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Q: help a virus is backing and backing again

my computer has a weird file named "mr.bean on show.avi" 331kb
and its wierd it is located in almost all main folder of my computer such as local disc C,D and even all of my documents main folder i tried to delete it but it back and back again T_T

it crashes and slows my pc when i try to open any folders it not responding and resulting "end now" and freeze my pc its so damn.. so i restart it after i restart, it change my login password!!! so damn!!!! my solotion is go to safe mode log in to admin and remove its login password

also i can't access to task manager when i alt+ctrl+end+delete,my task manager opens up for a secs and it closes automatically and showing up a command prompt for a sec and closes too..

i've tried full system virus scan using AVG full update anti virus but it cannot find any virus on it i dont know if it is a virus,trojan,spy or?
my final plan is to reformat it,but i dont want to delete my very important files

any idea what is it? and how can i rid of it?
thnx a lot

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Preferred Solution: help a virus is backing and backing again

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Is it possible to back up virus definitions?
I've just updated my definitions in Norton Antivirus 05.It took a while as it was 8mb.
I find if I have to re-install NAV for any reason,I have download the definitions again.
I recently re-installed NAV 05 due it hindering a Windows ME installation and I backed
up the whole NAV folder and latest antivirus definitions to another drive.Can I transfer
those updates to the new installation?
Any help would be appreciated.

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Im in the process of getting help with our machine that may be infected. Question....if I back-up files onto my separate backup drive is there a risk of capturing the virus or whatever is on my machine and taking it with the files? Most of the files I backup are my documents, program files, like Dreamweaver etc..thanks

A:Quick Qestion about backing up hard drive and virus and spyware etc

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I want to start doing automatic backups with xp's backup utility, for a home user that does pics and music. should i do one full backup then weekly incrementals or differentials, or monthly full backups. any body have a good backup stratagy that would not be hell to recover in the event of a disaster. thank you.

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On my system I have a 40Gb Hdd and a 1.2GbHdd. I used to back up the 40 Gb to the second one using the backup tool provided in WinXP Pro.

Now that the 40Gb has grown, the backup does not fit on the second hdd. I want to back up to CD-R/RW but the backup is bigger than 1 CD and the provided tool will not spread it over a few discs.

Does anyone know of any software that will let me spread it over a few discs? Or does anyone know of any other type of media that does not cost a fortune?

I did get a copy of Norton Ghost with my MoBo(Soyo Dragon+) but it does not work!rolleyes: I have not bothered pursueing it, I may bother if this will let me do what i want.

Please Help!

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The easiest way and cheapest would be to buy a new HD, under $100. Another good product that can be PCMCIA or USB2 attached is at this location: http://www.cmsproducts.com/default.htm

Hope this helps!

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Okay, I have a bunch of games, software and the like, some of which is showing signs of abuse. [Who, me? Never...]
My question to you... whoever might know... is if [using Unreal 2 as my example, because it's the one I'm lookin' at right now] I copy the install and play disk onto a DVD-R with separate folders, one named "UNREAL2_PLAY_CD" the other "UNREAL2_INSTALL_CD," will it allow me to use that "backup" disk, leaving my originals to be stored away in the safe confines of waythehellinthebackofmydesk-land?
This'll save me a lotta time, and a few coasters.

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Had a major crash and lost loads of data a few weeks ago so now have new system and invested in a one touch Maxtor 100g external hard drive. I have done a back up already, but can anybody tell me when i do more back ups do they just override the one before or does the disk fill up with multiple back ups.

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I think it would depend what program is used to back up, if it removes old backups before applying new ones. I use Cobian Backup It's free and very good for what I need.


I only back up to my hard drive and burn to dvd every week or so. But I think it will go to external hard drive and it removes old backups.

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Hi! A friend has a computer running XP. The computer is about 10 years old, so it's going to go soon, not to mention that it's soooo slow. He's not very computer literate, so I figure the best OS I could put on a computer for him is Windows 7 as it's close to XP without much of a learning curve. I've picked out a nice computer for him, but it comes with a SATA3 hard drive. His current drive is HDE. He needs to keep the software programs he has on it and the data in them. What can I use to copy/backup these programs so they will be usable in the new OS? Any and all responses will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Is there a way or is it even possible to do a full backup for windows updates drives programs settings ,every single thing on drive c ?

A:Backing up everything !?

Hi You could clone the drive or do a system image.

