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How to copy/move files on a peer-to-peer network

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I have a small peer-to-peer network.  One of the machines on the network is running Windows 95.  I need to move the files off that machine onto another machine.  I tried to copy them, but it did not copy the actual files; it created some kind of link, so that when I disconnected the Win 95 machine from the network, we could not access the files anymore.

What is the proper way to move/copy these files from the Win 95 machine to another machine so I don't get links, but the actual files?
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I find this sort of thing far easier using a simple batch file especially when there is a directory structure in place.

This way, if something happens during the copy, you can run it again and it will only copy over those files that you have not already copied (provided you use the switches). If you would like further info on this please post back.

In Win, instead of dragging with left mouse button - use right mouse button and release, select copy.
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I did a drag and drop from the machine running XP... it didn't copy the files, only made a "link" (I know this because when I disconnected the Win 95 machine, we couldn't access the files)

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You dragged and dropped using the "LEFT" mouse button.
Try with the right instead.
When you release you will get options to move, copy, create shortcut or cancel.
The create shortcut will be default - as this is what it is doing now.
Left click on copy.
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Ahhh... let me try it...
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How do I tell (other than disconnecting the Win 95 machine) that it did a copy and did not create shortcuts?  I am doing the copy now and it's asking me if I want to replace the existing file... normally ok, but the sizes are the same!!?
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If you browse the files copied - either:
1/ look for the little arrow indicating a shortcut or
2/ show file extensions and if a shortcut it will have lnk as extension.

To show file extensions in XP in explorer - tools > folder options > view
under hidden files and folders, uncheck the "hide extensions for known file types"
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Did you get the "copy" option when using the right mouse button?
You may also be copying links???

Another option to dragging and dropping - which is also preferable - is the old "copy and paste".
Select all files (keyboard use is "ctrl+a"), copy (ctrl+c), paste (ctrl+v).

Also - are you pushing or pulling the files  i.e. on which machine are you carrying out the copying?

If you have just copied over link files. I suggest deleting them all 1st then redo the copy.
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when I look at the Properties of each folder, Location shows \\stcserver\staff for instance... in other words, it appears to me that I'm getting a link... I tried the copy and it still says that... and when I disconnect the "stcserver" machine from the network, I can't find the files.
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Yes you must still be copying just the shorcut.

When you release after dragging with right - are you seeing a "copy" option?
Can you try the copy and paste method as above?
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yes, I see the "copy" option (and a move option)... I choose the "copy" option...

wonder if I should go to the Win 95 machine and do a "push" type of copy (ie. copy to the target machine from the source machine)?
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The copy using the source machine seems to be working... thanks for your help...
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most welcome
thanks for the grade
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