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Making a copy of my current XP OS ...

Q: Making a copy of my current XP OS ...

Is there any way to make a disk with the XP OS on it AND the 3 service paks
that could be used to do a complete recovery of the hard drive in case I have any problems in the future? I would like to make a dvd of it rather than a cd because I only have dvds right now. And, if this is near possible, will "add or remove programs" still pickup the OLD updates via Windows update? In general, I want to know the best possible ways of preserving my Win XP system now that Microsoft has stopped support for it. If it is a losing battle, I have a smaller but newer computer that uses win 7, but there is no mailprogram & no extra slots in the board. (I really liked Outlook EXpress!).

Preferred Solution: Making a copy of my current XP OS ...

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Making a copy of my current XP OS ...

Here is a list of many software packages that you can use to make a backup copy of your system in case of disaster.

Norton Ghost Alternatives for Windows - AlternativeTo.net

Not the norton ghost but scroll down to the alternatives.
I've used a few of them and the top two are your best bet, Clonezilla and Acronis

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I know I made a thread about building a new comp from scratch before and I asked my parents for the parts for christmas. If they say no to the parts its going to take a while for me to get the cash together to buy the stuff I want for the computer I am building.

So, if my parents dont get the stuff for me I want to at least have a halfway decent gaming computer while I am saving up for the one I am going to build. The game I am going to be playing mostly (after christmas) is going to be World Of Warcraft, so I want the game to run smoothly with minimum lag.

Right now my comp matches all the minimum requirments for the game, but I am pretty sure even with that the game isnt going to run very well.

So I was thinking of getting a new vid card (I am currently running a GeForce FX5500) and I have about 350mb of ram (max my comp can take is 550 ram).

What else would be worth getting for my current computer. Specs in sig.

Edit: Here are the system requirments to run the game

A:Making my current comp better

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I was wanting to know if a user was logged onto a limited user account there was a registry import I could use to make them an administrator.

A:Making current user an administrator.

Not that I am aware of. We wont help you with this as we dont help people who are wanting to bypass restrictions set by a Administrator.

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I would like to take the copy of Win7 Ultimate I use now, and install it on a new PC build I will be getting in a couple of weeks.

As soon as I can, I will get a new copy of Win8.1, but I am wondering if I can use the old OS on a new PC, before the 30 days (before activation) is up, and install the new OS on it before then, as an upgrade or full version?

I'm assuming this can be done, as I had a housemate move in years ago who didn't have an OS (because his WinXP installed fatally messed up during updating) and so he asked for my WinXP disc at the time and kept reinstalling it every month - he just didn't "activate" it. He later got his own copy.

I would assume if it's possible, then it's not legal, but then I'm suggesting a temporary measure and won't stick with it.

Anyone know?

A:Using my current copy of Win7 on a new PC build

Hello Foebane,

You will need to install a retail copy of Windows on the new PC, but yeah it's perfectly legal to do so as a 30 day trial without activating.

Personally, I would recommend to clean install Windows 8.1 instead of upgrading from Windows 7. This way you won't have to worry about any potential issues from an upgrade.

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exactly what the title says, the key is doing it without losing my current copy of windows 7 that is installed, i dont want to lose any of my current data.

as i understand it, this can be achieved by, first, shrinking current partition to just slightly larger than you absolutely need it, second, make sure you have room for another partition, boot from 8" disk, install in "new partition" without over writing my last one.

all simple in theory, but i have a few questions, first, i know that you generally have to be careful shrinking partition because of data loss, if this is true, are there any suggestions to do this more safely. second, would this even work! and third, assuming it would, am i correct on the process of creating the new partition for windows 8? ir is there a better way to do it?

also... before i get too far, if anyone has tried this, how did you install 8? when i try to unpack the iso to a DVD/R it is too big (the iso is 4.8gb, larger than your standard DVD/R). i though of using an 8gb thumb drive, but i really hate that process of changing my boot order atleast twice

A:help dual booting win. 8 with my current copy of windows 7

Yes, that is how most people do it.

You can shrink a partition using win7 disk management.

