I did a system state backup of my server onto my second physical hard drive.

This is fine, but I cannot delete the folder because some sub folders require admin permission (I am admin with full control) and some are read-only.

Is there a good, powerful tool that can delete unwanted files regardless of it being read-only or anything like that?


  • Almost sounds like you are seeing the effects of the UAC filtering away your permissions.
    – Zoredache
    Oct 19, 2010 at 6:46

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You don't need a separate tool. Just go in and make yourself owner (right-click the folder -> Properties -> Security tab -> Advanced button -> Owner tab). Make sure to check "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects".

Once you are the owner, give yourself full rights to the folder, and then you'll be able to delete everything.

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