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Old 19. Dec 2011, 09:06 AM   #41 (permalink)
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Anupam : I would like to ask the question ' How to transfer music files safely to an external harddrive and other partition of my old drive.'
You are welcome , and glad we could be of some help.

I will answer this question here only, since its related to the current thread, and we have talked about many things too. And its not a very big issue too .

Transferring files is quite simple, and its not a big issue, or something difficult. I have explained this before in some post too, but I will explain it again.

There are two ways to transfer files. One is copying, in which the files will be duplicated... that is, the original files will remain in the original folder, and duplicate copies of those files will be created in the destination folder.

The other is moving... in which the original files are transferred physically to the destination, and no copy is left behind in original folder.

So, choose the operation of transfer accordingly.

To copy or move files, just select the files that you want to transfer. Multiple files can be selected by mouse... or by holding down Ctrl key, and then clicking on files you want to select. Then, right-click on the selected files, and choose the option of "Copy", or "Cut". "Copy" will copy files, whereas "Cut" will move files.

Once you chose one of these operations, go to destination folder, and click "Paste". The files will be transferred to the destination folder.

I hope this is clear. You can create some test folders, and some test files, and work with them, to understand things better .
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Old 19. Dec 2011, 09:58 AM   #42 (permalink)
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You're welcome B. Try not to use "cut" option better if you do a "copy and paste" as Anupam says on first place . If HDD power or electricity stops working while cutting and pasting you'll get nothing but a waste item. Maybe I'm telling it twice but your files could still be there, recuva is not a tool for deep scanning (besides it has such option) . ONLY if recover your files is a priority (think is just music but maybe you spend so much time making your library ) only in that case you can go for a professional tool, make a good scan and try to recover to such usbhdd you mentioned. (I'm not telling you to spend thousands of dollars in such software. Good luck with anything you gonna do.
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Old 19. Dec 2011, 10:31 AM   #43 (permalink)
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Try not to use "cut" option better if you do a "copy and paste" as Anupam says on first place . If HDD power or electricity stops working while cutting and pasting you'll get nothing but a waste item.
Lets not scare him unnecessarily . Yes, this problem can occur, if the power is lost somehow... so, if there is a frequent power problem in the area, or there are such chances, then transfers should be done in small batches... otherwise, the files can be moved without any problem, and its quite a safe operation.

Also, in most cases, even if the power is lost, the files which have been copied, will be there in destination folder, whereas those that haven't been copied, will remain in original folder. The file which was in the process, may be in either folder... on rare occasions, it can get corrupted.

But, in general, both operations are safe, and trouble free, and no need to get scared with such problems. If power loss is frequent, a UPS should be used.
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Old 23. Dec 2011, 05:53 PM   #44 (permalink)
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Scare? Cutting several files on the fly and suddenly suspending its transference you get nothing but deleted files. One bad experience with lost files is enough to B.
UPS cost money, for a copy operation it's not justified to buy one. As you say, this problem may occur so better keep as safe as we can.
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Old 23. Dec 2011, 08:05 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Scare? Cutting several files on the fly and suddenly suspending its transference you get nothing but deleted files. One bad experience with lost files is enough to B.
UPS cost money, for a copy operation it's not justified to buy one. As you say, this problem may occur so better keep as safe as we can.
Cut and Copy are day to day easy operations, and should be seen that way... they are very basic operations and nothing very difficult, or unsafe at all. Your post made them look like they can be difficult operations, that's why I wrote my post, that we should not scare him.

Of course, I understand your motive, and I am not undermining it. Its a good thing to warn him about such a thing. And yes, copying can be a safe operation, rather than moving, but still, its a basic thing, and nothing to be worried about. If B Carson gets scared even before taking the basic step, then that's not a good thing.

And I did not suggest UPS for a copying operation, but I suggested it, in case he had frequent power failure in his area.
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Old 24. Dec 2011, 12:03 AM   #46 (permalink)
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There's a lot of basic operations in XP that could be dangerous. I'm not giving budge this time. We should teach now avoiding future "accidents". Lose files one time is a headache lose it twice is a hell.
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Old 31. Dec 2011, 04:03 AM   #47 (permalink)
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Anupam and 4goTTen21

I thought this thread was completed. May I ad -

A.
1) Initial thread was headed - how to get copy of early WMP.
To keep it brief I did not mention I had lost music or how it happened. Discussion moved to
2) Search for / recover lost files, then to
3) H.D. partitions / transferring files.

B.
The detailed advice may be very helpful to others but info in items 2,3, may not be read by others needing it due to my original thread heading. Perhaps Anupam could cut it up and place it with appropriate thread headings.

C.
I think the safest way for me is to -
Transfer music files (copies) from HD to external HD.
Then transfer them from external HD back to the new Seagate HD.
Then move them into WMP format ' Music Library "
Then enter name of song and singer, then create and name playlists.

Its a lot of work but don't know of an easier safer way.
Don't think I can just transfer a WMP Playlist with each music item, name of song /singer directly intact to WMP on another HD.

Will place item C as a new thread so it may be found by others with similar interest.

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Old 31. Dec 2011, 07:50 AM   #48 (permalink)
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B Carson, the queries you have asked on this thread, are very basic, and most people do not have such problems. Also, the problems were caused by your own mistake too. Again, not many people do this.

Therefore, its no point cutting the thread up into pieces. Also, even if we tried to do that, the queries and replies are so much interwoven with each other, it would be a difficult task to cut the thread up, and separate the issues.

The thread will remain as it is.
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Happy new year for you B.
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