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Can't Move Folders in Vista

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In Vista when I go to move a folder over another folder of the same name so I can combine multiple versions of the same folder between different drives. Vista copies the files but doesn't delete the source folder. Is there anyway around this?
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What exact process are you doing?  I was able to do the following and have it merge sucessfully.
Folder with files c:\test
Folder with files c:\download\test
Click and drag c:\test folder to c:\download folder
Vista prompts "Confirm Folder Replace" and asks if I want to merge the folders.  Yes or No
Click yes.
Folder c:\download\test now contains original items and items from c:\test.  c:\test no longer exists.
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I get the confirm dialog but the original folder remains. Usually with partially files or sometimes with no files in the original location, just empty folders. Its very annoying.
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Are you doing local copies, or from a network location?
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Local drive to another local drive. Usually external USB drives.  my user has admin rights, and I've tried reassigning all the permissions and taking ownership of the files. If I move a folder into a location where there isn't a folder of the same name it moves the source folder. If I'm copying over something it doesn't. At this point I'm considering reinstalling Vista and if the problem still exists I'll be going back to XP.
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Okay.  With in the same local drive it seems to work correctly, but not if you are coming from a seperate drive.  I just tried from my USB key to my c:\ drive and it copied the data into the C:\ folder but it did not remove the folder or any of the files from the USB key.  Not sure why that is.....yet.
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Do you know I haven't tried on the same local drive. I'll go do that.
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It seems like it works on the local drive but the external USB ones. Weird.
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Looks like it only works on the same drive.  I was able to merge directories from one folder on my USB key to another folder on my USB key and it merged and deleted properly.
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Does not work for me on my USB HD externals. But they are not Flash drives. I'll go try a flash drive.
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On the flash drive it moves the files but leaves the empty folders behind.
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hmmm it delete it for me.  Well maybe this is a "feature" that will be fixed in SP1
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I'm thinking this is an ownership or permissions issue. But what exactly I'm completely baffled,
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Well despite reinstalling the Dell Vista Image and reinstalling Vista manually I still have this problem. Doesn't seem to be a common problem with Vista. Perhaps its something to do with the hardware. I don't have another computer to test with Vista.
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this happens for me to...

Basically when you move a folder with files to a destination on the same hard drive or a different hard drive, the move works... except it never deletes the folders... everything else is gone, and all the folders are created on the destination... however, the source folders are never removed....

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