ext. hard drive question

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by JS, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. JS

    JS Guest

    Hi all,
    I have copied files from three pc's to an ext. harddrive. I didn't label
    them as I should and now I am getting them mixed up.
    How can I tell which pc they came from? two are XP and one is Vista.
    Thanks
     
    JS, Sep 3, 2010
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  2. David H. Lipman, Sep 3, 2010
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  3. JS

    BillyBob Guest

    If they were copied (as opposed to moved) from the computers then return to
    the computers and copy them again. This time, be more vigilant in ways of
    identifying which file is which.

    "JS" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi all,
    > I have copied files from three pc's to an ext. harddrive. I didn't label
    > them as I should and now I am getting them mixed up.
    > How can I tell which pc they came from? two are XP and one is Vista.
    > Thanks
     
    BillyBob, Sep 3, 2010
    #3
  4. On Thu, 2 Sep 2010 19:49:41 -0500, BillyBob wrote:

    > If they were copied (as opposed to moved) from the computers then return to
    > the computers and copy them again. This time, be more vigilant in ways of
    > identifying which file is which.


    Good suggestions - both of them :)

    > "JS" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> Hi all,
    >> I have copied files from three pc's to an ext. harddrive. I didn't label
    >> them as I should and now I am getting them mixed up.
    >> How can I tell which pc they came from? two are XP and one is Vista.
    >> Thanks



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    Gene E. Bloch (Stumbling Bloch)
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Sep 5, 2010
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  5. JS

    JS Guest

    Thank you all!

    "Gene E. Bloch" <> wrote in message
    news:1c4kc754iwo84$.ug1x9ojnk82o$...
    > On Thu, 2 Sep 2010 19:49:41 -0500, BillyBob wrote:
    >
    >> If they were copied (as opposed to moved) from the computers then return
    >> to
    >> the computers and copy them again. This time, be more vigilant in ways
    >> of
    >> identifying which file is which.

    >
    > Good suggestions - both of them :)
    >
    >> "JS" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >>> Hi all,
    >>> I have copied files from three pc's to an ext. harddrive. I didn't label
    >>> them as I should and now I am getting them mixed up.
    >>> How can I tell which pc they came from? two are XP and one is Vista.
    >>> Thanks

    >
    >
    > --
    > Gene E. Bloch (Stumbling Bloch)
     
    JS, Sep 6, 2010
    #5
  6. JS

    JS Guest

    I am trying to put all these files on one pc that has lots of room, and deal
    with them as I can see them. My question is this, if the files are from a
    backup, can I assume that they need to be restored? And if they were copied,
    can I just drag and drop them? What other suggestions do you have? Another
    maybe dumb question, when one copies from an ext. hard drive to a pc, do the
    files stay as-is on that hard drive? If I get the files to the new pc, and
    mess something up,I can copy them again?
    Jim

    "JS" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Thank you all!
    >
    > "Gene E. Bloch" <> wrote in message
    > news:1c4kc754iwo84$.ug1x9ojnk82o$...
    >> On Thu, 2 Sep 2010 19:49:41 -0500, BillyBob wrote:
    >>
    >>> If they were copied (as opposed to moved) from the computers then return
    >>> to
    >>> the computers and copy them again. This time, be more vigilant in ways
    >>> of
    >>> identifying which file is which.

    >>
    >> Good suggestions - both of them :)
    >>
    >>> "JS" <> wrote in message
    >>> news:...
    >>>> Hi all,
    >>>> I have copied files from three pc's to an ext. harddrive. I didn't
    >>>> label
    >>>> them as I should and now I am getting them mixed up.
    >>>> How can I tell which pc they came from? two are XP and one is Vista.
    >>>> Thanks

    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >> Gene E. Bloch (Stumbling Bloch)

    >
     
    JS, Sep 7, 2010
    #6
  7. On Mon, 6 Sep 2010 19:17:49 -0500, JS wrote:

    > I am trying to put all these files on one pc that has lots of room, and deal
    > with them as I can see them. My question is this, if the files are from a
    > backup, can I assume that they need to be restored? And if they were copied,
    > can I just drag and drop them? What other suggestions do you have? Another
    > maybe dumb question, when one copies from an ext. hard drive to a pc, do the
    > files stay as-is on that hard drive? If I get the files to the new pc, and
    > mess something up,I can copy them again?


    Well, you aren't making much sense, but I'll try to guess an answer or
    two.

    Files that were copied to a certain place can be copied from that place
    to another place directly, including drag and drop (possibly you'll need
    to press the control key to copy instead of move).

