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Q: Backup noob questions!

N00b here.

Basically i will have:-

HDD no 1 with 1 partition;
C:/ - Win 7 Pro x64 installed

HDD no 2 with 2 partitions;
D:/ - Data (files.....pictures, documents, programs i've d/l etc) around 80Gb of data
E:/ - Recovery partition (Vista HP x64 factory recovery, as the laptop came supplied)

If you run the win7 system image only backup and do all your HDD's and partitions can you restore individual files from that image?
Or do you have to do the data backup of all drives and tick the system image tickbox as well and then still you can only pick from the files you chose to be backed up from under the data backup?

If you understand that....

Basically can i back it all up and choose what i want to re-install upon recovery eg booting from the Win7 DVD and choosing repair?

Also i have a netbook with W7 Ultimate RC installed, trying to back up to my laptop over the network it still asks for a username and password when setting it up (OK box is greyed out otherwise) but i dont have a username or pw (single user so didnt input a pw)....what do you do in this case?


Preferred Solution: Backup noob questions!

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: Backup noob questions!

Quote: Originally Posted by duckson

N00b here.

Basically i will have:-

HDD no 1 with 1 partition;
C:/ - Win 7 Pro x64 installed

HDD no 2 with 2 partitions;
D:/ - Data (files.....pictures, documents, programs i've d/l etc) around 80Gb of data
E:/ - Recovery partition (Vista HP x64 factory recovery, as the laptop came supplied)

If you run the win7 system image only backup and do all your HDD's and partitions can you restore individual files from that image?
Or do you have to do the data backup of all drives and tick the system image tickbox as well and then still you can only pick from the files you chose to be backed up from under the data backup?

If you understand that....

Basically can i back it all up and choose what i want to re-install upon recovery eg booting from the Win7 DVD and choosing repair?

Also i have a netbook with W7 Ultimate RC installed, trying to back up to my laptop over the network it still asks for a username and password when setting it up (OK box is greyed out otherwise) but i dont have a username or pw (single user so didnt input a pw)....what do you do in this case?


Welcome to Seven Forums, duckson.

If you do an image, you cannot pick and choose on the restore - it will save all and restore all. With backup, you can select the folders to restore.

For the username and password issue, you need to set a password, then you can set it so that it automatically logs you on - no password screen.

Link to bypass logon - Log On Automatically at Startup

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Are DDR2 RAM and DDR2 SDRAM the same? If not, will a PC with DDR2 SDRAM take just DDR2 RAM?

And is one brand/type of RAM compatable with ALL pcs that accept that brand? Or is each computer different in not only what kind of RAM it accepts, but also what brand/size/type?


A:RAM questions. (ima noob)

Indeed they are my friend

You know how you thought there was SDRAM (PC-100, PC-133,etc) and then DDRRAM [and then DDR2RAM and so on...]

Well DDRRAM is DDR > SDRAM. Follow? However makes this sh!t up I know.. is crazy.

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Thanks in advance for reading my question,

i just got a new comp for a b-day present. ** yay me! ** and i'm looking to up my RAM size. this is what i know i have: 1 gig (512mb x2) with hynix memory (part #HYMP564U64CP8 - 5Y AB) on a compaq SR2264WM computer running windows vista 32-bit, and AMD 64 x2 3800+ chip. i'm looking for another 1 gig of memory for the time being till i can save up some cash for a bigger upgrade. i have 2 memory slots open now. i thought i read somewhere that in order to add more ram, i have to fill both slots for my system to run correctly? (another 512mb x2) I'd rather buy 1gig RAM now and leave a slot open for another gig later if i can. also, i'm not too computer savy, i've looked up the part# for the RAM i currently have, and if i read correctly it's supposed to be PC2 5300. i'm assuming that i need to keep the same type of memory for it to work together or should i look into getting better (faster?) memory that would work with the memory i have now?

Thanks again for any replies

A:RAM noob questions

No you don't need to fill both slots for your pc to run properly. What you probably heard is that with dual channel memory, your ram will work to it's optimum performance if you have matched sticks of ram in alternate slots but you can fill whatever you like and your system will run.

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1. What is RTM?

2. Which is the latest RC Build leaked/released?

A:Two Noob Questions

Quote: Originally Posted by Nikhil Kharat

1. What is RTM?

Release To Manufacturing.

Generally it means the product is complete, and is ready to be mass produced for both OEM and Retail sales.

If you want to know, OEM stands for "Original Equipment Manufacturer"

Quote: Originally Posted by Nikhil Kharat

2. Which is the latest RC Build leaked/released?

The latest official release is build 7100. Leaked builds are somewhere around about 7200. I don't keep track of leaked builds, as I'm a sucker for sticking to only official releases from Microsoft.

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Ok I bought this Dell 4600c like 4 months ago and I thought it was a nice computer (I was wrong).. Anyways I'm trying to get some new parts for it so I get better FPS in WoW.. I've been reading into Graphics Cards and I guess that AGP is the best you can get.. Can anyone explain why AGP is better then everything else? and how can I find out if this card would fit into my computer? http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=686471&Tab=5.. TY..
Also I want to get more RAM for my computer (512) and I was wondering what registered/unbuffered means.. also what Cas Latency, Support Voltage,
Bandwidth, & Organization do? If anyone takes the time to answer me I'd greatly appreciate it.. and TY to all who took the time to atleast read.

A:Some questions.. help a noob out..

Posted by Dell:


The DellTM Dimension 4600 desktop gives users Intel® Pentium® 4 power, HT Technology, greater memory bandwidth, integrated networking and USB 2.0 support at an affordable price. Perfect for multimedia enthusiasts.

Ideal for those wanting the performance of the latest technology at an affordable price.

