Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file.


kgash

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I am running Windows 11 22H2 V. 22621.3296.
When I search using Everything app I find a folder which, when I try to delete it replies: Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file.
I cannot find this folder in any other way. It seems that it may be what I have heard called a Ghost folder hiding somewhere in my PC.

I would like to get rid of it.
Thanks
 
Windows Build/Version
Windows 11 22H2 V. 22621.3296

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    WINDOWS 11 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core Processor
    Motherboard
    ASRock B450 Pro4 (AM4)
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon RX 5700
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster Z SE
First, ensure that you have 'Show hidden files, folders, and drives' set in File Explorer 'Options',
'Three Dots' => Options => View => Show hidden files, folders, and drives


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Post the filename & path here.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro v 24H2 (Build 26100.863)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Precision 3660 Tower Workstation
    CPU
    12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-12900 5.10 GHz
    Motherboard
    64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
    Memory
    32.00 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 770
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell P2714H Monitor
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    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x 512GB NVME PC801 NVMe SK hynix Boot
    1 x 1TB Seagate ST1000LM049-2GH172 Internal HDD
    1 x 1TB Seagate STGX4000400 External HDD
    1 x 2TB Seagate STGX4000400 External HDD
    1 x 4TB Seagate STGX4000400 External HDD
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    300 Watts
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    Air
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    Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600
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    Microsoft USB Basic Optical Mouse v2.0
    Browser
    Firefox
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    Windows Defender + Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    BaseBoard Manufacturer Dell Inc.
    BaseBoard Product 0J1CP3
    BaseBoard Version A01
Name, location, and contents of file?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    W10, W11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    2 HP Desktops, 1 Dell Desktop, 2 Dell XPS Laptops, 1 HP Laptop
When I search using Everything app I find a folder
Please post a screenshot showing the folder path found by Everything so we know what you are dealing with.
Windows has lots of hidden folders and this might be one of them for all any of us can know.


All the best,
Denis
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home x64 Version 23H2 Build 22631.3447
Thank you all for your helpful suggestions. I was able to trace the files to a newly created folder under Users and delete them.
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    WINDOWS 11 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core Processor
    Motherboard
    ASRock B450 Pro4 (AM4)
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon RX 5700
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster Z SE

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Build by vendor to my specs
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
    Motherboard
    MSI PRO B550M-P Gen3
    Memory
    Kingston FURY Beast 2x16GB DIMM DDR4 2666 CL16
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GeForce GT 730 2GB LP V1
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy FX
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung S24E450F 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1. SSD Kingston NV2 - 500 GB
    2. SSD-SATA Crucial MX500-2TB
    PSU
    Corsair CV650W
    Case
    Cooler Master Silencio S400
    Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper H412R
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream (wired, scissor keys)
    Mouse
    Asus WT465 (wireless)
    Internet Speed
    70 Mbps down / 80 Mbps up
    Browser
    Firefox 115.7.0 ESR
    Antivirus
    F-secure via Internet provider
    Other Info
    Oracle VirtualBox 7 for testing software on Win 10 or 11
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Denis



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  • OS
    Windows 11 Home x64 Version 23H2 Build 22631.3447

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