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any good Free programs for making gifs images?

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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.)

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I am wishing to install another level of computer backup on my 98se system-either
1. Symantec (formerly Roxio) GoBack,
2. Drive imaging. (The best rated appear to be Acronis True Image or PowerQuest Drive Image.)

I would, however, like to know something about each method that I have not been able to discover through the respective software sites or various reviews (CNET, PCMag , etc.)

Regarding GoBack:

How far back would I be able to go, given that I will be setting aside roughly 4GB space to GoBack. Would it be possible to take a snapshot after setting up my system (after a format), then not run GoBack until I am about to make another major change, then close it /disable it again until the next major change, and so on?
The reason I would want to do this, is that I find that problems often don't appear necessarily directly (or even soon) after any change to the system. Rather it can depend on when the program/process (that is causing the problem) is run. For example, I have recently had a conflict between my flatbed scanner and film scanner. I had not used the film scanner for a few months, so who knows when the cause of the conflict was first introduced, or what indeed it was?
Apparently, Goback keeps taking its "snapshots" continuously until the allocated space is used up, then starts deleting the earliest snapshots (to release more space). To me this does not appear enough to cover months of snapshots.
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A:A couple of questions re: GoBack & Acronis True Image/PowerQuest Drive Image

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I recently had problems with BSOD. I was able to fix the underlying cause, but this got me nervous. So I am thinking of starting a program of periodically creating system images of my laptop - both the C & D drives - so that I could restore my system in the event of hardware failure. Make sense?
I have some questions to make sure that I understand the underlying System Image & Repair disk process, & also when I would use a Windows 7 ISO image.
(1) Am I correct that when I restore from a system image of both C & D drives, that both drives are **totally** recreated?
(2) Will I still have a legal copy of Windows 7 when I restore using the system image?
(3) Should I make sure that I have a repair disk before I restore from system image? If so, why?
(4) Is it necessary to periodically recreate a repair disk? Or once a repair disk is created, it is good for any future repair that may be needed?
(5) There are sites where one can download a Windows 7 ISO image.   
    (i) Am I correct that restoring from this image just installs Windows 7 and no other programs? 
    (ii) Will I still have a legal copy of Windows 7 when I restore using a Windows 7 ISO image? 
    (iii) When would I restore using a Windows 7 ISO image rather than restoring from a System Image?
    (iv) What is the recommended site to download a Windows 7 ISO image?
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A:Windows 7 - System Image, Repair Disk, & ISO Image Questions

Users have (at least) two ways to go to overcome those unforeseen problems that occur.
a.  Make clones of the hard drive reflecting the O/S.
b.  Use backup software which creates a file which can be restored, item for item.
I have done both at some time...right now, I prefer making a clone of my O/S (dual-boot) partitions...while backing up data files on extra hard drives I have lying around.  User preference determines whether a user backs up...or creates a cloned image.
You might take a look at Macrium Reflect, a program that seems to do each pretty well.
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download - http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
Those ISO files of Windows 7...are covered by this pronouncement here at BC:  Recommending ISOs of Windows Recovery Discs or pre-made ISOs of WinPE-BartPE - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic382841.html .
In addition to being illegal...those .iso files...or any file NOT obtained from a legal, authorized source...are subject to reflect code, errors, malware...or something else that the user has not bargained for, IMO.  If I were a malware misanthrope...that would be my favorite vector...giving an unknowing public something "for free" that they have no desire to legitimately obtain.

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Hello - new to W7 Pro 64. Been reading the forums - lots of great info.

Bear with me - I have two questions I would like someone to verify so I don't mess up.

I have a new system that I built - it has two 1TB drives (no raid). I have W7 Pro 64 and all my games on one drive and saved an image to the second one.

I hooked up an 80 gig 2 1/2" notebook sata drive with a device that goes from sata to usb. I want to verify the image to this third drive so that I know it'll work (takes forever to install my games thru Steam).

I follow the documentation and I'm confused at this point:

When I select a system image, I see "New Volume (C:) - is this my "saved" image? It was saved to (D:) initially.

I select it and click Next, and I see it again - \\?\Volume ... with a whole bunch of alpha numeric business.

I select it and Click Next.

Then I'm given the option to select "Format and repartition disks". I check the box and select Exclude disks ...

Two boxes are not checked - Samsung (Disk 1) and Hitachi 80 (Disk 2). At the bottom i see "The disk 'Samsung (Disk 0)' is already excluded as it contains the system image to be restored.

If i select the Samsung (Disk 1), does that mean that the image will be passed to the Hitachi 80?

That is what I would think but I don't want to mess anything up. I would really appreciate someone helping me with these two questions.

Thanks for all the help!

A:two questions regarding image restore ...

Just to be safe, before you try ANYTHING, disconnect your boot disk. That way if you chose the wrong disk, you'd still have an operational system...


