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    Overwriting - A drive

    Hi -

    When copying a new version of a file from hard drive to A drive (a version of the file was on A as well), received message that the file was too big, re-try, cancel.

    When I went to look at the original file on A, I found A to be empty.

    I can

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    Re: Overwriting - A drive

    If you're floppy has been overwritten, there is no practical way to recover what was on it. If there is some corruption only, then maybe. Services that recover overwritten files are generally very expensive. I take it that you have no backup of what was on the hard drive.

    I'm not sure about your other question, but why I try to copy a file from my hard drive to the floppy and there isn't enough room, I get a message. Whether I hit retry or cancel, the file isn't copied. I don't know if all OS operate the same with that.

    However, don't you still have the updated file on your hard drive. There are file splitters that will split the file into parts so it can fit on a floppy. Just go to Google & search for file splitters.
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    Re: Overwriting - A drive

    Phil, thank you for your quick response.

    Yes, I do have the file on the hard drive. I just find it frustrating that there is no 'warning' that what is on the A drive will be deleted. I get the message too late to stop the procedure. I get no 'advance warning.'

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    Re: Overwriting - A drive

    I can offer a guess as to why you lost the file already on the floppy.........
    If the two files had the same name and extension, you would have been asked if you want to overwrite the file already there. If you then selected OK, the copy would have proceeded to overwrite the original. When the copy operation ran out of space, your only real choice was "Cancel" which caused the copy function to abort thereby leaving you with essentially an empty floppy.
    The data copied is likely still on the floppy and could probably be recovered with the appropriate software and knowlege. The file that was already on the floppy will have been overwritten.

    If file splitting is not an option, and if the file is not too large, perhaps zipping the file might make it small enough to fit on a floppy.

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    Re: Overwriting - A drive

    Ken -

    Many thanks. Yes, the files do have same name/same ext. No, I AM not asked if I wanted to overwrite (I AM asked that when copying to hard drive). That was what prompted me to ask this of the Board - shouldn't I be so asked?

    The solution is to keep an eye out on the file size of the replacement, I guess. Yes, I do know about the file-splitting option, and zipping. It's just that I was 'curious' as to why I am not asked up front.

    Thank you for the info re Cancel.

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    Re: Overwriting - A drive

    Just for your information, I experimented by trying to copy a file that was too large. I was given a message that there wasn't enough space. I seem to remember a long time ago (either Win 3.1 or 95) that I wasn't given that message. So I don't know if it's an option (though I doubt it), a behavior based on the OS, or an anomoly.

    I'd do a little experimenting on copies of your documents to see what happens.
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    Re: Overwriting - A drive

    Phil -

    Again, thanks for your interest.

    I thought I had remembered that Win95 GAVE a message re space.

    My current computer (2 years old) NEVER has alerted me to lack of space. I don't know if it's because it's an OEM (unlikely) or, as you say, an anomoly.

    Thank you for taking your time on this 'annoyance.'

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    Re: Overwriting - A drive

    Hi,

    I think the 'anomoly' might be due to the sequence of events.

    When you copy a file to a disk, the Windows first checks to see whether the file already exists there. If so, you get asked whether to overwrite the file If you say yes, the original is deleted and copying starts. It is only at this point that a check is made for sufficient disk space, and the copying is aborted if there isn't enough.

    What this means is that, if you attempt to overwrite a file with a larger one that won't fit on the target disk, the original will still be there - unless/until overwritten by another process - and can be recovered with various utilities (eg Norton's Undelete, DOS 5/6 Unerase).

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