I used cmd.exe to copy my entire C: ( renamed to D: ) to an external HDD.
I verified all the files were copied, plugged the external drive into my laptop, but I couldn't find my backup file. I unticked 'hide OS files' and 'show hidden files/folders', and the backup file appeared, but I cannot seem to find the 'documents and settings' folder (meaning I can't get to my appdata folder).
What can I do to find my documents and settings folder? I copied my C: drive file-for-file so it should be there.
%appdata% is the direct path to your appdata folder. You wont have a documents and settings for windows 7 as that is an XP thing. Try the "users" folder and then select your logon.
That's what I'm saying - I have tried the users folder, double-clicked my username, and nothing is there. I can't find the appdata folder under my username even though I copied the HDD to an external file-for-file.
How did you copy? the best way to do something like this is robocopy
I couldn't use robocopy but the way I used was touted online as a 100% effective copy.
The reason I couldn't use windows apps is due to a windows corruption - this is why I made a backup in the first place.
I used dos commands in cmd.exe and after making the copy I crosschecked the amount of files on my backup with the amount of files on my C: and they corresponded to the kilobyte (as well as numerically).
Since then, I have run the sfc /scannow command and it found errors, which it fixed automatically, but I still can't find appdata
Trying to access appdata through cmd.exe is also not working.
I have also fiddled around with permissions, but nothing seems to work.