Processor: Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 processor with HT Technology up to 3.40 GHz with 800MHz front side bus provides impressive speed.

Operating System: Choice of Operating Systems:

* Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
* Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition

Graphics: Integrated Intel® Extreme Graphics 2 or up to 128 MB DDR ATI® 9800 Pro graphics card.

Networking: Integrated Intel Pro 10/100 Ethernet.

Ports: USB 2.0 technology (8 ports - 2 front, 6 back).

Memory: 256 MB Dual Channel DDR SDRAM memory at 400MHz, upgradable to 2 GB or 256MB shared1 Dual Channel DDR at 400MHz, upgradable to 2 GB to fit your needs.

Storage: 30 GB to 250 GB hard drives to store all your files and data.Click to expand...

Looks like you have an AGP slot.
Open up your PC, look at the slots on the mobo. PCI-slots are normally white any your PC would probably have 3 of them.
If there is one about the middle of the board, on the right (or above) of the white PCI-slots (as you look inside), that is further recessed away from the edge, with probably a brown-ish colour, you are in luck, ... Read more

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Hi I'm kinda new to win 7 and Ive got some annoyances here I need help with...

1. Ive got Album Art everywhere I put music and I also see other files that I believe are suppose to be hidden? So how can I fix this Ive got enough clutter on my desktop as it is.

2. The internet explorer for I believe both firefox and reg int exp do this thing when I move my mouse pointer off the page it fades out and I HATE THAT! It always does it when I'm filling out a form or something and messes me up so how can I disable or remove that?

That's it for now I'm sure I got more questions I just can't think of right now lol.

A:[SOLVED] Noob questions!

Can you possibly post a screen shot so that I can see exactly what you are seeing?

It is difficult to picture this in my mind and want to be sure to try to give a correct answer.

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Hello, I know that I have unintentionally installed some kind of malware/adware while downloading a torrent file, (stupid me).I've tried several cleaning solutions:Malwarebytes Anti-MalwareXoftspy SEKaspersky Virus Removal toolWebroot Window WasheretcSome say I have issues, but dont specify, and and some dont.I've gone through the task manager, and nothing is new or unfamiliar in there, (and I check regularly)I just want to stop the redirects. I found this topic here: Similar post on this boardBut that was geared to WinXp which I now don't runI'm on Windows 7 Pro, and would like any suggestions/help beyond being told to wipe the HDD...unless thats the last option.Any help is appreciated, Thanks!SkotEdit: Moved topic from Win 7 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:Redirect Questions from a Noob

Hello.Are you using a router in your home?Let's try this as well.Please download the TDSS Rootkit Removing Tool (TDSSKiller.exe) and save it to your Desktop. <-Important!!!Be sure to download TDSSKiller.exe from Kaspersky's website and not TDSSKiller.zip which appears to be an older version of the tool.Double-click on TDSSKiller.exe to run the tool for known TDSS variants.
Vista/Windows 7 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.If TDSSKiller does not run, try renaming it.To do this, right-click on TDSSKiller.exe, select Rename and give it a random name with the .com file extension (i.e. 123abc.com). If you do not see the file extension, please refer to How to change the file extension.Click the Start Scan button.Do not use the computer during the scanIf the scan completes with nothing found, click Close to exit.If malicious objects are found, they will show in the Scan results - Select action for found objects and offer three options.Ensure Cure (default) is selected, then click Continue > Reboot now to finish the cleaning process.A log file named TDSSKiller_version_date_time_log.txt (i.e. TDSSKiller. will be created and saved to the root directory (usually Local Disk C:).Copy and paste the contents of that file in your next reply.~BladeIn your next reply, please include the following:TDSSKiller log

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Hello -- forgive me for some truly doofus questions.

I dont quite understand how my two CD drives work. I'd like to figure out which drive to use for adding jpegs to a CD or DVD, and which drive to write DVDs. I've done both in the past but for some reason now it doesn't work as it used to.

HP Pavillion a1230n
AMD 64 3700
1.5 gigs RAM
Windows XP-SP2

CD-ROM Drives:
"E:" HP DVD Writer 740b
"F:" Asus CD S480/A5

This pc also came bundled with "Lightscribe," some wierd application/device that prints or burns labels onto the surface of CD or DVD. I assume I can ignore this for now.

The drives work normally for opening/playing pc games (both from CD and DVD), audio CDs, etc.


1) Easiest way to write pics or docs onto a CD?
2) Does it matter if I use CD-R or CD-RW?
3) Do DVDs work in either drive? To wite data onto a DVD, I assume I use DVD Writer 740b?
4) Do CDs (either -R or -RW) need to be formatted or prepared for use?
5) Disk drive "F" is labeled "CD-ROM' on the actual pc tower. Can I write data to CDs or DVDs using this drive?

Answers to these questions and any general input/guidance much appreciated!

A:Noob questions about DVD Writer / CD-ROM

mcbain221 said:

1) Easiest way to write pics or docs onto a CD?
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Use burning software or Windows XP's utility. Drag and drop and then select Burn to CD (or something to that effect) in the task pane.
mcbain221 said:

2) Does it matter if I use CD-R or CD-RW?
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Yes. CD-R's are more reliable and should always be used for permanent data storage.
mcbain221 said:

3) Do DVDs work in either drive? To wite data onto a DVD, I assume I use DVD Writer 740b?
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You can only burn to a DVD in a DVD burner. I can't find any info on the Asus drive to verify whether or not it can read DVDs.
mcbain221 said:

4) Do CDs (either -R or -RW) need to be formatted or prepared for use?
Click to expand...

mcbain221 said:

5) Disk drive "F" is labeled "CD-ROM' on the actual pc tower. Can I write data to CDs or DVDs using this drive?
Click to expand...

