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Old 12-06-11, 11:23 AM
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computer completely crashed - what info do I need to save?

I hope my thread title was clear enough, but basically my computer recently died. i was fortunate enough to take it a computer guy who said he saved my hard drive and all my info.

now when I get a new computer, i want to obviously get my stuff back. by "stuff" im referring to some files, pics, music, word docs, etc...all of which was stored on my desktop in one folder. thats the only stuff i really care about.

however, are there other files that i dont see or consciously use that i would want to have transferred from my old computer to my new one? what kind of hidden things are on computers that i should want to keep? (if any?)

I feel that if i just get that folder with all my files i should be ok and frankly my old computer was so slow so i really dont want any of the old programs that were on it, transferred to my new one. but just want to make sure i am not forgetting anything that i really need that i dont see every time i use the computer.

(i really hope my question made sense...im not a tech guy so i dont know all the terminology)
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Old 12-06-11, 12:38 PM
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You might want to recover your browser's favorites.
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Old 12-06-11, 06:22 PM
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In addition to browser favorites, you may want to recover passwords you saved in the browser if you've forgotten them. Otherwise, you should be able to reset most of them.


Your user files are going to be in one of the following two folders, depending on what version of Windows you had:

C:\Documents and Settings\\
C:\Users\\

Where is the name of the account you used. Typically, it's going to be the only folder besides Default User or Public or Administrator (although it may actually be Administrator).
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Email, if you stored that local.
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Old 12-06-11, 06:51 PM
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You might want to recover your browser's favorites.
This is why I love the sync option from Maxthon. Centralize my favorites and settings.
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Re: computer completely crashed - what info do I need to save?

In addition to browser favorites and passwords:

One thing I've found that I definitely like to hang onto are software installers I've downloaded. Occasionally these things will disappear into the ether, or an old version that you prefer becomes impossible to find.
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Porn and game saves man!
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Porn and game saves man!
A virus he acquired after downloading porn is probably what crashed his computer in the first place.
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You might want to recover your browser's favorites.
already had those saved about a week before the crash and i put that file into the same folder as all my other stuff

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In addition to browser favorites, you may want to recover passwords you saved in the browser if you've forgotten them. Otherwise, you should be able to reset most of them.


Your user files are going to be in one of the following two folders, depending on what version of Windows you had:

C:\Documents and Settings\\
C:\Users\\

Where is the name of the account you used. Typically, it's going to be the only folder besides Default User or Public or Administrator (although it may actually be Administrator).
i never save passwords automatically (should I? seems unsafe)

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Email, if you stored that local.
nope. yahoo.

Originally Posted by Holly Martins View Post
A virus he acquired after downloading porn is probably what crashed his computer in the first place.
hah! the computer guy says it was my motherboard that just died.




overall i just want to buy a new computer and transfer my files over. i know i will have to redownload some of my programs but i dont want any old programs that i dont want/need anymore slowing my new computer down. i want a fresh start.
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A virus he acquired after downloading porn is probably what crashed his computer in the first place.
Most likely the computer guy now knows exactly what kind of porn he was looking at too.
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