You can restore files that were backed up from any computer running Windows Live OneCare to any computer running Windows Live OneCare. You can restore all the files that were backed up from the original computer, or just the files you choose.
Restore will try automatically to place the files in the same place they were located on the original computer. However, Restore will make exceptions in the following situations:
If the original files were located on a hard disk (A device, also called a hard drive, that is used for long-term storage and retrieval of data needed by your computer. Your programs, operating system, and most of your files are stored on your hard disk.) , drive (An area of storage that is formatted with a file system and has a drive letter. The storage can be a floppy disk, a CD or DVD, a hard disk, or another type of disk. You can view the contents of a drive by clicking its icon in Windows Explorer or My Computer.) , or partition (A part of a hard disk that functions as though it were a physically separate disk. A partition is assigned a drive letter and appears in My Computer or Windows Explorer as though it were a separate drive.
) that doesn’t exist on the new computer, the Restore Wizard copies the files to a special folder (usually C:\Restore_[date]).
If the backup files have the same name as files already present on the destination computer, the Restore Wizard can copy the files to a special folder or it can skip them, depending on the option you choose.
If the files were created with a user account that doesn’t exist on the new computer, the Restore Wizard will ask you to specify where you would like the files to be placed.
If you are restoring files from an external hard drive (A removable hard disk that connects to your computer by means of a USB or Firewire connection.) , connect the drive to the computer where you want to restore the files. On the second page of the Restore Wizard, select the most recent backup collection (All of the backed-up files and associated data that Windows Live OneCare has stored for a computer in a given time period (usually a year), contained either on several backup discs or in a folder on an external hard drive. A backup collection is identified by the backup collection name, which contains the computer's name and the year.
) (the most recent collection is always listed first).
E-mail messages are kept in special files maintained by your e-mail program. When you restore these files, you must take additional steps to import them into your e-mail program. See Related Topics for more information.
Each disc created by Windows Live OneCare Backup contains the disc name as part of the information saved on the disc itself. If you forgot to label a disc, simply insert the disc in your drive and then look at the disc contents in My Computer.
The Restore Wizard might not be able to restore files for a number of reasons. One possibility is that the user who is currently logged onto the computer might not have permissions (A rule associated with an object (such as a file) to regulate which users can gain access to the object and in what manner. Permissions are granted or denied by the object's owner, and can also be determined by the user account group to which a user belongs.) for the file or folder. For more information about what to do if you have files that can't be restored, see Related Topics.