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    Replicated Application Data Folders

    Running Windows 8, upgraded from Win 7.
    I've found in C:\users\name\Appdata\local another Application Data folder, and in that another Application Data folder, and so on to an unknown depth. The only problem that I have seen is with Genie Backup Manager which is backing up multiple copies of what it finds in these folders.
    I saw that it has something to do with junctions - but have not found a method to fix it.

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    The "Application Data" folder is actually a junction point. There are about 10 junction points in "C:\Users\<username>\. I'm not familiar with Genie Backup Manager (I use only drive images for backup), but if it can be configured to ignore certain folders, I would advise you to use a command prompt to drill down to the <username> folder, and type "dir /al" (without the quotes) to get a list of the junction points, and exclude all of them from being backed up.
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    Actually, I wouldn't worry about the junction points in backups. Every backup program I know of handles them just fine and they won't add significantly to backup size or time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    Actually, I wouldn't worry about the junction points in backups. Every backup program I know of handles them just fine and they won't add significantly to backup size or time.

    Jerry
    That's not what the OP said:
    Quote Originally Posted by w2le@ View Post
    The only problem that I have seen is with Genie Backup Manager which is backing up multiple copies of what it finds in these folders.
    I saw that it has something to do with junctions - but have not found a method to fix it.

    Any suggestions? Thanks
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    I've found in C:\users\name\Appdata\local another Application Data folder, and in that another Application Data folder, and so on to an unknown depth. The only problem that I have seen is with Genie Backup Manager which is backing up multiple copies of what it finds in these folders.
    Its backing up multiple copies of Appdata (not a junction point) as well as Application Data (junction point). Something weird is going on or Genie Backup Manager is not compatible with Windows 8. I'd contact Genie customer support.

    Jerry

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    While AppData is not a junction point, AppData\Local contains a junction point, "Application Data [C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local]".

    Since I don't use any "backup" software of any kind, I'm not familiar with any of them. But what the OP is getting is a recursive loop. That could be the result of some problem within Windows, but if there is an option in the backup software to exclude certain files/folders, excluding the Junction Points should eliminate the immediate problem.
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    That's a definite possibility.

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