I came accross some directories today on our NAS that couldn’t be deleted – I really needed to get rid of them as they were causing backups to fail! Every time I tried to delete, I got the following windows error:
“cannot delete file: cannot read from source or disk”
The solution to this, was to fire up a command prompt, and locate the directory in question (Map a network drive if it’s a UNC path!), then run:
dir /x /a
This should give you the directory name, along with its shortname (e.g. AEU8P3~P). You can then either delete the folder (rd /?) or rename it (ren /?) by using the shortname!