Solved Help with an expansion drive and files?

July 28, 2014 at 13:07:07
Specs: Windows 8.1, 8gbram
I am using an expansion drive and 1.) when I try to move or copy files to my new system and then disconnect the expansion drive they the files don't work on my new computer.
2. On my expansion drive which is the old hard drive from my last system, when I try to get into certain files it says I don't have access to my files. If I tried to crop an old photo of mine, it would say that I don't have access to do this either. It feels as though the files were overtaken by some alien or someone and I still can't access them. I want to keep the files from all my other hard drives on this one. And copy them to my new system, and then have them work when I unplug the enclosure. Every once in a while I will plug it back in adding new files from my new system to the drive and turning it off, if and when I need to reinstall my system I do that and install the few programs I use and then I have the files stored away safely. But can anyone please start with the first two questions.

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July 31, 2014 at 21:43:44
If you copy them from the enclosure and they work on the OS drive while the enclosure is still attached but not when it's removed it could be you didn't actually get them copied and what you have are just links to the files on the external drive. So when you click on them with it attached they work OK because the links are valid. But if the external is disconnected the links can't find the files.

What is the exact wording of the message it's giving?

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#1
July 28, 2014 at 13:54:22
Possibly this is an ownership issue...

More on this thought here:

http://knowledge.seagate.com/articl...

http://tinyurl.com/l5wgaca


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#2
July 28, 2014 at 22:50:52
Did you repartition and reformat the drive on the new system? Or do you need all the old stuff on it?

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July 29, 2014 at 14:54:50
well yes I want to keep the old files on the hard drive. I combined 3 drives onto 1 off of my old computer. When I got the old system it has just a 250gb hard drive. then I added another 250gb. then one day I added a straight 500gb hard drive because one became damaged. Anyway what I want to do and can't seem to do is keep the files that I want backed up on the enclosure, and then copy (not move) them to the new system. When I did if I turn off the enclosure the files do not work. I want to have the files from all 3 drives on the 500gb hard drive. And if I have any new files of any sort, I then want to copy them to the enclosure, and unplug it and keep those files safe. Then in the future if I need to reinstall the OS and programs I will. But then I will have all my safe files that go along with those programs on the enclosure.

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#4
July 29, 2014 at 21:11:37
It's still kind of confusing. You copy files from your internal computer drive to the expansion drive, disconnect the expansion and after doing so the files no longer work on your main computer drive? Do they work on the expansion drive when you reconnect it? What is the exact wording of the message you get?

Did you check trvlr's links on file ownership?

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#5
July 31, 2014 at 04:54:46
the other way around, I copy files off the enclosure drive to my new system and when I disconnect the enclosure drive. they don't work. sorry for that

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July 31, 2014 at 21:43:44
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If you copy them from the enclosure and they work on the OS drive while the enclosure is still attached but not when it's removed it could be you didn't actually get them copied and what you have are just links to the files on the external drive. So when you click on them with it attached they work OK because the links are valid. But if the external is disconnected the links can't find the files.

What is the exact wording of the message it's giving?

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August 1, 2014 at 07:38:04
okay I will try again. I took 3 drives and put everything on the 500gb hard drive which is my enclosure drive now. then I took the files which were resumes and cover letters and copied them to the new system from the enclosure. then I disconnect the enclosure, go into my documents folder on my system and they don't work. hook up the enclosure and they work. I am using the enclosure like a memory book. safe place to store files, if my new system crashes. I reinstall the system. put the programs I need back on the system. and then I have my files saved to use again. but I don't want to keep the enclosure plugged in. if the system becomes infected the enclosure drive could too.

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#8
August 1, 2014 at 17:25:47
Windows almost always gives a message when something doesn't work. It would be helpful to know what windows is saying about the problem. Just saying they don't work doesn't give us much information.

But it sounds like what I mentioned above--you just made links to the files and didn't copy the files themselves. It's even possible that since you copied the files to the external perviously that the files are located elsewhere on the external and you're directly copying those links.

Windows likes to hide file extension but if you right click on one of the files that 'don't work' and choose 'properties' it might tell you the extension. If it's a link the extension will be .lnk. It might also just call it a 'shortcut'.

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August 4, 2014 at 15:28:33
DAVEINCAPS July 31 st reply, correct. So that is what they are links. Is there a way that I can make them actual files. And if so can I do this for the photos and any other files I need to.

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#10
August 4, 2014 at 17:56:40
Dragging a file to a location on another drive should cause it to be copied:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...

but I've noticed sometimes you just get links. I'm often perplexed by the complicated ways windows uses to copy files.

This youtube video might be helpful too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm1...

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