I doubt it. Again, can't find any info on this drive on the internet. If it could write to CDs or DVDs, there would likely be some indication on the bezel.

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Hey everyone i have some questions about Video card temps etc... So I recently was given my good friends gaming desktop as he went away for college a sad day indeed, But hell, free computer for me! So here's the specs.

-Antec 900 Case

-AMD Phenom X4 (quad core) 945 3Ghz Processor

-4GB 1600mhz DDR3 Crucial RAM

-500GB 7,200rpm 16mb cache Hard Drive

-Gigabyte MA785GT Motherboard

-ATI HD Radeon 5750 1GB Video Card

-Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

-600W PSU

-3x 120mm blue LED fans, 1x 120mm non-LED fan, 1x 200mm non-LED fan

So I just don't want to fry it on him for when he comes back during breaks etc.

To give you an idea of things I'm running I'm a big Starcraft II junkie, and with this beast of a computer I'm hoping to run Final Fantasy 14 !

So When I am not doing ANYTHING at all the video card temp is at 35C which from what i have been reading is fine?

Since FF14 isn't out yet.. I can't really fun any tests with that BUT on starcraft II with all high settings on with 100+ enemies on the field it's running at 55C

Here is a link to pictures of fans on my PC so you guys can maybe tell me if I have enough or too many.. By the way i know its very dusty in there.. I got a lot of already without actually opening the shell because I am afraid too!!

( Nevermind it won't let me put in the link D: )

Any insight from anyone would be really helpful to me! Thanks so much

A:Really noob temp questions :(

If I were you I'd try and clean out the dust, but your temps seem pretty much fine. Just to be sure you might want to check your processor temps also.

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hi there. sorry for the longer thread as a first post. im not sure what this pertains to, or if this is the right section as well. here goes tho. i've had great internet connection for ever up until a week ago. my downloads dropped down to 40-60 kbs from 1000-1300. my ps3's internet keeps dropping, not being able to reap ip or timing out. doing speed tests through the modem by itself or through the router im hitting almost 25mbps download and 2.4 upload. the ps3 speed test hard wired im doing 14.9 upload and 1.9 download. i dont play games wireless, i love the wired. i tried swapping ps3's, i've tried resetting the router a few times (linksys wrt120n) i've reset the modem, power cycled everything, reset my playstayings settings. done the proper power up sequences. i've talked to sony, linksys (well not really because they want to charge) and my ISP numerous times. i've tried wireless and hardwired with different ethernet cables. im just not sure.

heres my ipconfig.

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6002]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Windows IP Configuration
Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : owner-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Mixed
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : wp.shawcable.net
Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : wp.sh... Read more

A:noob with internet questions

You might want to contact your ISP for this problem. Make sure they have not lowered your internet speed. If you PS3 is also showing slow internet speed, then it is most likely your ISP.

It might be a good idea to reset your modem as well. Unplug the power cable for 10 seconds and then plug it back in. Do the same if you have a router as well.

Also please note this isnt a Windows question. Best please to have placed this topic/post is the Networking area.

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I have a Dell XPS Gen 5 with a P4 LGA775 3.2Ghz chip. Was thinking of upgrading my CPU to dual core.

Is there anything else I have to look at as far as my mobo or power supply go in order to select the proper CPU?

Is it even possible to upgrade to this CPU with my current set-up?

Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.


A:Noob Upgrading Cpu Questions

More details pls, whats the name of the motherboard, its possible that 3.2GHz might be the fastest you can achieve, and how much are you willing to spend, when it comes down to the point, money is always involved

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Hello all!
Ok I am wondering if anyone here can help me. I have made countless calls to my ISP and have written many E-mails to the game I am having problems with and all I get is them playing the blame game. Here is my issue and questions:

About 2 days ago a game I love to play Silkroad Online went through some major updates (hardware upgrades to their systems) and ever since then I have not been able to connect. It seems that many Adelphia/Time Warner customers have had the same problem. I currently have adelphia (Cable) and also Wireless (USA Choice) but cannot connect either way. Silkroad is saying it is the ISP providers fault and we need to wait for them to update the DNS. Our ISP providers are saying it is Silkroads fault and they have done something to cause this and it has nothing to do with their DNS, But if it is their fault (Kind of Ironic I know) it takes 24 hours (Also heard 72 hours) before it resets itself.

Here are my questions:

1) Who in the hecks fault is it?
--Many people are playing the game but I cannot

2) What is a DNS in understandable terms and how would it be the problem?

3) Why is it when I connect through 2 sep wireless connections and my Cable connection I still cannot connect on to the game?
--My Ip address was different from each connection

4) Who is to blame and what should I say when I contact them again?

Thank you in advance!

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Well this will be my first custom built computer... (Me = Newbz0r)

I would Greatly appreciate it if anyone would give some advice or tell me if the parts are/aren't compatible.

Gigabyte GA-K8U-939 Socket 939 ULi M1689 ATX AMD

AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 2000MHz HT 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 w/ heat sink+fan

MEMORY Im buying another 512 soon after making it.
CORSAIR XMS 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3808110AS 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s OEM


POWER kind of a cheapo PSU :hotouch:
POWMAX PSDE480 ATX 480W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, D, S, N, CB, CE, and FCC

APEVIA (ASPIRE) X-Plorer ATXB8KLW-SS Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

XFX Geforce 6800XT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X

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I have an early 2000's emachine not sure on year. It sat in the corner of my old room until my newer computer died over the summer so I decided to resurrect it.

I added a 1GB stick of DDR ram right off the bat because it only had 256mb I also had to replace the battery on the motherboard for it to boot. Last night I installed a Geforce 8600 graphic/video card.

Now that I installed the card I no longer have the stand by option and read in another post to make sure I have the most current drivers and to check my power management settings.