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I want to back up my catalogue of Karaoke Disc's but am unsure how to do it? Can someone help me please, all advice will be greatly appreciated.


A:Backing up CDG's

This site explains how to convert, backup, and burn CDG's.


Personally, I keep a mp3+g backup of all my disk.

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Evening all,Just a short question,Can anyone please advise me on this matter on backing up Windows Live Mail 2012.
Seen this little free software and wondering if anyone can support the software ''KLS Email Backup''
KLS Mail Backup - Freeware Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail, Thunderbird, Firefox backup

Many thanks.

A:Backing up WLM with KLS

Hi I have been looking at that software,But cant get any info regarding good or bad.
Maybe something will turn up soon.

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anyone have a program that i can use to burn my documents and settings to a cd-r or cd-rw? i have over 5,000 songs and other programs that i need saved

A:Backing Up

IMO...those type files have no business in Docs & Settings. They probably belong in a separate partition.

I don't burn copies of such, I just store them on a separate hard drive, in a separate partition, same as I do my system backups.

What's the total space these things take up on your system?


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Great website....I've learned a lot....thanks!
I have a Dell desktop with Windows XP. I want to buy a decent back-up system for my downloaded programs, documents ...everything I guess). Just don't know what type/size I should be looking for. As embarrassed as I am to say this, I've never backed up my data before and have thus far been VERY LUCKY! So I figure I've cheated Lady Luck long enough....it's time to get with it and back up my PC. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

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I just got a new computer which is in a RAID. I am told that everything on C is copied onto a mirror drive so if C fails I can run off of the other drive. (Of course, I'd quickly replace C).

Do I still need to backup?

Are there certain files to backup?


A:Is Backing Up Necessary?

Of course you need to backup - a Raid array just makes it far less likely that a single HDD failure will stop you. It won't (a) protect you against malware fouling up your PC, (b) stop an electrical fault damaging both your drives, (c) put out a house fire, (d) trip up a thief as he departs with your PC.

In short, backups protect against many sources of failure, Raid protects against just one, and not a particularly likely one at that.

Are there certain files.....yes, the whole operating system and installed applications.

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i was planning on trying to do a few stupid things on my computer(i do this too much) and decided that because ive never done it,i was going to back up my c: drive.i tried using xp's backup/restore wizard but it wanted me to use my 3 1\4 floppy drive(only would have needed about 2100 disks)i tried manualy selecting my d: drive(where cdrw is)but it said it was invalid.so whats the best way to backup all my stuff?if i have to ever reinstall windows i wont want to manualy switch around and transfer all the stuff from my cd's back to the computer.is thare any other program or anything i can use?thanks

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I just installed Windows & home Premium OEM On a new build I developed an issue so MSI had a free HDD back software so I backed up my install on another hard drive when I restore on the original Drives will I have to reactivate W7 ?.......The actual issue is Im running Raid 0 and need to move the SATA cable to a different location......

A:Backing up HDD

If you made an image and then restore that image file to a hard drive you should not have to reactivate.

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With W7 backup, is it still necessary to use proprietory programmes such as Acronis?

A:Backing up

Necessary? No, but I like and trust Acronis more than W7's backup utility. Many use it without a problem, but when it froze the third time that I tried to use it, I gave up on it. If you don't want to pay for Acronis, there is also Paragon, which has a free edition, and some use Macrium Reflect, which is also free.

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Hi, I have a Gateway computer running Windows 2000. My main partition is almost full and I want to reformat my harddrive. My question is do you have some sort of simple backup guidelines to follow for backing up my data. Everytime I go to do it, it seems so complicated and I am always unsure if I got everything I need. Thanks.

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Hi there,
I have a Compaq desktop that came with genuine xp pre-installed. However, it did not come with a system recovery disc.
Having had to re-format my laptop after my stepson infected it with a vinut (infecting all .exe/.scr & zip files ) I am worried in case something similar happens to my desktop.
So here's the question...... is there a way to make a recovery disc or to copy my operating system to disc so that, if required, I can rescue my system?
Thanks for any help you can give me.:

A:Backing Up XP???

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I've bought an external hard drive and I'm wondering if there's any way of backing up everything on my hard drive? By everything I mean all of the programmes that are installed as well. If something went wrong with the laptop or it was stolen etc, I'd be able to drag everything off the external hard drive back over to a machine again.

If there is a way of doing this, can I then do it once a month or so, so that it would just update what has been changed rather than doing the whole thing again?

