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.
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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