I want to do a fresh install of my windows 11 laptop and want to keep all of my user names/passwords from browsers as well as bookmarks


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Okay so first of all the history from my laptop is over 6 months old and I'm always worried if I delete the history I will delete some stuff I need like passwords and bookmarks and such. But here is what I want to do I want to back up all the bookmarks and the log in information from all the sites I have logged into that is still currently on the browsers and then completely reset the laptop to its original point.

So I will be backing up the bookmarks and the passwords from the browser but not the history. And I would also like to know if there was a way to remove the OneDrive from the laptop when I originally reset. I normally forget to remove it and then I have issues with it later on.

So I'm asking for some help on how to just save the bookmarks and the passwords and user names but not the entire history.
As well as how to remove the OneDrive after fresh windows 11 install from USB if this is at all possible.
 
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    Windows 11
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    Laptop
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    Lenovo System Model 80XV
    CPU
    AMD A9-9420 Radeon R5, 5 compute Cores 2c+3G, 3000 Mhz,
    Motherboard
    LNVNB161216
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    AMD Radeon R5 Graphics 0x98E4
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Screen Resolution
    1366 X 768 X 60 hertz
    Hard Drives
    929 GB internal, (2) 1TB Toshiba Externals
    Browser
    Firefox I always keep updated
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
So I'm asking for some help on how to just save the bookmarks and the passwords and user names but not the entire history.

Which browser(s)?
 

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    ASUS TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI
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    Firefox
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    On System One
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    Corsair HX750
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    Cougar MX330-G Window
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    Hyper 212 EVO
    Internet Speed
    350Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
Because you are using Firefox as browser (I saw that in your Computer specs), you always can copy your complete profile folder to some other device, like an external SDD or Flash drive. You find the exact locaton in your Firefox help menu:
Click the menu button
Fx89menuButton
, click Help and select More Troubleshooting Information. Mine is located at:
C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\default
Yours will have some combination of characters in stead of default.

After reinstalling Windows, you then can start Firefox and do the same: look where the profile folder is located.
First you copy that folder to another place (as it has the basic Firefox settings), then you delete all files and folders in that profile folder. Then replace that by the contents (files and folders) of the formerly saved profile folder.

After that you will have an exact copy of the situation you saved the profile before. Even cookies from exact that moment are saved (my online banking login depends on cookies...). All history, passwords and bookmarks will be back too!

There is another method if you have an account in the Mozilla/Firefox environment. Then you can save your settings there. But as I don't want to be dependent of the server of Mozilla/Firefox, I don't use that, so I don't have any experience with that.

PS. You only can copy all data from or to the Firefox profile folder after closing Firefox!
 

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    AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
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    MSI PRO B550M-P Gen3
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    Kingston FURY Beast 2x16GB DIMM DDR4 2666 CL16
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    Cherry Stream (wired, scissor keys)
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    Asus WT465 (wireless)
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    70 Mbps down / 80 Mbps up
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    Firefox 115.7.0 ESR
    Antivirus
    F-secure via Internet provider
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    Oracle VirtualBox 7 for testing software on Win 10 or 11
... how to just save the bookmarks and the passwords and user names
Export both resources from Bookmarks/Manage:

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and about:logins:

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  • OS
    Windows 11
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS ROG Strix
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS VivoBook
A reset will keep OEM software and will use part of the current installation. A Clean Install is pure MS.
If you do a Clean install, backup your data and drivers on an external drive.

Firefox Backup Tool
If you often update and adjust your Firefox web browser, this Firefox Backup Tool can help you, it can be easily backup all important configuration of your Firefox, including user preferences, bookmarks, extensions, browsing history, etc., you can back up all of these to one file, then restore it when you need, you can also add password protection for backup files. This is a freeware, you can download it here, it currently only supports Windows platforms (both x86 and x64 versions).

