Problems opening file types copied to my hard drive


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Hi all I have a ssd as my main storage and a hdd as a secondary on my windows 10 laptop. I was making room on my ssd so I copied some jpg,txt, pdf,zips and some exes. When I try to open jpgs I get " it appears we don't support this file format.".
The pdfs give me could not open because it is either not supported or file type is damaged."
Txt files give me I do not have permission to open the files.
When I try to extract zips using 7 zip I get cannot open the file as the archive is not archive."

When I copied the files over I did not see an problems and the file worked fine on the original drive. My problem is I deleted the originals thinking I had backed them up. This only started happening about a month later.
 
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One thing I've run into a few times was not assuring I had copied the actual file rather than just a shortcut to it. And when a file won't open properly I use the Open with... on the right-click of it to choose a program. I also check the file size, shortcuts are small. Also on the right-click of a file gives information such as where the file is located on which drive.
 
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Are you using drive compression by any chance? If the files were compressed on the source drive they may not open properly on a different drive.....
 
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I suggest that, before you start to try out any experiments, that you select one or two of the files and copy them back - then see if they work. Whatever the outcome, look at the possibilities with Bighorn's suggestion.
 

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