Solved Lost My Documents when copied over as a shortcut on USB?

August 20, 2014 at 10:23:32
Specs: Windows 6
I was copying over My Documents to my usb. It gave me the option of doing it as a shortcut so I did that and everything opened up fine in my usb. I then put the usb into a different computer and it did not play so I went back to the original laptop and it now does not open and I may have lost all of my stuff. The response I keep gettign is Windows cannot find the target.

The usb is the G drive on this laptop so I tried the *attrib-h-r-s/s/d g:\*.* but it just shows access denied.
I use Windows 6
Any help?


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#1
August 20, 2014 at 10:31:37
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I figured it out...just had to restore default set up in Libraries....and then copied everything over as files rather than a shortcut...

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#2
August 20, 2014 at 10:36:03
Do you know what a shortcut is, why would you do that?

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#3
August 20, 2014 at 10:38:35
Shortcuts are just that - shortcuts to a file/folder at a designated location (the target) - on the computer where that destination resides.

To transfer etc. files to portable storage media - actually copy them, not a shortcut pointing to them; as otherwise the other computers will not actually be able to access the true location (on another computer).


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#4
August 20, 2014 at 12:36:48
To be as clear as possible ... Creating a shortcut doesn't copy or move
any files or folders, it just makes something you can click on that opens
the existing file or folder it links to.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#5
August 20, 2014 at 13:02:15
And sometimes "a shortcut" can be fatal - as proved for the Donner Pass group in the late 1800s... when trekking through the Sierras to California...

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#6
August 20, 2014 at 13:11:52
The moment I did, I realized it was a mistake..of course it would not work the way I wanted it to....more mad at knowing better but just rushed it without thinking....

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#7
August 20, 2014 at 13:33:36
But at least you managed to rectify it all.

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#8
August 21, 2014 at 07:03:11
"I then put the usb into a different computer and it did not play"

.....because the shortcuts were to the other computer, although I expect you've figured that out now.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#9
August 23, 2014 at 17:14:39
"I use Windows 6"

Would that be Vista?

Laptop Dell Latitude D620 Core2Duo
Windows XP Pro SP3
Desktop HP Pavilion p6533w
AMD Dual Core 3.0
Windows 7 Home Premium
Server Windows XP Pro SP3
3.0 Ghz 3 GB Ram


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