Early Monday morning a Dell tech confirmed that I needed to reformat my hard drives and start over with Windows 10 PRO. The tech reformated my hard drives and then reloaded Windows 10 PRO. The first several programs that I reloaded were 'sync-able' so I received all the needed data very quickly. After loading the first program that was not 'sync-able', I begin thinking which would be best - reload then restore OR restore then reload? Of course, I want to get back all of my needed data but none of the 'junk' that accumulates over the years. I am looking for a two-prong solution: 1) Which to accomplish first - reload or restore? 2) How to restore only the data that is needed but none of the 'junk'? Thank you. If my questions are answered within the written world of Mozy, please provide the appropriate destination guides. Thank you.
It sounds to me that you may want to consider performing a Web Restore. You could install the software as well first for your critical programs, but the Web Restore is nice in that you can scope out what data is reliant on your crucial programs. Since you don't want to restore "junk" files, you can pick and choose visually what folders you want to restore first.
Please follow this guide to do so. Once you have what data you need, then you can proceed reloading your software. It would be nice to see what data you want to restore first then you can decide what software you want to reload from the get-go. This may help you time-wise.