Windows 10: Accidentally copied / moved some files: find out folders, files?

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  1. Posts : 76
    Windows 10 Home, 64bit
    Thread Starter
       04 Jun 2017 #21

    Don't forget to investigate that Macrium backup. It will save you heartaches down the road.
    Yes, thank you, I have downloaded it.

    The idea actually came to me, when I was in the shower, as the good ones(ideas) usually do, for many people)
    Yes, I guess I should take more showers, great idea! And thank godness the Win copy / move function creates new times / dates, I assume, most or some of the synchronization programs and may be other transfer programs (e.g. FastCopy when moving) do not.

    Just a thought. If you are using Free Commander there is a history of folders you have visited. Folder->History. This may give you a clue
    Yes, thank you, so one could find out which folder was open some time ago and narrow the items which might be transferred. But if they were moved it will be difficult as well.
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  2. Posts : 19,459
    Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17083
       04 Jun 2017 #22

    Enter said: View Post
    Many thaks for the link. But...actually I cannot imagine at the moment how an image could help. One would have to manually check many files, the ones which have changed, were moved, copied since the last back up / image. Or am I missing anything?
    Enter, what an image will do is allow you to put your system back the way it was before you made the mess.

    IOW, Macrium will back up your system (create an image) whenever you tell it to. When you're going to make a huge change to your system, tell Macrium to back everything up, then proceed. It doesn't take long for a backup and if you make a mess, you can put the system back the way it was.
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  3. Posts : 17,583
    Windows 10 Home 64bit
       04 Jun 2017 #23

    Images are usually not used on data disks. You need a file & folder backup. The free version of Macrium does not do this. I use FreeFileSync for this. https://www.freefilesync.org/ It's a good program but be careful of the installation. It will try to install unwanted software.
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       04 Jun 2017 #24

    kado897 said: View Post
    Images are usually not used on data disks. You need a file & folder backup. The free version of Macrium does not do this. I use FreeFileSync for this. https://www.freefilesync.org/ It's a good program but be careful of the installation. It will try to install unwanted software.
    That's a decent one. Believe it or not, MS still has this offered free, and I use it all the time. Very fast and accurate.

    Download SyncToy 2.1 from Official Microsoft Download Center
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  5. Posts : 17,583
    Windows 10 Home 64bit
       04 Jun 2017 #25

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    That's a decent one. Believe it or not, MS still has this offered free, and I use it all the time. Very fast and accurate.

    Download SyncToy 2.1 from Official Microsoft Download Center
    Yes that is also a good one.
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  6. Posts : 76
    Windows 10 Home, 64bit
    Thread Starter
       04 Jun 2017 #26

    Enter, what an image will do is allow you to put your system back the way it was before you made the mess.

    IOW, Macrium will back up your system (create an image) whenever you tell it to. When you're going to make a huge change to your system, tell Macrium to back everything up, then proceed. It doesn't take long for a backup and if you make a mess, you can put the system back the way it was.
    Yes, yes, but how could one know when / if one will do such a mess? Even if I had have a complete back up, it would be much work to find those files accidentally moved / copied.

    I use FreeFileSync for this. FreeFileSync - Free Data Backup and File Synchronization Software It's a good program but be careful of the installation. It will try to install unwanted software.
    Thanks for the link, yes, one of the best or the best freeware sync program besides of the crap at installation.

    That's a decent one. Believe it or not, MS still has this offered free, and I use it all the time. Very fast and accurate.Download SyncToy 2.1 from Official Microsoft Download Center
    Thank you for the link, I will try it.
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  7. Posts : 19,459
    Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17083
       04 Jun 2017 #27

    Enter said: View Post
    Yes, yes, but how could one know when / if one will do such a mess? Even if I had have a complete back up, it would be much work to find those files accidentally moved / copied.
    You don't know; that's why you always need a fresh image/backup.

    Here's how it works:

    Most of us here are Insiders, so when we get a new Build, we back up everything just before we start the Build update. That way, if something goes wrong with the update, we can use the image/backup to get back to where we were (with everything intact) before we tried the update.

    Want to install a new program you're unfamiliar with? Back everything up so that if something goes wrong with the program installation and you hose your system (make a mess), you can restore the system with your image/backup.

    In order for "backup and restore" to work properly, you must make regular backups; some back up daily, some weekly and some monthly. However, if you want to be completely safe, create a backup before any major file work.

    Differential backup is supported in the free version of Macrium; incremental backup is not. Here's a link on how to tell the difference: The benefits of differential and incremental backup (Differential, Incremental)
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  • Posts : 76
    Windows 10 Home, 64bit
    Thread Starter
       04 Jun 2017 #28

    Alright, thank you very much for the explanation and the link, Wynona.
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  • Posts : 19,459
    Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17083
       04 Jun 2017 #29

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    Alright, thank you very much for the explanation and the link, Wynona.
    You're welcome. Good luck and if you have more questions, just ask. There'll always be someone willing and able to help you out.
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