Need help copying files and folders to a thumb drive


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ECLiPSE 2002

I am running XP SP3 and in the past I have been able to copy my
family genealogy files to a thumb drive. Today I wanted to update the
files and folders - I first deleted all the old files on the thumb
drive and then proceeded to copy the updated folders and files to the
thumb drive. Some folders and files copied but other would not - I
got a pop up window that said "Error Copying File or Folder" - cannot
copy file.

I don't know what has changed since the last update, but I proviously
had no problem copying these files and folders?

Can SKS assist with this problem?

TIA

Mary
 
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BillW50

I am running XP SP3 and in the past I have been able to copy my
family genealogy files to a thumb drive. Today I wanted to update the
files and folders - I first deleted all the old files on the thumb
drive and then proceeded to copy the updated folders and files to the
thumb drive. Some folders and files copied but other would not - I
got a pop up window that said "Error Copying File or Folder" - cannot
copy file.

I don't know what has changed since the last update, but I proviously
had no problem copying these files and folders?

Can SKS assist with this problem?

TIA

Mary
Thumb drives can only be written to about 5,000 to 10,000 times. Once
this limit has been reached, you can't write to them anymore. I don't
know, maybe that is what you are up against.

I have many of them myself and some over 10 years and none has ever quit
on me yet. But I generally don't write to them a lot. I know one guy who
wears them out once every two months. Although he writes to them constantly.

You could reduce the amount of writing in your case by using something
like Syncback. As it will only write the files that has changed and
leave the rest alone.

Although another thing that can kill a thumb drive is static
electricity. There is tons of it at my place during the winter months.
As I have to touch the screw on the wall plate for the light switch to
ground myself before I go near my machines. I never blown anything here
except one digital watch that I was wearing when I touched the light
switch wall plate. And the display went blank. Good thing it was a very
cheap watch, so I wasn't out a lot of money.

SyncBack Free - freeware version
http://www.2brightsparks.com/freeware/
 
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philo 

I am running XP SP3 and in the past I have been able to copy my
family genealogy files to a thumb drive. Today I wanted to update the
files and folders - I first deleted all the old files on the thumb
drive and then proceeded to copy the updated folders and files to the
thumb drive. Some folders and files copied but other would not - I
got a pop up window that said "Error Copying File or Folder" - cannot
copy file.

I don't know what has changed since the last update, but I proviously
had no problem copying these files and folders?

Can SKS assist with this problem?

TIA

Mary

If the file is large (over 4 gig) the drive will have to be formatted as
NTFS rather than fat32


http://lifehacker.com/5195783/format-a-usb-drive-as-ntfs-in-windows-xp
 
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ECLiPSE 2002

Thanks to Bill and Philo for the responses. I know the thumb drive has
only been used a dozen times and the size of the files to be copied
are less than 100 MB. What has me perplexed is of all the files and
folders I tried to copy to the thumb drive only on folder and its
contents could not be copied? I will try copying all the folders and
files again using a different thumb drive and see what the outcome is.

Mary
 
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dadiOH

ECLiPSE 2002 said:
Thanks to Bill and Philo for the responses. I know the
thumb drive has only been used a dozen times and the size
of the files to be copied are less than 100 MB. What has
me perplexed is of all the files and folders I tried to
copy to the thumb drive only on folder and its contents
could not be copied? I will try copying all the folders
and files again using a different thumb drive and see
what the outcome is.
Is that one folder deep in a directory tree? If so, you might try moving it
elsewhere to simplify the path.

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ECLiPSE 2002

Thanks for your suggestion dadiOH,

I was able to copy the files within the folder individually to the
thumb and then create a folder for them. Odd that the folder could not
be copied as all the others were?

Mary
 

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