How to find as much of users data on their computer as possible?


  1. Posts : 60
    Win11
       #1

    How to find as much of users data on their computer as possible?


    Hi,

    I have a computer here that belongs to another person and they have used it to work for years. It is running Windows 10 build 1909. The person has given me their password and asked me to find all files that they have saved. There are multiple applications involved, like AutoDesk, Office, OneNote etc.

    The goal is to find any word document, powerpoint, project files and all other files that may be of interest, then put it on a separate storage device and reinstall their device.

    I am thinking of a script since I have to do this for about 200 computers which all run different software (but all run Windows 10). I was also thinking of using some software, maybe TreeSize? Do you have suggestions on other software? Like "Search C: and all subfolders, include only docx,pptx,txt" for example.

    Thank you for all help. Kind regards
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  2. Posts : 42,507
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    Hi, one of the free 3rd party fast indexing tools would be suitable, or you could use Windows search once everything had been indexed- you'd have to configure that.

    Example:
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    One advantage: it allows mutiple locations to be specified for your search, should that be helpful.

    E.g. you could put
    *.docx *.doc *.txt

    into the extensions field and it will find all of those anywhere on all drives by default.

    Naturally with those programs you have to let it build an index first- a few minutes.

    Windows search has an advantage of allowing much more detailed specification. For example you can search by 'kind' E.g.

    kind:doc
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...s-aqsreference
    (Some options are supported by the file explorer ribbon).

    includes pdf, rtf, doc, docx etc etc Example:
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  3. Posts : 18,406
    Windows 11 Pro
       #3

    I would suggest making an image of the C: drive partition and any other partitions containing data using Macrium Reflect Free. Then, later on if you discover an important file missing, you can just mount the backup image created to retrieve the needed file.
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  4. Posts : 7,997
    windows 10
       #4

    Storage space can show you a lot of that
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  5. KCR
    Posts : 355
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit, Version 22H2 (OS Build 19045.4046)
       #5

    CCleaner actually works pretty good. . .


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    You can also open the containing folder if you want. . .

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