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U-Move Help

Copying From a Dead Computer

If the source computer has failed, U-Move can create a staging folder by extracting the Active Directory data files from the dead computer.

Salvage the dead computer's disk

You need to make the old C: disk partition visible on the new computer (for example as E:). Use one of the following methods, in order of preference:

  • Virtual Disk: Mount the virtual hard disk's data file and expose it as a temporary drive letter (E:). See Mounting a Dead Virtual Hard Disk.
  • Physical disk: Remove the hard disk from the dead computer and insert it into an external USB enclosure (typically $39 USD). Attach the USB enclosure to the new computer.
  • Physical disk: Open the new computer and install the old disk drive unit on an unused SATA port.
  • Physical Disk: Copy the dead C: partition to a temporary partition on the new computer (E:) with a disk-level (not file-level) software recovery tool such as Acronis® True Image, Partition Commander, or Symantec Ghost. These utilities create a image of the entire disk, block-by-block.
  • As a last resort, you can attempt to manually XCOPY the folders C:\Windows, C:\Users, and C:\ProgramData to a scratch folder on the new computer (for example to C:\StagingFolder\C). This method is not supported because it is unlikely to succeed unless it is done very carefully.
Minimum Required Folders

You must have a copy of the following folders:
\Windows, \ProgramData, and \Users\Administrator.