I had about 200Gb backups from various computers in a 2Tb network drive. Using TreeSize (something that I had done successfully for many other directories and files) I tried to copy a c:\Users directory. Started copying and, when I looked again a few minutes later, I only got the three directories Shared Music, Shared Pictures, Shared Videos (all empty) and a single file: dhtmled.ocx. The whole 200Gb vanished.
When the process to copy c:\Users started I noticed some messages about files that were open (NTUSER and other system files) and could not be copied.
Q1: Are there some system directories or system files or anything that CANNOT be copied or that may upset the archiving process in such a way that resets the whole disk to its (sort of) original state?
Q2: Could the problem be the use of TreeSize instead of using Windows Explorer directly?
- The Software directory could not be found among the directories left. The manual says that this directory should exist for a new disk.
- After the backups vanished, Windows reported, “1.63Tb free of 1.8Tb.” Are those numbers correct for a blank 2Tb drive?