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Backing up files

I will need to back up my data from my current HDD then format it and load Windows 7 on my new SSD. What is the best way to ensure that I get all my data from my HDD? I know that I want my Words, Power point, Access, and PDF files, and they are not all in my document folder. I guess I need to save my data files from game that was playing. Any suggestions on how to find all these files to backup?
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By the way, to find the files in the first case, they could be anywhere if you let them be anywhere so you should search for the files. Find one or two and that will lead you to the various locations you have used.

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The best way will be to use migrate programs and settings option from windows. or
you may copy entire Users folder or
safest option is to copy entire drive contents.
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Something like Acronis will let you copy everything to the new hard drive while making it bootable.   This might be your best, easiest shot.  Acronis is not expensive, and in fact I think Fry;s currently has it for free-after-rebate.

For the future, get in the habit of making sure your documents go where you want them (I always create a x:\MyDocs folder so I know all of my documents are there).  It may be a bit harder with game save files... but it's still doable (for instance, if you have a system with two hard drives, install games on the second drive instead of the first, so you never have to worry about losing save files if your OS disk dies or is replaced -- many apps will pick up the files if you simply re-install once you have the new OS disk ready and booted).
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What are all the extensions for Power point, Access, Word, and Excel files? I am guessing that PDF files only have the extension PDF?
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Thanks for all the help