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Windows 7: Can't copy a file

13 Aug 2014   #1
WebMaximus

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Can't copy a file

I have a backup script I created using Robocopy to always keep a fresh backup of some of my most important data but just noticed one of my files fails to be copied to my backup disk.

The file in question is a executable file called LTL.exe and is a small utility that is part of a scenery add-on product for Microsoft Flight Simulator X.

I've also tried copy this file manually in Explorer by right-clicking the file and then choosing Copy-Paste and although I don't get any error message doing this and the copy process seems to be successful the file never ends up at the destination.

I'm running Win 7 x64 Ultimate and I have UAC disabled (not that it should be important since I'm not trying to copy the file into a system folder) and I'm local administrator on my PC. I've also tried taking ownership of this specific file and double and triple-checking I have full control for this specific file looking at the security tab.

If I launch the file in it's original location the utility starts up just fine so the file doesn't seem to be corrupt.

I've also scanned both this file and my complete PC for viruses both using Avast! and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and all is good...not a trace of any viruses.

Many thanks in advance for what could cause this, never seen this before!!

Editied to add I did another test, tried copying the file within the same physical disk and that went fine so that makes me wonder if I'm facing some weird kind of copy protection here not allowing me to copy the file to another physical HDD...hmm...


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13 Aug 2014   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

My thought was copy protection. Try via command prompt. But I bet it doesn't go.

Edit: the way to back it up for disaster avoidance is to make an image of the disk partition. Macrium Reflect Free is good. There are other free imaging programs. Look on http://www.thefreecountry.com/
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13 Aug 2014   #3
WebMaximus

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Interesting enough when trying to copy the file using a simple command such as copy ltl.exe d:\ for example (standing in the same folder where ltl.exe is located when issuing the command) I do get the normal result saying "1 file(s) copied" but when I have a look under d:\ in this example the file is not there. If I try with another file found in the exact same location the copy process works as normal.

So...in some weird way this file must be very special and not sure if it's a kind of copy protection or if the file still is corrupt somehow although I'm able to execute it.

Guess what I could do is to reinstall the product this file comes with but feels a bit annoying having to reinstall the full product because of one single and very strange file.

Thanks for the tip using some image software. Fact is I'm already using the built-in wbadmin command to make a complete image backup of my system disk. However for the files and folders where this file resides I don't want to use an image software but I rather prefer using robocopy. This to make it very simple to restore individual files if needed but also because I don't need a copy of the complete disk.
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13 Aug 2014   #4
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I'd be very surprised if it's not copy protection. Especially since it works. Up to you if you want to experiment but my feeling is, since they wrote the OS a "nop" or no operation copy is trivial to implement.

In fact on another forum I got a kick out of this post:
Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money? - DonationCoder.com
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13 Aug 2014   #5
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Force Copy

Hi. You could use PowerTool 64bit version for your machine to attempt a force copy to your desktop and once copied you should be able to move or copy the copied file.

EDIT: Download link removed by poster.

Warning: Don't mess about with the other features of this tool and ignore any warnings unless you know what you're doing!

Run the executable as Admin (right click option)

Open the File Tab then browse to your file and attempt to force copy it. Files that are locked or are in use can usually be copied.

Can't copy a file-powertool.jpg


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14 Aug 2014   #6
WebMaximus

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks, tried what you suggested using PowerTool x64 V1.6 and received a message saying 'Copy Success' but when checking the destination the file is not there.

Interesting is that if I choose to copy the file to the Desktop I see in the background how the file icon appears on the Desktop but a split second later it vanishes again by itself.
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14 Aug 2014   #7
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Hmm, I wonder if it has tried to call home? If you check your router or firewall logs you may see some blocked attempts to call out. It might not be the best idea to keep trying to copy it. You might get onto some pirate blacklist or something.

Edit: Just conjecture. I've never used FS.
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14 Aug 2014   #8
WebMaximus

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yeah, maybe you're right. I've asked about this over in the support forum for the product but still no answer. I do have a valid license so should I somehow end up on some kind of black list I do have proof I own the product.

If it indeed is some kind of copy protection I think it's a very weird kind of protection not allowing me to copy the file within the same computer. I would have more easy to understand a protection that won't allow the file to be copied to another computer.
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14 Aug 2014   #9
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I doubt you'll get any response from the forum on it. Copy protection is one topic that's most likely to either be ignored or the reply may be "we don't discuss it" etc..

Usually what happens is they tell you to PM them if you cannot install but can prove you own it and they give you a new license key.
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14 Aug 2014   #10
WebMaximus

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Seems to be the case but I would have been happy to only have a confirmation if it indeed is a copy protection of some kind so I can rest assured there's nothing wrong with my installation or that I got some virus or whatever.

Already scanned my computer with both Avast and MalwareBytes Anti-Malware and it came out clean but I think I'll do another run using thorough mode just to be on the safe side.
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