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Migrating Windows settings and files to new install from a corrupted HD


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#1 iLoveDouxMarie

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 09:44 PM

My old HD has a corrupted windows 7 and won't let me boot at all. However, I can still access the HD via a dock and all it's folders and files.
What I want to do is transfer the settings and files from that old HD to a new HD with a fresh install. Obviously, Windows Easy Transfer won't work as I can't boot from the old HD. Is there a way or a program that will allow me to migrate from my old HD without having to install anything in it?

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:00 PM

It can be done manually. Be sure to get the data from

 

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\ApplicationName

 

and

 

C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\ApplicationName

 

for each application you want to save your preferences from, and copy directly to you new installation.

 

Install the applications first though :thumbup2:



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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:08 PM

Do you happen to know how to also save my Firefox profiles/history?

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:10 PM

That's all in there...

 

edit: well under Mozilla in those folders, which has a Firefox folder under that.


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Posted 13 June 2014 - 01:19 AM

What I also meant was to be able to migrate the Users and settings from the old corrupt Windows. I tried copying Users and it didn't transfer the Users to the fresh install

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 02:16 AM

No, you don't want to copy the users... that could be disastrous.

 

Create new users identically named to the old installation, install your applications (but don't run them), then copy the application specific data from the folders indicated to get all your application data for your browsers, email, media players, programs etc... You will lose your desktop settings, that is about all.



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 08:09 AM

Well..since you don't know the extent of file corruption...I would question the value of any file transfers involving system files or settings.

 

Extensive file corruption may be an indicator of a hard drive problem.

 

Ways To Recover Your Data - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic111937.html

 

Data Recovery, AustrAlien Post

 

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