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Windows 7: Most thorough Backup: Use Libraries or Users via copy/paste?

20 Apr 2013   #1
AlphaX

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Most thorough Backup: Use Libraries or Users via copy/paste?

Most thorough Backup: Use "Libraries" or "Users" via copy/paste?
For simplicity I prefer to do a copy/paste backup to an external hard drive.
Is it more thorough and effective for me to copy "Libraries" or "Users" to paste to the drive?
I am only want to backup Data.
Data only. Not O.S.
"Libraries" contains: Documents, Music, Pictures, & Videos.
"Users" has is larger in GB.


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20 Apr 2013   #2
TwoCables

 

That depends on what folder locations are included in the libraries. If all of them are in your Users folder, then it won't make any difference. If some of them aren't, then you'll have an incomplete backup.
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20 Apr 2013   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

What do you want to backup - user data or the OS.
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20 Apr 2013   #4
AlphaX

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Data only. Not O.S.

Data only. Not O.S.
"Libraries" contains: Documents, Musics, Pictures, & Videos.
"Users" is larger in GB.
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20 Apr 2013   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

For those you can use Copy/Paste (the folders) or this: Context Menu - Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder
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20 Apr 2013   #6
TwoCables

 

You have to compare what folder "locations" are included in your libraries. There may be folders included that are not in your users folder.
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21 Apr 2013   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You cannot copy (from) a library. But you can paste to a library - it will then paste into the default folder as shown in the library properties.

You can only copy (from) a folder or file.
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21 Apr 2013   #8
TwoCables

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You cannot copy (from) a library. But you can paste to a library - it will then paste into the default folder as shown in the library properties.

You can only copy (from) a folder or file.
Oh hey, I didn't notice that before. No "included" folder can be copied; just its contents!
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21 Apr 2013   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You cannot copy (from) a library. But you can paste to a library - it will then paste into the default folder as shown in the library properties.

You can only copy (from) a folder or file.
Oh hey, I didn't notice that before. No "included" folder can be copied; just its contents!
That's correct. If you right click on a library and say 'copy', nothing will happen. But if you say 'paste', the clipboard content will land in the default folder of that library.

However, if you right click on a folder and say copy, it will go to the clipboard.
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21 Apr 2013   #10
TwoCables

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You cannot copy (from) a library. But you can paste to a library - it will then paste into the default folder as shown in the library properties.

You can only copy (from) a folder or file.
Oh hey, I didn't notice that before. No "included" folder can be copied; just its contents!
That's correct. If you right click on a library and say 'copy', nothing will happen. But if you say 'paste', the clipboard content will land in the default folder.
What I noticed though is copying an included folder will just copy all of its contents instead.
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