Vanishing files

December 26, 2008 at 15:58:47
Specs: Windows Vista, 2 GB

Hello All!
I have the following strange problem: I have some executable files that are on one Dell laptop (running Win XP) and I would like to transfer them to another Dell laptop (running Windows Vista Home Premium) by using a 4GB flash drive. When I look for the files using my Windows Explorer or the Total Commander on the Vista system, they are gone. The directory that contained them has zero bytes. So I try to zip them on the XP system and move them as a zip file to the Vista system. When I try to unzip them, they vanish.
Can someone help? Do I need to disable some security feature in Vista that is preventing me from obtaining the files?

See More: Vanishing files

Report •

December 26, 2008 at 16:12:44

Just in case you aren't aware! You cannot 'move' most programs from one machine to another. There are a very few exceptions to that, but almost all programs have to be 'installed' on the new system.

As far as the files disappearing (you might not want to hear this), but it almost has to be some kind of user error. Are you checking to make sure that they are really being written to the flash drive ok?

Report •

December 27, 2008 at 06:56:52

Thank you aegis1 for your quick reply!
Firstly, I must disagree with you. If I create an executable (for example, by compiling some C++ code) on one machine, it stands to reason I would be able to run the resulting programme on any computer!
Secondly, I see the files have been copied onto the flash drive. In fact, the files are there when the flash is connected to the XP laptop, but vanish when it connects to the Vista one. The files are also present in the zipped file, it is only when unzipping them into a vacant directory on my Vista that they vanish.
I just don't know what to do. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Report •

December 27, 2008 at 07:33:05

What program are you using to unzip them? Is it possibly extracting them to a folder different then you think? Try copying the zip file to the Vista drive and then unzip them from there.

Silence is golden but duct tape is silver

Report •

Related Solutions

December 27, 2008 at 08:39:43

Thank you for your reply!
After creating the .rar file (with WinRar) on the XP machine, I copied to the Desktop of the Vista machine, and I tried to unrar it there with no success.

Report •

December 27, 2008 at 10:15:55

I have been working on computers for decades and that has to be the weirdest thing that I have ever heard of. It seems impossible to me.

But as far as moving programs. Yes, if you write your own program so it doesn't make any entries in the Registry that it needs, it certainly can be moved. There are even some small commercial programs, and some games that that can be moved, but the vast majority need an install.

Report •

December 27, 2008 at 15:10:49

I would verify that I could just copy the exe file without zipping it, to the flash drive and then put it in the vista mach, open the flash drive and copy the file to the desktop. If that works, it must be something with winrar that isn't functioning correctly.

Silence is golden but duct tape is silver

Report •

December 27, 2008 at 15:23:31

Thank you everyone for your suggestions!
SysLock: what you are suggesting is exactly what I have done (I am sorry for any vagueness). I first copied the .exe file to the flash drive (from the XP machine) where it was completely visible, then inserted the flash drive to the vista machine, where it disappeared. When I saw what had happened, I tried to outsmart it by zipping it, which also proved pointless.
aegis1: I have a question for you. If what you say is correct, then it would mean that copying the .exe file into the flash drive would also be impossible (for most commercial programmes), right?

Report •

December 27, 2008 at 15:53:32

Have you verified you're looking at the correct drive letter for the flash drive? The drive letter may not be the same on both of the computers.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown

Report •

December 27, 2008 at 17:49:02

"copying the .exe file into the flash drive would also be impossible (for most commercial programmes), right?

OK Gideon, I apologize. I really messed up the wording in my first post. I meant that you can't copy/move a program 'that uses the Registry' to another system and have it work in the second system. There is nothing to prevent you from moving 'any' file, unless the system thinks it's being used.

I 'assumed' you were trying to move a bunch of programs from one system to another so that you wouldn't have to install them on the second system.

Report •

Ask Question