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8y, 2w agoPosted 8 years, 2 weeks ago
Ok, so this probably sounds like a dumb question but here goes anyway.
I have an old laptop on which I have just done a full backup.
I am going to re-format the laptop and then change the name of the administrator to my daughters as it will be for her to use.
If I want to restore the files from the backup, will it matter that I have changed the administrator's name?
Will the files restore back to their original location but with a name change?
Help!!

Jeff
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8y, 2w agoPosted 8 years, 2 weeks ago
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#1
depends on how you backed up the files. If you simply copied them to an external usb/hard drive then all you would have to do is copy them back on to the laptop once you have reformatted and installed windows.
#2
As has been said, it depends what sort of backup you have done.

If you have backed up individual personal files like word documents, mp3 files etc then it should not matter.

If you have done an "full backup" (of windows and everything on the disk) or perhaps an "image backup" (where you take a copy of the whole disk) then that may cause problems.

What sort of backup did you make and what product did you use to make the backup?
#3
I used Pinnacle instant backup and did a full backup to an external HD
#4
steadyeddie
I used Pinnacle instant backup and did a full backup to an external HD


Sorry to be pedantic, but did that full back up include EVERYTHING on the disk (all the Windows files etc)?

Because if so when you do a full restore it will overwrite whatever is already on your hard disk (your brand new Windows install)

I have never used pinnacle, but how do you use it to restore files?

Can you restore individual files or do you have to do one one huge restore?

There is one issue with doing a full restore (including Windows). Suppose you have done your new Windows install, then you install Pinnacle under Windows. If you then use Pinnacle to do a full restore Windows wont let you because Windows will not allow you to overwrite itself (as it is currently already running).

Sorry for the detailed questions but knowing HOW you did the backup, and WHAT you backed up, and HOW you plan to do the restore is very important to help answer your question.
#5
Got one more question.

You say:

> have an old laptop on which I have just done a full backup.

What did you back the files up to?

Was it an external hard drive, or was it the one hard drive in the laptop?

The reason I ask is that if it is the one hard drive in the laptop then you will lose this backup when you do the Windows re-install, as you will have to format the drive.
#6
I did a FULL backup, and the Pinnacle software does allow me to choose which files I want to restore.
I suppose I only need to restore the personal files (documents, pictures, music etc.), I can re-install the programs myself.
As I mentioned in my original question, I am just concerned that if I change the administrator name, will I be able to restore the documents?
#7
guilbert53
Got one more question.

You say:

> have an old laptop on which I have just done a full backup.

What did you back the files up to?

Was it an external hard drive, or was it the one hard drive in the laptop?

The reason I ask is that if it is the one hard drive in the laptop then you will lose this backup when you do the Windows re-install, as you will have to format the drive.


External HD
banned#8
why not create a new admininstrator user on the laptop and try to restore individual files from the backup?
suspended#9
csiman
why not create a new admininstrator user on the laptop and try to restore individual files from the backup?


thats clever :thumbsup:

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