Just delete the damn folder…

So I run into a problem where there are folders on my “Storage” drive (like drive “D:” that is way bigger than my boot drive) that for some unknown friggin’ reason I am unable to delete, Windows 7 just gives me some run around and makes me want to take a sledgehammer to the damn thing.

So searching around and I found how to delete it; Change the owner the admin, change the acl’s, then use rmdir from cmd line.

Like so (to whack folder “D:\delete_damnit”);

  • Right-click on folder -> Properties -> Security Tab
  • Click on Advanced button -> Owner tab
  • Edit.. button
  • Select Administrators in ‘Change owner to’, check ‘replace owner on subcontainers and objects’
  • Open cmd.exe as administrator
  • Run ‘cacls D:\delete_damnit /T /e /g Administrators:f’
  • Run ‘rmdir /S D:delete_damnit’