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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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Please help, I screwed up! Two months ago I imaged my hard drive and today I messed up while deleting a partition. I had set up a dual boot Windows 7 and Linux (a couple of years ago) but I really never used Linux. Today I removed a partition from my hard drive but I accidentally removed the Linux partition and not the one that I thought. When I restarted I got a Grub message and I could not boot my computer. I tried to fix it but I know so little about Linux that I couldn't get it to boot to anything. I bought a new hard drive and restored my computer from the image, but now all my files are two months old. My question: Can I take my user file off my old drive and put it in my new drive in place of the older user file that's there now?

Thank you,

A:Restored from image, I have questions

Yes, if you can get to them. You can just copy all your Documents from the old drive and paste them into the new C:/Users/yourusername/Documents, the same with music, pictures and so on.

This will tell you how to restore the Master boot record in Windows 7. MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

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Hopefully this is the correct catagory for this..

I created an image for backup purposes and have 2 things I'm curious about.

1st. My disk 0 has Vista 64 as C: and Windows 7 as F: when I created the image I had to keep both partitions as part of the image.. Does this mean that if I want to restore from the image BOTH Vista and windows 7 will be restored from that image?

I guess it isn't a big deal but a choice would have been nice... Other than seperate hard disks for that option...

2nd. I wanted to look at the backup specs document, however access is denied. Is that the standard or is there something I am missing here. I am the only user and admin security.


A:2 questions about image backup

1. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
http://www.sevenforums.com/performan...up-anyone.html post #6

2. Try with this: Take Ownership Shortcut


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Hello everyone

I used Windows 7 HP 64's built-in function to create an image of my system directly after a fresh install (after all updates were installed as well). The image was saved on my D drive, but I would really like it to have been saved to my F drive.

Is there a way to safely move the image over from D to F?

Also, is there a way to make a copy of the image onto e.g. an external drive? Can I simply copy all files, or must it be done using a special copy function?

And also: if I zip up the entire image folder into e.g. an ISO file, will the image still be usage if I want to restore from it?


A:Can I move a HDD image to another HDD? And a few more questions...

Just make another image.

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O.K. once again my question is I purchased this computer in April of 2014 it is no longer under warranty not tha this matters I guess.On the day that it this PC arrived I booted it for the first time the very first thing I was concerned about was burning the image files to thumb drives.There were 2 files one was the system image the other was titled media image burn in June 20015 it was announced that microsoft was releasing Win 10 and user of 7,8,and 8.1 were eligible for a free upgrade to win 10.Within 4 days of downloading win 10 I noticed my start menu tiles were missing quite a few others noticed this as well,I waited for close to three weeks still no one had an answer as to the mystery of the missing start menu tiles.In turn I reverted back to Win 8.1 this system restore came about by using what I can only assume was a image file backed up on a separate partition on my hard drive everything was working fine until the warranty was up and also my subscription for HP action center.When this happened automatic maintenance started to run and hang up my mainly at the point when I would go to shut my computer off this in turn eventually caused a crash hang ups on windows updates and all sorts of good things.I've rectified the problem's with HP action center only to find out after losing five months of important text documents I won't be able to get back,I eventually find out that during this system recovery that when I was inst... Read more

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Many times I will be surfing the web and find a picture I like. I will download it and save it. It is usually in JPG format.

Here is my problem. The image will be, like 800x600 in size. I will use IRFANVIEW to sesize it, choosing the option of HALF-SIZE. It will do this fine.

However... after resizing the picture and saving again as a jpg, the file size will quite often INCREASE. Often to a signifigantly larger file size than it was when the picture was bigger.

Why is that the case. Isn't part of the idea of resizing a photo to make it somewhat of a smaller file size?

Thanks in advance


A:A few questions about image resizing.

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Hi all
When i create a new system image on the same drive as an old one am i right in thinking the old one is overwritten because when i try to restore from an image i only have the option to recover from the lasest saved image.If this is the case why is there an option to delete older system images to save space on your disk.Ithought it would work more like system restore and use date stamps to restore ur system
Any help gratefully recieved thankyou

A:system image a few questions

Whenever I do a system image on an external hard drive I always rename it to include a date/time. Otherwise, if I create a new system image it will overwrite the previous default WindowsSystemImage. If memory serves, on the occasions I forget to rename an earlier image I'll get a prompt that older images might be overwritten, do I want to proceed.

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I made a system image with the built in feature of Windows 7 following this tutorial Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Today I made another but the first one made was erased and replaced with the new one. According to the tutorial Windows automatically erases older images once they take up more than 30% of the space on the back up location. I only had the one image on there and it was no where near 30% of the space. Why was my older image erased?

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It seems that it only makes one and deletes the other, always.

In any event this is what you do.

Make a system image, now. Put it on an external hard drive and forget about it.. Every month make a new one and keep it on the Hard Drive in the computer.

As time goes by you may need to use the image, because of a virus or your hard drive went down, either way you cannot or should not use the one on the internal. Wow, you have problems. Wait you made one and put it away.

You can use this for image.

