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Windows asks if I want to replace a folder ...of a different name!

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#1 Sylveon Fetish

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Posted 17 June 2016 - 05:09 PM

I hooked up a hard drive via Ata to USB bridge to recover data from a hard drive on a laptop that the screen doesn't work. I had a 'pictures' folder on the desktop and the usual 'My Pictures' folder in my user folder, when I try to move the pictures folder from the desktop folder to my external 2TB hard drive after moving the my pictures folder, Windows insists that the two have the same file name which you can clearly see in the screenshot that they do not. It is saying that they are the same name and asking me to replace it because they have the same name but it really is asking me to replace a different folder with a different name. I Googled the problem but only results asking about how to have two folders with the same name showed up, there is nothing about windows saying that they are the same name but are not. How do I fix this? see screenshot:





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#2 Wolverine 7

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Posted 17 June 2016 - 05:52 PM

I used to have this on xp all the time moving folders around.A head scrambler.


Have you tried renaming the "pictures"folder to something that wont confuse Windows?You can always name it back once its in. Also just make sure to check you hav,nt got a partial copy in the External.


Also instead of "Copy to" maybe try just "copy"and paste it in.


Or try something like...make a copy of the pictures folder on the drive your copying from,rename it,then "move" not copy that?

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Posted 17 June 2016 - 06:30 PM

My Pictures and Pictures definitely can be the same directory, folder.  You might be better served by your Windows by renaming the folder to anything other than My Pictures or even Pictures, then copy the folder's contents from source to target's folder.  After target folder has the contents, then delete said contents from source folder.  This is just me -- I leave Windows Libraries / My Documents section alone.  I have all my programs create to, save to, copy to my D partition folders.

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Posted 18 June 2016 - 10:34 AM

Other than the display not working, is the computer operational?


Are you using an external monitor to navigate through Windows?


The suggestion to use the "Send to" option would be the simplest to use.  Right click on the file you want, select send to in the options.

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