If you got the bigger iso - that is the one containing the dev tools - which I am guessing you don't really need.

Never mind, you can install it anyway.

There are several ways to install - one way is to mount the iso from within win 7 and run setup from there.

You need something to mount it - I like the free version of Poweriso - but there are plenty of other apps. you could use.

Just click download - it runs as the free version with no time limit.


You might want to untick the boxes if you don't want the avg stuff:

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Hey there,

I searched the boards, found a few things, tried them out but still not rockin. This cant be that difficult.
db called APM.
Table: tbl_MAIN.
tbl_MAIN Columns: [PK IDautonumber] [member number] [last name] [first name] [status] [box number].
Form: Manifest Creator (linked to tbl_MAIN)
Table: tbl_report

All of the rest of the items in the db are consequence of trial and error, are irrelevant and will be removed.

I want to use the member number field to manually key in the [member number]. While keyed entry is occuring the form updates the rest of the fields with that members info.

I have gotten this far. Need help with the following.

I want to have a control button on the form that will copy ONLY the currently viewed record to a new table and continue adding on that table with the individual records every time the button is pushed.

(I can handle the creation and assignment of the control button but need the logic behind it)

Later, when the user has completed the task, the new table will be used to generate a report that will list all of the entries made and will in the end be printed. I will also make it so that the new table is archived and an empty table is left in its place, ready for the next batch.

I need to create this app as a tool to create manifests and avoid manually keying as much information as possible.

I understand that an append query is probably the way to go but when I use the one I created it rounds up ALL of the records... Read more

A:Solved: Ctrl btn/copy current rec/insrt into new tbl

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I'd like to use Robocopy (I'm using Xcopy now) to copy everything from the 'current' folder. It appears that Robocopy absolutely has to have a path of some sort to correctly work. In Xcopy, we were able to runXcopy *.* C:\somedirectory\If I try the same in Robocopy I get a an error"No Destination Directory Specified"Orange County District Attorney

A:Robocopy - Wildcard to copy everything from current source directory

Hi Sandy,

It's true ROBOCOPY doesn't handle wild cards, but what you're after is still possible:

Say I want this:

C:\temp> robocopy *.* c:\temp2\

I'll get the error you get - "No Destination Directory Specified"

BUT, if you try this:

C:\temp>  robocopy c:\temp\ c:\temp2\

ROBOCOPY will work and do what your after. Quotation marks can also be used in the above path references.

I suppose one of the reasons for the lack of wildcard support is the fact that ROBOCOPY actually works to exclude files types later with the /XF switch (such as "/XF *.mp3"). More here.

Hope this helps,
Kevin @calwell on twitter.

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I am adding some extra functionalities to an existing MS Access 2003 database. I would like to have a button, that copies some of the values of the current record that is open in the form, and pastes it into a new record.

So if I would have a field called 'year', with the value '2009', I would like to have this same value '2009' pasted into the same field in a new record (I would like a seperate 'new record' button for this, using VB).

Anyone can help me in accomplishing this? Help is very much appreciated!

A:Solved: MSAccess 2003 - Copy current fieldvalue to a new record.

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I would like to purchase and install another copy of Windows dedicated entirely to French. I know that I need an additional license, and my question is about how to install it and on which drive? I already have a dual boot Windows 7 and Xubuntu. Also, I am planning to transfer the current C: drive and the new OS drive to a 250GB SSD.

My current setup is a single 500MB Seagate SATA 3

C: current boot drive: drive 80GB
D: 50GB data
E: 60GB data
F: 60GB data
W: 90GB data
Ext4 25GB Xubuntu
Ext4 42GB data
Ext4 42 data
Swap 6GB

A:Installing a copy of French Windows 7 alongside the current English

You can install it on any drive or partition you want. It should be at least 60 GB.

Personally if you have room in your box for another drive, that`s what I would put it on.

Use a Solid State Drive, they are cheap

SSD 850 EVO 2.5" SATA III 120GB | Samsung Solid State Drives

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I posted a while ago about an Access database I was working on to help better organize our IT department. Long story short, it's pretty good for the time being, but there are a few things I'm still trying to work out to make data entry easier.

