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Unable to open files after transfering from thumb drive

By len.piko ·
I'm working on a Dell E310 desktop. It has 512mb ram with win xp and microsoft office 2003. I needed to install a new version of Win XP home edition because the old Win XP kept locking up no matter what application I opened. Before I reinstalled the new OS the only way I was able to copy files to my thumb drive was from safe mode. The reason being Win XP would hang up and the hour glass would never show any execution. The new OS was installed without any problem. Now when I try to reinstall the files from the thumb drive I get this message:
"The drive or network connection that the shortuct to Documents.INK refer to is unavailable. Make sure that the disk is properly inserted or the network resource is available, and then try again."
What I don't understand is that I didn't just copy the shortcuts. I copied the folders and files to the thumb drive that I needed.
Does anybody have any insight what I need to do so I can transfer these files so I can use them on the newly installed OS? Thank you very much.

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Try This

by BFilmFan In reply to Unable to open files afte ...

Open up Disk Manager and try rescanning that thumb drive when it is plugged in. Make sure the OS really sees it as a drive.

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Unable to open files after transfering from thumb drive

by len.piko In reply to Try This

Thanks for your response. The OS does recognize it as a drive and it shows all the files as shortcuts. I want to install them into the new win xp OS. Do you know how I can do this?

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What exactly do you mean by "reinstall the files from the thumb drive"?

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Unable to open files afte ...

Do you mean 'copying' them from the thumb drive?

Or do you mean 'installing' them from the thumb drive?

I only ask because it is highly likely that if you copied an INSTALLER to the thumb drive, it probably has a preset path to a device that no longer exists in this newly installed OS. It may be looking for a support file that was located on the 'old hard drive'.

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Unable to open files after transfering from thumb drive

by len.piko In reply to What exactly do you mean ...

I copied them to the thumb drive. How can I install them into the new OS from the thumb drive? Thanks for your response.

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Sorry but you're not getting my meaning ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Unable to open files afte ...

If you copied these files to the thumb drive FROM THE HDD - what makes you think the files are Installer Files?

Where did these files originally come from?

I would have assumed that if you were saving files to the thumb drive prior to performing a fresh install, the files would have been of the DATA type. Installer files usually come from optical discs like CDs and DVDs.

If however, these files ARE installer files, are they files that you had previously invoked (installed from) or are they installer files that you had copied from an optical disc but never actually invoked at all.

You see, you can copy an installer file from a CD onto a HDD, but when you then double click this installer file, many times it won't work because it runs from a batch file and the batch file lays down a specific path that assumes the installer is still on a CD.

If this is the case, you might have to find the batch file and alter the directory path to reflect where the file exists now - on the thumb drive.

But I'm getting ahead of myself - first of all we have to ascertain what this problem installer file is and where it originally came from.

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Unable to open files after transfering from thumb drive

by len.piko In reply to Sorry but you're not gett ...

These files are from the old winxp installation from the "my documents" folder. some are ms word, excel and so on. I want to know if it is possible to install these "my document" files from the thumb drive back into the new win xp os that I installed.

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Computer Product Reseller that doesn't speak tech ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Unable to open files afte ...

This is turning out to be an unnecessarily long conversation...

I'll try again:

Try to understand what I am typing here.

You have copied folders and files from your old 'My Documents' directory onto the thumb drive, then you reinstalled the operating system, now you are wanting to return the same files to where they were in the old installation.

To do this YOU DO NOT INSTALL THEM.

You open Windows Explorer, you navigate to the requisite area of the thumb drive, you highlight the files that you want to transfer, then you drag them back to the same place (Folder with the same name) in your newly installed operating system on the HDD.

However, and this is a BIG HOWEVER - if these files are for MS Word, MS Excel and so on, have you reinstalled these PROGRAMS yet ??

When you install MS Word it creates a file path and the required directories and folders within your 'My Documents' - the same goes for MS Excel, and any other MS Office Applications. You have to have an existing directory BEFORE you can put any files in it.

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Personally, I don't understand why the change to XP Home

by seanferd In reply to Computer Product Reseller ...

I don't think installing a different version of the same OS is going to accomplish anything.

Perhaps something more than 512Mb RAM might help.

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