Windows 10: Moved files gone missing

  1.    25 Dec 2015 #1

    Moved files gone missing


    I got a new laptop today which came with Windows 10 which I've never used before, so everything's still very new to me.

    I've been trying to move files off my previous laptop which runs Windows 7. I've spent a few hours collecting everything I need onto an ext. hard drive, but once I cut & paste my files onto this new laptop, nothing shows up. The destination folder is completely empty, and I made sure while the files were copying over.

    Is there anywhere else they might have gone? Luckily I was able to ctrl+z to get all my files back or else they would've been gone forever. But this time all the files reappear in the ext hard drive like they were meant to, so I'm really confused. Is it a problem with Windows, or my external?

    I've also noticed that the files copy over just fine if I send them bit by bit, say, about 3GB each time? But I've got 400+GB sitting around here. Is there anything else I can do? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!
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    insider build 10586.3 win10 pro 64
       25 Dec 2015 #2

    all I can say is never cut and past ,always copy and past ,and I would do smaller chunks ,better safe than sorry
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  3.    25 Dec 2015 #3

    There is a program called Recuva, which would help to locate those missing/deleted files... check it out ... Wondershare Store Center - Shop Online for Wondershare Software

    Post back if you need more help..
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  4.    26 Dec 2015 #4

    For large copy operations you might like to explore Teracopy (free).
    TeraCopy for Microsoft Windows - Code Sector

    "TeraCopy is designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed. It skips bad files during the copying process, and then displays them at the end of the transfer so that you can see which ones need attention."

    Can't think why the files have not been copied successfully, unless there's some corruption somewhere.

    It's always safer to copy than move in such circumstances, then delete later.
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  5.    26 Dec 2015 #5

    Instead of Cutting and Pasting, try Copying and Pasting. Or dragging and dropping.
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  6.    26 Dec 2015 #6

    For large file operations like that, I use FreeFileSync:
    FreeFileSync download | SourceForge.net
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