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Windows 7: Backing up and restoring AppData and Favorites

16 Jan 2014   #11
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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I wanted to keep AppData where it is in C: so it gets backed up with the period system images I make in case I ever want to revert back to an earlier program setting. It's because other settings (and data) also revert back to the earlier version that I wanted to know if I could keep versioned copies of both the AppData and Favorites folders and copy back the portions I needed restored back to the current version after restoring an earlier image. Making those copies should be easy using FreeFileSync (similar to SyncToy) and should be configurable to happen when I do my daily data backups.
Lady F., by way of explanation, I moved my user folders to a data drive, however the AppData folder is still on the C drive. I don't back that up, but maybe I should. It can be quite large and have a bunch of stuff I don't care about. Certain folders in AppData I probably should back up, but don't.
I left my User folder on C: drive because of the dire warnings I had read about how moving the User folder to another drive would cause an image of the C drive to also include all of the drive the User folder had been moved to be included in the image. At the time, all I thought I would need to move from my SSD would be the data folders (My Documents, My Music, etc.), which was as easy as just dragging them to the E: drive.

Btw, guys, people are starting to respond to the relocated post so maybe we should continue over there.


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16 Jan 2014   #12
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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As I suggested. Make an image now after you saved the favorites and AppData. Then restore to some earier image and replace favorites and Appdata with those you saved.

If it does not work, restore the image you just made. Easy, peasy.
I'll have to do that (unless someone chimes in with something such as guaranteed computer meltdown if I do so) but it will have to keep for a day or two. I seriously need some serious chill time before I tackle anything new.
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16 Jan 2014   #13
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Lady F, that warning about the images was only about Windows image backup. Macrium, Paragon nor any other imaging program I am aware of does not do that, only Windows.
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16 Jan 2014   #14
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Look I am only a clunker at this stuff but going to my Users / John / AppData I just right click then it asks if I want to send it to wherever (stick for example) is this anything near what is needed or am I way off track??
If it is right then it would only be a matter of retrieving it back??
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16 Jan 2014   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

John, saving it is not the problem. Question is what happens when you restore it to an earlier image. Does it break something ??
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16 Jan 2014   #16
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Told you I was a clunker I read it as saving the retrieving
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16 Jan 2014   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No problem John. Your method is certainly one that could be used for saving the appdata folder(s).
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19 Jan 2014   #18
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

After doing some far...er...fooling around with trying to restore lost data and settings in the three programs that sometimes were giving me grief after I would do an image restore, I determined that backing up and restoring AppData wasn't going to reliably do the job for me plus doing so was being increasingly hairier the more I tried so I've moved on to Plan B.

My desktop calendar program has a way to manually backup both settings and data (in the past I only used it to transfer data between my desktop and my notebook before going on a trip) so I set up a folder in Documents on my E: drive for Calendar Backups with a subfolder for settings and another one for data in it. It takes only a few seconds to make a backup so I'll just have to remember to do so whenever I add entries to the calendar (with me being retired, that doesn't happen often). The folder will get backed up by FreeFileSync when I do my daily backup of the E: drive.

I would occasionally lose some of my settings if I shut down my computer without closing MediaMonkey first (it isn't often that I do that but when I did, it was a PITA to deal with after I restarted). Since there was only one setting that would give me grief when I tried to remember how to reset it, the path and folder and file names of files ripped from CDs, I just did a copy and paste of that setting to a text file I made in the folder where I keep my MediaMonkey installation files (I save the installation files, including older versions, of all the programs I download since the websites I get them from may not have them later on should I need them); the other settings take only a few seconds for me to reset. Now, if I ever forget to close MediaMonkey before shutting down my computer, I can copy and paste the setting back into Media Monkey.

My post it note program, FreeNote, was more of a problem since there was no way I could find to back up the notes. someone recommended 7 Sticky Notes to me a while back but didn't care for it much then because making new notes wasn't as easy as it was with FreeNote and the notes took up more screen real estate. I did use it for some for notes that I didn't need to be in my face at all times since I could roll up the notes and leave only the title showing, cutting down on the screen real estate being occupied. One thing that 7 Sticky notes can do that FreeNote cannot is allow me to manually backup notes and/or set it up to automagically backups notes. I can set how often I want all the notes backed up, where to back them up to, and how many backups to keep (with older ones over that number being automagically deleted). So, I set up a folder on my E: drive to park the backups in, then copied all my old FreeNote notes to new 7 Sticky Note notes, parked the old notes in a pile in one corner, the closed FreeNote and removed from Startup. That way, I can retrieve them later should something go horribly wrong with 7 Sticky Notes.

Ok, I've bored you all long enough.
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