(Sorry, I'm not too clever on these things as you can probably guess).

Thanks for looking.


Hi geezawolf, welcome to the forums

Have a look at This tutorial from Brink. It should answer your question.

Hope it helps

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Before I put away the old computer running the same OS as the new computer, I backed up the hdd using Acronis and I also backed up to a USB external hdd "just in case". The USB external is a 40GB hdd and only one partition. My question is: can I also back up the hdd in my new computer to the same hdd without causing any problem if and when I have to use it to restore either? computer's hdd contents? (I have also backed up the new PC hdd with Acronis.) BTW, the external hdd is more than adequate to accommodate both PC back ups; even with dual booting XP Pro and Win98SE on the old PC.

I understand that Acronis will not burn to a DVD disk but instead the burn has to be saved somewhere (desktop?) and then copied to a DVD disk. If that is true then does Acronis have any trouble reading from the DVD to put back the contents on the hdd? As usual, TIA (I just re-read this and I have a lotta hdd typed in this thread!!---sorry)
My red signature below tells you what I am now running.

A:New PC and Old PC and backing up both hdd

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Even though I back up my emails, I do not know which files to back up to protect my Signatures in Outlook Express>Tools>Signatures. Any ideas?
Any help would be gratefully received - thanks!

A:Backing Up.


Which version are you running?

Outlook 97


Outlook 98


Outlook Express 5


but it uses the registry so be warned.



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Computer - AMD Athlon[tm] XP2400T. 2.00GHz. 1.00 GB of Ram.
System - Microsoft Windows XP. Home Edition. Version 2002. Service Pack 2.

I am a researcher, transcriber, cataloguer. I cannot afford to lose the ten years work that is on my Data Folder, on disc C. The Data Folder has 2655 folders and 8557 files, and its size on disk is 1.02GB.

I am daily changing and amending the content of the Data Folder files, and also adding new folders and files.

I have been backing up my Data Folder with Nero. After the Data Folder exceeded the capacity of a 750MB disk, I compressed the data. But now I need another reliable way to backup my data and I am unsure what to do.

I have a friend who has told me to buy an external hard drive that has a 2USB connection, and then to backup [download] the Data Folder into it. He tells me that if I do that, all I need do at the end of each working day, is download the Data Folder, and the next day do it again, and again, until the external hard drive is full. He has told me to forget about incremental backups because that I am not burning to a disk. He says that the external hard drive will sort the data out when my Data File is downloaded into it, and that if my computer breaks and I have to do a restore into another computer, my Data Folder will be safe.

But I am wondering if I would need two external hard drives, to do alternate backups? Back up with the first on a Monday night and backup with the second on the Tuesday night. Then... Read more

A:Backing Up - With What?

That is one way. The other is an internal hard drive with a RAID 1 or Mirror a drive. This is simple a on the fly exact copy of one drive to a second drive. This is something you can do your self. It is of the shelf technology. There are software and hardware RAID. SOftware RAID is just as the name implies. It is RAID that uses software to mirror drive 1 to drive 2. In the event of primary drive failure the second drive would take over and the primary drive.Hardware RAID would be a card that is installed inside your computer to manage the operation of the RAID.This will that a little setting up but in a "mission criticial application is a good solution. If CD-Rs are not larger enough, you may want to step up to dual layer DVD-R. The capacity is 8gb+. You should still backup your work product and save it off site in the event of a disaster, like fire, flood or the thief of your computer.I hope this was of help.Reference:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAIDhttp://www.promise.com/product/product_lis....asp?familyId=2http://www.directron.com/sbtsrd2.htmlhttp://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/perf/raid/l...leLevel1-c.html

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I am trying to find the 'right' software that will allow me to backup my system and allow me to restore it exactly as it was before a crash, like partitions, data, OS, etc.

I have Norton SW 2005 and Windows XP.



A:Backing up XP

I am trying to find the 'right' software that will allow me to backup my system and allow me to restore it exactly as it was before a crash, like partitions, data, OS, etcWhat system???????I see you have XP. Sorry about that.

