Fix: “The destination already contains a folder named..” Windows 10 error

By: Aleksandar Ognjanovic
5 minute read
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Windows sometimes have the most peculiar issues one could imagine. Even the simplest UI commands, like copy-paste, can sometimes fail you. Luckily, those errors are not common and are simple to address. For example, the “The destination already contains a folder/file named…” error pop-ups from time to time. Affected users are unable to copy or even merge the folder and files on the chosen destination.

In order to help you address this, we prepared a list of the most applicable solutions. If you’re having a hard time resolving the issue at hand, make sure to check them out below.

Fix Windows Explorer “The destination already contains a folder/file named…” error in Windows 10

  1. Restart Windows Explorer
  2. Check for Hidden files
  3. Run SFC
  4. Use Command Prompt to transfer files
  5. Check storage for errors
  6. Scan for malware
  7. Reset the system to factory settings

1: Restart Windows Explorer

Let’s start with the simple ones. This and similar errors can have various causes, starting with the smallest ones and reaching to critical HDD or system issues. The simplest cause for the error lies in the Windows Explorer inability to execute an ordinary task due to clipboard issues.

As it’s the essential built-in part of the Windows shell, you certainly can’t reinstall it. What you can do is restart it. By doing so, you’ll clear the cache and, hopefully, fix the copying error.

Follow these instructions to restart the Windows Explorer in Windows 10:

  1. Right-click on the Taskbar and open Task Manager.the destination already contains a folder named
  2. Under the “Processes” tab, navigate to Windows Explorer and End the task.the destination already contains a folder named
  3. Don’t close Task Manager yet.
  4. Click File on the Main menu and choose “Run new task“.
  5. Type explorer.exe in the command line and check the “Create this task whit administrative privileges” box.the destination already contains a folder named
  6. Press OK and close the Task Manager.

2: Check for Hidden files

What if the “The destination already contains a folder/file named…” error is not an error at all? Some folders or files might be hidden, especially if you’re merging or copying to system folders. And one single file can create the problem and prevent copying/merging. In order to address this, we recommend enabling Hidden files. That way you’ll know whether there’s or there isn’t the file or folder with the same name at the destination.

Follow these instructions to make the Hidden files transparent in Windows 10:

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. In the Main Menu (File, Computer, View) choose the View tab.
  3. Check the “Hidden items” box.the destination already contains a folder named
  4. Now you should be able to see whether there’s any conflicting folder in the preferred destination.

3: Run SFC

Even the slightest corruption of system files can lead to inconsistencies in the performance. Since this problem’s core is somewhere with the system, we recommend running the System File Checker utility. The SFC is the system utility tool run through elevated Command Prompt. Its main purpose is to check the integrity of the system files. Once run, it should identify and fix the majority of the problems concerning the system files.

Here’s how to run SFC in Windows 10:

  1. Type cmd in the Windows Search bar. Right-click on the Command Prompt and run it as an admin.the destination already contains a folder named
  2. In the command line, type sfc/ scannow and press Enter.the destination already contains a folder named
  3. Wait until the scan is finished and restart your PC.
  4. Try copying the troublesome file or folder again.

4: Use Command Prompt to transfer files

If Windows Explorer won’t work and you are in a dire need to copy something from the destination ‘A’ to destination ‘B’, you can use the robocopy command in Command Prompt. This command is a great way to copy large chunks of data while retaining the access permissions and copying all subdirectories in the process.

Follow these instructions to transfer files from with Command Prompt:

    1. Open Command Prompt as an administrator.
    2. In the command line, type the following command and press Enter:
      • robocopy C:\Folder1 D:\Data\Folder2 /ethe destination already contains a folder named
    3. Don’t forget to replace the “C:\Folder1 D:\Data\Folder2” part with your own destinations.

You can use this whenever you want, and we recommend the Robocopy utility with the robust, large files.

5: Check storage for errors

This error would be the last thing on your mind if it turns out there’s a storage error on your HDD. On the other hand, if you’re copying files to USB flash drive, these errors are quite common. These get corrupted all the time and it’s rather simple to fix them. Of course, this only works if the hardware part is still performing.

In order to check the HDD or USB flash drive health, follow these steps:

  1. Open This PC.
  2. Right-click on your HDD or the USB flash drive and open Properties.
  3. Choose the Tools tab.
  4. Under the “Error Checking” section, click Check.the destination already contains a folder named

6: Scan for malware

Possible malware interference is also a viable reason for Explorer’s mischiefs. Making sure that your PC is protected from effects of the malware presence is of utmost importance. In this case, we recommend a deep scan.

You can do so with the built-in protective software — Windows Defender, or with a third-party antimalware solution. If you’re in doubt which antivirus to get, take our word on the BitdefenderBullGuard and Panda Antivirus. Give them a trial chance. You can learn more about Bitdefender from our review.

Since the Windows Defender is the tool every Windows 10 user have, we’ll explain how to run the deep scan on the native antivirus. Follow the steps below:

  1. Open Windows Security Center from the Notification area.
  2. Choose Virus & threat protection.the destination already contains a folder named
  3. Choose Advanced scan.the destination already contains a folder named
  4. Select Offline Scan and click on the “Scan now” button.the destination already contains a folder named
  5. Your PC will restart and the scanning procedure will commence.

7: Reset the system to factory settings

In the end, if the error is persistent, the only viable solution is turning to recovery options. System Restore should work just fine, but it’s not enabled by the default. Which mean that there’s a good chance you don’t have available restore points. On the other hand, factory reset works like a charm. It refreshes your system similarly to clean reinstall but you get to keep your files and installed applications.

Here’s how to reset your Windows 10 to factory settings and fix the error at hand:

  1. In the Windows Search bar, type recovery and open Recovery options from the list of results.
  2. Click on the ”Get started” button under the ”Reset this PC” recovery option.the destination already contains a folder named
  3. Choose whether you want to preserve files stored on system partition or not.
  4. Follow the instructions until the system is refreshed.

That’s a wrap-up. Just in case you are aware of any alternative solution for the “The destination already contains a folder/file named…” error in Windows 10, please do share it with us. You can do so in the comments section below.


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