 
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    custom build
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    i5 6600K - 800MHz to 4400MHz
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    GA-Z170-HD3P
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    4+4G GSkill DDR4 3000
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    IG - Intel 530
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    Samsung 226BW
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    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    (1) -1 SM951 – 128GB M.2 AHCI PCIe SSD drive for Win 11
    (2) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for Data
    (3) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for backup
    (4) -1 BX500 SSD - 128G for Windows 7 and Lubuntu
    PSU
    Thermaltake 450W TR2 gold
    Keyboard
    Old and good Chicony mechanical keyboard
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    Logitech mX performance - 9 buttons (had to disable some)
    Internet Speed
    500 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
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    Windows 7 Pro
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    Asus Q550LF
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    i7-4500U 800- 3000MHz
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    Asus Q550LF
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    (4+4)G DDR3 1600
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    IG intel 4400 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
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    Realtek
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    LG Display LP156WF4-SPH1
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    BX500 120G SSD for Windows and programs
    & 1T HDD for data
    Internet Speed
    350 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
Megahertz, i found that backup tool to be a bit flaky. It didn't always copy all of the data.
I think the method as mentioned by Edwin is probably more reliable.
 

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    ASUS Crosshair Viii Hero Wi Fi
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    Seasonic 1200W
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    CoolerMaster ATCS 840
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    Roccat FX
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    Brave
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    ESET
Sorry I will explain a bit better I am trying to get the bookmarks and user names/passwords from 3 google accounts which are all on my Goggle Chrome browser. As well as the Firefox Bookmarks and User Names/Passwords as well. I then plan to do a fresh install of windows by completely removing everything to make it like new. So far I have the saved passwords from Firefox Browser and (2) goggle accounts but I forgot the password for 1 google account and am trying to reset it but can't remember the current password since I have not needed to manually enter the password in so long in over a year so I forgot what it was. I think I tried to sign in once before on the phone and it would not work correctly so I changed the password and now it wont work. So now I need to wait 48 hours before I can change it even with the alternate email setup already. So I plan to reinstall a fresh installation of windows Monday or Tuesday whenever the timer runs up. Hopefully its on Monday I want to do a few program fresh installs and have them organized a bit better and organize my ahk files a bit as well. Hopefully the computer will be a bit better for me this summer with the reinstallation of the windows 11 and then the reinstall and setup of all my main programs.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo System Model 80XV
    CPU
    AMD A9-9420 Radeon R5, 5 compute Cores 2c+3G, 3000 Mhz,
    Motherboard
    LNVNB161216
    Memory
    installed 4.00 GB Total Physcal 3.81 GB Available Physical 462 MB Total Virtual 9.63 GB Available Virtual 4.16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon R5 Graphics 0x98E4
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Screen Resolution
    1366 X 768 X 60 hertz
    Hard Drives
    929 GB internal, (2) 1TB Toshiba Externals
    Browser
    Firefox I always keep updated
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
So the main plan is to back up the bookmarks from both browser as well as all user names/passwords from both browsers and all (3) google account this upcoming Monday or Tuesday. And then do a fresh install of all my main programs and have them set to automatically update if possible. I also plan to remove anything relating to online storage or OneDrive since I don't use such stuff I have hard drives and flash drives.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo System Model 80XV
    CPU
    AMD A9-9420 Radeon R5, 5 compute Cores 2c+3G, 3000 Mhz,
    Motherboard
    LNVNB161216
    Memory
    installed 4.00 GB Total Physcal 3.81 GB Available Physical 462 MB Total Virtual 9.63 GB Available Virtual 4.16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon R5 Graphics 0x98E4
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Screen Resolution
    1366 X 768 X 60 hertz
    Hard Drives
    929 GB internal, (2) 1TB Toshiba Externals
    Browser
    Firefox I always keep updated
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
Copy the existing %appdata%\mozilla\firefox folder to another location

Start firefox on the new installation. close it. rename or delete the new %appdata%\mozilla\forefox folder

then copy in the saved one.

dont know anything about chrome there is probably a similar method.
 

