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    New Lounger
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    I have recently completed a fairly large project on behalf of a client which necessitated transferring about 150 files (divided into some 16 sub-folders, which in turn resided in the folder I assigned to the project) from my computer's hard drive to a zip disk. I received a call from the client today to say that one of the files had become corrupted in the transfer. Upon I questioning I ascertained that in fact the file in question somehow had picked up the text from a file that I had not used for some time (together with a whole lot of "garble") The "interloper" file resides in another directory on the machine. Upon checking the original file was still in its pristine form on my hard drive so the problem was resolved by simply e-mailing the file again. Rather that just leaving the issue here I thought I would enquire as to how this can happen. Is it a symptom of other things, which in turn may just turn up, or is it simply a glitch/bug in Word/Office 97

    My set up is Windows 98SE, the application Word 97 SR2. I assume the situation occurred when I was transferring from a directory within My Documents to a Zip 250 Internal at the time

    Any ideas?

    John C

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    Silver Lounger
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    Re: File

    It's been my experience that transferring of any kind *may* result in data corruption... There are so many things going on inside your computer when going from point A to B, (you hear of installations not going through as they should sometimes...)

    I would chalk it up as a glitch, however there's nothing wrong with a little disk-maintenance to keep things running smoothly. It sounds like you havn't defragged your hard-disk in a while, so you will want to do that.

    For those not familiar with Defrag, here's a breakdown:

    As your hard-disk writes information, it scatters it across platters. Platters are discs inside the hard-disk where your information is stored. While your hard-disk is spinning, the head is writing and reading information. Between these processes, the data is written to different portions of the platters, causing the data to be fragmented. Imagine that your program is a circle. If you take that program, and place it onto a paper-plate, (your hard disk) you will have data in an "unfragmented" state. The reality of hard disk mechanics states that your hard drive will not write your program in a perfect circle, but instead will write bits and peices of your circle all over the paperplate, when these bits are assembled, they become a circle, this is (allbeit crudely) what happens when you defrag. The disk reads bits and pieces of programs and puts them in consecutive order on your hard-drive. This increases your systems performance, as it no longer has to 'search' for the rest of data.

    To defrag your hard-disk:
    In windows, click on Start, then Run.
    In the command box, type defrag

    Hope that helps! (and an appology to those of you who knew this already.. )
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