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Backup all Windows user folders with Gotcha Backup Utility

It is likely that the bulk of Windows users make use of the user folder and its directory structure to save files and documents important to them. The My Document, Music and Picture folder are often used to save files of the type, and it is only natural to take those files with you when you move to another system or install Windows anew.

While you could go ahead and backup those files manually, for instance by burning them to DVD or moving them all into a folder that is synchronized with the cloud, you could also try Gotcha Backup Utility for that task. The program serves only the purpose of backing up user data folders so that you can restore them to the same or another computer system at a later point in time.

Unlike other programs of its kind it not only detects the user folders of the system you are currently logged in, but also those of other Windows installations that may reside on the computer. That's helpful if you have installed Windows on a new hard drive (or even the same) on the same computer with the old drive still connected to it as well, as you can use the backup tool to copy files from the old operating system to the new.

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You are asked to pick the Windows installation that you want to work with when you start the portable program on your system. All user folders are then displayed in the interface with their backup options with the option to select individual folders for backup or all personal data of a user profile.

The system folder is listed here as well allowing you to backup fonts, drivers, shared documents and the Windows product key. Files are copied by the backup program by default, which you can change to move instead. Moving may be appropriate if you want to remove the data from an old installation to avoid data redundancy.

Backed up files can be restored using the program, or, simply accessed in the backup folder where they are all readily available.

Gotcha Backup Utility is not a full backup software for Windows and should not be seen as such. It serves a specific purpose which experienced users may prefer to handle manually. Inexperienced users on the other hand or those in a hurry may find the program useful after all. You can back up user folders with other programs as well, simply by pointing the programs to those user folders on the system.

The program is compatible with all recent versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. (via Addictive Tips)

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  1. Richard Steven Hack said on November 4, 2012 at 12:42 am

    The author actually intended this for PC techs to backup critical client files. Looks useful for that purpose to some degree.

    I tend to burrow through a client’s C: drive in every directory manually to find any possible user data to migrate since many users scatter stuff all over the place, not being very organized. Almost no one uses a separate data partition (they should), and even then Windows programs stash stuff in various places. You can’t just back up the whole Documents and Settings because the user.dat file will fail to copy, so you have to go through everything to make sure you haven’t missed anything.

    This program probably won’t help that much because there might be stuff stashed under specific Documents and Settings directories that it misses. It would be helpful if one could add other directories to be included in the backup.

  2. mmg1818 said on November 4, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    any folder i choose for restore appear this error.

    vista sp2

    1. EndUser said on November 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      So my network marked the download of this tool as virus/trojan. hmmmm.

  3. CyberPrince said on November 8, 2012 at 4:33 am

    it found a malware by avira! >.<

  4. Justin G. said on January 20, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    There’s another tool that works well and does a similar thingfor XP (which is still seen a LOT in the repair field) called Fab’s Autobackup. I run it from the a flash drive connected to a windows ultimate boot cd (

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