Windows 7: “Are you sure you want to copy this file without its properties”

On my Windows 7 machine, while copying files (manually backing-up) from an internal drive to an external USB drive that was formatted by someone else, the following warning message appeared:

  • “Are you sure you want to copy this file without its properties”

This turned out to be due to the external disk having been formatted as FAT32 instead of NTFS as per my internal drive.

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    • Q:
      •  I have a file. This file in specific is a image. Its on my NTFS filesystem and i get this message when i try to copy to my FAT32 drive.  I cant find any properties on it… What is it talking about? All my files in these subdirectory gets that warning.
    • A:
      • Standard properties , that are not supported on all systems the same Tags and ratings, “that might want to be removed before sharing with others” (because they couldnt put that stuff in the comments they already didnt use
      • NTFS files can hold ADS (alternate data streams) this hidden chunk of monkey waste (humor) would be transferred to other NTFS file systems storages, but will be dumped when you go to Fat32 with it. Generally the ADS is not used for anything critical, and it has been discussed for possible security risk it can present.
      • Basically both could be ignored, and continue, although it might be interesting to see what was going on.
      • For ADS get some kind of ADS Viewing capability and seeing if it was used for good or evil purposes. Even if it was for evil purposes, it is like other “data” in that an actual executable (of some sort) would be needed to make use of the data for evil purposes.
      • For tags and ratings, look in the properties of the files, or sort the “details” columns to show more items, use the Hover tooltips, etc.


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