I was helping a dear friend today with a peculiar problem. A file was stuck in her Pictures folder in Windows 10 (it was a screenshot she had taken at one point – a small picture). It was 26kb in size (so really small) but she could not delete it. On attempted deletes (and I wish now I had taken a screenshot), it would respond with “the file xxxxx is too large for the destination file system”. Elsewhere in the pop-up, it said ‘sync pending’.
I did all the usual things:
- Disabled all services, antivirus, OneDrive and other file syncing services – nope
- Booted into safe mode – nope
- Looked on the Google – found only one thread that was closed/locked without a solution (peculiar … I was simply going to state the solution that worked for me there but because it is locked, I’m left with having to blog about it here (as such, I hope this helps someone else)
What did work:
I found and used this tool “Unlocker” which did the trick. Yep, pretty simple once I tried that. Hope this helps someone.