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RichInKy [Avatar]
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Why does PD lock files that aren't imported and are not associated with the current project?

I created an M2TS file from a project, closed the project, closed the file after viewing, shut down the computer and went to bed. Today I start up PD and am building a DVD iso file unrelated to that project, it's from a completely different project. I try to move the M2TS file off to an external drive but I can't because PD has it locked. It will also lock files in the folder that I use to import files from but the files aren't imported. It seems to be locking files and folders that have ever had anything to do with a project if PD is open.
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Quote Why does PD lock files that aren't imported and are not associated with the current project?

I created an M2TS file from a project, closed the project, closed the file after viewing, shut down the computer and went to bed. Today I start up PD and am building a DVD iso file unrelated to that project, it's from a completely different project. I try to move the M2TS file off to an external drive but I can't because PD has it locked. It will also lock files in the folder that I use to import files from but the files aren't imported. It seems to be locking files and folders that have ever had anything to do with a project if PD is open.


Hi,

Be interesting to know what error message(s) are shown to identify the exact process handling the file?

I realise, from your other topic, that you might be re-installing PDR, but if that doesn't cure it, these links might be of interest. I don't endorse the links, but they do identify a couple of MS tools that might be useful?

https://thegeekpage.com/how-to-find-out-which-process-is-locking-a-file-or-folder-in-windows-10/
https://www.thewindowsclub.com/how-to-tell-which-process-is-locking-a-file

Cheers,
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For example, if I have a folder of pictures and I import half of them to a project, PD puts a lock on the folder. I can't edit other files or delete some I no longer want. I have to close PD to gain access again. One afternoon I created an M2TS file using PD, placed into the Windows "videos" folder. No files in that folder are input files to a project. Yet, the next day I wanted to move that file (and others in that folder) to an external drive it was locked by PD. I shut down PD and moved the file.

It's not something major, just kind of a pain. My brother uses PD19 and said he had the same problem but learned to live with it.

Of course, trying to do it this morning, and it's not cooperating. If it happens again I'll post the message. It's just the standard Windows message that the file is in use by another program.
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