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Windows 7: cannot copy specific file from usb

17 Dec 2009   #1

Windows7
 
 
cannot copy specific file from usb

hi,
since two days i am trying to copy a exe file from a usb stick to my machine.

i tried everything... completely disabled uac, logged on as "superadmin", gave all permissions that i could think of.... but still..

the strange thing is that explorer does not even display the icon correctly. it shows only the "generic" exe icon.

everytime i try to copy the file windows tells me that i do not have the permission to make changes to the file.

btw:
- the file is not broken, nor is the usb stick. i tried it on another Windows 7 machine and it works just fine.
- tried to copy it on D: drive too... same problem.
- zipped the file. copied the zipped file successfully to the drive but when unzipping it the folder is empty without an error message.
- turned off defender and AV.... just in case it thinks it's a bad file.

well, i never had this problem before. any ideas?

edit: i forgot to mention that this file on the usb is in the same folder with several other files which i can copy without any problems.


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17 Dec 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

What's the extension?
If you can copy the other files in the same folder, can you just copy the folder to your desktop and take "ownership"?
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17 Dec 2009   #3

Windows7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
What's the extension?
If you can copy the other files in the same folder, can you just copy the folder to your desktop and take "ownership"?
it's an .exe
i would like to give you the exact error message, but this is a german 7 so i'll try to translate...
this is what happens when i try to copy the folder:
- it copies the other files fine... (two text files and two other .exe files)
- when it comes to the file in question -> access denied, you need to specify admin privileges -> when i click continue it opens the next dialog box which tells me again I do not have the required permissions and that i need permissions from "everyone" to make changes to the file.
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17 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

can you give the User group everyone complete access (add the user group everyone and give it full permissions in the permissions window...) and try it then also before you try to move can you unplug and replug and then try to move?
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17 Dec 2009   #5

Windows7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darkassain View Post
can you give the User group everyone complete access (add the user group everyone and give it full permissions in the permissions window...) and try it then also before you try to move can you unplug and replug and then try to move?
in the properties for the stick i went to sharing>>advanced sharing > checked - share this folder>permissions> highlighted "everyone"> checked -full control,change, read,>apply>unplugged the stick>replugged>checked if permissions for everyone is still there> tried to copy again> same result.
what really puzzles me is that I don't even see the correct icon of the exe in explorer. it looks like windows completely blocks this file so that i cannot even "read" the icon information.

edit: btw, this is a machine with a preinstalled Windows 7 home premium.
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17 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by robin77 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darkassain View Post
can you give the User group everyone complete access (add the user group everyone and give it full permissions in the permissions window...) and try it then also before you try to move can you unplug and replug and then try to move?
in the properties for the stick i went to sharing>>advanced sharing > checked - share this folder>permissions> highlighted "everyone"> checked -full control,change, read,>apply>unplugged the stick>replugged>checked if permissions for everyone is still there> tried to copy again> same result.
what really puzzles me is that I don't even see the correct icon of the exe in explorer. it looks like windows completely blocks this file so that i cannot even "read" the icon information.
you should also check the permissions for the executable itself...
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17 Dec 2009   #7

Windows7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darkassain View Post
you should also check the permissions for the executable itself...
looks like this is going to get embarassing ; )
...how do I do that? if I rightclick i only get the general, compatibility and details tab. on none of them i could find anything about permissions.
please enlight me ; )
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17 Dec 2009   #8

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

Does the file run fine on the other Windows 7 machine?
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17 Dec 2009   #9

Windows7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Uber Philf View Post
Does the file run fine on the other Windows 7 machine?
yeah, no problems on other machines. if i plug the usb in another machine i can copy it and execute it just fine.
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17 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What is the full filename of the file you are trying to copy?

Also, because you only see a generic icon for the exe, it is likely that your anti-virus software has locked the file and is preventing it from being executed or copied. Run a full scan of the flash drive just to be sure.

Because the file is located on a usb flash drive, which is usually formatted as FAT32 (or some variation thereof such as FATeX), you won't have the ability to adjust security permissions (which are not supported by any version of the FAT file system)

And if you still can't acces it, have you tried going back to the original source of the file and copying it back to the USB? It's also reasonable to believe that the FAT filesystem has become corrupted, and it's your bad luck that this corruption is interfering with this one specific file...
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