In particular, I have a new order form that adds records for each line item in a purchase order. At times, I have multiple items that are going to the same location with the same order number, order total, order date, user assigned, business unit charged, etc.

It would be extremely easy to fill out the form at the beginning of one of these orders and simply click a "Copy Current Record" button which would duplicate the record to a new one where I could then modify the few things that I'm required to (e.g., Product ID).

I've already got an "Add New Record" button that we can use to start with a new record built from some out-of-the-box functions in Access.

Any ideas for an easy "copy current record to new record" button I can add to help speed things up?

A:Solved: Access 2010: Button to Copy Current Record

On the New Button Wizard select "Record"> Duplicate.

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I have a family DVD that was made from older videos few years back. Have no problem viewing it on my laptop or DVD player.

I now wanted to make a few copies to distribute to family members. Have tried everything I know. I can make a copy & it does show that the DVD has made the copy with the files copied but when I do a playback, both my laptop & DVD player says unknown disk or no disk in drive.

I have a newer HP laptop with vista.


A:Making a DVD Copy

Hi Mike and welcome to Vista Forums

Are you closing and/or finalising the copies? By doing so, you write information to the lead-in and lead-out sections on the disk. Without this data, a disk may be classed as unknown/unrecognised when you try to access it.

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I have 2 120GB disks. I am running Windows 2000 Pro.
I have partitioned the first disk to be 2 60 GB partitions with my operating system on the C:.
The second 120 Gb is what I use for my personal files, DVD backup/authoring and digital pics.
I want to have an image of my C: just in case something goes wrong or I get a real bad failure.
Presently, I made an image of C: on the D: using Maxtor's maxblast. (same physical drive)
Both drives are Maxtor. Should I make an image on the second hard drive, my computer labeled it as G:. There are two CD ROM/DVD drives in the computer.
Can I still use the D: as a good place for the mirror backup? Will I be able to boot from there if the C: dies?
Any help is much appreciated.

A:Help Making a copy of my C: drive

You can put the image whichever drive or partition you like (other than C. But since anything can fail, I would also recommend making a backup of that image as well.

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How do I make a copy of Favorites in IE on a CD-R?

A:Making a CD copy of Favorites in IE

Go to File-> Import and Export-> Export Favorites. Note where it puts it, it's a small file that you can then burn as data. It can then be 'Imported' if you like, to any machine.

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I am making data disk, or "write file folders to disk" source from folder from hard drive.

I wish to make more then one copy of it.

Where do I put the number of copies if I wish to burn more then one copy using
IMG Burn ?


A:Img burn making more then 1 copy

Open Img Burn > choose write file/folders to disc > go to Device tab > choose copies at the bottom

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I have a windows xp disk but would like to make a copy in case I misplace one can that be done?

A:Making a copy of windows XP

Hi standup2cancer Of course you can do that. You can easily make a copy of the CD/DVD if you need. You can do a full copy, or simply create an .iso from the disc, and then burn it to another CD/DVD, or even make a USB bootable with it. For the CD/DVD option, you can use ImgBurn, it works really well.http://www.imgburn.com/

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hey, i was wondering how i would go about making a copy of my windows xp pro cd to have as a back up incase for some reason my other one gets lost or gets damaged


A:making a copy of a copywrited cd




Create a slipstream install cd with sp2 included.

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I purchased a program for a Genisys automotive diagnostic system. The program is self bootable and installed on a 512 compact flash card. When I try to read the card or copy the card a menu pops up asking if I want to format this disk. The program works fine but it won't let me look at the files or copy it. Is this some form of copy protection? Any suggestions on how a Backup can be made? I'm working on my desktop with windows XP.
Thanks, Gary

A:making a backup copy

You might check with the vendor who sold you the program. Perhaps it is not in your license to be able to make a backup. Some licensing with allow it, others will not.

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I noticed that many game CDs have copy protection.How can i copy protect my own Cds which i create?

A:Making copy-protected CDs

To get the professional copy protection, you probably have to buy the software from the people who make the protection methods. Like if you wanted to use SecuROM, you would have to buy it from their site. I doubt it's cheap though...

