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Folder Transfer Anomaly

Hi Forum.
Has anybody run into this?
Running Win7
I'm transferring files and folders from my external hard drive to my C-drive on my PC. So I have 4 main folders named "TV Shows" "Movies" "Music" and "Documentaries". 3 of the folders transferred fine, but the Documentaries folder doesn't. When I open that newly made folder on C, none of the internal folders appear. All the different files are there, but in one big list and any duplicate named files are gone. If I name it ANYTHING other than "Documentaries" the transfer will go fine.
It gets stranger. If I rename the defective transferred folder to anything else, all the internal folders will reappear but mostly empty.
If I compare properties of the original folder still on the external to the new defective folder on C the properties are identical with 11 folders and 200 files.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: anomaly

That's strange indeed.

Anyway, you renamed that folder on the external, copied it succesfully to your c:-drive, and renamed the original back to documentaries. All fine?
Now what happens if you rename the copy to documentaries?

If OK, all is fine.
If something strange happened, you know not to rename to that. Then keep the temporary name or rename it to something else that's less destructive. To quote Shakespeare: What's in a name? That which we call a documentary by any other name would be as interesting.

Kees

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Just a thought.

Documents > Documentaries, similar names.

I wonder if Windows' Library files, (introduced in Vista), has anything to do with this... ?

Mark

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Try other than Windows Explorer to copy.
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Thanks Bob.

OK. It's something stupid.
If I open the folder and right click an empty area I get a dialog box asking... Arrange by: Folder, Author, Date, Tag, or Name. It needs to be set to Folder. And in my 15 or so years of using a computer, that seems to be the default.
But for some reason when I create a new folder named "Documentaries" It automatically arranges it to Name setting. If I call the folder anything else it will automatically be set to the usual Folder setting.
And it only happens on one computer. My laptop works exactly as I would expect it to. I have never run into this situation. It's still very odd, but at least I know I can trust my drives.

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