May be caused by a virus or other pest. Have you run anit-virus programs and such?
Are you still using MS Office 98 on the new computer? If not, that might be the problem (could be two different programs or virsions that are not compatable). If so, perhaps you could install both programs on the new machine so you can properly access both or even transfer,copy, or save everything to one particular program.
I was running Win 98SE on a P3 box. I had installed MS Office 98 on it. I used MS Word every day, and saved all my documents to a CDRW disc.
The problem started when one day, I was not able to save a document I'd just written. It wouldn't save, and then I just closed it and lost it. It said "invalid file name." The problem was intermittent. Eventually, I figured out that if the file name had no spaces, I could save it. The problem was still intermittent.
So, every once in a while, MS Word would reject my attempt to save the document and I'd have to rename it some abbreviated name without spaces in it. I could still exceed 8 characters.
This problem happened more and more frequently. Finally, it was constant. At that point, I erased the hard drive and went about reinstalling everything.
During the attempts at reinstallation, I decided to just go buy a new computer for $400 at Circuit City. I bought an AMD Sempron 2GHz running Win XP. It came with a CDRW drive installed.
When I dropped the CDRW disc into the new computer, it worked fine at first. I could open everything on there and use it just as one would expect. It wasn't until later that I realized that ALL of the documents I saved with the "no spaces allowed name" on that CDRW were not there. I just didn't see them on the disc when using the XP computer.
I put the CDRW disc into a friend's computer running Win ME, and I could see the "no spaces allowed MS Word documents." I put it back in my new XP computer, and they aren't there. Also, a few of the folders that I created that hold nothing but the "missing docs" are not visible either.
Is this a virus? My anti-virus software hasn't said anything about the CDRW.
How do I get the docs onto my new XP hard drive?
Thanks for any and all advice.