How do I Convert Files into Folders in Win 7?

September 18, 2010 at 04:09:04
Specs: Windows 7, Pentium 4 2.4 GHz/2GB PC3200 DDR
My desktop had a startup error, so I used command prompt to copy the content of the HDD to an external hard drive. My MS-DOS ability is rusty so instead of making a new folder before copying the files, I copied the files to a non-existant directory e.g. i copied my pictures to "E:\PICS\NIKON" even though the directory "NIKON" never existed.

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So now, im stuck with couple of files which do not know that they are folders or directories, and are labelled "File" instead. Can anybody help me solve the problem without booting up my desktop again? ive put it away for good.


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#1
September 18, 2010 at 07:09:46
Your last request is confusing. How do you expect to change anything on that hard drive without booting the computer. And why do you care if the computer is not in use anymore.

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#2
September 18, 2010 at 07:25:34
i forgot to add, im accessing the external HDD using a laptop now. the folders i cant access because it's been labelled as "File" are in the external HDD. the original files and folders are in my old desktop that i have put away. Sorry for the confusing statement. Im trying to find a mean to change the "File" files into folders or directories so that i can access the contents.

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#3
September 18, 2010 at 07:59:49
weather they are labeled as files or folders shouldn't be an issue.

What happens when you try to open one of the files?

You may need to take ownership of the files/folders. I am not sure what OS you are using so I can't provide a link on how to take ownership.

I suggest you Google for that information.


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#4
September 18, 2010 at 11:23:55
Err im on Windows 7. When i tried to open the folders(labelled as File), it went to "Open With" dialog box with a choice of available programs. Help?

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#5
September 18, 2010 at 12:03:09
Windows Explorer is one choice that should at least get you part way.

Right clicking on the item and choosing properties should show you the file extension, if there is one. If the item is a folder then there won't be an extension.


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#6
September 18, 2010 at 19:12:27
yeah i know. the computer doesnt recognize the folders as folders, but files. like shown in the screenshot in my first post. The directory in my external HDD was just E:\PICS. when i copied the files in command prompt, i accidentally copied my files into E:\PICS\NIKON. the "NIKON" directory doesnt exist, but my 4GB worth of photos are in that directory. and the directory shows up as a FILE not as a FOLDER when im trying to access it in Windows Explorer.

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