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How can I stop my computer from making copies of files I am

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How can I stop my computer from making copies of files I am trying to delete. I am using the control key when selecting multiple files.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Steve Gardner replied 8 years ago.

Hi and welcome to Just Answer. I am sorry to hear about your computer problems.


Quickly tell me what you are doing to delete files. How do you do it?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I'm hilighting several files at a time with the control key pressed in "my documents" and hitting the delete key.
Expert:  Steve Gardner replied 8 years ago.
Ok, and where do the files get copied to? The same folder/directory?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
yes, the same directory in a folder with a zipper on it. and marked as a copy of the original file name.
Expert:  Steve Gardner replied 8 years ago.
Are these photo files? JPGs?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
the majority of them were, yes.
Expert:  Steve Gardner replied 8 years ago.
Have you ever had your photos developed at a Wal Mart or through Kodak and have you ever received them back on a CD and loaded this on your PC?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
No steve, I can't say I have. Most of the photos I take myself w/ a digital camera and then load them onto my computer for my work. I'm in the real estate business.
Expert:  Steve Gardner replied 8 years ago.

Ok. That is wierd.


Try this.


Create a new folder and drag the photos you don't need over to the new folder.


Then delete the folder.


That will get rid of the photos.


I would then look through your PC for any signs of photo management software, especially Kodak. That is what usually causes this problem. It is preventing accidental deletion.


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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Ok, steve, I'll try it as soon as I get a chance and if it works , I'll be more than happy to pay you.