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A question for you computer guru's out there... - Happy's Obsession
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A question for you computer guru's out there...
I recently reformatted a drive to use for storage. Then I moved 2 big files onto it. I went to check the byte count to make sure everything had gone OK. This is what I found.

Original drive file:
696 Files
36 Folders
38.0 gb

Copied drive file:
704 Files
36 folders
38.0 gb

I went into ond of the folders, and discovered that the original had 10 files, the copy 11. But when I looked in the copy - only 10 files. No hidden files, or anything. So I deleted the folder and recopied it over - it came with 10 files only. Checked another folder (with many sub-folders) - it was off by 4 files and 35,840 bytes.

Where the heck are these files coming from?!? And if they are there, why I can't I see them? (and yes, I did check the box to show hidden files and folders)
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chrismm From: chrismm Date: February 19th, 2006 08:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Did you also uncheck the box that says Hide Protected System Operating Files? It's the second line under the Show Hidden Files line...
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: February 19th, 2006 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)

So I did, and... what are these "thumbs" files? They are not in both copies. A few were in the original folders, but not the copies, and vice versa. And some folders had none. No folders both had 'thumbs' in them.


This all just atarted as a way to check to make sure that my files had transferred over, because one time previously when I tried to transfer my entire fic archive from the PC to the laptop, a number of folders came without the files in them, so I lost fic. And I'm paranoid about losing stuff.

Am I overthinking things?
chrismm From: chrismm Date: February 19th, 2006 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Thumb files are the files Windows uses to generate the Thumbnail and Filmstrip views of graphics in Windows Explorer. So they'll really only be there for folders with either graphic image files or video files. So--folders with nothing but Word docs, for instance, won't have a thumb file.

But you really don't need to worry about the thumb files either way--you can delete them, and Windows will re-create them as needed.

And I don't think you're paranoid at all--I always double- and triple-check when moving files, because I've lost stuff, too.
bentrumors From: bentrumors Date: February 19th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: February 19th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
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