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Will user folder redirect overwrite existing data?

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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Will user folder redirect overwrite existing data?


    I have redirected my user folders to a second hard drive. I'm doing a clean install of Windows 8.1. If I redirect my user folders in the new install to the folders on the existing drive that already have data in them, will that data remain intact or will the redirecting process overwrite or clear out the data in those folders?

    I'll be doing the redirect before there's any new data in the new default folders so no data will need to be copied to the new location.

    I just want to know if I'm OK to leave the existing data on the second drive or if I need to back it up soemwhere and then put it back in after the redirect (my data is all backed up off-site anyway, it would just be convenient not to have to move it).

    I'm downgrading from Windows 10 fwiw.

    Thanks
    -Mike

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  2. #2


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    It's been a while since I asked this. In case anyone has the same question, the answer is no, it won't overwrite existing data in the target location. If you opt to move the files that are in the original location, conflicts are handled just like ordinary folder merge conflicts.
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    If there is any conflict between new files and folders created and those already present then existing data will be overwritten. Windows will take no steps to avoid this. That is up to you.
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Will user folder redirect overwrite existing data?
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