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Dee J



Joined: 22 May 2005
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Location: West Devon
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 17 7:34 pm    Post subject: Pc frustration. File transfer issues.  Reply with quote    

Just broke my old Acer Aspire one... bounced it on the floor and broke the screen. Well time for an upgrade anyhow. So I need to transfer files to a new PC. Plugged a temp screen in and confirmed the old pc still works. Good so far. Plugged in a new Verbatim 64Gig usb stick. But while I can open individual files and save them on the usb stick, any attempt to use Windows explorer to copy/paste, drag drop or whatever then explorer crashes and restarts. Fault even occurs copy/pasting within the PC. Is this Microsoft's punishment for failing to upgrade to Windows10? Is there a good work around. Last time I swapped PC I used a kit to connect the old hard drive as an external drive to the new PC.... might still have the kit but that was some years ago.
Thanks
Dee

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 17 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can you copy from the command line? (Type cmd at Run)

You can then use xcopy to copy files, so let's say you wanted to copy all of C:\Program Files\ to Your USB and the USB was drive letter F: then:

xcopy "C:\Program Files" F: /s /e

The Source (C:\Program Files) is in quotation marks because there's a space between words, it doesn't need them if there's no space.

/s tells xcopy to copy subdirectories as well
/e tells xcopy to copy subdirectories even if they're empty

Hope that makes sense

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 17 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This is a brilliant backup program, but not ideal if your PCs dead/dying

https://karens-replicator.en.uptodown.com/windows

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 17 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Although I can't think why windows explorer shouldn't let you copy/paste

Dee J



Joined: 22 May 2005
Posts: 335
Location: West Devon
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 17 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Googling around suggests that the Windows explorer problem is not unheard of... but there doesn't seem to be an easy fix. Your copy command should do the job. Thanks.

Dee J



Joined: 22 May 2005
Posts: 335
Location: West Devon
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 17 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Following on ... recommendations for a new laptop... say 14"screen, maybe dvd drive. Open office and general internet stuff. And doesn't grind to a halt at the slightest challenge. On my old pc Firefox was renamed as 'Firefox not responding'.
Anything any good sub 300 pounds?
Dee

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 17 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I tend to get an Acer from ebuyer - cheap and cheerful for what I need, but I don't do massive games or calculate astrophysics. I'm also slightly limited becase I still need a dvd drive. The one I have now is 4-6 years old and the only issue is it getting a bit warm for my liking when it's "concentrating".

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 17 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's an Acer Aspire AS-something-that's-rubbed-off-the-label

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 17 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Have you tried running a Linux live cd? Should enable you to copy the files.

Dee J



Joined: 22 May 2005
Posts: 335
Location: West Devon
PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 17 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hairyloon wrote:
Have you tried running a Linux live cd? Should enable you to copy the files.

That's a bit beyond my pay grade to make that work. If the basic command line stuff doesn't work I'lll probably pay someone else to do it. Thanks
Dee

Hairyloon



Joined: 20 Nov 2008
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 17 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Dee J wrote:
Hairyloon wrote:
Have you tried running a Linux live cd? Should enable you to copy the files.

That's a bit beyond my pay grade to make that work. If the basic command line stuff doesn't work I'lll probably pay someone else to do it...

Arguably it is easier than the command line...

Dee J



Joined: 22 May 2005
Posts: 335
Location: West Devon
PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 17 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well after a dose of Flu knocked a month out of my life I returned to the fray.
Checked... Windows explorer file manager still crashes. Also found Windows backup non-functional.
So checked file paths, used Run option to xcopy and successfully transferred all 22000 files to memory stick and onto new PC. Result!

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 17 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Great!

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