Hi, thanks again for replying so quick!
I read through the second link; it's not the same issue...
I'll try to be very specific, I understand I may not be explaining my problem very well...
PROBLEM: Folder copied from Drive G: to Drive I: is not visible, although the folder actually appears to be present in I:
SUMMARY OF WHAT HAPPENED:
I have two external drives:
G: which contains multiple folders with lots of files (189GB), and
I: which contains only three empty folders: Backup1, Backup2, and Backup3.
I opened G:, selected all the files and folders, right clicked, selected "copy",
opened I:\Backup1, select "paste."
This copied all the files from G: to I:\Backup1. At this point, no problem.
After this is done, I can see the three folders in the I: drive. I: now has 189GB less than it had before I copied everything to it, and I can see all the files in the Backup1 folder. Backup2 and Backup3 folders remain without any files in them for the time being.
I wanted to automate the backups using Robocopy. I made a .cmd file saying the following: Robocopy "G:" "I:\Backup1" /MIR /R:2 /W:2 /V /ETA /Z /LOG:Backup1.txt
and I ran it; I have had success using a nearly identical script (and changing the source and destination as appropriate) when backing up things in other instances, including using the current computer and OS.
Robocopy ran, and for all files, returned the attribute of "same," meaning that the files already existed in the destination folder which is I:
After Robocopy was done, the Backup1 folder in the I: drive disappeared; it is not visible. Backup2 and Backup3 folders still exist within the I: drive. I thought maybe the folder and files got erased due to an error in how I ran Robocopy.
However, there are three things that demonstrate that the files actually are present in I:, but I just can't see them:
1) The I: drive continues to have 189GB less space, which is exactly how big the source was.
2) Since I don't see a "Backup1" folder, I tried to create a new folder with the same name in I:, and I get a window saying "this destination already contains a folder named 'Backup1'." So even though it is not visible, "Backup1" actually exists on the I: drive.
3) Each time I run Robocopy to copy G: to I:\Backup1, it indicates that the files are already in I:\Backup1.
I hope that the above made things a little clearer. Perhaps if things are still not clear, I can try to get some screenshots or something.
Thanks again for your help!