How can I check the wattage/amperage of my power supply I think I may have put it to the brink with this card?

Another question is when ever I start my computer it stops at the bios screen and I need to push F1 to continue. I unhooked the 3.5 floppy when I started using it since because there was no point in it being connected. Could that have caused my startup issue?

Thanks for any help and not laughing to hard

A:A few questions I'm sure will be considered noob

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currently, im running my proc at 3.6Hz with 1.456V. are there any negative side affects of "overvolting" the CPU like that? short and long term. plz post! =)

A:overclocking noob questions

Originally Posted by chaosrealm93

currently, im running my proc at 3.6Hz with 1.456V. are there any negative side affects of "overvolting" the CPU like that? short and long term. plz post! =)

You bet. short term reliability, BSOD's, etc. Long term for every 1% increase un performance you loose 1% of the componenets life span. They are designed to run at a certain voltage not more. As one of the ppl who debugs crash files here about half are related to overclocking, undervolting, etc

Ken J

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I apologize for these noob questions but I really want Windows 7 64bit.

I have done XP clean installs before but now I have a new machine with Vista 64. In addition I now have two hard drives (only had one before).
I will be installing W7/64 on a 300 g 10,000 rpm and my other drive is a 1TB 7,200 I use for storage.

Here it goes!!
1. During the installation will the process allow me not to involve the larger hard drive? Is there a good reason to clean this drive also. (saving content to an external is not a problem)

2. My C drive is divided into program files and program files (x86). All the windows files are on the program files and all the stuff I have added are on the (x86).

Will the installation automatically create a similar layout? Does W7 also have a similar (x86) portion of the drive? Do I need to do anything special for this?

Sorry for all these questions but I did not know where else to ask for help.

Will be installing W7 Home Premium 64 bit.

I have read/bookmarked/printed the Clean install directions.

Clean Install Windows 7

Any help/advice would be deeply appreciated.


A:Noob W7/64 Clean Install Questions

Quote: Originally Posted by Toes

1. During the installation will the process allow me not to involve the larger hard drive?

The best thing to do in this situation is to unplug the larger hard disk. Never trust Windows installation process to leave your hard disk alone, so disconnect it.

Quote: Originally Posted by Toes

2. My C drive is divided into program files and program files (x86).

Will the installation automatically create a similar layout? Does W7 also have a similar (x86) portion of the drive?

Yes, that behavior is the same in Windows 7. x86 folder is where the 32-bit programs live.

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Ok guys, ill give ya a rundown of what i got, and my problem

I just built a machine with this:

AMD XP +2600 (333mhz fsb)
512 Samsung PC3200
A7N8X Mobo (nforce chipset )
Western Digital 80gig/ata100/8meg buff HD
Radeon 9100

Ok, now i got everything running, but the comp is saying the processor is a athlon XP 1250mhz.

i rebooted once, and it said it was a +2600 (like it should) but now whenever i reboot it, it says its a 1250mhz cpu.
also, when i booted it, it says the primary and slave are ata33......

I got a few questions.

A: How do i get it to regognize the CPU as a 2600?
B: How do i set the FSB to 333mhz?
C: How do i set the DDR to 400mhz?
D: How do i set HD/CD-Rom to ATA100?

Thanks guys. :O

A:Building a machine, need help <- noob questions.

The default proccessor setting is the lowest speed the board accepts, so a slower proccessor isn't damaged. For some reason, I had to bump up my CPU type twice. Make sure you save and exit. It's easy to select exit without saving, and not know it.

Does your mobo support a 333 MHz FSB? some don't....

On my board the CPU settings are all located under "Softmenu III".

As for the other settings, check your manual. the mobo manufacturer usually provides a rather detailed description of all the settings and options, and how to access, and change them.

Will it recognize your IDE devices at ATA133? If it does, It doesn't really matter, It can't hurt it.

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sorry if this is a repost:

Hi, i have some questions about video cards. i REALLY dont know a lot about computers when it comes to taking them apart and adding/removing hardware. actually i dont know anything.

Im obviously a gamer and want to get a new video card to support the games i want to play.

I looked it up and found that i need a video card that is pci-e 16x and a few other things.

Right now im considering getting a radeon 1gb hd 5750. but im confused about a few things.

1)Will the Radeon 5750 be what i need?

2) whats with the ATI, sapphire, ASUS, Diamond radeon cards? Whats the real difference between all these different prefixes to the Radeon 5750 video card?

3) I see pci-e 16x "2.0". What is the difference between 2.0 and 1.0?

Im running a Emachines Et1831-03 with these following specs:

CPU1 : Intel® Pentium® Processor E5300 (2.6GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB)

Operating System2 : Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Chipset : NVIDIA® GeForce® 7050

Memory3 : 4GB DDR2 dual-channel (2 × 2048MB) 2 DDR2 slots total, 0 DDR2 slots available

Hard Drive4 : 750GB SATA

also i have a 300w power supply but i plan to upgrade it to a 600w power supply when i get the video card.Click to expand...

Again sorry if this has been discussed already, but i really dont trust my ability in judging computer parts and really want to be careful with my money.


A:Video card questions from a noob

The first thing you need to tell us, SayWhaat, is your budget for the upgrade. Also, what games are you intending to play and at what resolution?

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First time setting up raid0, have read some of the other posts on this board and just wanted some clarification.

Im installing win7 for the first time. I want to set it up in a raid0 config.
does it matter whether I use the 64 or 32bit discs? to my understanding the 64bit allows me to use more ram in the future, is that correct?

so should go with that?

also, have seen several posts saying that win7 has the necessary drivers and I don't need to download them separately. Confirm/deny ?

many thanks

also - the drivers that Im supposed to download they are for the mobo correct? not the video card?

this is my mobo


so I should download v1.16? 2007 doesn't seem very recent to me.