Good Luck

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I recently needed to do an image restore with windows 7 for the first time using the built in program. I got a new, larger Hard drive for my laptop and just wanted to restore my system from an image i had on a Usb drive. Unfortunately the restore failed and after some googling i found that some people were saying that you could only restore to the same drive the image was made from. I have a hard time believing this because it would just make the program useless in the case of a drive failure, and this is one of the main reasons for making a backup in the first place. Some people were saying that the distination drive/partition just needed to be the same size as the drive (or partition) the image was made from. I didn't try a resize, i just did a new reinstall (which is a pain). Just for future reference, has anyone heard any of this before? Should i be able to just restore to a new larger drive without any problems. I was thinking maybe this was some kind of anti-piracy precaution. Not sure

thanks for shedding any light on this.

A:windows image backup questions

I personally use Macrium Reflect for my backup/imaging for system drive... Few days ago I needed to restore the system to another disk (640GB) that's smaller than my current disk (1TB), and the restore went completely trouble free, and it was over the network... So, I don't know how you get this issue, but you can always try 3rd party imaging tools. Btw, Macrium Reflect is free for personal use.

I do have an image I created using Windows's Image backup... I haven't had the time to try and restore using it, so I don't know on that that front...

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I'm a corporate desktop support tech and need to know if I want to rebuild home users PCs, how can I build an XP home edition image CD that will work with most systems.

I can use the customers "KEY" I just am confused on how to compile a broad based XP Home image for home user machine rebuilds.

Any links or info would be greatly appreciated.

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I did my first backup using Windows 7 built-in backup and restore last week. Chose to let windows decide what to backup and also do a system image (basically the default settings). It took quite a long time, almost 4 hours.

Tonight it did its weekly scheduled backup and another sytem image. Since it only copied any new files that part went fast but the system image took a long time, almost 1.5 hours.

When I look at manage space the system image is using 124GB. This seems huge. I thought it should be maybe 20GB or so. Data files being backed up are 71GB. Other files are 4GB for a total of almost 200GB.

This is a relatively new computer so why is the system image so large? Is there a way to verify that it should be that large? Will it always take so long to do the system image?

A:Questions re: backup and system image

The image file also contains you data if it is on the same partition. Also you have done two images backups and this is reporting both of them. Windows sets aside a certain amount of space (I think about 20% of your backup drive) and keeps as many images as it can in this space. So the actual image size is about 60MB which is about the same as mine. You might want to read this tutorial Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup by Brink.

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Hi everyone.

I want to make an upgrade from Windows 7 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit.

The first question, I have 2 internal hard drives (C and D) and 2 external hard drives, when I do a backup of system image, which hard drives will be included in the backup?

The second question, is it possible to do a backup of system image on Windows 7 32-bit and restore it on Windows 7 64-bit? Will it cause issues?

A:Couple questions about system image

Hi and welcome to TSF are you using windows back up Backup and Restore - Microsoft Windows.
I would say no to the system image as the image would over write the 64 bit, better to just back up your data,music,photos etc and you can choose where you back up to
32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions

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Hello. I am trying to do a quick "Under Construction" page on a website, but still have some descent content.

I am using Dreamweaver MX, and I am trying to position text and images.

Is there a feature in this program that will allow me to insert a draggable box that could either have text or an image, so that I can position it how I want it to look.

You can take a look at the page now at:


If you look at it, I tried to have the 2 blocks of text at first...one to the far left under the "Under Construction", and one to the far right "Under Construction" and have the "Welcome to PowerLines" and "Under construction" centered between them, but I couldn't get the "Powerlines" middle text to center between the two lower text boxes.

Then, I moved the text boxes to the left side of the page...one above the other and wanted to put images to the right of each one but it would not allow that.

So the only way I could get images on was to put one image above a block of text, and then when scrolling down, another image above another block of text. But I couldn't go to the right of those either...so I then moved that stack of images and text blocks into the middle underneath the "Powerlines" and "Under Construction" logos.

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Ok, I have a website of racing photographs from the early 70's(www.yesterdaysneuz.com) and I am using an Epson 3200 scanner. I am scanning the negatives and color slide images at 300 DPI. By default, it gets me the full framed negative at 4x6. If I don't use that and select the size of, let's say, an 8x10, I don't get the full frame of the negative. Only by scanning a 11x17 can I get full frame. But obviously, the Megabites are increased dramatically. So far I have scanned about 4000 negatives or slides using the 11x17 way but I am at about 50gig of space. I have atleast that many more to scan if not more.

There are times that I need to have the photos at an 8x10 because someone has purchased it.

Am I better off scanning at 4x6 or 11x17? I am more concerned about the best quality than anything else.

Thanks for your help,

A:Scanning an image. Want best quality but have a few questions

As a general rule you want enough information in a digitized photo to be able to print one to one at 300dpi. Then it just becomes a calculation to get the optimum scan resolution without getting extraneous info that just increases the filesize and wastes hard drive space.

So in order to print 10 inches in one dimension (don't worry about the other, just take the longest) you need 3000 pixels (300 per inch) for a high quality print.

