I have desk top running Windoes XP. I was recently making a history of some of my old photos that were on the external drive, editing them a nd deleiting the copy as I went. When I had finished i went to the recycle bin to clear the deleted files, it managed nearly all of the except 8 which it defies to delete or restore. The message is "cannot delete thumbs.db it is being used by another person or program. Close all programs that might be using the file and try again" When I dissconnect the external drive the files dissapear, I have copied all the files onto discs but still it will not delete these files or folders. Even when i think I have cleared the files I click on delete all and it asks if I want to delete the remaining 8 folders which I can't even see. Any Ideas? I thought about clearing the remaing 20Gb of data onto discs and re formatting, do you think this might work?
Thank you both for your advice. 1 Not sure how to start in "safe mode" and drag and drop is not an option when the files are already in the recycle bin, however it seems one thing i didn't try was to re boot after i had cleared all my photos from the external drive, when i did this i went into the recycle bin and even though the files were not visble i clicked to delete all files and it did it without the error message so here is hoping when i put my photos back on the externa drive the problem does not recure. Thank you once again for your help, what a great site"