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#1 w411

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 01:54 PM

This is a new one for me, migrating data from an XP system to a new Windows 7 Home Premium system.  On small drive previous system I always dump the entire contents into a folder for customers in case down the road they remember some strange location where they had some data stored.

 

Windows 7 shows 11.9 GB free of 38.2 GB (approx 26 GB used) connected with an IDE to USB cable, but when I dragged the entire drive to a folder it was only showing about 4 GB worth of files.  Discovered the user had made files private trying to implement a "secure XP system". I took ownership at the drive level for all subfolders and objects and still am only seeing 16 GB of files . . . somewhere are 10 GB of missing data.

 

The XP system is not bootable so I can't do a comparison on the actual running system either.

 

User is a bare bones knowledge user and I don't see any evidence of a TrueCrypt installation. 

 

Comments? Questions? Any thoughts appreciated.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 02:02 PM

Another oddity, if I CTRL A and right click at the root of the XP drive I see 50,148 files and 5,320 folders, but if I drag everything that is selected to a folder on the Windows 7 drive the dialog box reads copying 3,889 items (1.64 GB) . . . 






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