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Windows 7: Relocating your user account to another drive

04 Dec 2009   #11

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Recovering Users Files / Folders from Dos

I managed to damaged the hard drive on a Toshiba Laptop that I installed the Win 7 7100 RC on- I cant boot the drive and have been unable to recover the files when I pull the drive out and hook it up to a usb cable and connect it to another computer.

Can someone provide guidance on how to copy the everything in my user folder from the win7 recovery console DOS/ command prompt?

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04 Dec 2009   #12

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NosferatuX View Post
It is possible to relocate a whole account to a different drive but will cause complications once you format/replace your main OS as Windows security will tend to lock it up even if you're using the exact credentials.

The most recommended way of accomplishing this task is to just relocate main folders to a different drive/partition. You can do this to the following folders;
My Documents
My Music
My Pictures
My Videos
Saved Games

To move these folders to a different location, just right-click>properties>location and choose a location

After completing these steps, your files are covered and is not affected by any problems your OS might encounter.

Note: To avoid windows making duplicates of relocated folders, in Folder Options (in Control Panel), enable "Show hidden files and folders". Now when you're asked to replace files and folders, select to copy and replace all. If a single file is left, expect a duplicate. You can safely remove the duplicate folders after a restart by renaming it first then delete it. Others might be able to delete this straight off.

Let me know how this turns out for yah or if you need further information
How can I do that with only command prompt access via the recovery console?
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06 Mar 2010   #13

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by styggy View Post
There is a very good article on this here..
The article is gone!
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06 Mar 2010   #14
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by caban View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by styggy View Post
There is a very good article on this here..
The article is gone!

See the other post you just made.
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