A:Noob needs some basic Raid0 Questions answered

Basically yes.

You may need to download from Asus.

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I plan to get Win 7 and do a clean install. I've read a few reviews and articles but I have a few newbie questions.

#1. If I buy Win 7 64-bit OEM from Newegg for $105, that's the same as the Home Premium Edition but without M$ support. Right?

#2. Recommended Hard Drive space for Win 7 is 20 Gb. That's a LOT more than the space I used running XP and I never upgraded to Vista. In the real world, how much space does Win7 really need? I can provide it, but I will have to repartition and I don't want to be too skimpy.

#3. One of the differences between the Home Premium and Professional version (according to M$) is that Pro version allows you to "Run many Windows XP productivity programs in Windows XP mode". I'm not sure what is meant by "productivity programs". I plan to get the 64 bit version, but does the HomePremium version have some kind of 32-bit mode? I guess I just want more information on the value of the "Win XP mode".

#4. My graphic card that I've been using with XP (Nvidia EVGA Geforce 7900 GTO) is only capable of DX9. Putting game play aside, would a card supporting DX10 give me a significant performance boost in Win 7 for non-gaming tasks?

#5. Anyone know a cheaper place to get Win 7 Home Premium?

:) Help appreciated!

A:Win7 Upgrade (Quick EZ noob questions)

One more thing...

With XP I've always used Zone Alarm. Does Win 7 have a good enough M$ firewall included that I don't need to get a 3rd party firewall like ZA?


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I know there are so many threads about this but I need quick answers!

1. I have two big 120 mm fans on the rear of my computer blowing air out of my computer (does that mean those are INTAKE or EXHAUST?), outside of the CPU and GPU fans that's all the fans I have

2. I am adding THREE fans, one on top, one on the bottom, and an expansion slot video card cooling fan. Since the two rear fans are blowing OUT, how should I set the top and bottom fans?

3. My video card is at the top of the expansion slots, how close to my GPU should I install the video card cooling fan?


A:Adding case fans noob questions

There are different theories regarding positive or negative case pressure.
My way of thinking is to have a negative pressure in the case so that the cool air will be drawn into the case (the cool air will actually be trying to get in there because of the very slight difference in pressure) and the hot air expelled better.
Positive pressure imo, will cause the warm air inside to possibly mill around inside the case before being evacuated.
So, the two fans on the back of your case are exhausting air, creating that negative pressure. I would put the one on the top as an exhaust also, as hot air tends to rise. I would then, if possible, put the other fan at the front of the case as an intake, so that the cooler air is drawn across the motherboard.
You can also have the one on the bottom as an intake too.

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1. Ran out of this space in my Q:Lenvovo - backup assigned partition.  14GB.  (My C: drive has 80GB free!) How can I fix this?  Is there a way to expand the partition without deleting it first?  Does Lenvovo or Microsoft or SSD manufacturer have a tool to do this where you just enter the amount you want to expand a partition to and it will adjust the other partition accordingly?  If not; I cannot delete the Q:Lenovo drive using file explorer or disk cleanup utility.  How do I remove at the original backup?  When I go to disk cleanup it shows blank the files; so it is a hidden file or subdirectory.  I even try signing on as System Administratin but forgot the password I created, it been so long ago and never use it.  LOL!   If I cannot do any of this:  There is an option to do a Windows 10 refresh but can you redirect it to a new SSD from the existing SSD? 2. Looking to get a new SSD but in NVMe configuration. a. Does my L450 support NVMe boot up? What type of NVMe does my Thinkpad support?  I thinking of getting the Samsung 860 Evo.b. Is connecting the new NVMe and running transfer SSD software the Windows 10 will recognize the drives and do the transfer?    Serial NumberF0ATPKGPart Number: 20D5503800 Thanks for any help you can give in this matter!

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Currently I backup my entire C directory and the D recovery to a Clickfree 320g external drive. Is this the best approach?
I am assuming that in taking that approach the OS is also backed up and given the worst case that I must reinstall the OS I can get back to pre-event status given it's all backed up.
Anyway what is the best approach to" Back-up"???

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The word best is subjective and has different meaning to different people. The best for me is to use this software
Free Backup Software: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition - Overview

and store on a separate hard drive. Once a month I make a new image.

Once a week, I make a system restore point (by default). In the event of a problem with my OS, I have the system restore to use.

In the event of a bigger problem, I always have current image of my HD, which I have not needed, in all my years of computing.

What some others do, is make a current back up of the HD and put it away. Once a month make a second backup. In the event of any problem scenario, you have a very old back up that is free of any problems.

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Syler from the Highjack team helped me out and got me all cleaned up. I'd like to make sure everything I have now is all backed up. As well, I often read about making a bootable disk in case you have a crash. Any pointers would be appreciated...im a rookie.

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What version of XP (Home or Pro)? Pro has a tool for back-ups...Home doesn't...A lot of people use a program such as Acronis to back-up an image of their Operating System for restoration...Never used it personally....Bootable disks can be of help on systems that won't boot into Windows but you will also need your XP CD for some of the files...They can be used to get windows to open but they won't do much for restoration...Another option is to set restore points religiously...In the event that something happens you can revert back to an earlier time to fix things that are happening now...Another thing is to use " Last known Good Configuration" boot option to fix problems that cause windows not to open...

If you have XP Pro you can use the Control Panel> Performance and Maintenance> Back-up Wizard for backing things up...Backup to an external drive or flash stick...

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1. I am looking to backup my computer. I have 2 small internal hard drives. I have seen the program Karen's Replicator and thought about downloading it. I would like to just copy both hard drives entirely. Would I just need an external hard drive? Are there better types of external drives then others (suggestions and why)? One of my internal drives is probably 6 years old and has all of my family vids and pictures. That drive has been formatted erasing all of the data on it (about 3years ago) and then the pics and vids were put on it along with some programs I put on my computer. I have heard the harddrives can crap out so I would like to do this soon.


