Why did my desktop move to an external hard drive when I made a backup?

Sharon September 3, 2011

When I was backing up my files to a 500 GB external hard drive, my complete desktop moved from the computer. Now I have to keep the external drive plugged in to use my desktop. How do I get it back to my computer? I have a Sony ThinkPad. Thank you.

    September 4, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Hello, if you made the backup, use the same software to restore it.

  2. Adriannorton
    September 3, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Just copy and paste from drive...

    • Saw11
      September 5, 2011 at 12:58 am

      I have tried to copy and paste. It is showing up in the folder on my computer, but when I remove the exrernal hard drive everything disappears except the Internet Explorer short cut and the trash bin.

  3. Anonymous
    September 3, 2011 at 10:32 am

    well you did something with MBR, you go to BIOS and change the BOOT sequence to the internal hard drive. other than this you can use the restore function of your BAckup utilities to restore the OS to internal hard drive.

    • Saw11
      September 5, 2011 at 1:27 am

      Thanks. I am trying a system restore the the day before I moved it. Hope it works! :)

    • Saw11
      September 5, 2011 at 1:33 am

      Yeah! Thanks all of you that answered to help me. The restore worked. Many of the folders are empty, but I can put the info back in them. Thanks again. :)

      • Tina
        September 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm

        Thanks for the update, Saw!

  4. Jeffery Fabish
    September 3, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Hi Sharon,

    Do you mean your desktop folder (C:Users$USERDesktop) moved? If so, go to your external hard drive and copy the desktop folder to "C:UsersSharonDesktop". Replace "Sharon" with your username.

    • Saw11
      September 5, 2011 at 1:26 am

      If the restore does not work, I will try this. Thanks. :)

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