can you copy users folder when the system is on (operational).

i clicked on users drive and copied it to the external drive manually.. instead of the 100GB, it copied only 2 GB or so.. (that is what it is saying in the copy window).

what will be the right way to copy/backup of user drive to external drive?
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NVITCommented:
If the user is logged on, you may have trouble copying.
Also, what are you using to copy?
- Windows Explorer?
- Or, in the CMD window, COPY, XCOPY, or ROBOCOPY?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
define users drive ??
you are logged on as ?
what are the permissions of the folder?
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nobusCommented:
easiest would be to log to a different user  - then copy the other user folders
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25112Author Commented:
windows explorer..

c:\users folder.

so if I log into public login with admin privilege, should be able to copy users folders safely to external drive?
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NVITCommented:
> so if I log into public login with admin privilege, should be able to copy users folders safely to external drive?

Assuming the admin has no other permission restrictions to the folder and subfolders...it should work.

Before doing the copy, turn on the Folder Options, View, Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
no one other than the user can access c:\users\username but it is as easy as pie to get permissions.  When you browse to the folder you will get a prompt 'to permanently get access' Pop UP
better to use robocopy with the /ZB or /B options (backup)
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25112Author Commented:
>>Before doing the copy, turn on the Folder Options, View, Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
>>better to use robocopy with the /ZB or /B options (backup)

With regular copy/paste and without the Folder Options check, is it that it may not copy all files?
does robocopy automatically take care of the folder option settings or any thing else required to make sure 100% is copied?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
using the backup option it copies everything. you might want to copy the security settings as well with /sec
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25112Author Commented:
thanks David..
so 3 options should cover everything, right? ZB, B, sec
are you suggesting running Robocop from Public profile, or does not matter? (if you have admin privilege) ?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
it is robocopy c:\source d:\destination /zb /copyall /xj /e
/zb backup restartable
/copyall  copies Data/Atributes/Timestamp/Security/owner/auditng info
/xj excludes junction ponts
/e copies subdirectories even empty ones
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25112Author Commented:
thanks David.
should I create a new dummy profile with admin, and then login into that and then run the command?

robocopy c:\users z:\ /zb /copyall /xj /e
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nobusCommented:
>>  so if I log into public login with admin privilege, should be able to copy users folders safely to external drive?   << yes, no need of robocopy or another tool
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
no need with the backup option using robocopy a standard copy will fail on open files otherwise
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25112Author Commented:
thank you indeed!
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
As always, you're welcome
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NVITCommented:
Thanks for closing, 25112. I'm glad to help.
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25112Author Commented:
i am going with the robocopy option first.. i am hitting a permission issue: if you have time, kindly check out:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28693033

thanks experts!
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