Storage forum

General discussion

Copy to flash drive...without properties?

by 1Chris / January 3, 2010 3:06 AM PST

I have a Sony 8 Gb usb flash drive with compression software. I haven't touched the compression software yet. When copying a folder from my computer, "are you sure you want to copy this file without its properties?" for 4 files. I don't have a clue what this means.

I also am curious about the compression software. It looks like it will become a resident in the System Tray in the computer when you activate it. I'm trying to figure out how this works and would prefer not to add anything to the startup or System Tray. It mentions something about a peculiar interaction with Windows Vista and 7 - any clarification about this?

Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Copy to flash drive...without properties?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Copy to flash drive...without properties?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 3, 2010 3:13 AM PST

If the source file system is NTFS and the destination if FAT (any of FAT12, FAT16, FAT32) then this message can appear. The files will be fine.

Collapse -
but how do I turn it off?
by Obi-Wrong-Kenobi / January 31, 2014 6:38 PM PST
In reply to: Explainer.

I know it's because my thumb drive is fat32. I'm copying a shed load of files and walk away because I know it's going to take a couple of hours.

I come back a couple of hours later to find this pointless and useless message has paused the process and I need to give it another couple of hours.

Of course I'm not copying all the properties - I'm going to a fat32 drive that doesn't support them. I know this. I also know that using NTFS on the thumb drive isn't an optionin this case (need read/write to work on many OS).

I just need to know what I can do to stop the message coming up - is there a setting that doesn't store these uncopyable properties in NTFS? Is there a registry setting to ignore the warning and copy anyway?

Collapse -
I can avoid the message.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 1, 2014 1:19 AM PST

I copy from a command prompt. As that is a basic survival skill for PC users and this is an old post, I'll share my solution and stop.

Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions


Having Wi-Fi troubles?

From the garage to the basement, we blanketed every square inch of the CNET Smart Home with fast, reliable Wi-Fi.