I have been researching this problem for days, and Windows 7 seems to be a common factor, hence this post. I have a Maxtor Central Axis network drive that I have used for a number of years for backups. I reorganised it a while back and recently decided to do some housekeeping and empty the old share I had been using. However, I am left with one folder where I cannot delete the files or the folder. Saying that, they appear to delete, but if you come back or press F5, they reappear! I have gone through all the following: Taken ownership - this does not work as I get Access denied. Unchecked read only in the properties - ditto above. Tried amending permissions - ditto above I am logged on as admin My user is shown as having full access to the share. There is no automatic backup software. As this is a network drive, the files are not deleted to the Recycle bin. It is not possible to connect it with USB directly to my computer. As a result, I can't run chkdsk and none of the deleting utilities I have found work with networked drives. For the same reason, I can't format the drive from the laptop. The disk check in the interface with the drive confirms there are no problems. I can't delete the share. There is no format option in the interface. Any geniuses out there who can solve this one? At the moment, the problem is not vital, as the folder concerned is only a few hundred MB, but I am concerned if the issue arises again it might become important. Or I just shell out for a new TB drive of course!