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Last month I made back-up copies of my files, I had 3 cd's. Today I wanted to update the cd's. When I went into backup & restore program, I selected backup, and inserted disk 1, instead of it updating the info, it asked me for blank cd's. The backup took all day!!!! and when I inserted disk #6, it stops, says it's not formatted and that was it. I need some how to's concerning backing up. Thanks


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Hey guys, ive had my lenovo y50 since August and have backed it up frequently and consistently on Lacie 2tb drive since I got it. However, my last backup was in March. This is because the last few times I have tried to back up, it gets to around 80-90% done, and then my entire computer freezes to the point where the cursor stops moving and I have to do a hard reboot. When it freezes, the hard drive light turns off, so i don't think it's still writing anything to my external drive when that happens. This has happened with system image backup, one key recovery, and multiple third party applications. Has anyone had anything similar happen to them? Does anyone know what to do? I'm running Windows 8.1, with a 2.6ghz processor and 16gb of ram. Thanks in advance.

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hi.i have about 80 gig on a back up hardrive and was wondering what was the best way to back that up as i have nearly just lost all that!
i have heard of progs that make an image(iso?0 of the hard drive.
anyone know any more about this??


A:Backing Up?

There are several progs that can create a backup image of a hard drive's data, but they don't make an ISO, they use there own proprietary format so you will need to use the same prog to access any files on that backup image.

The two most popular are "Norton Ghost"

and "Acronis True Image"

You will need to have at least 60Gb spare drive space on which to create and store the image as that will be the approximate size of a compressed image file from a full 80Gb disk. It should ideally be on a separate physical drive not your system drive, since if your system drive should fail your backup image file will also be lost. That's less likely to happen on a separate drive which isn't reading and writing all day long.

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Ok so I'm not entirely sure that's what I mean but I think it is, I'll explain.

I have a dual boot with xp and windows 7 - Xp was the original installation.

One of my wonderful children just got XP infected with a virus - Agent r. something. After spending hours trying all sorts to get rid of it I decided the safest way was to format the partition and reinstall XP.

After I did that it no longer offered me the boot options at boot up, so I reinstalled Windows 7 as well.

I did lots of other things before I reinstalled Windows 7 but in the end it took that long that I thought might as well just reinstall it.

Yes... I know....

So now everything is back as it should be - is it the MBR that I back up just in case I have to format and reinstall anything in the future - and if it is, how do I go about it?

All help much appreciated :)

A:Backing up mbr

You would make a image of your drive to restore in the future. There is more to multiboot then the mbr.

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Ihave volumes of inf. on my computer - sent and received emails, excel file and lots more.
What and how can I do to back ALL this inf. up. to keep somewhere else just incase.
Do not want to print it all off, that defeats the object.
Now remember - I know nothing about computers so PLEEEEEESE keep it simple.
Do I put it on to discks, plug in pens or what and then of course HOW ?

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I would put the backups on CD would be OK

Make a folder and name if say Inf backup (put in date also) either right click on the file and sent to....that folder that should make a copy of it in the folder.

If you have all the files you want to backup on a page then click Ctrl + A that will select everything on that page...then press Ctrl + C that will copy them....then go to the folder you made and open it and press Ctrl + V that will copy them to that folder.

when you want to put them on CD then as I am not sure what burning software you have do this. right click on the folder you want to put on CD choose Send to.....choose your CD drive...send all the files like that you want to put on CD but do not exceed the size of the CD.
put a CD recordable in the drive ..go to My Computer then double click on the CD drive and on the left click on Write these files to CD.

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I want to back up inbox and contact of out look. Do anyone know how to back up. My Windows 98SE got too many bugs. So I want to format hard drive and re install everything. But I don't want to loose emails in the inbox and contact address.

A:Backing up Out look

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is there any way i can sync 2 hdds

so that they are a copy of eachother and then when i copy 1 to the other again only the files that have changed sinse last backup change

bit like the xp breafcase function


A:backing up

Syncback and AllwaySync free versions do that quite well along with a whole bunch of others.

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I had a tech recently install a fresh copy of Win7 on my PC, after he replaced my hard drive. Now, he won't answer his phone. He has basically left me hanging.
 I have 2 questions:
1) He installed it from a thumb drive that he had with him. How did he do that? And how can I get that ability?
2) Since I don't have a product key or disc, is there a way I can backup my Win7 OS in case of a crash or virus?

A:Backing up Win 7

Is the computer the Dell you mentioned here http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/495494/how-can-i-diagnose-a-problem-with-my-hard-drive/?