    Files that were backed up can be copied if the backup program just
    copies files (see previous remark), but some backup programs use their
    own file formats, so you have to run the backup program to get access to
    those backed up files.

    "That" hard drive? Which drive do you mean? If you *copy* a file,the
    original file where you copied it *from* is unchanged - that's what copy
    *means*, after all. Finally, if you copy (or move) a file from one place
    to another, and a file with the same already exists in the new place,
    Windows normally asks you what to do. Your choice...

    > "JS" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> Thank you all!
    >>
    >> "Gene E. Bloch" <> wrote in message
    >> news:1c4kc754iwo84$.ug1x9ojnk82o$...
    >>> On Thu, 2 Sep 2010 19:49:41 -0500, BillyBob wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> If they were copied (as opposed to moved) from the computers then return
    >>>> to
    >>>> the computers and copy them again. This time, be more vigilant in ways
    >>>> of
    >>>> identifying which file is which.
    >>>
    >>> Good suggestions - both of them :)
    >>>
    >>>> "JS" <> wrote in message
    >>>> news:...
    >>>>> Hi all,
    >>>>> I have copied files from three pc's to an ext. harddrive. I didn't
    >>>>> label
    >>>>> them as I should and now I am getting them mixed up.
    >>>>> How can I tell which pc they came from? two are XP and one is Vista.
    >>>>> Thanks
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>> Gene E. Bloch (Stumbling Bloch)

    >>



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    Gene E. Bloch (Stumbling Bloch)
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Sep 7, 2010
    #7
  8. On Mon, 6 Sep 2010 20:58:41 -0500, JS wrote:

    > Gene,
    > Sorry I didn't make much sense, but you seemed to figure it out, because you
    > told me what I needed to know.
    > Thanks


    Persistence pays off!

    Keep working at it, it's a pretty complicated thing, but with time,
    work, and luck you'll know a lot more...

    > "Gene E. Bloch" <> wrote in message
    > news:5dagoynzg0ya$...
    >> On Mon, 6 Sep 2010 19:17:49 -0500, JS wrote:
    >>
    >>> I am trying to put all these files on one pc that has lots of room, and
    >>> deal
    >>> with them as I can see them. My question is this, if the files are from a
    >>> backup, can I assume that they need to be restored? And if they were
    >>> copied,
    >>> can I just drag and drop them? What other suggestions do you have?
    >>> Another
    >>> maybe dumb question, when one copies from an ext. hard drive to a pc, do
    >>> the
    >>> files stay as-is on that hard drive? If I get the files to the new pc,
    >>> and
    >>> mess something up,I can copy them again?

    >>
    >> Well, you aren't making much sense, but I'll try to guess an answer or
    >> two.
    >>
    >> Files that were copied to a certain place can be copied from that place
    >> to another place directly, including drag and drop (possibly you'll need
    >> to press the control key to copy instead of move).
    >>
    >> Files that were backed up can be copied if the backup program just
    >> copies files (see previous remark), but some backup programs use their
    >> own file formats, so you have to run the backup program to get access to
    >> those backed up files.
    >>
    >> "That" hard drive? Which drive do you mean? If you *copy* a file,the
    >> original file where you copied it *from* is unchanged - that's what copy
    >> *means*, after all. Finally, if you copy (or move) a file from one place
    >> to another, and a file with the same already exists in the new place,
    >> Windows normally asks you what to do. Your choice...
    >>
    >>> "JS" <> wrote in message
    >>> news:...
    >>>> Thank you all!
    >>>>
    >>>> "Gene E. Bloch" <> wrote in message
    >>>> news:1c4kc754iwo84$.ug1x9ojnk82o$...
    >>>>> On Thu, 2 Sep 2010 19:49:41 -0500, BillyBob wrote:
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> If they were copied (as opposed to moved) from the computers then
    >>>>>> return
    >>>>>> to
    >>>>>> the computers and copy them again. This time, be more vigilant in
    >>>>>> ways
    >>>>>> of
    >>>>>> identifying which file is which.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Good suggestions - both of them :)
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> "JS" <> wrote in message
    >>>>>> news:...
    >>>>>>> Hi all,
    >>>>>>> I have copied files from three pc's to an ext. harddrive. I didn't
    >>>>>>> label
    >>>>>>> them as I should and now I am getting them mixed up.
    >>>>>>> How can I tell which pc they came from? two are XP and one is Vista.
    >>>>>>> Thanks
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> --
    >>>>> Gene E. Bloch (Stumbling Bloch)
    >>>>

    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >> Gene E. Bloch (Stumbling Bloch)



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    Gene E. Bloch, Sep 7, 2010
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