How can it "no longer be located there" when I clearly see it???
Ideas on how to get rid of it appreciated.
Best Answer Newinko , 16 December 2012 - 01:34
If I am not mistaken, the problem does not lie in the path length (it's well within the Win32 255-character limit), but in the colon ( : ) in the file name. The colon is a forbidden character within a file path under Windows; try putting a colon when renaming a file and you'll see Windows won't even let you type it.
Since files with forbidden names are considered corrupt, running chkdsk (using a command line, run chkdsk F: /f /v) is your best bet to solve the problem. It'll rename or delete the file, depending on the situation.
There are other solutions here if you want to rename a file with a forbidden name without risking chkdsk deleting it:
EDIT: saw other posts suggested running chkdsk as well but without explaining why it'll work. It will. Try it. Go to the full post