transfer files from discs

March 22, 2013 at 12:10:27
Specs: Windows 7
need to transfer files from discs back to computer. i backed up files before bringing my computer back to factory settings now i do not know how to get the files back on my computer

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#1
March 22, 2013 at 13:24:56
If they are files, put the cd in the tray and open it. Highlight the files you want to transfer and right click and choose Copy. Once copied, open your folder or drive letter, click on a blank space, right click and choose Paste. If you have programs, you can't do that, you'll have to reinstall the programs. If you know how, you can also Drag and Drop the files from the cd to the hard drive location.

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#2
March 22, 2013 at 14:09:11
What did you use to back up the files? If you used any type of compression program then you need to use the same program to decompress the files. Otherwise follow the above advice.

Post how you backed up the files and what type of files you backed up.


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#3
March 22, 2013 at 14:11:50
Sorry. I am too dumb. I put the CD in the tray but do not know how to open it.

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#4
March 22, 2013 at 14:13:05
I backed up document files from Word and picture files. I did not use any type of compression process.

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#5
March 22, 2013 at 14:30:31
Go to Computer and right click on the CD icon there. Choose Open and your files should show.

Once you see the files listed you can select them in three ways.

First method is to go to the top of your screen and click edit> select all. Then right click on any of the highlighted files to select all. Choose copy then choose paste on the folder you want to copy them to.

If you want to select individual files that are NOT in order then click on them while holding down the control key. Then copy as above.

If you want to select a continuous list of files then click on the first, then hold down the shift key and click on the last. The entire row will then be highlighted. Copy as above.

Look in your documents folder for the correct sub-folders to copy to.


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#6
March 23, 2013 at 09:19:06
Thank you for the info. I am about ready to give up. I put something called Easy Transfer and when I try to view the files, I get a mixture of data, application, .dll files but I cannot identify my docs. When I right click on the drive where the disc is, I wander through many listings of unfamiliar things. I cannot get to a plain ole listing of my files.
I did not format the disc before I backed up the files because I was not aware that this needed to be done. Could this be my problem?
I am ready to kiss all this info goodbye. This whole process is taking way too much time.
Why is this so hard?
Pauline

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#7
March 23, 2013 at 10:11:01
In #2 above I asked you what you used to transfer the files. So then did you use easy transfer then or are you trying to use it now?

You need to change a setting to show file extensions for common file types. Do you have folders on the CD or just a bunch of files?

BTW, patience is a virtue. You learn nothing by giving up.


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#8
March 23, 2013 at 10:48:29
Sad to say, I do not have the greatest memory with these things. I truly do not remember if I used Easy Transfer to transfer my files. I will keep trying to remember.
I am trying to use Easy Transfer now. I must have used it to put the files on the DVD-R discs because that is the file name.

I will go back and get more info for you. I so appreciate your help.

I will scrape up some patience and muddle on.


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#9
March 23, 2013 at 10:54:17
Read the link below to learn how to use easy transfer. The concept is that the files should end up in the same basic locations as they were on the old system.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...


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#10
March 23, 2013 at 10:59:20
Here I am back. Here is the name on the drive where the DVD is: DVD RW Drive (E:)Mar 18 2013 Foxit

When I right click on this and chose open in new window, I get file folder and chose to open in another file folder then I double clicked on the left on file folder amd64 - there was also a file folder called x86. I double clicked on amd64 and got a long list of documents with some of them having file extensions of .dll and .data. There were application, data, xml and true type files in there too.

I hope this makes a bit of sense to you.


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#11
March 23, 2013 at 11:00:37
Re #9
I will try that. I agree it is a wonderful theory. Here I go with fingers crossed.

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#12
March 23, 2013 at 11:51:42
You backed up your operating system and probably your programs too.

I haven't used Easy Transfer but I am guessing you can restore only some of the files. In their quest to dumb down Windows, Microsoft did lots of things over the years. One of them was to hide file extensions for common file types. That means you could have multiple files with the same name and you wouldn't know which was which.

You can change that by unticking the box to hide them. You must first bring the files over to the computer. CDR & DVDR are by their nature read only so the attributes can't be changed on the disk.

From what you have listed in #10 above I am not sure if you actually backed up you documents folder. That is all you really need.

So the backup is on DVDR? When viewing in Computer, what is the total amount of data on the DVD?

What other folders, if any, are shown?

I don't think you want to restore the old Windows installation do you? I believe the x86 folder is the Windows backup.


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#13
March 23, 2013 at 12:18:05
Yes, I think you are right that I backed up everything. It took 3 discs at 4.7 GB each.
The drive listed 546 MB.
Name of drive: HP CDDVDW-TS-H653T SATA Cdrom

No, I definitely do not want to reinstall windows. I have it. In case I haven't mentioned it, I have Windows 7 home premium. I watched the how to use easy transfer but it did not address using DVD. I guess I should have used another method but I did not know how to do it.


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#14
March 23, 2013 at 16:58:11
So look at the other two disks and see if you can find the files you want.

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#15
March 24, 2013 at 08:01:39
Okay. I had not thought of that. Thanks again. I will report back.

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#16
March 24, 2013 at 08:59:35
I tried but cannot open anything in disc 2 or disc 3.

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#17
March 24, 2013 at 11:15:02
Why did you restore to factory settings in the first place?

Was the computer working OK?

Do you have a desktop computer?

Do you have a second hard drive?


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#18
March 24, 2013 at 12:39:27
I restored it back to factory settings on 3/19/2013.
Computer was VERY slow and typing did not work right. It would miss letters and spaces.
It is a Compaq Presario desktop and I do not have a second hard drive.
I certainly am a challenge.

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#19
March 24, 2013 at 21:05:56
I am pretty sure that you did NOT use Easy Transfer but DID use Windows 7 Backup and restore function. Read the link below to see how to restore individual files. Just read the screens before clicking anything. You may need to change DVDs.

http://windows.microsoft.com/is-is/...


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#20
March 25, 2013 at 10:03:40
I printed these instructions and found that the backup I have did not complete successfully so I may be out of luck.

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#21
March 25, 2013 at 13:58:38
Why do you think that? I looked at one of my own backups from Windows 7 and it appears to have the same type of files as you have.

The issue may be that the files you actually need are on dick 2 or 3 and you may not be able to access them without restoring ALL the files. If you could do that it wouldn't be the end of the world.

How important are the files anyway. Are there photos that can't be replaces, for instance?


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