2. DriverScanner 2009 <------ is this a good idea? does this work with Win. 7

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Sorry if this is in the wrong subforum, I wasn't sure.

Right now I'm looking into making a complete backup of my HDD before I start trying to sort out a virus (which I'll be posting about once this is done).

The virus'd computer can't connect to the internet and thus may have trouble installing the imaging software I need, so I was thinking of doing this by way of another computer and a pair of usb drive enclosures, for the virus'd drive and the backup drive. Am I correct in thinking that (with autoplay disabled) the virus couldn't contaminate the other computer running the imaging software?

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Hope you can help me with my query.

1) I have done a back up using Win7 and noticed that the backup files have all been setup as like a archive files. What I would prefer is for Windows to create the backup into files that are not in these type of archive files, I want to be able to view them so I can see what files I have. In the past I have used the manual method of just copying and pasting files to my external drive and this allows me to view what files have been backed up.

2) When there a new files added to my backup directory e.g. new pictures that have been transferred from my phone to my internal hard drive on my PC. Will Windows backup recognise/identify these new files when I start the backup process each time, will it backup the entire folders/libraries all over again or only just those new added files?

Appreciate any help.

A:Backup questions

Try this:

ROBOCOPY - Create Backup Script

It keeps the files in their native format.

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i have windows xp. my system with os and user bnfiles is 6 gigabytes.fir backups i've been
making copies all my user fi8les. in the begi9nning i didn't use the same user name and
passw0o5rds and over time the disks will be ng. will a backup of 6gb make the read-write
heade harm the disk.ikf my output is on dvd does it have to be bootable? i want to do a
full system backup not just the hard drive. if possible could you recommend a free backup
program i could use? thank you

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6 gigabyes does not sound like a lot. Provided the internet connection speeds, you could back your computer up online. As for a complete copy of your computer, I know of a program that can help you do that. http://www.runtime.org/dixml.htm You can use it to compress the backup file a bit, which can make the backup 5 gigabytes, depending on what you have on your computer. Some files compress a lot easier than others. Also you can split the files into smaller amounts if you want to store them somewhere of several small places, like disks for example. I think there is only one set size. It takes everything of the whole physical disk. Also, you can browse the files from that backup and pick out the files you lost, as long as the whole thing is accessed somewhere together.
Disadvantage is that you can't make incremental backups or others like that (backups that only account for the changes since your last backup), so you do only full backups. If you plan to just replace your backup as you create a new one, that is fine. Other disadvantage is that you need the space to hold the backup files for the time being, before writing them onto something such as CD's and DVD's.

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Hey guys, I have a 1TB Time capsule and I would like to backup my Windows XP SP3 Desktop (iMac 24" Alu running bootcamp). I would like to know a few things about XP's default backup brogram 'ntbackup':

1)If I delete a file (Word document, Presentation, etc...) can I just use it to get that single file back, or would I have to restore the computer from a whole backup?

2)Does it do automatic background backing up, like time machine?

3)If I delete a file, and then ntbackup backs up the system (differential or incremental, not quite sure of the difference), will it remove that file from the backup so I can't restore it?

4)What features does it have in comparison to time machine?

5)Does it function well with time capsule?

Thanks everyone

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Please, I would really appreciate it if someone helped me

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I run a backup to an external drive. This is managed by one of the services provided by Norton with its antivirus program and runs all the time. My question is whether this obviates the need for a system image disk. Is this correct? On the other hand I think it might be a good idea to have the repair disk derived from W7. Is this correct?

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I would put my primary emphasis on System Image, it works great and has saved many at this forum. Norton in my opinion is not the best AV to be used with Windows 7. It has been indicated in several BSOD reports that I have helped remedy.

That being said many rely on Macrium Reflex, which is excellent backup software.

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Dear Friends, hope all is well.

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I noticed that there hasn't been a (Last backup) Backup. I'm not sure why?
When I did try to do a backup today it said there wasn't enough space it seems.
What is the best way to do this?
When I back up my Desktop i use an external HD. But I think there is some confusion about what is a Backup and the types of backups.
Any help or suggestions much appreciated. I'm obviously confused.

Thank You,

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU Q 720 @ 1.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 6134 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 450 GB (393 GB Free); D: 15 GB (0 GB Free); E: 0 GB (0 GB Free);
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 363C
Antivirus: Avira Antivirus, Enabled and Updated


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Looks you have choose the wrong location to backup to. I think D: is the Recovery Partition on your hard drive and it is indeed full. What drive letter is your external drive?

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I used macrium reflect free version, to backup my present image to an external usb hard drive. The present drive is a Samsung 500GB. drive with about 27-28 GB. used on it will it be alright to install my backup image on my new, Intel 240GB SSD. drive when it arrives today? or will I suffer any performance loss due to the new drive being smaller? I have a retail version disc of Win 8.1 would I be better off using it to install a clean fresh install on the new SSD? Thanks for all opinions/advice!

A:backup image questions

There should be no performance hit due to the size factor, however, I believe when deploying an image to an SSD drive that it has to be 'aligned' for optimum performance.

If you do a web search for SSD alignment you will get lots of info. Also try searching for 'Macrium SSD alignment'

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I used microsoft backup utility to backup my C drive to a larger D drive under XP. Want to now write this to a USB attached DVD drive. Nero software will NOT let me write to the DVD drive (G). Only wants to write to a floppy.(A drive)
How many will I need for 7 GB? (just kidding)

I also tried the backup utility to write directly to the DVD, again, won't let me. Also tried to
copy the backup from D to the DVD, no go there either.

