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Windows 7: How to get AppData transferred to HD back onto laptop

17 Apr 2013   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
How to get AppData transferred to HD back onto laptop

I've had a weird problem for the past few months. A while ago while trying to create backup of my users folder in the C drive, i (probably) cut-pasted it into my external HD instead of copy-pasting it. So the problem i have is that all my appdata has been transferred there, or i think so. Therefore, whenever i try to access my desktop without attaching my HD, i can't as my desktop is now on my HD, i.e. instead of C:\<user>\Desktop it's H:\<user>\Desktop (see screenshot). I also can't access my MS Office files without my HD as i get errors saying MS Office can't access the files (see same screenshot).
Moreover recently when i used the SF Diagnostic tool, i just couldn't find where it was storing the output file. I finally had to do a search and then i found it in a separately created users folder on my HD. (H:\Users\<user>).
While my HD uses my USB for power supply, it is majorly inconvenient for me to always drag my HD along. Also it seriously affects the battery backup of my laptop as it's been nearly four years now since i bought my laptop and haven't replaced the battery yet .
So can anyone tell me how to get back the appdata (or whatever it is) from my HD back onto my laptop HD?

PS: I'm not sure where to post this problem so i've kept this under General here. If this is not appropriate, let me know where to post it.

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17 Apr 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Basically you did what should not of been done

Anyways, so what you did was move you your AppData and program files to another harddrive?
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17 Apr 2013   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32 bit

Yes, and you need not rub it in!
Program Files are still on C drive though.

PS: Your English is poor. Is it because you are Irish?! ;-)
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17 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

ha. I made the same mistake as you a while back :) so I know how you feel. Did you try to copy back the files to the C drive?

What I did was just reinstall windows. When ever your trying to make backups of user data and file use the back up in windows Backup User and System Files
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17 Apr 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

This might help you also User Profile - Change Default Location
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17 Apr 2013   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

open regedit and browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

post screenshot

browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders

post screenshot. Be sure I can read all the data!! So make the columns as large as possible
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