Solved Transfer from External HD to New HD on pc

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September 25, 2012 at 17:31:37
Specs: Windows 7, 250
I have a Toshiba satellite with Windows 7 and a Seagate FreeAgent Desk EHD, and am more than a little computer illiterate. My hard disk was failing, so I tried to copy my entire (C:) drive to my external hard drive. To do so, I just copy/pasted the entire (C:) onto the EHD. It seemed to work and didn't alert me to any problems. I then replaced the failing hard drive with a new hard drive. Now I'm unsure how to transfer the information I copied from my previous (C:) drive back from the EHD and on to my new HD. I tried the whole copy paste thing, but none of my old documents sprang up. Help Me Please!

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September 25, 2012 at 19:01:20
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Are you attempting to copy Windows, programs, and personal data?

If so, it isn't going to work. You needed to image the original hard drive. Copy and paste is a piecemeal process and also will miss hidden and system files.

If you still have the original hard drive and it is still working you may be able to clone it to the new hard drive.

The fact that the hard drive was failing in the first place is reason enough to install everything but your personal files from scratch.

Do you have Toshiba restore disks?

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September 25, 2012 at 19:16:10
Yeah. I think I'll try what you suggested and take all my personal documents off my old hard drive and leave the rest be. It's probably what I should have done in the first place, since they are all I want, but like I said, I have no idea when it comes to computers. Is there any way to locate my personal files from the copied version of my (C:) drive, or do I need to start all over again?

I do have my toshiba restore disks. My computer is already up and running like new again, I just wanted to save my files.

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September 25, 2012 at 19:45:56
If you copied the personal files to the external then they should be there. Hopefully you didn't encrypt them?

Look at some of the links in the link below to learn how to restore your personal files from the external drive.

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September 25, 2012 at 23:50:41
Unfortunatly it looks like my personal files and user information didn't transfer over when I copied my failing (C:) drive, so I'll have to pull it from the damaged drive again. Kind of a bummer, but at least I'll have my stuff!

Thanks for all your help!

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