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Windows 7: Anything in AppData that needs to be backed up?

10 Mar 2012   #11
Vincenzo

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I mean that I expect you would re install Windows, then install Carbonite, then restore files.


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10 Mar 2012   #12
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vincenzo View Post
I mean that I expect you would re install Windows, then install Carbonite, then restore files.
Yep but even then Your new system would have different HD, different drivers, different installed updates, etc.
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10 Mar 2012   #13
gregrocker

 

While it might be a good idea to back up hidden AppData in case you need to go hunting some important saved games, etc. I would not reimport AppData folder itself because it is a corruption path into a clean reinstall. Best to start over with fresh settings on a new install.

Likewise I would not use a backup program for files because it can fail. It's much easier to drag your User profile or active User folders to external. Then after install open each User folder, from Organize tab Select All, drag the group into the corresponding User folder on lefthan Explorer bar - waiting for it to expand and confirm the location before releasing.
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11 Mar 2012   #14
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

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If carbonite has a boot disk yes, otherwise no.
Not true, no boot disk required that I can see. Install Carbonite then start restoring your data.

Why would a boot disc be needed?

Vincenzo, your friend is spending $50 a year for Carbonite. For not much more than that an external hard drive could be purchased then using Macrium Reflect Free, good image backups can be done.
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11 Mar 2012   #15
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
Quote:
If carbonite has a boot disk yes, otherwise no.
Not true, no boot disk required that I can see. Install Carbonite then start restoring your data.

Why would a boot disc be needed?

Vincenzo, your friend is spending $50 a year for Carbonite. For not much more than that an external hard drive could be purchased then using Macrium Reflect Free, good image backups can be done.
If his OS is corrupted, his backed up Data on Carbonite is going to be of little use.
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12 Mar 2012   #16
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Vincenzo said:
Quote:
I mean that I expect you would re install Windows, then install Carbonite, then restore files.
So no boot disc is required,
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13 Mar 2012   #17
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

For several years, I paid $60 a year to backup online. I then wised up and spent a one time $60 charge for a HD to put my backups on and used Free Macrium. No more yearly backup fee.
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13 Mar 2012   #18
Vincenzo

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Before I installed Carbonite for her, I went through with her all her choices for backup. She decided she would rather pay the $5/month than have to deal with the external hard drive options.
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13 Mar 2012   #19
gregrocker

 

I'd find an old HD or buy one and install it for her, set up Windows backup to save updated image and User folders to it monthly: Backup User and System Files

She won't even see it or have to deal with it, it's faster being SATA, invisible.
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13 Mar 2012   #20
Vincenzo

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes, I agree. And I like being able to see my backed up data.
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