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Windows 7: Most thorough Backup: Use Libraries or Users via copy/paste?

21 Apr 2013   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That I don't understand - can you explain.


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21 Apr 2013   #12
TwoCables

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
That I don't understand - can you explain.
Open a Library, right-click one of the folders and choose copy. This copies all of the contents of that folder.
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21 Apr 2013   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
That I don't understand - can you explain.
Open a Library, right-click one of the folders and choose copy. This copies all of the contents of that folder.
Hmm, maybe I misunderstand. But if I copy folder "xyz" from Pictures library and paste into the Documents libray then I have folder "xyz" in the documents library - if course with all its content.
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21 Apr 2013   #14
TwoCables

 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
That I don't understand - can you explain.
Open a Library, right-click one of the folders and choose copy. This copies all of the contents of that folder.
Hmm, maybe I misunderstand. But if I copy folder "xyz" from Pictures library and paste into the Documents libray then I have folder "xyz" in the documents library - if course with all its content.
Not folders that are inside of an included folder, but the folder locations themselves. I have 3 folders included in my Pictures library. If I right-click and choose copy on one of those 3, then it just copies the contents.
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21 Apr 2013   #15
AlphaX

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

"Users", having more GB & more folders, I would say contains more data. Otherwise, don't they contain the same data?
If I paste either "Users" or "Libraries" won't the other be created automatically?
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22 Apr 2013   #16
AlphaX

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
able to copy/paste both "Users" & "Libraries"

I was able to copy/paste both "Users" & "Libraries" w/o any problems.
However, when doing a copy/paste of "Users" I see no need to copy/paste the "NTUSER.DAT" since I was given the window instructing me to turn it off.
I appreciate the input, but have yet to receive a solid straightforward answer to my original question.
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22 Apr 2013   #17
TwoCables

 

Here's how the Libraries feature works:

Everything you see in there is dictated by what "Locations" (folders) are "included" in each Library. Therefore, it's possible to have "Locations" (folders) that are included that are not in your Users folder. So this also means that it's possible that you have things in your Users folder that are not in any of your Libraries due to simply not being in "included" in any of your Libraries.

Therefore, you need to find out if there is anything in any of your Libraries that is not in your Users folder. You have to compare.
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23 Apr 2013   #18
AlphaX

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

ok, There is never a simple answer with MS. As has been my experiece since day 1 I am spending more time playing Tech instead of using my LapTop as a tool.
What is the simplest & most concise method to do a comparison?
So far doing both "Users" (w/o USERDAT) & "Libraries" keeps you covered, as long as you have the space to store both.
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23 Apr 2013   #19
TwoCables

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AlphaX View Post
ok, There is never a simple answer with MS. As has been my experiece since day 1 I am spending more time playing Tech instead of using my LapTop as a tool.
What is the simplest & most concise method to do a comparison?
So far doing both "Users" (w/o USERDAT) & "Libraries" keeps you covered, as long as you have the space to store both.
You have to compare them manually. If you copy both, then you could end up with a large amount of duplicates.
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25 Apr 2013   #20
AlphaX

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I do not understand what you 2 are saying. Now I am more mixed up than ever.
Isn't there a simple answer?
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