I think Nero has a copy protection feature in it, I'm not sure how effective it is though. Probably not very, but it's better than nothing.

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I got a computer with Vista on it, but didn't get any cds... just got a sticker with the CD key on it. I'm wondering how to make an actual cd copy of my Vista for reformatting which I like to do about once a year

A:Making a copy of Vista?

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Hi everyone
I think I am in the correct section. If not can one of the kind mods bump it to the relevant section for me please

I have what seems to be a technical problem with my hard disk on my laptop. I have an accidental warranty for the laptop. Which means it will have to go back to base to be repaired.

I desperately need to make an exact copy onto my Ext HD just incase they go and reformat or replace Laptop harddisk.

Is that possible and if so - how?

The intermittant problem is that when I power up, I am getting a message that says

Medium test Failure, check cable.
Exiting Broadcom PXE ROM
Operating system not found.

With gentle manipulation of the laptop case, I am able to reboot and get onto my Laptop.

Which makes it sound like a technical problem, rather than the hard disk failing. No nasty noises or anthing like that. Its as though a contact is not bieng made to the hard disk/hard disk not sitting properly.

I really appreciate any help on this as it it rather urgent.

Les Worrall

A:Making exact copy of C: to External HD

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I have a dvd burner and a mod chip in my Xbox. I have made many backups for my playstation2 and now i want to for my xbox. My friend says that i need to hook my computer up to the Xbox and burn it then. What is he on about/ how do I make a backup copy of a xbox game?

A:Making a backup copy of an X Box game. PLease help.

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I'd like to make a backup copy of my Adobe Creative Suite Premium cd. Does anyone know if this is possible?...I'd assume they have some sort of copy protection on it...

I have Nero for my dvd/cd burning software.

I also tried copying the adobe go live program folder in c:/program files
and i emailed it to a friend to see if he could successfully install it, but it gave an error msg saying "cannot retrieve serial number information"
-anyone know a way to get around that or where that info would be stored on my computer, so I can get it to install on another comp w/o the cd??


A:making backup copy of software

they put copy protection on it for a purpose..

we can't help with illegal copying here at TSG..

closing thread...


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I had  pre-installed manufacturer WIN 8 software on my computer.  I made recovery disks.  (you are only allowed one copy)  I think I made a mistake in upgrading to the 8.1 version.  I thought it was just an update.  I didn't realize it was going to be so involved.  If my computer fails to start, I don't know if I should make just a recovery disk, or if I can get a COPY of the WIN8.1 version.  It said once you go to 8.1, you can't go back.  I didn't like that.  Can anyone tell me more about what single copy I can make, and how to do it?  If you make a copy to a flash drive, and it fails, you are up a creek.  So I would rather have a dvd copy.  But just for if WIN 8.1 won't start, a bootable pen drive would be nice.  But once again, it said only one copy.  This is confusing to me.  I don't have an external hard drive, or anything to make a full back up on yet.  I do have my pictures, and documents saved to a pen drive though. 

A:Just downloaded 8.1 have questions on making copy

You are only allowed one copy per license, not one image per media that you create (ie you can have a copy on a Blu-Ray, DVD, USB drive, Pen Drive).  As for what to do if your hard drive goes South, you can contact your computer manufacturer, and order a copy of 8.1 for that model of computer, or reinstall 8, then download the 8.1 iso from Microsoft, and save the .iso to a DVD, so you can reinstall 8.1 after installing 8 back on your hard drive.
Of course there is always making a image of the hard drive and making a boot disc, to restore that image also.

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How do I make a cd copy of a file composed of internet messages. Are the internet messages stored onthe hard drive. If so how do I find them?Thanks Mamapat

A:making cd copy of internet file

Sometimes they are stored on the drive, sometimes not. It depends on the application used. The legality of recording and spying on the messageing is a issue. Even if your a mate. You need to consult a lawyer before spying. I believe that's why no-one has responded to your question.

