This has happened to me so many times and in each one of them I had no idea why on earth this would happen.
When I copy / move / extract files to an empty folder, the process pauses on some file, claiming it already exists and asks me if I want to replace it or not.
It happens to me on Windows, in various versions.
My only explanations to this would be:
1 – A failure that left a partial file.
2 – Inefficient copying process that tries to copy some files twice.
Why would that happen?
- No hidden files nor system hidden files exist in the destination folder, I said it was empty.
- The names of the files I’m prompted to replace aren’t always the same.
- It’s probably not a virus, it happened to me on multiple computers, in different locations and time frames, sometimes right after reformatting Windows I just got curious why this would happen.
Also, sometimes it happens when extracting files from RAR/ZIP archives.
One plausible cause: Transferring files from a system where capitalization of filenames makes them distinct (separate).
~/Projects/z$ pwd /home/hannu/Projects/z ~/Projects/z$ uname -srp Linux 3.16.0-46-generic x86_64 ~/Projects/z$ mount | grep home /dev/sdb1 on /home type ext4 (rw,noatime,nodiratime,errors=remount-ro) ~/Projects/z$ dir ~/Projects/z$ echo 1 >File && echo 2 >file && dir file File ~/Projects/z$ for f in * ;do echo -e "n--- $f ---" ; cat $f ;done --- file --- 2 --- File --- 1 ~/Projects/z$
Second plausible cause:
Copying files from a filsystem (e.g. NTFS) which retains long filenames, to a filesystem that has more restricted length on filenames (e.g. FAT12 and others of similar age).