Slides and negatives are small so that can be a problem. If say for example the slide was two inches on one side then you would need to scan at 100%x1500 dpi to get the 3000 pixels you need for printing (assuming there is enough detail in the original to get that kind of detail from such a high resolution scan). You are expressing the same dimension conversion when you pick the 11x17 size but I don't know if that's about the same or not. I stick to dpi when I make my calculations. If its 300 dpi and 17 inches then yeah that's more than you need.

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can any of you please explain what a disk image is? i gather it's different from just copying everything from one hd to another, thru windows' "my computer" window.

does a disk image copy everything over exactly as it is on the old hd (for example, do installed programs on the old hd end up as installed in the new location?)?

is a disk image the best way to back up a hd?

is it possible to copy pieces of a hd to a cd-r (i know there's a space limitation on cd's) & copy it back to another hd, or is that not really the same as a disk image.

also -- are there any good freeware/shareware utilities out there for this?

sorry for such a basic, goofy question.


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Hello, everyone!

First, I want to apologize if this questions were already asked by other people here, and I repeated it. I just can't find the answer that will set my mind free before I restore my back up image. So, sorry for my "noob"-ness.

Anyway, while I already can do the imaging of my HDD and its partitions and I know some about it, I will only do the Restore for the first time now. Before doing it, I want to be sure what will I do and what may be its effects. Searching the web for the answers of this questions seems to be a failure, so I am begging for your help.

QUESTION 1: When I restored an image of one of my HDD to another HDD (a new one), but I will NOT remove the original HDD, will it affect the installed applications that was duplicated due to restoring the image?

QUESTION 2: In case I restored the backup image (example, image of D:/, not system image) to a new HDD (example E:/), then after restore completion, I swapped the drive letters thru Disk Management, will it create an error or corruption to my files? Or worse, will my applications not run anymore?

Hope you can help me with these items, so that I can safely restore my failing HDD to my new drives.

Thank you in advance.

A:Questions About Macrium Reflect Image Restore

Quote: Originally Posted by tephen04

QUESTION 1: When I restored an image of one of my HDD to another HDD (a new one), but I will NOT remove the original HDD, will it affect the installed applications that was duplicated due to restoring the image?

QUESTION 2: In case I restored the backup image (example, image of D:/, not system image) to a new HDD (example E:/), then after restore completion, I swapped the drive letters thru Disk Management, will it create an error or corruption to my files? Or worse, will my applications not run anymore?

I don't understand question 1, perhaps you can rephrase it.

Question 2:

I've never heard of any problems caused by swapping drive letters. D is D and E is E and F is F, regardless of whether they are new drives, old drives, Seagate, Western Digital, etc.

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I've got Partition magic 7.0. When I go to launch it in windows, it freezes my whole computer; i have to restart and when I do it does a check for "consistency" and finds no errors.

However, I can launch the application from boot using 2 floppy discs and perform operations like resizing etc and it works, just slower.

Why does it freeze windows?

Also, I have Drive Image to make my backups. I just made a backup today and it created a 2.5gb image file (extension .pqi (a pqi Image File), PLUS another file that takes up 1.5gb and is called a "002 file" (backup.002). I used Image Explorer to view my files inside the .pqi file, but do I need to save this other huge file? What is it for?

A:Partition Magic And Drive Image Questions

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Ok, I have read and read and cannot find the answer.

I have a system image that was saved to a maxtor one touch ext HD via USB. This was created using W7 image making system. I am trying to copy the image to my new HDD (internal) 1TB. The problem is when I go to recovery>advanced options>restore from image and reboot, the PC cannot find the image. I can click advanced options and search for a driver and actually see the drive and the image folder/zips but W7 cannot detect it. I have also copied this image to a internall HDD because I thought it may be the USB. I have not changed any BIOS settings as I am using W7 on the 1TB HDD and trying to restore to that from either the Dnetouch or the F:internal HDD. Neither times will it find the image.
1. Do I need to use an alternate program like paragon or clonezilla
2. When the image is saved, it is the name of my pc. Example: Fesktop64-PC. Does it need to be in a folder or the image be a specific name? Ive seen WindowsImageBackup as a possiblity.

What do I need to do? Seems the hangup is that when trying to restore, windows just does not see the image?

I know this has been covered some, but I could not find specific answers

Windows 7 64bit

A:System Image Backup Questions and Cannot be found

If the image was created with Windows 7 imaging then the image must be called WindowsImageBackup and must be a root folder in the backup drive. You need to boot your PC either from a Windows 7 repair disk or the Install disk and select repair my computer. From there you have the option to restore your computer.

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Hi to all,

This is the first time I have used drive imaging software, and Acronis True Image Home 10 is the one I am currently using.
My questions are:

#1 - If I use ATI on my hard drive that has bad sectors on it, without me first knowing about it and decided to create an image of that drive, will ATI copy the bad sectors too? If I happen to get a new hard disk and use that image to restore my OS and apps to that new drive, will my new drive get bad sectors too?

Are bad sectors physically from the drive itself and Acronis has nothing to do about it?

