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How do I delete Tracker Files


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Greetings, Forumites
A long time nemesis of mine has appeared in an Downloaded HTML file and apparently Windows thinks the file name is too long even for the Recycling bin.

The File or at least it says that's what it is is below.
FBLOCAL,HISTROY,IMPORTSCRIPT,LOADER,MW,NIRVANA,THROBBER,THUMBNAILER,TRACKER FILE

I have yet to find a way to delete this files and they are taking up space, negligible space but space none the less, they cannot be moved nor renamed.

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Let's say the path to a long file is is...

c:\this is my data\this is my very long folder name\this is a very long subfolder name\this is another long very long subfolder name maybe very long\and again this is another long very long subfolder name maybe very long\this is a very long filename about my auntie rose the crazy lady WWII  riveter of 1943.txt

Open a Command Prompt as an Administrator.

In the Command Prompt type;

SUBST    K:   "c:\this is my data\this is my very long folder name\this is a very long subfolder name\this is another long very long subfolder name maybe very long\and again this is another long very long subfolder name maybe very long\"

K: will now be a short path that you can work with in Windows Explorer.

 

When you are done, in that Command Prompt type;

SUBST   K:   /D

And that will remove the K: drive assignment.

This is a process that is good for any long file structure that exceeds the maximum character length of Windows.

 

Edited by David H. Lipman
Edited for content, clarity, spelling and/or grammar
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