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Degunking Windows 7 by Joli Ballew

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The Hard Disk and Default Folders

Data is stored in folders and libraries on your PC’s hard drive. Windows is fully aware of these folders and looks in them first when you search for a file. You’ll go to these folders first too. Backup programs come preconfigured to back up these folders and libraries automatically as well, so if you’re saving files where you should be saving them, you’re on the right track already. If you’re saving “outside” of the normal parameters, it may take Windows longer to find what you’re looking for, and the data may not be backed up when you run your backup program. Figure 2-1 shows the Public folders, available on all Windows 7 machines.

It’s highly likely that you are using your computer for storing lots of personal ...

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