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I dont get it.I put in this cheap but good copy of Salsa classic music on my pc right...

it plays find,and I have it DL on my PC..ok..BUT..this blows me away..When I use the Dell,Musicmatch to burn..It burns...But when the CD is done and I listen to it...I hear..

Click,click,click,click,click........What gives..Crap..I dont get it..the cheap music disk plays fine...and is DL...I lost 4 Cd trying to figure this out..any clue why ...thanks.this is my first time..I ever saw this.I normally have no other problem with other CD`s.

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I know this is simple but it is the first time I have tried this. I have an e book stored in my documents and I want to copy it to a disc. I open the document and put a new disc in the d drive. When I hit save it says the disc is full. It cannot be and I have tried numerous discs from the same container. Please help.

A:Making a copy of a document to disc drive

You need to burn it to disc using your writing software (Nero?)

Also check:

Start--> Run--> services.msc
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service is not disabled, and is started (you can just double click on the service to change its startup)
This will allow you to drag and drop directly to blank media in My Computer

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What software makes a second copy of a data drive an then updates it
later on. I am looking a best methods to back up my data drive which
is my second drive in my computer. I was looking a software package
called "second copy" but I don't know if that is best.
Note, it takes over 24hr to fully copy my data drive so what backup
stragies is best for me.
Thank you,

A:Backup Making a second copy of data drive

I highly reccommend Acronis True Image 10. It works with Vista as well as XP. I backup my "C" drive with the OS and programs on it in about 30 minutes. My data drive which contains about 87GB of data takes less than an hour to backup to an internal backup drive. I do this by making "exact images" of the drives. If any of my working drives go bad I simply replace and restore the image from my backup drive and I'm back in business as if nothing happened. Or, in case a file becomes corrupted or accidentially deleted, I can restore individual files very quickly. This program has saved my butt several times and it's well worth the price. NewEgg has it for $39.99 here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=1528708SF
or you can get the downloadable version for only $31.99 at NewEgg.

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I would like to make a copy of my C drive in a hidden drive, like on a bought PC.
I know it's easy to reinstall but when you take account of the time involved to get all your software loaded and up and running it takes ages.

I would like to hit a key at boot up, access the hidden drive and reinstall thew entire setup.

A:making a bootable copy of OS on hidden drive


You are referring to what is known as a "recovery partition" and is usually part of an OEM installation. The easiest way to create something similar is to use Macrium to create a system image, and keep that stored on an external USB device:

Imaging with free Macrium

You can restore a system image of a typical installation in around 15-20mins.


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I just bought a very expensive program, my kids have to use it for school, thing is, there's the install disk, then the program disk. I want to make a backup copy because my girls have to pass it back and forth to use it on their own computers, and I just know it's going to get scratched/ruined and I don't want to have to replace it at $329 again.

I put the CD-Rom into my laptop, clicked on the CD-rom and hit copy. Then I put a new CD-RW into my computer, clicked on it, hit paste and it took FOREVER (like 20-30 minutes maybe) to copy all the files. When it said it was done, there was nothing on the new disk.

I erased the disk because it said that only five hundred some odd MB were used out of 700, but nothing shows up. So I am trying to paste again.

Am I doing something wrong?? Is there some trick to copying a program CD? I have copied Audio CD's for our car before, and never had a problem. :s

A:Solved: Making back-up copy of program

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Will some one tell me how to make favorites & bookmark hard copies. Never did it before.  Thanks.

A:Making Hard Copy of Favorites & Bookmarks

Please elaborate, Hard Copies in what syntax? A list of url's? A list of the favorites by description? Please tell me what your 'hard copy' would look like. And I've found that some people think hard copy means a file on a USB flash drive they carry around. I don't want to assume my version of hard copy is the same as yours.

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Is it possible for me to make a file (atm .exe or .bat) to only be allowed to have one copy running, and to have to wait a certain amount of time before being able to open again?



A:Solved: Making a bat file/prog to only have 1 copy running?

Not sure exactly what you want, but maybe:

SingleInstance (direct download)

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Hello, just did a Fresh install on widows xp, can i copy the registry b4 making changes?
In the past sometimes if i load software thats a trial i cannot even reload.
My thoughts would be if i could copy my registry now while its fresh maybe i could change it back later if ever need?
Is there a program out there that does this and is "simple" to use?


