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    Odd occurrence with missing files

    When my old computer failed (processor or MB failure, not the hard drive), I purchased my new Win 7 machine. Using a docking station that allowed me to access my old HD via USB, I was able to recover any of my old files that I wanted to keep.

    I re-installed Microsoft Office 2003 from the installation disk, then I copied my saved word files from my old hard drive into a folder on my new hard drive, and pointed Microsoft Word to that folder for opening or saving my word documents. All worked well.

    But I recently tried to open one of my saved files, and was greeted with an empty folder where I thought I had saved my old files. So I connected my old hard drive again, selected all my old word files, and attempted to copy them from my old drive to my new one (again).
    A popup dialog immediately appeared telling me that the file already existed in the folder I was copying to, and did I want to overwrite it. I said no and cancelled out of the copying process.

    Sure enough, when I opened the folder on my new drive, all the files had suddenly re-appeared.
    Well, clearly those files were there all the time, but were not visible or accessible. My question is, why did the folder initially show as empty, why did they suddenly re-appear when I (unknowingly) tried to copy over them, and how can I prevent this from happening again?

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    Hi LesF,

    if you had made new folders with the same name as the other folders you were trying to copy onto the new pc by opening them and just copying the contents.
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    Roderunner, thanks for replying.

    I'm not sure that I understand your answer. Are you saying that if I'm just trying to copy the contents of a folder (not the folder itself) from my old hard drive to a folder of the same name on my new hard drive (which is, in fact, what I was trying to do), that would cause the problem? I don't understand that, or why the problem fixed itself when I attempted to copy the files a second time. If I interpreted your answer incorrectly, please clarify.

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    I didn't fully understand my reply either, so here goes again. You can only move / copy folders you make yourself, which is why I said to just copy the contents to folders with the same name.
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    Thanks for the info. In fact, both folders were folders that I created, and the name of each folder was Word_Files, which as far as I can tell is a unique name. I did indeed copy only the contents between these folders.
    As the problem has not recurred since I posted, I'll assume that I screwed up initially when I (thought I had) copied the files. I'll chalk this up to user error.

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    I'll chalk this up to user error.
    Welcome to the club.

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