I built my own PC recently. I have an SSD that has my operating system (Windows 8) installed on it and an HHD with everything else except for a few other programs on the SSD. I tried to move my users file from the SSD to the HHD. I had to cut the folder and paste it into the HHD. Halfway through the folder moving I changed my mind and cancelled. So then I went ahead and moved the users folder in the HHD back to the SSD. Now my control panel is missing along with a few other programs. What can I do to resolve this problem. I'm afraid I may have messed up my PC somehow. Everything has been working fine, but I can't help but feel paranoid that I may have done something bad. Any help would be appreciated
I would back up what data you can regardless of what you do, if you get everything you need in some external storage in theory it wouldnt matter if your drive died today, it would just be more of a hassle to reinstall.
From what I understand the os install disc can be used to repair damaged/corrupted os files. I would guess it does something like "Hey, I don't see a file for the control panel in your os copy, let me grab a copy of that file from the install disc and stick it back in there so everything works properly" Depending on the options you select I don't believe it should wipe your data, it will just check to make sure your os install is working right. You could, of course, always do a clean install, as long as your hardware is working that would obviously solve your problems as it would be a brand new os. But to sum up, if all you are doing is repairing windows that's not really a reinstall. But be sure to BACK UP DATA
*While the ability for the damaged os to hurt your pc might depend more on what files are missing/damaged, it's a good philosophy to not have problems with these key files. It might cause system instability (blue screen type stuff) or mess with other files (probably won't damage hardware so easily as there are safeguards built into some of the hardware pieces to prevent some of the really nasty stuff from happening, but I still wouldnt take my chances)
So how would I go about backing up my data? I'm sorry I'm just really new to this whole thing. It seems like I would have to buy a new external drive big enough to hold all my games and programs. Is that true?
More or less, it's always best to have some sort of external storage separate from you computer to keep things backed up to so if, let's say, your psu blew up and took out every part in your computer, you would have all your data safe and ready to load into the new build. Or if you played around with some settings and corrupted your data, you would have a safe copy somewhere else..it's a good thing to do if you have any data you actually want to save.Something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Passport-Portable-External-Drive-...
is small, cheap, and will probably hold more data/ individual computer backups than you would ever need. And there are various ways to backup your files, either by: a) using a backup tool like windows backup, norton antivirus backup, etc. b) copy and pasting files (I wouldnt do this unless you really know what you're doing, I do do it for some files, but only because the normal backup doesnt always work how I want it for those files, or it takes forever, but for most files you shouldnt really do it) or c) take a system image. This one i've never really done before but from what I understand it essentially takes a sort of "snapshot" of what's on your system and compresses it into a file on a disc which can then be read by windows and used to restore your computer to the settings in the image. More info at places like this: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/what-is-a-s...
*Also for the backup, the default settings are more for backing up stuff like documents, music, etc. files, so it won't back up the program files of the game itself which means you would have to reinstall the game disc. However, the game save files are generally located in the documents folder anyway, so all you really need is that saves folder, you don't really need to worry about the program files in that particular case.