Appdata folder missing

HP Elite Microtower 7000
Windows 7 Ultimate


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.
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  1. %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.
  2. you looking under "Users"?

    C:\Users\(users name)\AppData
  3. darth pravus said:
    %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.

    Can anyone help me figure this out?
  4. How did you copy? the best way to do something like this is robocopy
  5. mi1ez said:
    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.
  6. I managed. Turns out my copy wasn't perfect after all!!!

    So much for that technique!

    What I did is I stuck my in SECOND backup, which I made using windows, and after unchecking the 'hide os' and 'show hidden', I found what I was looking for.

    Thank you all, anyway!
  7. glad you got it sorted, good job.
  8. Dude, In Windows 7, It is "/Users/". Did you see that you may be in 7?
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