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I use an external hard disk as a backup for my programming projects. Now a lot of files in these projects are hidden files. Like .git or .svn etc. I have been able to view the hidden files but I cannot do a copy paste for the hidden files. Is there something that needs to be activated to allow copying hidden files and folders.

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Can you not copy the enclosing folder, or do you need to cherry-pick the (hidden) files to copy? –  Gerry Sep 3 '12 at 8:08
    
If I copy paste a folder which contains hidden folders, there is a message saying cannot copy this folder because its hidden, I don't remember the exact message but it was something like this. I had to manually copy the hidden files. –  Apurv Sep 3 '12 at 9:00
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