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Accessing my users after restoring old backup to new system.

by CNN80 / November 30, 2012 4:12 AM PST

Hi,

My laptop was stolen recently. However, I was lucky to have a back up (old, really old) that I can use to recover at least some of my data.
I now have a new laptop and I restored the backup on it. However, I created a user name different from the two that are on the backup. If I now create the two users, will they automatically be linked to the files that were restored? Alternatively, is there a way to link all files to the new username?
Thanks

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No and no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 30, 2012 4:18 AM PST

" will they automatically be linked to the files that were restored? Alternatively, is there a way to link all files to the new username?"


No and no. I've yet to see any migration tool do that. As to creating the user after my experience is that it deletes the user's files under that user folder's name.

Bob

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by CNN80 / December 5, 2012 4:50 AM PST
In reply to: No and no.

Can I reverse the backup process, create the users and then restore again? Will I now have direct access to the users on the backup?

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Seems something you should try.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 5, 2012 5:36 AM PST
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As to your second question, that depends on the backup system. Many of them will be a simple no. Mine are a little more forgiving as I used Goodsync or Syncback.
Bob

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You can copy from one user ID to another
by wpgwpg / November 30, 2012 4:43 AM PST

Each user ID has its own set of libraries (i.e. Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos), but you can access them if you have admin authority by clicking Start -> Computer, then look at the C: drive for the Users folder. Click on that and you'll see each user ID. When you click on one of the user IDs, you'll see its libraries. You can then copy from them to the one you want.

Good luck.

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