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Files Missing after Remote Desktop copy/paste

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#1 ksunole


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Posted 13 May 2012 - 08:59 AM

This is my first post (though I've used this site many times in the past), thank you in advance.

My issue...

I set up an old Dell PC with just power and a wireless internet adapter so that I could transfer files to and from other computers via remote desktop (I know this may not be the most efficient way and I am open to any suggestions). The Dell is running Windows XP and my external hard drive with all of my pictures is connected to it.

My main PC is a custom running Windows 7. I used RDP to remote into the Dell. Before doing so I made sure that the local HD was available on the remote computer via RDP > Local Resources > More.

I gained access fine to the Dell and could see the external drive and all my files. I wanted to copy all of my pictures from the Dell to my local drive on my main computer. I drag and dropped to the local drive that I could now see within remote desktop. The transfer appeared to work fine. Upon completion, the files were no longer on the external drive and I could not see them on the local machine's HD via RDP or by navigating to it on the actual machine.

I do see the files in "My Recent Places" when in windows explorer, but it's just the shortcut (.lnk) to them. This shortcut won't allow me to access the file as it says "The drive or network place that the shortcut refers to is unavailable" ...it is showing a "G:\" drive. I'm not sure how that "drive" was created but you can see it if you click on my user name in windows explorer as a secondary library, but it shows empty.

The files were transferred via a secondary administrative user account that I deleted after transferring but before realizing that the files weren't there.

Any advice or help would be appreciated.

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#2 coxchris


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Posted 13 May 2012 - 04:53 PM

I don't normal use RDP because its to complex for me to figure out but i would eventually use RDP.

The Computer thinks or created links by RDP through your windows 7

The G:\ is your external drive on your dell
computer name\

You created a link to that file not copy it through RDP. Its thinking that you have a Network Drive that isn't there so It created a lnk to that file so that file is still on your External Drive So It produces a error. I have the file lnk but I cant open it. It confused on where it is.

What I do is I have Work Group setup and Team Viewer for remote Terminal if I don't want to walk 5 feet.

To Use Work groups

Go to your My computer properties
Computer Name tab
Click Change where it said Work group

Make sure u have thee same name when you do this
OLD Dell= Home
Windows 7 = Home

when you apply these changes the computer will ask you to restart Once you have the computer restarted They will appear under Network by Computer Names
You have to grant access to your computer by providing log in data

This allows you see the file system not the graphical screen
so the dekstop will be

C:\Documents and Setting\youruser name\Desktop Windows XP
C:\Users\youruser name\desktop\Windows 7

Option 2 (GUI)
Teamviewer or Log Me in
http://www.teamviewer.com/en/index.aspx?cdsplit=C or https://secure.logmein.com/products/free/

Question is your External Drive moveable to the Windows 7 computer or did you install Windows XP on it

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:11 PM

It's movable to the 7 machine. Not so much worried about accessing it at this point. Just trying to figure out where my files went. I'm running recuva on the external now.

Thanks for your feedback so far!

Edited by ksunole, 19 May 2012 - 07:11 PM.

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