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Windows 7: Win7 C:AppData and D:AppData cant access

21 May 2011   #1

W7 64 Pro
Win7 C:AppData and D:AppData cant access

Hi all.

I just built a new system with win764. I took my old hard drive which also had win764 and hooked it up to transfer all my files over to the new system.

Problem is if I go to

D:\Users\MYUSER\Application Data

its showing me the contents of

C:\Users\MYUSER\Application Data

I dont know if it's a symbolic link or whatever. What can I do to "unlink" the old and the new?

Any info appreciated.


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21 May 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Hi dotdot. Can you open Computer from the start menu and then open the D:\ form there? If so it shoulde be a straight forward copy/paste operation.
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21 May 2011   #3

W7 64 Pro


Yes I can access everything on that drive. Its just the users folders that I'm having issue with. They're like linked or something. The old drive and new drive both have windows 7 64. And on the new machine I set the same User and the same Computer name. I dont know if that is making windows think that the users folders are the same thing or not.

If I go to C:\Users\MYUSER\Application Data and create a folder in there, the same folder appears in D:\Users\MYUSER\Application Data. I have dual screens, and had both folders open to watch. So because of this "system linking" thing, I cant get to my original data on D:\Users\MYUSER\Application Data.
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21 May 2011   #4

Windows 8 Core X64

D:\Users\MYUSER\Application Data is a Symbolic Link. You need to open

D:\Users\MYUSER\AppData instead.
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21 May 2011   #5

W7 64 Pro

That seems to work for appdata. Thanks Rich. Whole purpose of this was to go grab my FF profile and other app profile data.

Now how do I get to My Pictures? and My Documents?

Much appreciated!
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22 May 2011   #6

Windows 8 Core X64

Same way:

\Users\MYUSER\My Documents
\Users\MYUSER\My Music
\Users\MYUSER\My Pictures

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