Copying files from Vista to Windows 7

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I have document files on a hard drive from a Windows Vista device that I want to transfer to a new Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium device.  I connected the Vista drive in the Windows 7 computer by using the CD Drive bay connections and the Windows 7 device recognized the drive and all files are viewable/openable.  I did a copy/paste of the entire user folder from the Vista drive to a folder called Old PC on the C:\ of the Windows 7 device.  The process completed as expected with the count of files and Gb worth of data.  When I view data inside the c:\Old PC\"folder" the folder is empty and the display reads "folder is empty".  If i do a properties on the c:\Old PC\"folder" the properties show multiple files and Gb worth of data exist, but I can never see the files in the folder.  I have changed permissions on the c:\Old PC folder to be full control for the the local USERS group in an effort to totaly by pass any permissions issues.

How can I make the files viewable/usable?
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Commented:
try, view hidden files and or system files within tools, folder options in windows explorer
Top Expert 2013

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Memorial---Uncheck the box "Hide protected operating system files" in Control Panel|Folder Options|View tab.

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I've set folder options|view check boxes to show all and no HIDE.  I now see an AppData folder, ntuser.dat, ntuser.ini, etc files which makes sense because FOLDER is a full copy/paste of the user profile from the Vista drive in to the windows 7 c:\old pc folder

The properties of the c:\old pc\folder is NOT checked as a hidden folder. I've marked it to be hidden, applied, then unchecked the hidden setting and applied to try and force a reset the attributes.

I've gone to command prompt to c:\old pc\folder and do a dir command which shows the hidden folders and files.

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back in dos try attrib -r -a -s -h C:\old pc\folder /s

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when i run attrib -R -A -S -H C:\OLD PC\FOLDER, it stops with a "Parameter format not correct -".  

When i run the same command on the foler i just created as hidden/read only (c:\test), attrib -R -A -S -H C:\test /S, it stops with error "File not found - c:\test".  

I created a hidden/read only test.txt file in this folder (c:\test\test.txt) and marked both folder and file as hidden and i ran attrib -R -A -S -H C:\test\test.txt.  The command finishes and the file attirbutes are cleared of the hidden/read attribute and the folder c:\test remained hidden and read only.

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I added the /D switch at the end of the command attrib -R -A -S -H C:\test /S /D and the command finished and the folder clears its hidden/Read only attributes on the folder.  I repeated this attrib -R -A -S -H C:\old pc\folder /S /D and receive the same error "Parameter format not correct -"
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try with the path C:\oldpc\folder\*.* /s /d

if you know the username/pass of the user profile from vista, try creating an admin account with the same user/pass on win7, sounds like the local permissions carried over in your copy.

also there's a freeware app that i use that recovers files/folders from ntfs and other formats and removes the permissions

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
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maybe a malware?  there are siome hiding files and folders
run mbam on both systems : http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
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Perhaps try transferring your old data using the User State Migration Tool (USMT) or Windows Easy Transfer instead of just copying and pasting.
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This sounds like a file system problem.

Run diagnostics to check both of the drive's file structures.  If there were some characteristics such that could not be transferred during the copy process, I've seen warnings that pop just prior to the copy process.  The only time I've seen this happen is when there was a problem with the file structure or the drive in general.
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It is a file permissions problem
takeown /f c:\old-pc\ /r /d y

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This was a permissions issues.

I reconnected the old hard drive, applied the administrator group of the new Windows 7 computer to be the OWNER, then have FULL CONTROL access and removed any READ ONLY references from the source (old) drive.  Once that was done, I copy/pasted into C:\OldPC and all files were there.

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