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This item is no longer located in C:\

If you have an impossible to delete 0 byte file with the error message:

Could not find this item. This is no longer located in…

Open your command prompt.
Type dir /x to get the 8.3 name of the directory folder.


If, for example, your problem file is in your Download folder, the 8.3 name is DOWNLO~1.

To delete the file, type del (8.3 name)

Ex. del DOWNLO~1

cmd del

You’ll be prompted to type Y (yes) or N (no) to delete the file. Be advised that all files in that folder will be deleted so keep a backup or move files you do not wish to delete elsewhere.

Also, for impossible to delete folders/files on flash drives, you can right click your removable drive and go to Format. Formatting your drive will wipe all your files. Again, keep a backup of whatever you want to keep on a different flash drive/memory card.


Select Quick format and press Start.

  1. Barbara Reed
    February 5, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Nice trick but it doesnt work.Using the command prompt in Windows 7 returns “Could not find” just like windows explorer does. And as I suspect the spurious folders in my maps are what is stopping my carto explorer working I really would like to get rid of these two directories. I’ve tried cccleaner, Gipo Utilities, and Lockhunter. Nothing is locking them, they show in all programs, but they wont delete.

  2. Andrei
    March 6, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Finally, something that worked. I had an empty file on my desktop that i could not delete. Thanks!

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