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Windows 7: Windows Explorer problem with copying wav files

21 Dec 2013   #1
fiddlebanshee

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Windows Explorer problem with copying wav files

Hi guys,
I'm new to this forum and am glad I found you guys, because we have a strange problem in windows 7 windows explorer. This is what we tried to do.

1. We have a folder with many files with different extensions (*.wav, *.mp3 and *.sib). We want to separate them all in separate folders by type.
2. We created a subfolder for the wav files. When moving the wav files into this folder, their names still appear in the original folder. So we thought we had made a copy instead of moving it.
3. But then when we deleted the wav it was deleted in both places, as if they are pointing to the same file. Very strange. Even if we inadvertently created a shortcut, deleting the shortcut should not delete the file, right?
4. So we copied everything in a different folder with a different name. Did the same as above - no problem, everything worked fine. We could delete files in one directory and not in the other.
5. The next step was to delete the offending directory completely and then renaming the copy to the old name
6. Guess what -- the problem returned. What the heck?!

Anybody have any idea what is going on? The directory is part of a larger structure that has a certain naming convention so we'd like to be able to use the original name to preserve the logic of the structure. Why is this problem connected to the name of the folder?

As far as we can tell the problem does not occur with the *.mp3 or *.sib files. It must have something to do with the *.wav extension, but why only in this folder?


The other odd thing is that when we copy the same file again in the same destination folder the context menu that pops up alerting us to the fact that the file already exists only has the option "skip" or "cancel" and not overwrite the existing file. That's also very odd. We always had the choice to overwrite the same file.


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21 Dec 2013   #2
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

It sounds like you created a "Shortcut" in the second folder instead of doing a "Copy". When you deleted the .wav in the first folder, the "shortcut" was also deleted. If you need to get the ones you deleted back, go into the "Recycle Bin" and it should still be there. If you want the files to be moved from the first folder to the second folder and not show in the first folder, use the "Cut" command.
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21 Dec 2013   #3
fiddlebanshee

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
It sounds like you created a "Shortcut" in the second folder instead of doing a "Copy". When you deleted the .wav in the first folder, the "shortcut" was also deleted. If you need to get the ones you deleted back, go into the "Recycle Bin" and it should still be there. If you want the files to be moved from the first folder to the second folder and not show in the first folder, use the "Cut" command.
That was my first idea too. But why did it reoccur when we took the new folder we created and renamed it to the old name? Could this be a cache issue?
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21 Dec 2013   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Before you rename the files in the new folder, run CCleaner. http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/
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22 Dec 2013   #5
fiddlebanshee

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I think we solved it. It had to do with the difference between "arrange by" and "sort by". WHen you use "arrange by" files in subdirectories are displayed in the parent folder. Deleting those files seemed to delete them in two places, where in reality they had always only been in the subdirectory. It was just a display issue, not a copy/paste issue.

So we found "clear all changes" in the "arrange by" menu and after that only used "sort by". This solved the issue.
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