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#1 joebeaven

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 04:35 AM

Hi,

I'm trying to cut and paste a group of files and folders on my hard drive, but I always get an error saying "Cannot copy file:". I've tried copying and pasting instead, but the same thing happens.

Please can someone advice what I can do to cut and paste?

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 05:04 AM

What kind of files are you trying to move and where are you trying to move them to?

If you want to move a file from you hdd to a flash drive for instance you could right click on Start and then Explore and when it opens you will be able to click and drag files from the hdd to the flash drive.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 04:46 AM

There is a variety of files including exe, mmp, doc, pdf, wmv, inf, swf, mp3, txt, zip, jpg and gif.

I'm moving from one internal hard drive © to another (E). I can move other files fine, but not this group.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 06:11 AM

I guess that I would like to know why you have decided to move these files.

If you are trying to move files from the C: partition to another partition, you need to be advised that installed programs cannot be moved in this manner (and expected to work properly).

You state "cut and paste". Have you tried to use the copy command to move these files?

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 02:33 PM

I'm just reorganizing some files and want these on my E drive rather than my C drive. I get the same error whether I try to cut and paste or copy and paste.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 02:39 PM

It could be that some of those files are being used by a program that's currently running, which would bring up that error message. Try moving them one at a time and see what happens.

Is there a possibility that you need admin privileges to move them? Are you logged on as an admin when you try to move them?

And as Hamluis said, if any of these are installed programs, they can't just be copied and pasted.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 02:45 PM

Well...how much free hard drive space do you have on each drive? And what is the total capacity for each drive/partition?

Windows acts strangely when there isn't sufficient space to function properly?

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 10:55 PM

Instead of copy/paste have you

Right clicked on a file/folder to highlight it?
Then on the left side of the page, under File and Folder Tasks, chosen either move or copy?

A dialog box will open up, choose where you want to move to.

If that doesn't work, you might try booting into safe mode to move them.

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 01:51 PM

I've tried moving them in safe mode but that didn't work. There are many gigabytes of free space on both drives and the files are only a few megabytes so that's not the problem. There are no installed progams in the folders.

Queen-Evie, I'm afraid I'm having trouble following your instructions. I don't see 'Folder Tasks' anywhere.

Thanks for the help,
Joe

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 02:11 PM

WAG: Try running chkdsk /r on the drive/partition...then moving the files.

If files are on bad sectors, they tend to ignore normal rules. If they are on bad sectors, chkdsk /r will move them to good sections of the partition.

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Edited by hamluis, 22 January 2008 - 07:15 PM.


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Posted 22 January 2008 - 04:21 PM

Try chkdsk /r as suggested above.

Let us know if it resolves the issue.
If not, I'll post some screen shots for you look at.




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