A:Fresh install on widows xp, can i copy the registry b4 making changes?

Back up the registry - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-MY/windows7/Back-up-the-registry

Backing Up and Restoring the Windows XP Registry - http://www.theeldergeek.com/windows_xp_registry.htm

Beginners Guides The Registry Backups, Repairs, and Protection - PCSTATS.com - http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=263&page=4

ERUNT Registry Backup Tool - http://www.snapfiles.com/get/erunt.html


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I have two Western Digital 1Tb HD's which I use for archiving and are carbon copies of each other and my third installed OS HD. They are both external to my computer, in fact one came as part of a WD My Book.

Previously, I had my Asus P5Q Deluxe fitted and I could just plug the two HD's into the PSU with a spare power cable and connect them to the mobo with a couple of Sata cables and copy any data from the main installed HD or replicate data between them. No problem.

However, due to RAM issues, I have swapped the mobo out for my Asus P5W DH Deluxe. I just assumed I could go ahead with my adhoc method of plug and play HD connectivity but after shutting down my desktop, wiring in just one archive HD and powering up, the computer went a bit funny.
All the icons had shifted over to my TV display, next to my desktop, while my monitor's desktop pic got squashed vertically with vertical letterbox lines left and right, pretty much as though I had been messing with the AMD Catalyst Control Centre.

Any ideas why plugging in an HD (or two) into the spare Sata/EZ Raid sockets would cause this? Why didn't it behave like P5Q, e.g. plug & play style, or as if I had simply plugged in the HD via the USB?

One thing I forgot to check was if the HD showed up in 'My Computer' while the icons and what not were on the TV screen.


A:Problem making adhoc HD connection to copy data

Nevermind. I plugged the two archive HD's into the mobo today and all is fine and copying perfectly.


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This is the situation. I'm interested in programming and I have a "problem" I'd like to solve programically. I have two computers, one I use to work on and other to print and store files. Therefore, I have to transfer files I work on over to the printing/storage PC to be able to either print or store. I want to be able to: Insert my usb drive into the printing/storage PC and automatically the computer, or command prompt, will start copying the files off the usb drive to a certain location. Can I create a command prompt program that acts in the following sequence:

The command prompt program is run.
It awaits usb drive input.
If an usb drive is inserted, cmd copies all of it's files to C:\files

How is this possible?

A:Making command prompt automatically copy files

If the two computers are on the same network I would just use software that keeps them in sync over the network.

Even with the USB stick you could use a program that keeps the USB synced on each computer. I had my Mom setup a few years ago to use Microsofts SyncToy to synchronize a USB stick with her home computer and her computer at work.

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Hello all...

I am running several cron jobs in a crontab unix application and each time a file is created by one of the commands it appends the filename with a ? (questionmark).

Here are two of the cronfile lines:
34 23 * * * mv /home/sites/sitexx/web/filea.html /home/sites/

34 23 * * * cp /home/sites/sitexx/web/fileb.html /home/sites/

Now each command does its intended job, renaming (moving) and copying, but the resulting files end up as:

Any ideas on what is happening here?

A:help: CRONTAB file copy and create making *.html? filenames

anyone with any ideas on this.....I am following up to ensure that this got posted since I can't see it when I list today's posts


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I have a computer with two physical drives, a 30G and a 160G. What I am attempting to do is to copy the Windows XP partition from the 30G drive to the 160G, make the 160G drive the bootdrive, then remove the 30G one. I am attempting to do this using Partition Magic 8.0 but so far I am having no luck. I copied the partition using Partition Magic, then swapped the drive letters of the two disks, made the new copy of the partition on the 160G HD Active, then rebooted and disabled the 30G drive in the BIOS. This did not work; the system hangs soon after the POST where it should begin showing the boot screen. I didn't really expect it do work, and I have since re-enabled the 30G in the BIOS and subsequently swapped the drive letters back to their original state. What I am wondering is, can you actually do what I am trying using Partition Magic 8? I only see the option to copy a partition. It makes no mention of creating a clone of an original drive so I am thinking that maybe i need a different piece of software to accomplish my goal? Thanks for any help in advance.

