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Windows 7: Importing My Documents from External Hard Drive - XP to Win 7

15 Nov 2011   #1
rikkidegraz

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Importing My Documents from External Hard Drive - XP to Win 7

Up to about a week ago I had a Toshiba laptop with XP. Then I bought a new Toshiba laptop with Win 7. Here is my issue.

I am a head-hunter. I use Outlook 2007 for keeping all my contact information for both Clients and Candidates. I keep all resumes in business folder within My Documents. Each Outlook entry has a link to the candidate's folder.

On my old laptop, I backed up Outlook to a .pst file and copied to an external hard drive before formatting. I did that with all my files.

So, when I imported from the external hard drive into my new computer, I noticed something odd. When I clicked on a candidate's link in Outlook Contacts, I got the following message: cannot find C:\documents & settings\.....\my documents\business backup\........\resumes\... verify path

Furthermore, when I delete that hyperlink to recreate one, the address it shows is: C:\users\.....\Music\documents\business backup\.......\resumes\....

Music? What are my files doing in Music? They are also listed in Documents.

Can you help me to sort this out?


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15 Nov 2011   #2
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I don't have a suggestion at this time, but what you see is a perfect example why many of us don't use the "my" folders at all. I always use a second drive (or a partition if on a laptop) labeled as D for all of my user data, such as documents, photos, etc. If your paths were D:\Clients....then your links would still function properly.
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16 Nov 2011   #3
rikkidegraz

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

So I deleted the document folder within the music folder. as expected, everything was deleted from document folder and the document folder within the music folder.

I thought if I started from scratch I could fix it so instead of importing the whole my document folder, I imported each folder separtely making sure not to import the music folder.

Guess what? They still showed up in the music folder. So, is there any way to create a partition without formating the hard drive?
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16 Nov 2011   #4
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You can use software such as Partition Wizard to shrink your current partition, then create a new partition from the unused space.
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16 Nov 2011   #5
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I agree with DeaconFrost.

Create a separate data partition and forget about using Libraries.
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16 Nov 2011   #6
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

It sounds like your music folder is actually a junction pointing back to the Documents folder.

As for why this happened in the first place, the system path to user folders was changed between XP and Vista/7:
  • XP: C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents
  • 7: C:\Users\username\Documents
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16 Nov 2011   #7
rikkidegraz

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Short of reformatting and creating partitions, do I have any other recourse?
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16 Nov 2011   #8
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

There's no need to reformat just to create another partition (given enough disk space of course). DeaconFrost suggested Partition Wizard which is excellent and freely downloadable as a bootable CD .iso image, ready to be burned to disc.
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16 Nov 2011   #9
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Use this tutorial to partition your hard drive without reinstalling Windows.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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17 Nov 2011   #10
rikkidegraz

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thank you. I've looked at other partition programs but they all want money. I figure why spend more money when Microsoft is to blame for this screwup. Had they kept some things well enough alone, I would'nt be in this predicament.
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