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Windows 7: Whats the difference between a backup or easy file transfer?

18 Apr 2012   #1
janice2611

Windows 7 Home premium 32 bit
 
 
Whats the difference between a backup or easy file transfer?

Have to format the c drive on my laptop due to problems with Windows and I want to save all my documents, movies, pictures etc to the external hard drive. Is it best to to a backup or to use the Windows Easy File Transfer option and is there a difference between them? Thanks, Janice


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18 Apr 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Janice,

Since you are just wanting to backup those files, I would recommend to just manually copy and paste the folders that the files are in to the external HDD. It will be a lot more reliable, and just as easy to copy the files from the external HDD back into the new installation.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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18 Apr 2012   #3
janice2611

Windows 7 Home premium 32 bit
 
 

Ok, Thanks Shaun. I have already done both but the backup said it did not copy all the files and wasn't sure how the easy transfer option worked as far as getting them back onto the computer. What do I do about the programs that have been downloaded? Do I have to transfer those over to the external HD as well?
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18 Apr 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yeah, that's one reason why copy and paste is more reliable. You shouldn't have any issues doing it this way.

Unfortunately, programs and drivers will need to be reinstalled on the new installation.

I don't recommend Windows Easy Transfer in this case, but you can learn more on how to in the tutorial below.

Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers
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