Cannot move files from Hard Drive to ANY external hard drive
Posted on 2006-03-28
Ok, this one is a toughie, so put your thinking caps on. I had a problem with windows last week. I couldn't figure out what the hang up was so I took it to a shop. They got it running, or so they said, but said it was running slow. When I got it back the thing was a mess. It appeared that anything running a windows function was messed up. The taskbar was all screwy, programs wouldn't start or would hang. It took forever to get it to do anything. Worst of all, the reason I needed it temporarily back up in its current condition was to back up some needed files to an external hard driv.e I'd try to cut and paste or copy and paste, and it wouldn't go through. I'd try moving from one window to the next. NO go. I'd try the "copy to folder, move to folder, etc", still no luck. A friend suggested I run knoppix on it. I did and it started up much faster than normal and is quite usable (I'm on it right now). But, still a problem. It's telling me that the external drive is write protected. Only problem? It's not. No external drive works on it, even with the read only unchecked and the can read and write settings set. I've got no idea what to do. The only means, so far, that I've been able to do to transfer files is to e-mail them through a web based e-mail client. SInce I've got roughly 15 gb of material to back up, that's really not a feasible solution. I just hooked a dvd burner to it and I'm going to see if it will let me burn the files. If so, great. But, in the meantime, I'm putting you guys to work. So, here's what I need. A) A solution for getting it to write to an outside drive or B) An alternate solution that won't drive me nuts sending one file at a time via e-mail. Thanks guys!