#2 - If I try to image a drive, lets say it has an 80gb capacity and my OS occupies only 12gb of that drive and use that image to restore to a smaller capacity drive, say 60gb? Is it still possible for ATI to restore it? What info about the drive does ATI store when creating the image, is it the used space, the 12gb or the full capacity of the drive which is in our example, an 80gb drive.
Although I can answer my questions through my own experimentation, I thought it would be helpful if I can have the experiences of the people around here who have used ATI in the past. Not too many that I will be able to save time

Many thanks!

A:Questions about Acronis True Image Home

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I am struggling with knowing which Drivers are the newer, or if the newer are even desired for this laptop.   I have the AMD Stuff all taken care of except for one Optional Update that came through that I did not recognize. Update type: Optional

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Graphics Adapter WDDM1.2 software update released in September, 2012

More information:

Help and Support:
http://support.microsoft.com/select/?target=hub Already did some of the less important ones like:SynapticsRealtek Card Reader Driver Also, not sure which one of these Drivers below are newer, and that would be important to me, or as asked above, more appropriate for this pc.   Realtek PCIe Family Controller 8.1.510.2013 is the one M.S. Loaded8.3.730.2012 is the one that is at the HP Link for this computer: sp58496 as seen on the actual driver from HP. Can someone tell me which is newer, is the last number the Year? 2012 or 2013? and which one would you guys go with? newer or older.  If that is not the Year, then is the first numbers 8.3 the newere one? These below have not been done yet, same questions as above. Qualcomm Atheros QCA9000 Series Wireless LAN Driver for Microsoft Window:Would like to do this one also, but will likely run into the same issues.  This one has completely different numbers from the one M.S. Loaded and the one HP has for a download. HP UEFI Support Environment:I... Read more

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Hi there!

I just bought a new laptop that comes with Windows 8.1. I want to upgrade to Windows 10.

My first question is, do I do a System Image or Recovery Disk -prior- to the upgrade, or after?

My second question is, is it sufficient to just do a Recovery Disk if I haven't installed anything yet? The main thing I can't figure out through my research is if I create a Recovery Disk, will that include my current operating system? Or is the operating system only backed up through a System Image?

I -think- my final question is, if I put all of this onto a flash drive, when I plug my flash drive in, is it going to try to reset my computer every time? Or only if I plug it in before I boot up?

I'm really not savvy to deal with a lot of the terminology I see on the web when I try to research these things on my own, so hopefully someone can answer my questions as if they're talking to a 5 year old

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* Before I begin I will add that I am aware of the excellent tutorials available here and will be using them =) *
I need to migrate to a hard drive that already has windows 7 HP 64bit on it. I do not however want the registry information and all of the drivers and bloat-ware that reside in the destination HDD.
To my understanding I will just need to boot a system image of my old HDD on the destination HDD.

I need some confirmation that my understanding of the process is sufficient to complete the procedure without problems.

So here is how I understand I will do this :
1. Create system repair disc
2. Create system image disc
3. Place system image disc in the disc drive
4. Place destination hard drive in the laptop.
5. Boot to the disc containing the System Image
6. Follow instructions
7. Victory


Am I right?

Would I be able to achieve the same result with only using a repair disc from my old HDD?

Will I need to wipe the destination HDD?

A:System image/repair disc creation and use questions

Hello lolpsy,

I would recommend to save the system image to a separate external or internal hard drive. DVDs are just not reliable enough IMO.

1. Create system repair disc
2. Create system image, and save to separate hard drive
3. Connect drive that contains system image.
4. Place destination hard drive in the laptop.
5. Boot from system repair disc
6. Select to do a system image recovery
7. Follow instructions
8. Victory

Hope this helps,

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I normally use Acronis True Image for backup and recovery. Fine for file and folder recovery, but I want a reliable full system image of the Windows 7 PCs before upgrading to Window 10. I've just discovered that the Acronis bootable recovery system could not read always my backups so I'm trying the Windows Backup and Restore utility.

For some reason I get an I/O error when backing up to a Western Data 3 TB USB 3 external drive. (Interestingly Acronis writes to the disk with no problem, and, after a few false starts, the recovery system has no problem reading it.) Before I research this more, is there any reason the Windows Backup and Restore utility would have trouble creating a system image backup on a 3 TB USB 3 external drive?

The backup seems to be working fine to an old Seagate 2 TB USB 2 external drive. Is there any way to verify the backup once it is created? The Acronis recovery system had trouble reading backup fines on this disk even though Windows (and Acronis TI 2015 running on Windows) had no trouble reading and writing. I want to make sure the Microsoft recovery system does not have the same problem. But I don't want to do an actual recovery just to validate the backup.

And finally, Process Explorer shows no disk I/O even though the backup seems to be progressing (slowly). Is this I/O somehow hidden. My Kaspersky security software does show I/O activity.

A:Create system image utility - some general questions

Ok. I found the cause for the error when trying to create the system image backup on my WD 3 TB drive. Searching for error code 2155348010 I found several hits. Many large external drives - not just WD - now use a sector size of 4096 bytes rather than the 512 bytes expected by the image copy creation utility.

