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I recently had a client's hard drive die.

For space considerations, we were only backing up their user folder.

I put in a new hard drive, reinstalled the OS and all the apps.

When I try and use Retrospect to restore the user folder, it insists on overwriting files I've already recreated, mostly preference files with application activation and serial number codes.


If I use the "Restore Entire Disk" option, it deletes the entire user folder and makes a new one, losing files that already exist.

If I use the "Replace Corresponding Files" option, it restores all the files, and overwrites newer files that already exist.

If I use the "files and folders" option, it makes a new folder and none of the paths are correct for the user folder folders.


I want it to restore all the files that aren't already there. Is this possible???



Both computers are PowerMac G5 1.6GHz, runing Mac OS 10.3.9.

We are running Retrospect 6.1.126 with driver update

Retrospect Client version 6.1.130

(i'll check for updates as soon as I post)

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Might I suggest moving / renaming the client's user folder, doing a "Restore Entire Disk" for the user folder (you don't say, but it seems that you have /Users defined as a subvolume), then duplicate the renamed / moved /Users tree onto the restored tree? That would seem to give you what you want.


Or, you could do a piped "tar" in Terminal (cd /RenamedUsers; tar cvf - . | tar xvf - /Users)


Yes, your RDU is out of date, but that won't affect this issue one bit.



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