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11 Sep 2010   #1

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Windows 7 backup problems

I use a smaller laptop with Windows 7 Pro and use the C drive for system software and have moved all my personal folders such as My Documents, Music etc to the D drive to save space. All applications are also stored on the D drive. The problem is can Windows backup personal folders moved in this way?
All attemps so far in using Windows backup have failed so I suspect that files outside the user profile will cause unknown file errors. In the setup wizard for backup only drive C is available when choosing folders and any relocated personal folders are not displayed. Also the drive backup always fails at the first attempt even when backing up selected files from the C drive.
As anybody managed to backup relocated folders outside of the C drive using Windows backup?


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11 Sep 2010   #2
whs
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How did you move the user folders - e.g. with the location tab in Properties?
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11 Sep 2010   #3

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I relocated the folders using properties and then selecting location and choosing the D directory and choosing the path D:\username\name of folder. So all my personal folders are in the D directory.
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11 Sep 2010   #4
whs
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Quote:
path D:\username\name of folder
Hmm, that is somewhat strange. Normally the new path should be D:\name of folder. I am not sure why the "username" figures in that. Could you post a picture of the Properties of one of those folders?

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11 Sep 2010   #5

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I see what your getting at here. I use the user profile Martin. On the C drive this folder is a locked folder with the location C:\Users\Martin. All I have done is to simply create a folder on the D drive called Martin. Then using properties have relocated personal folders from the locked directory into this folder. This includes My Documents, Virtual Machines, My Music etc.
Is this not so common? Will it cause any problems from the Windows 7 viewpoint?
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11 Sep 2010   #6
whs
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sharpy View Post
I see what your getting at here. I use the user profile Martin. On the C drive this folder is a locked folder with the location C:\Users\Martin. All I have done is to simply create a folder on the D drive called Martin. Then using properties have relocated personal folders from the locked directory into this folder. This includes My Documents, Virtual Machines, My Music etc.
Is this not so common? Will it cause any problems from the Windows 7 viewpoint?
That is somewhat different to the approach I usually take. I create individual folders on D and move Documents to folder1, Music to folder2 etc. That way I have individual paths for each folder.
I am not sure how your folders ended up. Do they each have the same or a different path. And do they still have the location tab in Properties?
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11 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

The problem going on here is you can move folders from your user profile such as My Documents, My Music etc but these relocated folders do not show up in the user profile directory. So backup only displays whats in your user profile not any relocated folders.
Yet if you opt to display this directory on the Desktop by pressing start and by right clicking your personal folder and selecting this option, then double clicking this actually displays all the relocated folders.
The main problem with backup apart from this is that it fails at first base when creating a shadow image - error code 0x80070002. I selected the backup to the internal D drive and choose what to save with no system backup but no luck.
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11 Sep 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

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If I were you, I would image C and D. That is easy and straight forward. Imaging with free Macrium
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