Any ideas out there? Would be appreciated.

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First time with an external HD backup and all seemed to go well. I followed the prompts during the preparation of the backup and burned a "system repair disk" at the conclusion.

Question 1: For scheduled backups, does the data need to be erased from the ext HD prior to subsequent backups or does it write over the earlier data?

Question 2: If my system backups are scheduled every two weeks, do I plug in my ext HD the day prior to the scheduled backup in order for it to do the job automatically?

Thanks for your help.

A:2 External HD Backup questions

1. It depends on the kind of backup and, possibly, the size of the external drive.

2. Again, it depends on the kind of backup.

What kind of backup are you doing? Imaging using Windows imaging? Imaging using a third party program? Cloning? File copy? Something else I'm forgetting?

Btw, you are to be commended for going to the trouble of backing up your computer. I wish more people were as wise as you.

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Hi all,

I am new to the forums and I am not a computer guru.

I work from home, but out company IT dept only provides me with software and access; no support at all for my home system as it is just for my convenience, not work requirement.

Here is my setup:

Custom desktop, Asus MB, 3rd gen core I7, Win 7 64 bit.
2 hard drives: 64Gb SSD containing work programs only. 500GB HDD containg all work stuff PLUS my own stuff (videos, pics....).

I separately installed win 7 on each hard drive (both have the same win 7 copy and same licence). I disconnected one hard drive at a time while installing win 7 on the other to make sure MBP stays separately one copy on each drive.

Took a very long time, but finally everything worked. Now I have to back things up. I am not a computer pro. When work software is updated, it often crushes/corrupts my system. Reinstalling from the scratch takes entire day and I do not have time.

Here is what I would like/have questions:

1. When drive is corrupted, I do not have time to fix it. I would like to format it and load backed up image so that I can immediately start back online.
2. Each hard drive should stay independent, so if one fails, I can boot from the other and continue working. Each drive shoul be backed up separately, but ideally on the same external HDD.
3. Back up should have a bootable image, so that it is exact clone and can be booted independently.
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A:Questions about most reliable backup

I backup my system partition (and also my data partitions) with free Macrium. In 5 years I never had problems recovering my system from those images - and I corrupt my system frequently because I always experiment with the OS. You can run the imaging in the background and a total OS recovery takes about 20 minutes (in my case).

Have a look at my tutorial. Maybe it helps. Imaging with free Macrium

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I am using the Windows Backup that comes with Home Premium. The initial backup ran with no problems but leaves me with questions.

1. As I understand it after the inital full backup the next backup run is an incremental backup. My question is how many incremental backups are saved and for how long?

2. The next question has to do with deleted files. Let's say my backup runs on Monday. If FileA on my C drive gets backed up on Monday and then deleted on Wednesday when the backup runs again will the backup copy of FileA be deleted? If not then wihen will it be deleted if ever?

A:Windows Backup Questions

Are you talking about
1). backing up files
2). running the system image utility

Both are called from the same Windows Backup system...but work differently.

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I just bought a new laptop with Windows 7 and want to improve my backup situation. In the past, under XP I just backed up data files. Because I do software development involving working and testing with many products, under Windows XP the computer would become so slow I?d have to reinstall XP about every 18-24 months. It literally takes 1-2 days of my life to re-install XP and the software I use.

I would like to take an initial backup that I can restore at a later date (before the registry gets clogged or corrupted). Then, I would take normal data backups. If I need to restore, I can use that initial backup, re-install any programs loaded since and restore my latest data.

Does this make sense? Anyone have an alternate idea?

My new C drive is supposed to be 500 GB. W7 shows 452 GB capacity. You wouldn?t think you?d lose 48 GB in formatting. I have 46 GB of the 452 GB in use. So, if I do a disk image backup, do I need an external drive that is 46, 452 or 500 GB?

What is the verdict on the Backup Utility built into W7? Is it reliable and does it have enough features?

Why do the most popular backup programs have such horrible ratings?

Norton Ghost has 22 5-star ratings but 38 1-star ratings. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...nnorswebguidec

Acronis True Image Home 2011 has 14 5-star ratings but 23 1-star ratings.

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A:W7 backup software questions ...

Hi -

Windows 7 has on-board imaging. I would use it -



Regards. . .



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First, I want to apologize for being so full of questions; it seems I have jumped head and ears into territory unfamiliar to me.
1. Is it possible for me to create a backup of ONLY whatever is necessary to reinstall/reestablish Windows 7 should I screw something up while cleaning out a bunch of bloatware ?

I am not so much interested in backing up files, images, add-on programs, and such, as there is nothing on this particular computer that is not already safely stored in several other drives.

I just want something that is quick and hopefully easy to make that I can use to reinstall Windows 7 in the event of a catastrophe.

2. IMPORTANT; Also, how much drive space will I need to accomplish this; can I put it on a flash-drive ?

3. Can I put it on a drive that has other stuff on it ?

4. Is it small enough for a single DVD disc ?
Thanks in advance for the expert advice that I am accustomed to getting from you guys.

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yesterday i learned how to create a backup file using the microsoft backup wizard.

does the backup wizard save only windows systems files (and exclude files i downloaded or created)?

i tried to see the contents of the backup disc i created, so i put it in drive E and tried to open it, but the backup wizard came up and asked me if i wanted to create another backup!

why won't my backup file open/display contents? is it because it was compressed and now must be restored before it will open?

what can i read to learn how to backup the other files (non windows systems files) on my computer?

i appreciate any information/direction you can give me regarding backups.

thank you,


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Hi folks

My first post here...

On my desktop machine (running Windows XP) I have been doing monthly full backups to 6 external hard drives used in rotation.

Can I use this same scheme on my laptop running Windows7?

