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Can't Move/copy A File Folder To A Usb Harddisk


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#1 ck828

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 02:13 AM

Hello,
Somehow I can't Move or even Copy a data file folder to a USB harddisk in Windows explorer (even after clearing the Read only attribute). It is Windows XP home edition. Some one please explain. Thanks

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 02:44 AM

Have you tried it in Safe Mode

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 05:32 PM

Hello fozzie,

Thank you for your offer to help. I did try out your suggestion to delete/copy the folder in the safe mode to an external USB hard disk but I still couldn't. The message is "Error moving file or folder, Cannot move/copy file"

It is a data folder and I did even try to clear out the read only attribute on the folder prior doing it in the safe mode.

I don't know what is locking it, it is the only folder I have trouble with in the otherwise running OK XP machine. Moving the folder inside the same partition is no problem though.

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 08:47 AM

Have you tried the unlocker utility http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/ it is possible that the file is already in use and as a result can't be cut, but that doesn't explain why copying doesn't work.

Also on some flash drives, they have the ability to lock the drive, there should or could be a catch on the side of the USB drive.
Regards,

Alan.

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 11:57 PM

Thank you nigglesnush85 for pointing out the unlocker utility. It seems to be a rather popular utility.

However, my error message is "Error moving file or folder, Cannot move/copy file" and that it. It never mentions:
Cannot delete file: Access is denied
There has been a sharing violation.
The source or destination file may be in use.
The file is in use by another program or user.
Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use."

I am not really desperate yet. It is just a single data folder which I want to move to make room for some thing else. I guess that the unlocker utility will help me to find out what is going on with the folder.

Thanks again for your suggestion.

Edited by ck828, 06 March 2007 - 12:06 AM.


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Posted 06 March 2007 - 05:17 AM

What about the following "escape goat " :

Go to the area where this particular file is.
Rightclick New and than Folder Name it so you can find it
Select the folder you want to copy by rightclick and than copy
Go in the newly created folder and than do CTRL V
Than try to copy it to an USB hd.

Out of curiousity : Which folder are trying to copy?

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 11:47 PM

Thank fozzie for "escape goat" method. I did go in to the folder and was lucky to be able to locate the troubled file/folder. It was the rar-extracted folder with very long file name and too many layers that cause problem.

Every thing is OK now and I would like to thank again for the help from you and nigglesnush85. :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 04:33 AM

I think I can safely say `Our pleasure `and thanks for the feedback




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