How do I stop my C drive Documents and Settings/{user name} folder (and all the content therein) from being a mirror with and the Documents and Settings/{user name} folder (and all content in it) on an older hard drive (F) in my system?

Tony Delia 0 Reputation points
2023-02-05T18:20:27.8133333+00:00

I'm trying to recycle an old hard drive in my system - it used to be my C drive, but I bought a SSD and made that my C drive. When I installed Windows 10 on the new SSD, I copied my Documents and Settings/DeliaMain (this is the user name) folder from my old hard drive (now F:/) to my new SSD drive (C:/). Now, if I delete any folder(s) and/or file(s) on the old HD (F:/) the same folder(s) and/or file(s) are deleted on C:/ and vice versa - delete them on C drive, they get deleted on F drive. The same thing happens if I add or change folder(s) and/or file(s). How can I reformat my F drive without losing my entire Documents and Settings/DeliaMain folder and all its files on the C drive?

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  1. Limitless Technology 43,996 Reputation points
    2023-02-06T15:22:06.61+00:00

    Hi. Thank you for your question and reaching out. I’d be more than happy to help you with your query

    You can backup your entire Documents and Settings/DeliaMain folder from the C drive to a different location (e.g. an external hard drive or another location on your computer), then reformat your old hard drive (F:/). Once you have reformatted your old hard drive, you can copy the backed up Documents and Settings/DeliaMain folder back to the C drive. This way, the folder and its contents will not be deleted or changed when you reformat the old hard drive.

    If the reply was helpful, please don’t forget to upvote or accept as answer, thank you.

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  2. Limitless Technology 43,996 Reputation points
    2023-02-06T15:22:20.3633333+00:00

    Double post

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  3. Tony Delia 0 Reputation points
    2023-02-07T16:00:32.13+00:00

    Thank you for the work-around. Can I just copy and paste my Documents and Settings/DeliaMain folder from the C drive to another hard drive in my system or should I use a specific backup utility? Can you recommend one?

    Also, I'm still very curious as to WHY this is happening since I just copied and pasted the Documents and Settings/DeliaMain folder from the F drive (my prior C drive) to my new new C drive. Any ideas???

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  4. Tony Delia 0 Reputation points
    2023-02-07T16:04:51.9666667+00:00

    Thank you for the work-around. Can I just copy and paste my Documents and Settings/DeliaMain folder from the C drive to another hard drive in my system or should I use a specific backup utility? Can you recommend one?

    Also, I'm still very curious as to WHY this is happening since I just copied and pasted the Documents and Settings/DeliaMain folder from the F drive (my prior C drive) to my new new C drive. Any ideas???

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  5. Tony Delia 0 Reputation points
    2023-02-15T15:05:25.5266667+00:00

    It's been over a week and still no answer from my follow-up question. Issue wasn't solved - just given a work-around which is basically what I did initially. Nothing has been given to prevent from this happening using the work-around. NOT SATISFIED!

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