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    Unable to copy folders and files to thumb drive

    I have a new Win 7 pc and am in the process of transfering folders
    and files from my Win Xp SP3 to the Win 7 pc. I have had no problem
    with and copying folders and files to a thumb drive for transfering to the
    new Win 7 HDD until I got to my Family
    Genealogy master folder. One of the sub folders with multiple text and
    image files refuses to move or copy to an external thumb drive. I have
    used Easy Tranfer and that would not copy or move the sub folder and
    also tried to manually drag and drop and copy and paste with the same
    error message popup the tells me ..."cannot move and cannot copy file'.

    All of the other sub folders in the Family Genealogy have been copied with no problem

    The subfolder that refuses to move or copy is found in C:\Family
    Genealoly\Genealogy\Frank&Carmen Family
    Histories\Appendices\Murphy_Hebert_ Lafond_Martineau.

    "The Murphy_Hebert_Lafond_Martineau"is the subfolder that will not
    move or copy all other subfolders will..

    The message I get is a popup error message that simply says: ERROR
    COPYING FILE OR FOLDER - there is a red circle with an x within and a
    a line that says Cannot Copy Folder or alternately Cannot Move Folder
    then an OK button.

    I have also used Process Explorer hoping it would shed some light on
    the problem but all it shows me is that the fault lies with Windows
    Explorer.
    Oddly, I am able to copy the subfolder to other locations on the XP pc
    HDD but not to an external device.

    I have also tried formating the thumb drives (I tried several drives) in both
    FAT32 and NTFS but that doesn't work either.

    I would really like to be able to copy this folder with my years of
    family history searches, but seem to have hit a brick wall.

    Any suggestionms would be appreciated,

    Frank

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    Have you tried renaming a locally copied folder to something short and temporary? Also what about one or more files or folders within the subfolder, are they all prevented from copying off the system? What about alternatives like burning the folder to a DVD? Also if you try a copy and move specific utility like TeraCopy it may give you more specific information about the problem if it fails to copy the folder or contents inside.
    Alternatively you would just get the subfolder from your backup but if you don't have one then that's out, but, that's on the todo list for sure if you get this problem resolved so you have alternate sources for the same data.
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    Many thanks Silver Lounger for the response and suggestions. I have a full image backup but itis somewhat outdated and would not reflect recent updates to the subfolder contents. Tried burning to a DVD with no success. Will try renaming and shortening the folder name. If that fails I will individully attempt to cop indivual files within the subfolder. If this fails, will see if TeraCopy will shed some light on why the subfolder won't copy.

    Frank


    Quote Originally Posted by F.U.N. downtown View Post
    Have you tried renaming a locally copied folder to something short and temporary? Also what about one or more files or folders within the subfolder, are they all prevented from copying off the system? What about alternatives like burning the folder to a DVD? Also if you try a copy and move specific utility like TeraCopy it may give you more specific information about the problem if it fails to copy the folder or contents inside.
    Alternatively you would just get the subfolder from your backup but if you don't have one then that's out, but, that's on the todo list for sure if you get this problem resolved so you have alternate sources for the same data.

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    If you have TeraCopy installed then that could be the problem http://superuser.com/questions/32079...-or-move-files

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    Silver Lounger and 3 Star Lounger, had success when I renamed the subfolder and indiviually copied each folder and file to a flash drive. Was then able to copy them to my new pc.

    Thanks for your input and assistance.

    Frank

    Have not installed TeraCopy

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    That's good, I had a feeling it was something in the name; no idea what but I know that computers see stuff in binary machine code so we don't always know what might get lost in translation or be linked to that particular folder name.

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