A file or directory on an NTFS volume cannot be deleted or accessed.
Windows NT returns an "Access Denied" error message when you attempt to
manipulate the file. You are not able to view the permissions, the owner,
or the contents of the file. The file does, however, show up in a DIR
listing in File Manager and in Explorer. This occurs even though the user
trying to access the file has permissions to the file. Even an
administrator will be unable to take ownership of this file.
The following are the resolutions to the above causes, respectively:
- This is by design. Simply wait for all of the handles to this file to be
closed, and the file will be removed from the index. If it is a
directory that is in this state, make sure that this directory does not
have a share associated with it or any directory below it in the tree.
Restarting the machine will always make the file disappear, since all
handles will be closed upon shutdown.
- Run CHKDSK /F on the volume that contains the file.