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  • jwest
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Copying Foobar settings after Windows reinstall
I'm trying to copy my Foobar 2000 settings over, after having done a reinstall of Windows 7 onto a new SSD. I unplugged the HD with the existing install of Windows 7 during the installation process, and plugged it back in after.

But now, when I go to my old Windows 7 boot drive (now D: ) and try to access the AppData folder to copy the data from it, it seems to be showing me the contents of my current AppData folder on C: (the new SSD) instead. Is this what Windows does? If so, is there any way around it, so I can retrieve the application data that I'm after?

On a related note, I tried to copy my "components" folder from the old Program Files directory to the new, but my components didn't seem to be there. I installed them from new, and they seem to be working just fine, but the respective DLLs don't appear in the "components" folder under "Foobar2000". Is that normal?

  • Emerelle
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Copying Foobar settings after Windows reinstall
Reply #1
You can get a Linux Live CD and retrieve the files you need. That is basically a working OS on a CD from which you have to boot. I use Knoppix but there are many distros for that purpose.

  • jwest
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Reply #2
You can get a Linux Live CD and retrieve the files you need. That is basically a working OS on a CD from which you have to boot. I use Knoppix but there are many distros for that purpose.


Thanks, I was about to go down that route, but I've found a workaround now.

I was looking in D:\Documents and Settings\[username]\AppData\Roaming, and seeing the contents of the AppData folder on my C: drive instead. But if I look in D:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming, this shows me the AppData folder on the D: drive (from my old Windows install), which is the behaviour I was wanting and expecting.

I can only assume that the symlink set up by my old install of Windows 7 has now come to point at the new install of Windows 7, by virtue of it having the same path name. Damn, that's confusing!

  • yanni
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Copying Foobar settings after Windows reinstall
Reply #3
I was looking in D:\Documents and Settings\[username]\AppData\Roaming, and seeing the contents of the AppData folder on my C: drive instead. But if I look in D:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming, this shows me the AppData folder on the D: drive (from my old Windows install), which is the behaviour I was wanting and expecting.

I can only assume that the symlink set up by my old install of Windows 7 has now come to point at the new install of Windows 7, by virtue of it having the same path name. Damn, that's confusing!

Yep, recent versions of Windows don't use "Documents and Settings" any more, that symlink is just for compatibility, the settings are stored in the "Users" folder.

On a related note, I tried to copy my "components" folder from the old Program Files directory to the new, but my components didn't seem to be there. I installed them from new, and they seem to be working just fine, but the respective DLLs don't appear in the "components" folder under "Foobar2000". Is that normal?

All components, apart from the ones that come with foobar2000s installer, are stored in the Application Data as well (AppData/Roaming/foobar2000/user-components/, to be precise), so yes, it's normal that they don't show up under Program Files.

  • jwest
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Copying Foobar settings after Windows reinstall
Reply #4
That's great, thanks for the info - I've managed to get all my settings copied across, and everything is running nice and smoothly now. Cheers!

  • Emerelle
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Reply #5
Great to hear!