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WHS - Can notcopy shares: The file can not be accessed RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I have a small form factor PC which I use as a WHS.  This PC has space only for a single hard drive.  About a week ago, I decided to purchase a new 750GB internal hard drive to replace my old 250 GB drive which I was using.  After installing the new hard drive and reloading a fresh copy of WHS software on the new hard drive, I disconnected the DVD drive
    and connected my old Hard drive as a slave to copy my files over to the new hard drive with a fresh installed WHS.  When I try to copy the files from my old hard drive to the new one I get the following error: " Can not copy shares:  The file can not be accessed by the system."  I have tried different steps to copy the files but it just does not work.  I took ownership of the folders/files in the permissions options, and I've tried removing all permissions and adding them back with full control to the folders.  I cannot get past this error.  I have also done another stupid thing, thinking it would somehow resolve the issue by formatting the boot partition off my old drive. So now, I can't even reconnect my old drive to boot to it.  Has anyone ever seen this error and has been able to get passed it?  Any help or info will be appriciated.  Thank you.

    If this is too much info, here is a summary

    Purchased a new hard drive to replace older smaller size drive.
    Did a fresh install of WHS on the new hard drive.
    Reconnected older drive as a slave to copy my files over to the new drive.
    Recieving the following error when trying to copy: " Can not copy shares:  The file can not be accessed by the system."
    Failed Solutions - Took ownership of the files and folders.
                                Removed all permissions and readded them back.
                                Formatted Boot partition from older drive.
    Cannot boot from old drive because I formatted the C:
    Monday, December 22, 2008 7:08 AM

All replies

  • If X represents the drive letter of your old drive, did you try to copy the files from X:\DE\shares?  (So not from X:\shares).

    If not please try.
    Monday, December 22, 2008 8:31 AM
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  • Also be aware, that the folder DE is hidden, so that you may have to toggle the checkbox "Show hidden files and folders" in Control Panel/Folder Options on the View tab.
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf
    Monday, December 22, 2008 9:54 AM
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  • Thank You for the suggestion however the DE folder does not exist.  I also did check to make sure that hidden files and folders were showing and they are.
    Tuesday, December 23, 2008 1:35 AM
  • Edgar N said:

    Thank You for the suggestion however the DE folder does not exist.  I also did check to make sure that hidden files and folders were showing and they are.

    The DE folder should be there on the former D partition (second partition) of the old drive. If it's not there your files are most likely gone. You can also try and connect the old drive to a client system, and then copy the files to the WHS shares (If you get to see the DE folder).

    Do you see a DE folder on the D partition of the new drive?
    Tuesday, December 23, 2008 5:42 AM
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