A:making a new bootable harddrive from an existing copy using Partition Magic 8

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Hi, I need some advice. I'm helping my brother to set up a dual-boot of Win7 & Win7.
The reason for this strange setup is because my brother wants to have his own Win7 system, separately from his son who keeps causing trouble with trojans/viruses & online games. I have several questions before I do this.

What is the fastest way of installing the OS twice with some basic applications on it?
Is it possible to just re-image the first installation to the 2nd partition & make some changes on it to avoid reinstalling everything twice ? It would save time a lot.
But then, what changes should I make to the system to make it dual-boot? Will that be complicated or even possible ?


A:Making a copy of Win7 system to 2nd partition & enabling dual-boot ?

Quote: Originally Posted by Serville

Hi, I need some advice. I'm helping my brother to set up a dual-boot of Win7 & Win7.
The reason for this strange setup is because my brother wants to have his own Win7 system, separately from his son who keeps causing trouble with trojans/viruses & online games. I have several questions before I do this.

What is the fastest way of installing the OS twice with some basic applications on it?
Is it possible to just re-image the first installation to the 2nd partition & make some changes on it to avoid reinstalling everything twice ? It would save time a lot.
But then, what changes should I make to the system to make it dual-boot? Will that be complicated or even possible ?


I would suggest creating a separate limited user account. Much easier and will accomplish the same thing. The following link will provide details;

Setting up user accounts in Windows 7

You can also do your own search and find several articles on "how to set up a limited user account".

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xcopy "c:\alpha\aadfw\mainv10\*.*" "d:\folder named todays date" /y/d/e
the batch file needs to create the folder with today's date and then copy to that folder

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OK, simply put I'm sick and tired of other programs running in the background hijacking my current window.

ie: I start a process in one window that may take awhile, switch to something else to work on... when the background process is done, depending on the program, it will often force itself to the front. VERY frustrating when you're working on something else, then some background task decided "No, I'm going to take you out of that form box your typing in because I'M coming to the front".

Is there a setting anywhere that can stop background program from hijacking the current window you're working in?

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Hi Techies ,

I have been looking to find a macro to help me sort out my excel file. I am new to macros so the one I am looking for has to look for a text , copy another column of that row(eg lets say E11) where text is found , find this text (E11 text) , copy another column of a row where E11 is found ( say F21 ) , find F21 and copy another coulmn of a row where F21 was found and print all these ( text , E11 , F21 etc. ) on a new sheet in a single row.

examples are all highlighted fields in the attached file.

Can someone help me with creating a macro!!! ?

A:Macro : Find > Copy > Find > Copy > Find > Copy > Print all found in File

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I have one internal drive with 1 TB.
The data there is very important to me , so I bought External removable drive for backup.
Now, I want to copy the data from one drive to the second drive but I have to be sure I have a perfect copy of the data.
The data is mostly songs movies and documents.
I'm using windows 7.

My question is this:

1.If I'll transfer the data through windows 7 by copy and paste, I could be sure i have a perfect copy?
2.There are tools for comparison Between the original data to the data that was copied?
If so, what are they?

If I do not in the right place please Please pass my message to the right place.thanks.


A:transfer data through windows 7 by copy and paste perfect copy?

There is no reason why using copy and paste won't give you a perfect copy and in my view it's more reliable than using the Windows backup utility.

One program I've found invaluable is Microsoft's SyncToy, which you can download here: Download: SyncToy 2.1 - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details

It will sync files between folders of the same name on two separate drives or partitions ( I always use the Echo procedure).

You might also want to consider using Windows 7's Robocopy function.

