Thanks jefro but I must beg to differ re. VMWare tools. The automatic VM build process (i.e. not the "I will install the operating system later" option) does in fact install the tools. At least in Ubuntu and derivatives and CentOS. I think it does in Windows as well but I have not built a Windows VM in quite a while. That said, on the Xubutu VMs I checked under the "Virtual Machine" menu and Reinstall VMWare Tools was displayed, not Install VMWare Tools.
Just for the halibut I just reinstall tools on one of the Xubuntu VMs. I can copy FROM the VM to the host (don't recall if I could before - don't think I tried) but I still cannot copy TO the VM. At least now if I try to drag something to the VM it does not disappear.
Well Xfce is about 0 for 5 of the things I have been testing. I like the simple interface but too many things do not work. I guess I will stick with plain Ubuntu until Canonical breaks one to many thing which had been working fine. Then I think I will move to CentOS or Scientific Linux.
p.s. Based on your comment
I guess it is possible that your drag failed and dropped it someplace else.
I decided to search my hard drives for the "missing" files. I found them copied under a folder of Full Circle Magazine issues and another copy under a folder of Manuals and Catalogs (I had restored from a backup archive after they went AWOL). Both of these subdirectories are child directories of the directory where I dragged the collection of files from. Oh well, the lost are found.