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I have an external hd, which is not really healthy (several sectors not readable). I guess thats the reason I have some corruptenter image description here files

I want to delete these files and found Icant delete any file on this even the properties show that I am entitled to do so.

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any advice? I opened natilus as sudo, no change.

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What filesystem is on it? – nickguletskii Jun 19 '11 at 15:21
Aaah, noticed $RECYCLE.BIN... Means that it is NTFS. My bad. – nickguletskii Jun 19 '11 at 16:00
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Since the device is broken I think your OS mounted the partition read-only. Please check the output of mount in a terminal.

I strongly recommend to not delete/write anything on this disk. Instead think about creating a backup of the drive before the disk stops working at all.

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The drive will stop working - only a matter of time – Takkat Jun 19 '11 at 15:37
thanks for the advice. According to the readout the drive is mounted with rw. – dago Jun 19 '11 at 16:36

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