One such explanation is at

WD has a utility to reformat its drives and turn on support to emulate 512 byte sectors, but that lowers performance. And I would have to backup and restore my backup disk because the reformatting obviously clears the drive. Not worth it since I've now created the system image on another drive (temporarily borrowed from another PC).

I've read the Win8 supports the 4096 byte sector size. Hopefully Win10 does, too.

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I'm running a Samsung 840 140 gb ssd now and I wanted to know if I can make a new, back up image of my drive now, on my external usb hard drive as I have been doing and when my new drive arrives, just install it and use my repair disc and install as usual the image on the new larger Samsung 840 500gb. ssd drive? or is there a special method I need to use and maybe a link to it. When I installed the 120gb. ssd the backup image I used on it was from the standard hd that the image was made from which was the drive I removed, and it seemed to go on the new ssd just fine I'm hoping that's all I have to do again. all other hardware will be the same. Thanks!

A:Putting my back up image on a new ssd. hard drive questions

If your new drive is a Sammy, why not just use the included software to make the image? Or is that what you are asking?

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I've done a search of these forums regarding disk imaging software and Acronis True Image (11) seems to be highly rated by the majority of people here. I'm interested in purchasing this software but am clueless to how it actually works (I was hoping someone could answer a few questions for me).

Problem / Scenario
I currently have a (12month old) 250GB Samsung SATA HDD. For some reason when booting my machine (Win XP - SP2) it occasionally (1 in 4 times) takes ages to get to the login screen, normally either stalling on the Windows XP progress bar (just keeps cycling round) or just after when the screen goes blank before the login screen appears. This is pretty much a top spec PC (or atleast it was 12months ago) and when all is working fine XP loads in maybe 30seconds, however on the occasions when it doesn't the time is extended to anywhere between 1 and 2 minutes (but it gets their in the end) during which time the HDD LED is flashing constantly.

Now, to me this seems like the drive may have a problem (all though once Windows is loaded I don't notice any difference/problems). So for me the safest bet would be if I can create a copy of my drive as it stands at present (Disk Image?) which in the case of the drive dying will allow me to buy a new drive and using the saved image recreate my system as it is now.

The Questions
1. Does the above software come with its own CD/DVD Writing software, currently all I have is Record Now MAX (which isn't v... Read more

A:Questions: Acronis True Image or Similar Software

For Acronis True Image.

1. Yes, it writes to optical media without additional software.
2. You create a stand-alone bootable recovery CD, no Windows required.
3. Networked drive, External Hard disk, or DVD.
4. Size is obviously dependent on the source size. Normally, a bootable partition will compress to 40-60% of the source size. If you have 20gigs on the source, count on an 8-12gig image file.

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I want to use the "windows system image backup tool" to an external hard drive which is a backup that already contains
other folders from several computers that I need to keep.
Ive never done this B4 so these are baby questions ; )
Will the image creator erase any of that info already stored on the external drive if I backup the system image to that drive?
is the windows image creator a good tool to do this (any problems with it that are known)?

is there some better image backup creator? if so which and why?

any help appreciated

A:Questions about creating a system Image backup - a bit coinfused

While I do not know about Windows 10 backup/restore utilities, I do know Macrium Reflect [free and pay-for]. MR will not delete anything on your ext HD unless you "tell it to do so" via its purging choices. I recommend two ext HDs getting your OS and data partitions backups.

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Does anybody here understand the eternal mysteries of Acronis True Image - specifically, it's system of 'incremental' back-ups and so on? I've flirted with ATI over the years, as the idea of a 'fail safe' back-up system is obviously attractive - and sensible. However, every time I've used it I've found that the back-ups created by ATI get completely out of control and quickly threaten to consume all my hard drive space, and I end up uninstalling it. Very frustrating!

Anyway, three days ago I thought I would have another go. So I created a Acronis Secure Zone all on default settings, which came to 35.9 GB. I then did an incremental back-up of my 27.8 GB system partition (the C drive) on default settings, so it was compressed down to 15 GB. Naturally, I placed the back-up in the Secure Zone and scheduled it for a daily 'incremental' back-up at 9.00 am (and I also activated Acronis Start-up Recovery Manager, the 'F11 option', and a made a Bootable disc).

Thus, the next day - as instructed - Acronis made a back-up at 9.00 am. So far, so good. However, I noticed that the 'incremental' back-up made by Acronis was a massive 6.08 GB, which I find somewhat inexplicable since I hadn't installed anything else on my C drive during those 24 hours. How come the back-up was so big? I also noticed that Acronis was telling me in red letters (already!) that there was "not enough free space" in th... Read more

A:Acronis True Image 2011 problems/questions

Sounds to me like it's backing up the page file, hibernation file or one of the other Windows system files. Have you excluded these from the backup?

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Thank you for taking the time to read this- I am new to Acronis TI and trying to grasp a few things.

