Document and data recovery after theft
September 1, 2011 6:08 AM Subscribe
Stolen PC and back up to an external hard drive. How do I restore documents and media to a new PC from a back up?
posted by Verdant to computers & internet (2 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Last week burglars broke into our home and stole, among other things, our personal computer. This meant the loss of obvious financial information (I have already taken many steps to protect our identities and our financial accounts), but more importantly, thousands of photos and lots of music.
Fortunately, the thieves left the external hard drive to which I had backed up the contents of the pc (using the Windows 7 back-up utility).
While the return of my original PC is very unlikely, I still have the external hard drive. Provided the external hard drive still works, when my new pc arrives, is it possible to access the documents and media files from the back up? How do I extract them from the external hard drive to their proper locations?
When I looked at the contents of the external drive when connected to the original machine, it looked nothing like the file structure of my PC. Since the robbery, I have not connected the drive to another PC.
The missing and replacement system will both be Windows 7. The external hard drive is Seagate Go Flex Desk 1 TB external drive.