xp cannot copy or paste from folder to folder

hi have an older xp machine that will not copy and paste between folders, also have a usb hard drive hooked up to the usb connector but cannot copy and paste from that external drive either, if i have 2 not pad files open i can copy from one to the other and that works.
i have also tried Cnt C Cnt V as well still will not allow me to copy folders.
have tried a restore back to 2 months ago but still did nothing
its my backup printer machine and really need it going
any help would be appreciated
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Spike99On-Site IT TechnicianCommented:
Do you get any errors when you try copying/pasting?  How much free space is available on the hard drive?

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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
In addition to checking for enough free space as suggested above, check the machine for virus/malware.

You really need to replace that machine.  XP is no longer getting security updates and it's a big risk to keep using it.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Does restarting the PC help? Description reminds me a buffer problem.
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sydneyguyAuthor Commented:
no errors the cursur changes as if its doing some thinng but then nothing copies
i have stopped all anti spy ware and also did a F8 for a safe start and made no difference/
we have 4 laptops in the house and its is just used as a print server and a little bit if enail work,
and there is about 5 gig of data on the hard drive.
its just convient to use this machine for a data drop, am aware of the issues but its not really and issue in that reespect.
have restarted it several times but have made no difference'
so any ideas apart from whats been already written
thanks so far
sydneyguyAuthor Commented:
i ment to say ther is 5gig of space on the hard drive
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Go to control panel, system, advanced tab. Click settings under the first Performance section, then advanced tab again and Change. Try to set new amount which is bigger than recommended one. Save changes and see if it helps.
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Corrupted system files.  The fact that you're not getting an error and just strange behavior would lead me to that.

That being the case, I'd backup the data, wipe the machine and do a fresh install of XP or 7 if that's an option.
try running sfc, or a repair install :
http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html                        SFC use in XP
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm            Repair install  XP

**also running chkdsk can help
Spike99On-Site IT TechnicianCommented:
What type of hard drive is it?  Perhaps there is a problem with the hardware? Nobus suggested running SFC, doing a repair install and running chkdsk: all very good suggestions.

In XP, defragmenting is NOT done automatically: so, have you checked to see if the drive is  fragmented?  I would check to see how badly fragmented the drive is.    I have never seen a fragmented drive cause issues like this, but it couldn't hurt to check that & run defrag.


Run the defrag analyzer and view the report to see if the drive is fragmented.  I would run the defrag after hours since it  can drastically slow system performance.  So, t's best not to run it during production hours.
do you have any errors - or messages ?
sydneyguyAuthor Commented:
no errors of any type just doesnot copy, hae been able to copy a file occasionaly from c to c but a diff dir
but nothig from the usb external back up drive
did you run  one of the suggested commands ?
sydneyguyAuthor Commented:
not as yet it was late last night when i got in so will look at it today thanks for the help
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Did you try the steps I've suggested?
sydneyguyAuthor Commented:
thanks for your help i did not get the system going as i am now in another country for 6 months so will close  the question and thank you for all your help
tx for feedback, and if you need more help -just ask
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