I forgot my password to my backup file. My main drive is going out. I have installed windows 7 to another drive and can boot from it as normal(I'm not new to installing OS'es BTW). Instead of backing up again and recovering from the backup onto the new drive can I simply copy all the files over from one drive to the other(obviously not while booted into the new drive's OS)?
Will all the files from the the first OS get copied OR will there be major issues due to security and hidden files?
I'm trying to save time sine it's about 150gb to copy and the back/recovery procedure is about 4x as long(because of compression + verification).
I guess it won't hurt to try while waiting for an answer...