Moved files gone missing

  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    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

    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. Posts : 61
    10 Pro

    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. Posts : 35,447
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    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. Posts : 141
    windows 10

    Instead of Cutting and Pasting, try Copying and Pasting. Or dragging and dropping.
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  6. Posts : 17,349
    Windows 11 Pro

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