ROBOCOPY - Create Backup Script

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I found that the Windows 'Copy' cmd was unreliable when copying bulk data of mostly folders of multimedia files between external USB HDDs, and from internal HDD to external HDDs.
As the data was massive, it is impractical to manually check that each of thousands of files is copied without error.  I since found a number of posts confirming Windows 'Copy' is quite primitive and obviously does not use any kind of verification that the copied files are an exact copy of the original.
I seek a modern easy to use GUI equivalent of the old DOS 'xcopy' cmd line copy-with-verification utility that Microsoft included to rectify the deficiencies of 'Copy' in the era before Windows, but has since chosen to ignore.   100% bit-for-bit Verification should be the most important feature, not speed.  As they say, more haste, less speed.  It needs to have at least some form of basic logging of result, preferably with choice of summary or verbose logging. Although the prime use is for when one does the original copy (files, folders, drives), for filesets already copied, it would be helpful if it could also do a Verification only pass comparing 2 filesets.    If poss, pls recommend a few, in preference order so I have a choice.

A:Seek a modern GUI 'Copy' cmd that uses Verify to confirm 100% accurate copy ?

Hi paul456,
Not sure if this is quite what you want but,
Only 2 answers, top one
Good luck 

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I just purchased a pre-owned Lenovo T420 laptop with Windows 7, but amazingly, over these many years, I've never had to back up my OS before because someone (my tech guy mostly) had always done it for me. Anyhow, while I do intend to make a full system backup copy, which I have no doubt will include the Windows 7 OS, I would also like to create a backup (disk) copy of my OS only since no install disks came with the computer. I can load the Windows 7 OS onto an 80Mb CD, but the entire hard disk backup will take many gigabytes and I intend to use a 32 Gb flash drive for that purpose.

My first and essential question is, can I create a Windows 7 Pro "restore" disk by just copying and pasting the entire "Windows" file on my hard drive to a CD or Flash drive...or is there more to it than that?

When I started to create a backup copy of the entire disk using the Windows backup program, I took particular notice to the
fact that (after I selected the custom selection option rather than the automatic selection for which files to copy) that the Windows file was no longer listed on the "C" drive menu provided in the backup program. It is certainly listed on my "C" drive when I bring it up directly, so can anyone explain to me quickly what that's all about?

A:Solved: Can I make a backup copy of my Windows 7 OS using copy/paste?

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I got a notice after booting up my windows 7 ultimate today that it is not a legit copy.
It is a retail copy and has been running fine for a few years.
Nothing has been installed in the past few days and the only major thing I've done lately is to
remove a bunch of restore points to clear up a ton of space on my computer.
I'm at a loss at this point.
I've tried entering the product key, but it doesn't activate it.
any ideas??
Please can anyone help me....

A:Build 7601 "This copy of windows is not genuine" and its a legit copy.....

Have you made any changes recently?
Is this a dual boot setup?
Have you changed the partition size?

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I am getting win7 Ultimate (it should be in the mail right now), I install the win7 evaluation copy with a build I did back in the summer & installed win7 evaluation copy with a clean install. Now I want to do another clean install to get rid of the junk I have collected over the last couple months & because the copy will expire in a couple months. So my question is what is the best way to remove the evaluation copy & install the retail copy without losing all of my programs, drivers & user settings. I was thinking clone the area I want to save & then after the install happens merge the two back. Anyone have a better way or will the above work


A:win7 evaluation copy to a retail copy install

You can't clone and merge the two OS's. If you clean install by booting the new DVD to do a Custom install with Drive Tool formatting, you must reinstall your programs.

Many have reported excellent results doing an in-place Upgrade from the RC to any version using this workaround: Upgrade the Windows 7 RC to any retail version Icrontic Tech

You could try this to see if performance suits you, and if not then do a clean install.

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My 89 yr old mother-in-law bought a desktop from an estate sale. Said she was told it had a 'pirated' copy of XP on it. Called me to find out what that was. She only wanted the computer to do e-mail and FaceBook with the grandkids and great-grandkids. Said she only paid $20 and wanted to know if I could "fix" it. Now, I do have a legal copy of XP that was on a computer that has long since bit the dust. The XP program was an upgrade from ME. I would like to help her and wonder if I could take my upgrade legal CD of XP and just put it in the machine and copy over the 'pirated' copy?

A:Solved: How to install legal copy of XP over pirated copy

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