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Windows 7: need help with copied user folder.


20 Apr 2011   #1

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need help with copied user folder.

my dad screwed up his computer somehow, so i took out the hdd and copied all his c:\user\username files from his vista machine and then reinstalled windows 7. now i have all that data and his 1000s of files, but they're not like they were. now there are only a few files all tagged something like userdata123243895863823982374834293247238438.ms i know the data is there because they're the same size as it was whenever i copied them. anyone have any idea what the hell i do now? thanks in advance.

roseysdaddy


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20 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

They have that name on your computer or on his computer after you copied them back over?

Do you still have a copy on your computer?
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20 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Hello roseysdaddy Welcome to the Seven Forums!

You may have to try this again backing up files for your dad but by using a different option. Back Up Data without Booting to Vista - Vista Forums[11]=Backup Restore

That requires a Vista dvd where you boot live from that to go into the Repair tools and open the command prompt option for the copy and paste method to flash drive or external hard drive. If Vista was running using the built-in option for saving files and settings would be the preferred method where you would be able to restore them on the fresh 7 installation. Backup Files - Vista Forums

The two guides are from SF's sister forum over at VistaForums. The lengthy file number names appear to have been renamed by the data recovery method you used on the drive once removed from the Vista machine itself. Did you use a 3rd party tool like DrRecovery or some other program like that?

Saw that happen when retrieving everything from an old XP machine resulting in 1,000+ folders with all kinds of number folders to sift through when recovering files from a corrupt partition. The manual copy and paste method seen in the first guide at least preserves the original folder names as well as individual folders.

If you had elected to perform a clean install of 7 over the old Vista installation all user files would have been preserved in the Windows.old folder by default when not seeing the drive reformatted. The original folder structure is retained as well. If the drive was reused you may lost the option for the first method however.
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20 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

well, i still have the files, but the hdd has been wiped clean and has windows 7 installed.
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20 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by roseysdaddy View Post
well, i still have the files, but the hdd has been wiped clean and has windows 7 installed.
You still have the files on your PC, right?

Are those names you posted on YOUR PC or on HIS PC after you copied them back to HIS PC?

Please be very descriptive about where those file are with those names.
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20 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

You have the recovered files but were they recovered by a 3rd party tool? This is what I was pointing out as to why you would end up seeing everything renamed. That will make it a real pain trying to sort everything out!

Unfortunately with the OS drive already wiped you now wouldn't be able to use other alternative methods that would simplify things. If they are still separate folders containing files however and not compressed as an archive the hassle would be sorting out which ones to see transferred back to the other machine.

Recovery programs tend to use their own naming system when recovering data. That would explain the renaming and what you have been leaving out. We will need a little more on how you went about recoverying from the drive.
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20 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

So the question is did you use 3rd party program to copy the files from your dads PC to your or did you do a straight COPY with Windows Explorer.
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21 Apr 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

all i did was cut/paste the folder with his username from C:\User (maybe had an 's') at the end.
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21 Apr 2011   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by roseysdaddy View Post
all i did was cut/paste the folder with his username from C:\User (maybe had an 's') at the end.
I am sorry but you need to answer a few questions. And possibly with a little more detail then you have been providing in the one line answers you've give so far.

1) Where are you seeing those file/folder names you posted.
userdata123243895863823982374834293247238438.ms
On YOUR PC or on your DADs PC?

2) Did you check the files and folder on your PC right after you copied them from your Dads PC? And were the names as you posted at that point?
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