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    Win7
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    i5-8400
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    gigabyte b365m ds3h
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    2x8gb 3200mhz
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    bequiet pure power 11 400CM
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    cryorig m9i
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    pentium g5400
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    gigabyte b365m ds3h
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    1x8gb 2400
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    xfx pro 450
You can pretty much sync everything in Chrome and Firefox.
If you want physical backups, do what I posted earlier...

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    PC/Desktop
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    ASUS ROG Strix
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    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS VivoBook
On the %appdata% folder you have all user program settings.
I'll go a little further on SIW2 suggested. I would copy ALL %appdata% folder.
 
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    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 11 Pro - Lubuntu
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom build
    CPU
    i5 6600K - 800MHz to 4400MHz
    Motherboard
    GA-Z170-HD3P
    Memory
    4+4G GSkill DDR4 3000
    Graphics Card(s)
    IG - Intel 530
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 226BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    (1) -1 SM951 – 128GB M.2 AHCI PCIe SSD drive for Win 11
    (2) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for Data
    (3) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for backup
    (4) -1 BX500 SSD - 128G for Windows 7 and Lubuntu
    PSU
    Thermaltake 450W TR2 gold
    Keyboard
    Old and good Chicony mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech mX performance - 9 buttons (had to disable some)
    Internet Speed
    500 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Q550LF
    CPU
    i7-4500U 800- 3000MHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Q550LF
    Memory
    (4+4)G DDR3 1600
    Graphics card(s)
    IG intel 4400 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Display LP156WF4-SPH1
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    BX500 120G SSD for Windows and programs
    & 1T HDD for data
    Internet Speed
    350 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
Before doing anything; I would advise you to acquire an external drive and make a system image backup of your OS as it currently is.
You don’t want to complete your task of reinstalling Windows to all of a sudden remember that there is that one most important thing you forgot to do or save, whatever it may be.
It’s not uncommon for a person to all of a sudden experience a very sinking feeling due to remembering they forgot something.
A backup could be peace of mind.
 

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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
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    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
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    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
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    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
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    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
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    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
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    100/40Mbps
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    All sorts
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    Kaspersky Premium
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    I’m on a horse.
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    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
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    Laptop
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    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
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    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
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    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
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    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
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    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
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    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
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    M.2 512GB
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    …still on a horse.
Maybe you can consider an in-place upgrade instead of a fresh install. That way, all software, settings, and data are maintained.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    i5-13400F
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B-760M
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    RTX 4060
    Sound Card
    internal
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC 27 gaming
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Kingston 2 TB M.2
    PSU
    Thermaltake 700W
    Case
    DarkFlash C285P
And I would also like to know if there was a way to remove the OneDrive from the laptop when I originally reset.
1. When using a MS account the default location for Documents, Desktop, Pictures, and Videos is Onedrive. You first have to turn off backup folder syncing. This tutorial tells you how and also how to get your files onto your local drive.
https://www.elevenforum.com/t/turn-on-or-off-onedrive-folder-backup-syncing-across-windows-11-devices.4321/

NOTE: ONLY IF FOLDERS DO NOT MOVE TO DEFAULT LOCATION IN STEP 1 ABOVE DO THIS

If this happens, then you could try option three below to restore the default folder location and move your files manually from Onedrive into the folders..

2. Then you have to unlink account & PC from onedrive.
https://www.elevenforum.com/t/unlink-account-and-pc-from-onedrive-in-windows-11.15162/
Once you do this the files you have in onedrive will remain there until you login to Onedrive on the Web and delete them.
Sign in - Microsoft OneDrive

3. You can then either uninstall Onedrive or disable it. I prefer to disable it. Open Task Manager>Startup Apps
Find Onedrive in the list and, right click on it, select disable. This prevents Onedrive from auto-starting.

4. If you want to uninstall it instead use Revo Uninstaller Freeware Portable. Be sure to delete any leftover files and registry entries Revo finds. Download Revo Uninstaller Freeware - Free and Full Download

 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3880
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
In Firefox I go to Tools, Settings and make choices such as in Privacy and Security for logins.
 

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  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
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    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
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    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security

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