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Back-up puts files back into folders I moved them from


My files have been backed up to my Seagate FreeAgent 320 by using the software that came on the drive. From time to time I have a need to move files from one folder to the next, but when I hook up my back-up drive the next time they are put back in the original folder. How can I keep this from occurring? My old seagate drive software would identify the files that were no longer in the folder and it let me have the choice of whether I wanted them back or not. I wold tell it to not restore to that location and that would be it, but they still were in the newest location. Any advice?


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I would personally suggest instead of having the computer automatically back up and restore any file that comes and goes, just do a backup of your important files to the external drive by hand, thats how I've done it for years, never needed any special software to confuse things.

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Try system restore defaults and check out.

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How do I work on my data on the Seagate FreeAgent 2TB GoFlex Desktop USB 2.0 Hard Drive as my computer memory is at capacity. I want to be able to use my external hard drive as an extension of my computer...

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Error while recording

ok when you say it doesn't copy completely you mean
the only folders that are need for back up copied ?
the only folder that ever is copied for back up is your
documents folder , one other folder that should be
copied as well is the folder that contains your
executable programs , everything else on the
computer belongs to Windows your OS and can
not be copied , everything that runs through the OS
registry can not be copied as it was already copied
when you installed your OS . allot of external HDD
enclosures have a one button back up I suggest
not using it and manually back up what is needed
software is required to run an automated one touch
back up and this software's firmware is always out
dated , and external HDDs should always be turned
off except when entering backed data , they should
never have operating systems installed on them
and sometimes if they are on while the computer is booting errors can be applied from the C: drive which
will contaminate the static HDD (external) and cause
it to malfunction

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