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Strange disappearance act: files downloaded from ftp site "empty"
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Hermann  Identity Verified
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Apr 6, 2007

I had to download several files from a ftp site. Some were a couple of hundred KB and others between 20 and 30 MB.

I saved them to a folder on my hard disk and noticed two showed just 0 KB and when opening them they were empty.

I downloaded them again and finally had the complete set on my hard disk and was able to view them. I copied them to a CD where I can still view them.

However, a few weeks later I wanted to re-organise some folders on my hard disk and backup disk and noticed that all the files in this particular folder are now also empty. I can see their names, all have 0 KB, and when opening them I get just an empty page.

Could this have something to do with the anti-virus programme? (on this particular computer I have the unpopular Norton IS v. 2007).

I would be grateful for any ideas to prevent a possible reoccurrence.

Happy Easter

Norbert


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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TEMP files by your FTP program? Apr 6, 2007

Hermann wrote:
I saved them to a folder on my hard disk and noticed two showed just 0 KB and when opening them they were empty.


It is possible that your FTP program don't download the files directly to the folder of your choice, but instead downloads it to some TEMP folder somewhere, and only at the very last minute replaces the dummy files in your folder with the downloaded files from the TEMP folder. I'm just speculating.


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Hermann  Identity Verified
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Thanks Samuel - I did a search ... Apr 6, 2007

... to check whether these files might be lurking in some temporary folder but I couldn't find any.

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Csaba Ban  Identity Verified
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zip files? Apr 6, 2007

Something similar happened to me once.

If you have a series of zip files created by slicing up a single very large file into several equal-sized zip files, all but one will look empty. You'll need the last file to open them all, and unless you have the last file in the series, all of them will look empty, even you can that their size is definitely more than zero.

Other than this, I have no idea what may cause this problem.

Csaba


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Hermann  Identity Verified
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... no zip file Apr 6, 2007

If you have a series of zip files


No, they were separate files, all placed in a folder for me to download. Which I did, one by one.


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