1. I just did a backup of my older P4 computer. I had removed a lot of programs and as much data as I could- as this computer will be passed along to my wife. I wanted to back up the OS and a few basic programs like an email client and a browser. I got it down to about 25 Gigs of HD space. I am backing up to a LaCie external HD (250 Gig). The backup seems to have gone well- and I ended up with four files for the job (probably the limitation of FAT 16 on the external drive). Can I copy each of those files directly to its own DVD (as sizes seem pretty close)--- early in the morning i am having some software from her work added to the computer before she actually starts using it-- and I'm not sure how much extra space all of that will take-- so DVDs would be good as a redundant backup but not sure if copies of those files are as good as a second TI job would be preferred.

2. Second question: When I was running the wizard there was an option called "System State" where it sounds like only the OS is backed up- but configured to your hardware. For storage purposes, that might be preferable at times if I am understanding what it is. (The other option there is called "Disks and Partitions" and that is the option I used because I wasn't sure what the other one was.)

Your help is genuinely appreciated

A:Solved: Acronis True Image 11- two follow up questions

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I am attempting to install dell image assist (DIA) onto a 128GB usb drive. I would also like to copy my company's .WIMs onto the same usb drive.
image assist likes to install on a FAT32 formatted usb. the WIMs are over 10GB each and exceed the file size limit of FAT32.
i have partitioned the usb drive using win10 creators edition, built two volumes, one NTFS 82GB in size and one FAT32 32GB in size. Windows has assigned these logical drives F: and G:. Hence, use DIA to create a bootable DIA in drive G: and store my WIMs in drive F:.
The problem is DIA only see one logical drive F: that is 115 GB is size. How may I overcome this problem.

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1. I've been getting warnings that my hard drive is failing, and other diagnostics have reported there could be "bad clusters." I have an online backup of all my files, but I want to try an image restore. I following the Win 7 instructions for creating a backup. At the end of the process, the completion bar showed RED with the message that "bad clusters" were detected and those weren't included in the backup. Will the image restore still work?

2. I have baked up my image to a hard drive (my laptop!) on a network. After I used my System Repair disk, will it give me the network option to access the image?


A:Questions about Image backup and "Bad Clusters" & restore over network

I don't like Windows Backup and Restore. I prefer Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download It has a boot disk where you can get into your PC if it should fail and restore the image. It is very easy.

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When I get an email it automatically blocks the pictures unless the sender is in my address book. I would like for it to automatically view all pictures from all emails.

Also I use Yahoo! mail, and would like to know how to get saved e-mails from folders on my Yahoo! mail (such as my Pictures folder) to Thunderbird.


A:Solved: Thunderbird 2.0 questions: get rid of "load image" button and acquire folders

This article explains why automatically loading images from unknowns (who may be spammers wanting to verify your email address) but also describes how to do it.

If you get the paid version of Yahoo! mail you can download messages. However, I don't know if you can convert your free account to paid; in other words, this may not do any good for messages you already have.

Of course, you can forward your Yahoo! messages to a POP3 or IMAP account.

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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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I'm thinking about building my own PC, but I don't quite understand what anti-static precautions should be taken. Obviously, nothing will be plugged in, but is there anything I'm missing or not understanding?
Also, are anti-static wrist bands essential? Also, would carpet work as a good working area?


A:Questions About Precautions to Building a PC (Easy Questions)

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I have a
HP Pavilion dv7t-1000 CTO Entertainment Notebook PC
64bit with Windows Vista Home premium
Recently I had a friend take it and wipe it to start fresh.
when I got it back it is still pointing to a bizarre path..?? (which is one of the reasons I wanted to start fresh. It points to:

%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;C:\Program Files (x86)\CyberLink\Power2Go;%SYSTEMROOT%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\


why would this be the case? When I got it back I see that some things like my extra monitor was already installed.. (Before I even hooked it up??) and some folders I had renamed example folder.OLD was still here. (and many other things that lead me to believe it did not get formatted correctly. (and could still have virus?)
He used my factory disks. (which I do have)
can anyone advise me on what is going on?
thanks so much!!

A:Environment Variables questions and format questions

I've had a bunch of HP machines. But I never used the restore. I'm not sure if it formats or just installs over what's there. It may leave files and folders that are in subfolders of programs that come bundled with the machine assuming it's data or something. The path looks fine to me. That %SystemRoot% stuff is just a way to use environment variables in case the system is not installed on C:\Windows.

If you really just want the OS and not the bundled software see the threads about ISO download for Vista. You can evaluate for 90 days perfectly legally. There are also tutorials how to extend the evaluation by 30 days.

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Brand new user.

a. The new PC came with McAfee anti virus.
Should I use it ?

Is it as good as AVG, e.g., which I used on my old W7 PC ? Use them both ?

b. And, how do I turn on the "Defender" anti virus which I understand is part of
the W10 package ?

Would it interfere with McAfee or AVG ? How good is it ?

c. How do I turn on the Firewall; I'm assuming there is one like in W7 ?

