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Files that refuse to be deleted

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Xyro, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42
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    Earlier I had my N7 plugged into my PC and I tried to delete some files from there.

    The files didn't get deleted, and they now appear to be stuck. I can't delete them via the PC, while a file manager, or even via the terminal with root permissions. Every time it just tells me the delete failed.

    Has anyone else had that happen to them?
     



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  2. rootbrain

    rootbrain Android Enthusiast

    Try rebooting.

    Rootbrain
     
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  3. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42
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    I've tried that too. I should have said, sorry.
     
  4. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique

    What files in particular? Have you tried with Root Explorer?
     
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  5. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42
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    It's a nandroid backup that is stuck.

    But no, root explorer can't clear them either.
     
  6. DonB

    DonB ♡ Truth, Justice and the American Way !! ♡ ™
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    Try creating a new Nandroid, then do a FR, then see if you can delete that Nandroid.



     
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  7. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42
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    I will probably just backup everything to my PC and reformat that part of the internal storage.

    That's assuming I can do that from the recovery menu, I believe I can. Otherwise I'll try your suggestion.
     
  8. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42
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    Well, it took forever to transfer the files to and from my PC (I really dislike MTP), but I got rid of it by reformating the sdcard directory in recovery.

    My guess is that the files were flagged as in use when I originally tried to delete them on my PC, and they got stuck like that when the delete failed, meaning no other programs could edit them.
     
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