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So my mom never has time to sit with me and choose files that she doesn't need me to backup (Im trying to do a clean install of Windows 7 on her laptop) so I remembered that a year ago when my dad had his PC fixed, they deleted everything but kept all the files in a folder name "Windows.OLD". They had EVERYTHING there, every folder, all the pictures, videos, etc. How do I do that? I would like to simply take all of the files that I have on my mom's laptop and simply back them up for future access.
If possible, please offer me some free solutions

Thank you

A:Backing up EVERYTHING...

Hello Dani,

The Windows.old folder would be a copy of the installation that's created only when you upgrade or do an in-place upgrade of Windows.

For what you are wanting, you could create a system image to backup everything with.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

System Image Recovery


Imaging with free Macrium

MACRIUM REFLECT - Create Bootable Rescue USB Drive

Hope this helps,

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I just was given a PC, it has XP home on it. I used the installation CD and installed Windows backup program onto it. When I open up the backup program the only drive it shows that I have on the PC is drive A. I actually have a CD-RW drive which is D and a DVD player which is E. If I go into My Computer these drives do show up. Now if I put a blank CD in the CD-RW drive a message will come up and say that the drive is not accessible. I would like to back up some of my files onto a CD but I cannot for the reason explained. Any help would be appreciated.

A:Backing up

Hi as well as the windows cd where you given the systems disk as well this is the one that comes with the mother board.

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I'm planning to install Windows 7 + OSX together and I have 100GB on a partition on the main drive i'm going to format. I have nothing big enough to take that amount of data and it's all pretty much essential stuff. What will I do?

Edit: Deleted unessential stuff and i've narrowed it down to 36GB.
Edit: Just 13GB now!
Edit: Absolute bare minimum, just 5GB.

A:5GB that needs backing up, help!

Just to confirm, do you mean a Hackintosh or is it a Mac?

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I have never backed up my system using a backup utility. I have always backed up important personal files manually onto a disc or other device. I want to do a thorough backup now as I may have a serious infection of which is posted in the HJT forum and to which am waiting for a response. I installed the Windows Backup utility from the operating cd. The problem I am having is knowing how to find the proper location in which to backup. Other than the C drive, the only drive options are removable discs and even when I choose one of these, I am told that I cannot backup there as there is not a proper path.

Can anyone help with this?


A:Help Backing Up

You cannot use the Windows backup utility to record directly to a CD/DVD.If you want to back and store those files on those media...you must first store the file to a partition, then burn it to disk just as you would any other set of files which you want on CD/DVD.http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=c...mp;aq=f&oq=You need either another hard drive or the means of creating such on your current hard drive (which means that you require sufficient space to do such).I've not used NT Backup...but I don't think it will allow a user to create and store a backup on the same partition which is being backed up. Many backup utilities won't.IMO, the smart solution is to add a hard drive to your system, which which you can use for backups and nothing else.Louis

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I just purchased an external Harddrive, I have a couple of questions on backing up my system.

First off, I want to know if it's possible (with any freeware programs preferably) to back up the entire content of my C drive, so it will work, in the case windows crashes.

Secondly, if I do back it up like that, would it be possible to say...remove programs from my PC, and if I need them, access them from the external hard drive? If not I need to do two-seperate types of backups. Because part of it was I'm attempting to clear space on my C drive, not just back it up.

Also, if it is possible to do both, can I do it two seperate PCs on the same external HDD? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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I have computers on two locations, do some traveling between them, but like to have programs disks to restore software on one or the other with me. (Computers do like to crash - specially on me ) Stuff like a WinXP-copy, Office, Burning software, Recording and Audio software etc. Altogether some 10 CD's, which would nicely fit on one DVD. What I'm looking for is software (preferably freeware) to copy CD's to a hard disk, add a tree structure and copy the whole bunch back to one CD. Is there a simple method for doing this, could Nero (or another burning program) do it for me, would protection codes play havoc with my copies (I am a legal owner of all the software and have the access keys, but I'd use them on copies of the original software) or should I go on carrying 10 CD's with me all over the continent?
Thanks for any advice!

A:Backing up CD's on DVD??

I would install all my programs to a seperate partition and then make an image of that partition. When you have problems you can just restore the image.


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I'm trying to use the back up and restore function in win 7. When I try to back up to a CD it states "there is no media in the drive" (I have already put a blank CD/RW in).

It says I need a CD/DVD or USB. Reading links to other instructions, I'm told I need a burner. Hoping that might be built in/installed (maybe a new bell and whistle?) , I went ahead anyway and tried to back up to the CD.

