, is it set to encrypt your sd card?
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Have you tried to delete cashe and data for this app under your installed apps?
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The screenshot you posted wasn't of ES file explorer. I would download that and try to delete it with that. Some times different file browsers will give you different results.
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Yes, Quickpic is uninstalled
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I didn't mean to uninstall it I just ment delete the cashe and data under settings > apps... try to re omega it and see if it fixes your problems
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Just tried that and got: "Cannot delete thumb: The storage is write-protected. Remove the write-protection and try again."
every single time i've gotten this error on a MicroSD card, it's meant the card was going bad. i've had to replace it every time without exception. copy all your data off of it and onto your computer, then put it on a new SD card. then delete the file from the new SD card (or before you put the data on the new SD card, order is largely irrelevant).
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Thanks for all the help/suggestions. I wound up putting a new SD card in my phone. I was able to delete the thumb.db file once I got it on my computer but couldn't put the new file on the new SD card since i got the same "The storage is write-protected. Remove the write-protection and try again." message. My phone works fine. all my pix,etc are still there and now I have an additional 16GB of storage for 10 bucks.
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