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Copy files from one HDD to another? Answered

Hi all,

I have 2 external HDD's. Both 1TB capacity. I have a heap of files on hard drive A that I want to copy over to hard drive B. When I start the copy process, i get an error message saying that several folders are no longer there and therefore cannot be copied.

I then navigate to hard drive A to find that the folders are all there and can be opened. All the files in the folders can also be accessed and opened. I can also edit the files, save them and re-access them all without issue. Yet I restart the copy process and the same issue arises.

I'm on windows 8.1 Enterprise running on Core i7, 16gb ddr3 ram, 256gb SSD as drive C: Both drives are connected directly through USB 3 ports and USB 3 cables...

Any help is much appreciated....

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DIY_DAVE

3 years ago

hi all. Just an update. I did a chkdsk on both drives. It found one was ok and fixed a small number of errors on the other. I have since found that all the image folder contain duplicates of the original pictures with strange file names. The file name seems to be the same but with " ._" at the start. For example: ._image002. Each File is 4kb in size.

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DIY_DAVE

4 years ago

Also, I tried copy to C:. I get the same error. I also have D: that is a 1TB internal. Same error...

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VygerDIY_DAVE

Answer 4 years ago

By the way the comment notification is not working right now so unless we think to check we may not know that you have put up a comment.

Another thing to try is to assign the drives specific drive letters. You do this in the computer management area. (Right click on the computer and go to manage)

Windows could be getting confused as to which drive is which.

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VygerDIY_DAVE

Answer 4 years ago

Run a full chkdsk on both drives and then swap them into different USB plugs so it forces them to change drive letters.

If none of that works then start the computer in safe mode and do the copying in safe mode. There could be some software interfering with it.

I would also run a mallware scan just to be on the safe side.

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DIY_DAVE

4 years ago

My last comment seems to have vanished! Great...

I'm copying media documents from one external drive to another. No system files are involved or present on either drive. Permissions are all the same across the folder that both do and do not copy so that would rule that issue out. I assume that it would either work for all or not as the setting are all the same. I have admin privelages on the account. I changed the permissions to full access with no change in the error.

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Vyger

4 years ago

It could have something to do with permissions and security settings. Those can some times get very strange. Even if it is not a system file it could have a sharing restriction that will not allow it to be exported.

I would go along with kjsrocks and say to try copying to the C drive first and then copy to the other drive.

It is also possible that your antivirus is preventing it from being copied.

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liquidhandwash

4 years ago

Depends on what you are trying to do, are you trying to copy the operating system? then it wont copy, you will need to clone the hard drive. I use clonezilla it copies everything and you can put your new drive into your computer and it will work.

http://clonezilla.org/

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FarmerKJS

4 years ago

I think I might of heard of this problem before.

I believe the solution was to put the files from HD A to the PC, then from the PC to HD B.