I "need a burner" -- does that mean I need burning software -- like Nero, which I used years ago -- or something else?

Over the years, on several computers, burning CDs has often been a bug-a-boo for me. Hope someone can help me out here.

A:What Do I Need For Backing Up?

all you need is a cd/dvd burner do not need software for windows 7 backup feature.

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Let me start by saying I am a student studying computers and networking. I obtain PCs/laptops from family and friends to work on. What I want to do is back up the PC/laptop prior to working on it. When I say back up, I mean everything, (apps, OS, files, etc...). This way if I really mess it up, I can get the PC/laptop back to where it was before I started working on it. I have read about clone and image, but am still a little unsure as to exactly what they are and how to do one and then put it back on the PC/Laptop. I see XP,Vista,7, and 8. Any guidance in this area would be very helpful. Also, at this point, I'm only concerned about getting the thing back to where it was. Not concerned with continual back ups at this time.

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Hey I work for a local church and they gave me $300 to get a peice of software to backup our churches pc. Ive heard norton ghost is good but i wanna here what people think whats the best program to comletely backup your pc including your os and then easly restore your pc oh and there running xp home

any sugestions?


A:Backing Up PC

300$ huh buy a raid pci card and 2 hard drives,
when you write data with raid it writes the same data to all of the harddrives. and you get multipule copies

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Does anyone know of a backup program for cd writers. I tried to back up my data with microsoft back up and it didn't work right. It only copied the folders in my documents but not the photos or documents. I have used Iomegas software with a zip disk and it always takes all of my data and perfectly puts everything back where it belongs.

A:backing up

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we now have, in our area, a company that backs up computers. however, i would like to find a good software program that i can use to back up my computer. when reading on microsoft.com it suggests backing up the pc on drive d. comments and/or suggestions? thanks and thanks!

A:backing up pc

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Have had a HP Pavilion 520c since 2002 and for the most part I have had reasonable success. However, since the HP warranty has run out, I have decided to clean everything HP out of the computer, add a second 80 gig drive and reload with a retail version of Win XP Home with the Service Pack 1 package. The computer has a ASUS A7V-ML 1.09 mother board. My question may sound simple but I can find no technical details on this board. It has 3 PCI slots (ivory colored) and then one more shorter socket (black). What is this slot used for?

A:Backing out of HP

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Im fixing to go install Linux, and was wanting to know how to back up all of my stuff so I don't lose it during installation.

A:Backing-up my pc

Where is all your stuff, just 1 drive/partition? Do you have a CD/DVD re-writer? Another hard drive? Are you wiping/formatting the exisiting drive to install Linux to it? Did you want to try and keep your info on the drive and install Linux as well? How much stuff do you have?

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Hi folks,I could not figure out which forum to ask this in, so I am asking it here. I apologize in advance if this is the wrong forum.I kind of understand backup methods and solutions, but I would like a little clarification, please.1. If I create a back-up image of my hard drive, and then lose my operating system completely (or if I have Home Edition and it gets knocked back to Starter Edition), and then I restore the back-up image, will I have everything back the way it was, software and all?2. Same question for cloning. Now I realize that one would not normally use cloning to just back up their data. And I'm pretty sure that, with cloning, you get everything, file-for-file, bit-for-bit. Am I right?

A:Backing Up HDD

1) Yes
2) Yes

Disk Imaging software is, in my opinion, something everyone should use.

Disk Imaging software takes a "snapshot" of your drive as it exists at the time you create the image. You can then restore the entire image or any file(s) or folder(s) you choose. It is a virtually foolproof way of backing up your system and providing a safe haven in the event of a catastrophe that requires you to blow away your system partition and restore it to a previous state. It also allows you to "test" various software and be confident that you have a the ability to return to the prior state any time you choose.
I use Acronis True Image. It is the best of breed, but it isn't free. The best free alternative is Macrium Reflect.

1) I create an image of my system partition once a week to a second hard drive and keep the 2 or 3 most recent images. I also image my other partitions about once a month. I always enable "verify image" in the options. It takes a little longer, but insures a valid image.
2) I also create an image before performing any drive level function (ie, changing the size of a partition) or making any significant change to the OS (installing a service pack, upgrading IE, etc). Also sometimes before installing new software.
3) Images may be created on any medium (cd, dvd, external drive, etc). For obvious reasons they should not be stored on the same drive you are imaging. The best option is a second internal hd if you have one.
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