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Windows 7: User Files pre-restore


14 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
User Files pre-restore

Hi Guy's, newbie here...
I'm about to do a full restore on my Dell 6520.
I went to copy my user files to my attached WD HD before I ran the system restore and it told me I was backing up 56 gigs!
I went into the file and looked at it and the biggest file was my Picture file that holds my Lightroom catalogue and it's only 6 Gigs.
Any idea what I'm missing just selectively sliding over files to my HD before I restore?
Thanks in advance....
Mark

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14 Jun 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums RetSurfer. Did you use Win 7's built-in backup utility or making simple copies? You should only need to make backup copied of your personal data, eg, Documents, Music, Video, Pictures, and anything you have on your desktop.
If you used the backup feature what happens is Windows makes an image of your hard drive which includes your data and programs, profiles, and settings.
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14 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

No, I just slid "Users" over from my computer to the external HD I have connected. Thats when it showed 60 Gigs being transfered. I canceled it.
Mark
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14 Jun 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

How big is your total "Users" file? I would just copy the user folders individually. Then you know what you are doing.

Another method is to move them to a seperate Data Partition before you reinstall.
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14 Jun 2011   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

If you are a member of a workgroup or homegroup, you can have the same files in your user folders & public folders. I have mine on a seperate HD and found that there were 3 copies of user folders.
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14 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Thank you!
I just slid over my important files.....
Mark
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