Explorer says folder does not exist when in fact it does


  1. Posts : 26
    Windows 10 Home SL
       #1

    Explorer says folder does not exist when in fact it does


    I'm trying to move a folder one level upwards.
    To illustrate:


    Folder A contains Folder B, which then contains Folder C
    Folder A -> Folder B -> Folder C


    I want to move Folder C to Folder A, like this:
    Folder A ->Folder B
    Folder A -> Folder C

    But then Explorer prompts me with this message:


    In fact, the folder is already there. So I don't know why Windows would think otherwise.
    Any help is greatly appreciated.
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  2. Posts : 408
    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    You need to provide a better description of the problem. What is 'D:\Station\Portables' in this case? A, B or C?
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  3. Posts : 26
    Windows 10 Home SL
    Thread Starter
       #3

    @AndreyT,
    "Portables" is Folder A.
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  4. Posts : 85
    Windows 10 Home
       #4

    Can you see folder A (Portables) in Explorer?
    Have you tried:
    Copy (not move) folder C to the desktop then delete folder C from the original position (folder B)
    Copy (not move) folder C to folder A then delete folder C from the desktop

    Also try:
    File Explorer History - Clear in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  5. Posts : 26
    Windows 10 Home SL
    Thread Starter
       #5

    @FrillyBits
    -Yes, I can see Folder A in Explorer.

    -Actually, Folder C came from disk G:/ that I copied to Folder B because I wasn't able to copy to Folder A (Explorer also says Portables doesn't exist). I only copied to Folder B because Explorer allowed it. When I tried copying from Folder B to Folder A, it still says that Portables doesn't exist. I checked "Security" Properties, but I'm the owner of all folders. I also tried other "copier" like TeraCopy, but it only hangs.
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  6. Posts : 26
    Windows 10 Home SL
    Thread Starter
       #6

    I'd like to just update this issue because I have resolved it now.
    So to anyone who's experiencing something similar, check if the folder that you're copying contains symbolic links (aka soft links or symlinks). I have Link Shell Extension installed to easily do symlinks. If you also have it installed on your PC, make sure that the version you have is updated. The painstaking part is re-doing the symlinks so they could be copied from directory to directory, or folder to folder, without error.

    Hope this helps.
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  7. Posts : 1,478
    Win10 Pro
       #7

    ajfudge said:
    I'd like to just update this issue because I have resolved it now.
    So to anyone who's experiencing something similar, check if the folder that you're copying contains symbolic links (aka soft links or symlinks). I have Link Shell Extension installed to easily do symlinks. If you also have it installed on your PC, make sure that the version you have is updated. The painstaking part is re-doing the symlinks so they could be copied from directory to directory, or folder to folder, without error.

    Hope this helps.
    Hi ajfudge, Glad you got your problem fixed. If you could mark the thread solved it would help other people who are looking for a solution to a similar problem. FYI, only the thread started can make the thread solved.
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