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Windows 7: SyncToy - Backup User Data

10 Mar 2015   #30
seven2

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 
MS Synch Toy 2.0

I have a fried who has an external drive his old boss used to backup files to. He needs these files. How can he recover these files from the external drive to his own pc?
Does the Synch toy program help or did it just keep the bosses files synched?

I thought he should usb cable the two, then find the drive and copy and paste to his new pc.
I do not know if mounting is necessary to copy and paste.
Thank you


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11 Mar 2015   #31
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seven2 View Post
How can he recover these files from the external drive to his own pc?
Simply connect the external drive to the computer and use Windows Explorer to browse the files, and copy & paste as required.
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11 Mar 2015   #32
seven2

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 
recover

I very much appreciate the help.
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23 Mar 2015   #33
rfmtm

W7x64
 
 

Great work Golden.

I have everything set up, but have run into one problem. When I try to use SyncToy to backup the SyncToy pairs folder, it will not copy the .log and pulls an error, but worse it will not copy any of the .dat files, which would be needed to restore the folder pairs along with the .bin file that does copy. What am I missing?
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18 Jul 2015   #34
Diligent

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

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13 Aug 2015   #35
Hayaain

Win7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Is SyncToy suitable for a complete system back-up system that could be used to restore if the C drive completely fails?
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13 Aug 2015   #36
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hayaain View Post
Is SyncToy suitable for a complete system back-up system that could be used to restore if the C drive completely fails?
Never used it, but I seriously doubt it.

I think it's a "file by file" data backup tool.

Not an imaging application, which is what you'd need to "restore if the C drive completely fails".
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13 Aug 2015   #37
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

No. It is a file backup as Ignazatronic said. For that you will need an imaging program like Macrium Reflect Free. We have a tutorial for it. Imaging with free Macrium. It is for a previous version but still valid.
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13 Aug 2015   #38
Hayaain

Win7 Pro 64bit
 
 

OK many thanks.

I am currently using it to sync a drive with all my photo files to an external USB3 and it works so well. I'll check out Macrium.
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13 Aug 2015   #39
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I would suggest that you continue to use SyncToy to back up your data (far more efficient, faster, and requires less storage space). However, an imaging program, such as Macrium Reflect is best for backing up System files (OS and programs).
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