Windows 10: Trying to transfer data files from salvaged HDD Cant find AppData

Discus and support Trying to transfer data files from salvaged HDD Cant find AppData in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; My 5 year old old laptop broke and I have salvaged its HDD with the folders. ( pictured below.) The HDD showed a recovery partition which was empty,... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by provlima, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. provlima Win User

    Trying to transfer data files from salvaged HDD Cant find AppData


    My 5 year old old laptop broke and I have salvaged its HDD with the folders. ( pictured below.)

    The HDD showed a recovery partition which was empty, and a Data Partition containing 7 folders
    The AppData and Contacts folders on the salvaged HDD are empty

    I am planning to transfer the data to the new W10 laptop which should be straight forward, but am confused as to to how my old laptops personal settings and preferences, contacts and bookmarks will be transferred. I thought such info was in the AppData or users files, but those files are empty.

    I do not have access to the old laptop's OS. Are the preferences, settings and email contacts lost, or am I missing something?? Thanks for your help!




    Trying to transfer data files from salvaged HDD  Cant find AppData [​IMG]


    :)
     
    provlima, Jun 30, 2016
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  2. SBA
    sba Win User

    Shortcuts copied to %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs don't show up on the Start Menu

    Sorry for the lack of context.

    The new machine has been installed from scratch (no HDD xfer) and I'm transferring data / settings manually from the old machine.

    Some of the things I'm trying to migrate is the tiles/shortcuts I had on the old machine, by copying the shortcut files from the old machine's %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder to the new machine's %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    folder
     
  3. Lobal33t Win User
    Bootmgr corrupt

    Thanks, am outside now so cant try. This means i cant make it bootable again? Can only salvage the data, format and reinstall windows on same ssd or another ssd
     
    Lobal33t, Jun 30, 2016
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  4. Trying to transfer data files from salvaged HDD Cant find AppData

    I'd like to see your Disk Management

    • Download dmDskmgr-vg.zip (contains dmDskmgr-vg.mmc)

    • Open the compressed folder, dmDskmgr-vg.zip
      Double click dmDskmgr-vg.mmc to launch it
      Press the Open button if prompted Do you want to open this file?
      Answer yes to the User Account Control prompt
    • Press Alt+PrtScn to grab a snapshot of just the Disk Management window
      Open Paint and Ctrl+V to paste it, then save the image

    • Attach the image to a new post

    Thanks
     
    Slartybart, Jun 30, 2016
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  5. provlima Win User
    Thanks for your quick reply! Im a little confused

    The salvaged HDD was removed from the old broken laptop

    If I download and open that program on my working desktop PC the disk manager software will not be able to access the HDD from the old laptop.
     
    provlima, Jun 30, 2016
    #5
  6. You pulled the HDD form the old machine.
    Is it connected to the new machine via USB?

    How did you post the image in post# 1?
    How were you planning to move the data?

    If you can access the HDD to post a screenshot - then dmDskmgr-vg.mmc will also see it.

    I'm confused !!!! We're both confused ?
     
    Slartybart, Jun 30, 2016
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  7. provlima Win User
    The drive removed from the old laptop has been put in an enclosure for 2.5" drives.
    It was then connected to my desktop PC with a cable.
    I accessed it on 'My Computer' and took a screenshot of the data partition.
    The C partition from the old laptop had all my software programs and the Windows 7 OS on it.
    When I tried to view the contents of the C partition it only showed the below 2mb file
    "Dell Recovery Partition Warning
    This area of your hard drive contains files used for Datasafe Recovery Process
    Do not delete or alter these files. Any change to this partition could prevent any recovery later"
    The Data partition appears to include all my pics, videos, and document files

    Thanks for your help
     
    provlima, Jun 30, 2016
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  8. Trying to transfer data files from salvaged HDD Cant find AppData

    Ok, I thought that's what you did. Good

    Now with the old drive connected to your computer, please complete post# 2
     
    Slartybart, Jun 30, 2016
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  9. provlima Win User
    The disk mgt program was opened bu would only show me the four partitions on my Desktop drive
    How do I make the app show the connected HDD from my old laptop??
     
    provlima, Jun 30, 2016
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  10. Berton Win User
    I've done a number of data recoveries from one HDD to another and have to go to Folder Options of the drive in question to change to Show hidden files to get AppData to show up. It is a Hidden Folder until the change is made.
    On an External drive it has to be done on that drive and then navigate to x:\Users\logon name to find it.
    I never transfer from a Folder directly to the same Folder on the C: drive, always Copy to a separate Folder named UserTemp [any name works] then with the external drive disconnected move the stored data around as needed, helps prevent errors I can't recover from.
     
    Berton, Jun 30, 2016
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  11. provlima Win User
    The problem as I see it is I cant access the users file as its in the Windows 7 OS and which was on the C Drive of the salvaged HDD Other than the Data Partition

    It displays
    the Recovery Partition (I) which when clicked shows only the 2mb warning message I mentioned previously.
    the Data Files partition(H)


    Trying to transfer data files from salvaged HDD  Cant find AppData [​IMG]
     
    provlima, Jun 30, 2016
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  12. I thought that too, except AppData shows in post 1


    Trying to transfer data files from salvaged HDD  Cant find AppData [​IMG]


    I'm not sure what's available, if data is where provlima thinks it is - that's why I wanted to see the disk management
    But now ... disk management doesn't show the external drive *Sad

    Ok, try a different approach to disk management

    Launch Command Prompt (Admin)

    Method Screen Shot
    Quick Access menu
    Right click the Windows menu (logo) on the Taskbar

    Select Command Prompt (Admin)
    and yes to the UAC prompt

    Trying to transfer data files from salvaged HDD  Cant find AppData [​IMG]

    Enter the following commands

    diskpart
    lis dis
    lis par
    lis vol
    exit
    Post a screen shot of the Command Prompt window
    then you can exit Command Prompt
     
    Slartybart, Jun 30, 2016
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  13. Trying to transfer data files from salvaged HDD Cant find AppData

    What's on F:
    If that's the old HDD, then that's where I would expect your User files to live (including AppData)

    You might have to tuen on hidden files, as Berton suggested, to see that Appdata.
     
    Slartybart, Jun 30, 2016
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  14. provlima Win User
    I'm sorry if I haven't made myself more clear........

    So the 1st image was the Data Files folder contents
    The 2d image was of the Disk Drives showing up on my working desktop PC to which I have attached the hdd I removed from the old laptop. When I open to view the contents of the AppData folder on the screenshot it is empty.

    The lis vol screen shot is below


    Trying to transfer data files from salvaged HDD  Cant find AppData [​IMG]




     
    provlima, Jul 1, 2016
    #14
  15. Sorry, my mistake - you can't lis par unless you have a disk selected.

    Thanks for the lis vol screen shot.

    Please post a Disk Management Screen shot - what ever it shows.
    Diskpart is a command line equivalent of Disk Management
    Diskpart sees the volumes, so should Disk Management

    Humor me, ok
     
    Slartybart, Jul 1, 2016
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