Much thanks,

A:New W10 User Questions (Basic Questions, Please)

McAfee, AVG and Defender are all anti-virus programs and you should only run one. In fact Defender will get turned off when another one is installed.

Right click the Start button and select Control Panel.

Then select Security and Maintenance and under Security it will show your the status of the Firewall, Virus and Spyware and which program is running what.

Control panel also has links to Defender and Firewall.

That McAfee is a trial version and at some point you will have to buy it.


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Hello Experts,

Question 1:

To initialize the 4 elements of integer array named numbers to the value of 0, is THIS

int number [4] = { 0 };

correct, and the exact same thing as saying this:

int number [4] = { 0, 0, 0, 0 }; // ?

Question 2:

double x [ 6 ], y [ 14 ];

What C++ statement could I write that would

copy array named x into the first part of array named y. // ?

Thanks again! ... RB

A:Beginner C++ Questions About Arrays (2 Questions)

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Hey guys, you might of seen a post or two about me not able to get our domain to use GPO's, but its all fixed now. YAY !
(It was the DNS, incase anyone was interested)

but now i got a few questions, i'll start with:

1. Is there anyway to configure a client by just having them log onto the domain? e.g. Disable Security Center, Windows Messanger, Add a Registry hack. etc.

2. Is there anyway to view a list of all websites visited on the network with information, eg. Who was looking at it(which user), at what time. etc

3. Is there a way to record a list of all objects printed from our print server with information? e.g. User that printed it, time it was printed, how many pages, how many copys. etc.

4. Is there a way to delete start menu files/folders with a logon script?

5. I'm going to put "Deep Freeze" on the computers that are accessed and used by the public, but i've never used it, nor have any experience with it.
Does it cause any problems with normal operation of the computer? if anyone could give me some feedback on this, i'd love to hear it.

Also, is it possible to get more then just 6 Virtual Drives on a computer?

i mean, isn't there 23 possible drives?

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Hey guys, it is good to be back on here as my problems are always solved, it has probably been a few years since my last visit! Anyway I am still running my 2006 Dell XPS 400 machine with windows XP SP3 media Center edition. It has a dual core 3ghz pentium CPU, 2GB ram, a 320gb Western Digital hard drive that is less than half full,and an Nvidia GeForce 6800 graphics card. love this machine so darn much as it does everything that I personally wanted to has one I had made back in 2006. And I absolutely love Windows XP. So being that the thing is 7 1/2 years old and I have never had a prior desktop last over 5 years without a hard drive failure, I feel as if I am running on borrowed time. This saddens me as I take great care of this machine and love it to death. Have everything set up the way that I like and I'm very comfortable with it, I don't adapt well to change LOL. So I recently began researching and found that hardware parts are pretty cheap now for this, but if the hard drive fails I will lose everything. So rather than install a new hard drive should this happen, and then boot from the original six and a half-year-old disks. Drivers, try to find lost photos, etc. I have learned about cloning software and have been researching it. So I purchased a Acronos true image 2014 an external Seagate 1TB HD (for other stuff too photos for the wife etc), And an internal hard drive dock, as well as a brand-new 320 GB Western Digital 3.5" 7200 RPM hard drive. Identica... Read more

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When I double click an image it opens windows photo gallery instead of simply letting me preview the image in the photo gallery, I have to actually right click on the image then click preview (which is half way down the list instead of being at the top where it should be, instead open is at the top) I have an idea i may have to edit the registry to change the properties of my right click menu, I have backed up my registry but i dont know exactly what to enter and where to enter it. Just in case anyone suggests I right click and 'open with' in order to change the default program, i already know this isnt the case as this is the first thing i tried. The problem is far more advanced that than, iv spent ages searching the net, iv even tried ccleaner to clean up my registry hoping this would fix any errors, but the problems still exists!! I had a similar problem ages ago and i had to edit the registry, but i cant remember for the life of me what i did!! Plus i think i was on xp then. Please help!!! fi x x

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OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

The windows system image backed up on my external hard drive (2TB WD USB3) is not showing while restoring the PC from an image.

The only option available is my hard drive partition on which i also had saved a system image.

What is the reason?
Though windows recommends External hard drive for backing up image when backing up the system.

A:System image on External hard drive is not accesible while restoring PC from image

Your system may not be able to see usb devices at boot. Check in bios for a setting that enables USB at boot. If there isn't such a setting, and if your system is fairly old and can't see the device, you'll have to copy the image to a separate partition on the hd.

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I'm trying to use True Image 11 to image the system partition of my laptop. When I get to the place where it asks me to select the partition to image, there are two: the main NTFS system partition and a small recovery partition. Should I select both or just the system partition? I have heard that the recovery partition must be in a certain place on the HD to be usable. If so, and if I needed to restore the image , the recovery partition might not be restored to the same place and would therefore be unusable. Any advice on how to proceed here? Thanks.

A:Using Acronis True Image to image disk with hidden recovery partition

you should image it to the recovery partition, although it may not be a good idea to have it on the same HDD
I myself use an external drive which is probably the safest

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