Posted 04 August 2011 - 03:27 AM
Thanks for the replies!
I went ahead and re-formatted the HD again to solve this issue. I presume there’s an easier way around but I was in a bit of a hurry.
I’ll try to re-describe the error anyhow, in case someone feel like digging into it! The error was caused by me being foolish so I image that I won’t ever end up in the same situation again; I got myself a trial-and-error learning, least to say...
I wanted to move my desktop folder from C:\ to D:\. So I grabbed the folder from this direction;
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop
and moved it to;
I realized I had taken the wrong desktop folder and repeated the process with this one;
C:\Documents and Settings\User\Desktop
This is where I messed up. Both are named ‘Desktop’ and I accidentally made the later one overwrite the other. I figured it was no big deal but nope... rather then overwriting, they fused. This way I ended up with a “D:\Desktop” which resembled both the ‘User’ and the ‘All Users’ desktop at the same time.
Whenever I dropped a file on the desktop, I figure that the computer took it as I had put one file on the ‘User’ desk and another on the ‘All Users’ desk. But in reality, there was just one file.
This caused Windows to display two identical files on the desktop, although just one of them was functional. And if either of them was moved off the desk, the ‘ghost copy’ would go away with it. Thus, it was either two or none.
I got the impression that the desktop folders work as some sort of directions and by overwriting, I made them link to the same location. What would have been handy is if there been a way to redirect them by manual coding and make them ‘break them apart’. But then, I may be completely wrong on this.
(The way I use the desktop makes it very handy to have on the same participation as my file storage. I work a lot with media and this makes me manage loads of small but important files. Over time I’ve settled with using the desktop a lot, moving files on and off the desk to keep everything well-sorted.
In the end, what bugs me is that Windows starts a copying process when I move something between the two participations. By keeping the desktop folder on the same as the file storage, I can drag-and-drop without potentially copying or wasting time on right-click-drag-and-drop. It’s just some seconds, but with my file sorting it sums up to a lot.
It’s a tiny issue but it’s also very easy to move the Desktop folder so I see no reason for me to not do it. It’s just that I messed it up this one time... heh...).