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Windows 7: Drag & Drop 'Creates Links'...

10 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Drag & Drop 'Creates Links'...

...instead of copying the files as it always has before (and by design, I might add).

I'm trying to drag from my laptop to external HD, which has never been a problem, and it won't copy. Instead, it says 'Create a link to...' wherever I try to drag it. I can't copy manually using Ctrl + C, or by right-clicking.

Drag and drop is enabled in Right-click start > Properties > Customize, etc.

If it matters, I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium.

Any help appreciated, my patience has already evaporated.

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10 Sep 2010   #2

W7 32 & 64bit
 
 

Can you drag / drop on your latop without any problems? From Documents to Desktop for example.
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10 Sep 2010   #3

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

I wonder if it's a permissions issue? Instead of copying, can you create a new file on your external hd saved, for example, from a Word document?

** EDIT ** Also, is the external drive formatted as fat32 or ntfs?
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10 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thank you for the replies.

@ Lemur
I created a new folder on the HD and copying the document from the laptop works fine. I tried the same with music, which is what I'm trying to copy in the first place, and it won't do it (saying 'create link' instead.

The HD is a Seagate formatted to NTFS.

@ Manamaga
I can drag and drop documents around the laptop with no issues. I can't move music around at all without it wanted to create a link or short cut instead of moving or copying.
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10 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Riiiiiight...

It's ten minutes after I posted the above and the music folder decided to take all the sub-folders out of all the bands with multiple albums folders and copy to the HD absolutely perfectly.

I have no idea. I'll be back if it decides to throw a tantrum again. Thanks for the help.
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10 Sep 2010   #6

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

good to hear!
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10 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64 (SP1)
 
 

Is there a desktop.ini file in any of the problem areas?
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28 Oct 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

And so, it's happening again.

This time, I'm trying to drag music onto my new HTC Desire and it's just creating links again.

No desktop.ini file that I can see.
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13 Sep 2013   #9

64bit win 7
 
 

Check you setting for you mouse if the buttons got switched it would cause that
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