If I delete all files from an external drive, connect it to my computer and click on "Backup now", will the fact that the drive is empty force Windows7 to do a full backup?


A:Questions about Windows 7 backup

In Windows7 you can either backup your files or image your system. If you type backup into Start/search, it will show you how to get to backup an restore. As for the external disk, you need not wipe it clean. There must be only enough space to hold the backup or image. I suggest you create a folder on the external drive to which you backup or image.

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I pulled the backup utility off of the home ed disk. The read me file says that it will not allow backup to CDRW. There must be a way around this!

It says to back up to a hard drive file, keep the backup file less than 650 megs, and then burn that to CD. What a waste of time!

Can anyone suggest a better way?

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Just got done reinstalling 7 after a hdd failure (good excuse to upgrade to ssd) and will be adding a new machine next week. So I'm looking at a new backup strategy.

Some background first. Living on a boat, I've had to come up with a somewhat unique setup, as space is at a premium. My solution was to use a USB hub (which runs the monitor, speakers & keyboard/mouse, plus an external hdd that I save all my files to). By simply changing which machine the hub is plugged into, I move between the different machines. Thus, the ext hdd is part of which every machine I am on at the time. So, what I have are 3 computers with only system files (I guess you'd call them), while all my personal files are saved to the ext hdd. (I also have a NAS and other ext hdd's)

After going through the hassle of finding all the drivers and apps necessary for a reinstall, I'd like a way to restore the system entirely (programs, drivers and all).

So, my first question is, will a Win7 disk image restore the whole system? If not, what will?

Second question is, what would be a good backup program to do continuous backups on the shared ext hdd and the user folder from each machine? (Doesn't have to be free, just continuous)

I've read a bunch of articles on backup, but they didn't really tell me what I wanted to know very clearly. Thanks for any advice or insight you can give.

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I have set-up a SkyDrive account to use as an off-site backup so when I have finished a day's work I copy changed files (eg. from c:\myfiles\) to my SkyDrive folder (mapped to S: ), which then synchronises the files with the 'cloud' versions. I never modify files directly within S:.

1. When a file is overwritten in the SkyDrive folder, does the synchronisation re-send the whole file, or only the changed parts of the file (ie. is it a full or incremental update?)
2. When I see files in the SkyDrive folder as S:\ in Windows Explorer, are they duplicates of the original files (eg. copied from c:\myfiles\) or just a reference to the original for syncing with the 'cloud' versions.

Any help would be appreciated.


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I was going to set up a backup for my computer, and in Backup and Restore there are two options. To create a system image, and to set up a backup. if i make a system image and save it on my external hdd, does it appear on the hdd as a .img file? Will i be able to go into it and use my files? Also if i select the other option "Set up backup" will this just copy over the files i choose or will it also make an image file? Im trying to decide which option i should choose.

A:Backup types? Some questions..

A system image is an exact copy of a drive. It includes the drives required for Windows to run,drivers, system settings, programs, and files. You can use a system image to restore the contents of your computer if your hard disk or computer ever stops working. When you restore your computer from a system image, it's a complete restoration. This will require your accessing the Recovery Console.

I personally prefer system images to backups because they contain all of your Updates and HotFixes.

A backup is good for backing up all of your files and folders and you can access those easily on your external HDD.

Windows Backup Information

System Image Information

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Got a question what program is good to use to backup important data files on windows xp or vista pc's. When I say data files I guess i'm talking about the most common files people want to keep like document files such as word, excel, pictures, etc etc that usually are in the "My Documents" folder right?

Heres my situation I have my own Computer tech bussiness onsite/mobile service I started not to long ago, and I myself can copy and paste/so called backup my own files and folders on my own pc no problem to a external drive or whatever. But i'm trying to see if theres a easier, faster way with a program to install on customers pc's if they ask me how to back up their stuff. A program that also only backups files that have been change would be nice feuture too.

A:Backup program questions.....

I Installed and currently testing DriveImage XML and I dont get something about it. I created an image of my whole drive c: and saved it to a usb external hard drive. Ok now what you can do with that .xml image file is restore it or you can simply browse the image file and look at all the files and folders in a exployer window and extract files and folders if you want which is handy. But if you restore it you have to choose another partition/drive you cant restore the image to the same current drive that you created the image in the first place.

This is the part I dont get whats the purpose of creating and restoring the image to another partition, I thought if your current windows install messes up with a system error, viruses etc etc you can restore the image to the same drive and your back in working condition. By restoring the image to another partition what does that accomplish? Also cant you load up the pc in dos/command enviroment and restore image like that, like if you are installing the OS freshly.

Let me know thanks...

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I am going to reinstall Windows 7 its a Premium version. At the moment the PC has 2 HDDs C and D, C contains windows and D has my date.

My Questions.
I would like to backup C after i have done the install of Windows and got all the drivers setup. Is it best to activate windows before i do the backup.

If i use something like Clonzilla will the image fit on a DVD

A:A couple of backup questions

Quote: Originally Posted by alzan135

I am going to reinstall Windows 7 its a Premium version. At the moment the PC has 2 HDDs C and D, C contains windows and D has my date.

My Questions.
I would like to backup C after i have done the install of Windows and got all the drivers setup. Is it best to activate windows before i do the backup.

If i use something like Clonzilla will the image fit on a DVD

Yes, activate before you make the image. Why not? If you don't activate it first and then restore the image, you'd have to activate after the restoration.

The image is not likely to fit on one DVD. It might fit on 5 DVDs, but DVDs are a poor place to put images--they are just less reliable than a hard drive. Use DVDs only as a last resort if you absolutely have no other choice. Be prepared for DVDs to fail and know what you will do when that happens.

Clonezilla should work, but it's not the preferred tool on this forum.

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