Any recommendations for a seamless 'Robust File Copy' addition to Windows ?
I deal with a lot of computers with Windows damaged beyond repair by viruses, rootkits and spyware, where the operating system won´t even boot, or if ti does, it´s so damaged and/or crippled that its cheaper and faster to just do a clean install from scratch.
In these cases the easier path is to save everything in the hard drive to a USB drive, reinstall Windows, and then move everything back to a folder in the computer hard drive, and let the user sort it out later.
Since sometimes users save documents outside the Documents folder, like in the Desktop, in the C: drive root, in another partition, etc. it´s easier to do it this way than to hunt down every folder for stray documents, pictures, etc.
Right now I use a combination of tools to do this:
KLS Mail Backup to save Outlook Express mail folders and configuration. NIRSOFT Mail PassView to save Outlook Express passwords Ultimate Boot CD for Windows to boot the computer to a portable Windows XP, and then manually move folders using Windows Explorer, having to click confirmations about moving things, dealing with the fact that a certain Adobe ocx is unmovable, etc.
All this takes a long time when you are moving sometimes hundreds of GB, is not automated, is interrupted all the time by those pesky Explorer confirmation dialogs, etc.
Is there any software that will more or less do all these things in just one click? Or at least move EVERYTHING in a hard drive to a folder in a portable USB hard drive without asking ANY questions?