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Will an external drive backup restore a computer fine?

Q: Will an external drive backup restore a computer fine?

So we are going to be hypothetical here. 
 
1. I backup my entire system onto a 200gb external hard drive
2. I COMPLETELY erase windows from my computer, and all of it's data
3. I plug in the external hard drive. 
 
is it possible to re install windows at that point? Or would I need disc/usb flashdrive 
 
Thanks! 
 
 
 
 
ALSO: Is the "Systems image" with no other data enough to restart windows? Thanks! 

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Preferred Solution: Will an external drive backup restore a computer fine?

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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: Will an external drive backup restore a computer fine?

Creating an image backup of your entire hdd is a wise thing to do. Some time in the future your hdd will become unusable. Sometime in the future
your OS will become unusable. How often you create an image backup of your hdd or just your personal/ business files is dependent on how important your files are.
Another option.....You can clone your hdd to another hdd of the same size or larger.
 
Read the info in the links below and if you still have questions, please ask.
What happened to Backup and Restore? - Microsoft Windows Help
How to refresh, reset, or restore your PC - Microsoft Windows Help

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I'm running Windows 7 64x Home Premium on a Toshiba Qosmio X505 laptop. I just got it back from the warranty repair center, where they replaced the hard drive and graphics fan & heatsink, and reloaded the factory windows version. Before I sent it out for repair, I used Windows Backup to create a backup of all my files on a Toshiba casio 500GB external USB drive (I had over 300 GB of files, so it was easier to use Windows Backup than drag and drop all the files, at least at the time). Now that I have the laptop back, I'm having trouble restoring my files. When I go to Control Panel-> Backup & Restore, a message appears in the restore section, saying "Windows could not find a backup for this computer." I've tried reconnecting the drive as well as restarting my computer, but to no avail. I can see and explore the files in My Computer, so I know the hard drive is properly connected. I appreciate any help you can give.

Thanks,
Dobber9
 

A:Backup External drive seen by My Computer, but not Backup & Restore

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Is there a free program that would enable me to backup various family members computers to an external hard drive (I fresh install, run all updates, update driver, put in some of their software like Google Chrome, etc.) and whenever they run into problems I just load that image? Is there a program for that? I'd like to be able to place multiple system on my 2tb external hard drive.

Thanks for your help.

A:Backup and Restore to External Drive

Hi there is a list of free programs here Best free backup software: 11 programs we recommend | News | TechRadar
2,5,6,9.10 are better known

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I am looking at external drives for making system backups and additional storage. The storage part and copying data files are easy, but the backup/restore side of the equation for Windows XP is harder.

Let's assume that I made a full (XP, registry, everything) backup of my C: drive onto the external drive and my internal drive crashed. I install a new drive.

Would I need to install XP and all of my software onto the new drive first in order to run the restore software? If I did that, then did a file-by-file restore of both data and software files from the external drive, would there be problems?

I know software installs set up shop all over the place in Windows, including the registry and other places. Am I better off installing all of my software from scratch and restoring data files only?

Would I be able to restore a FAT32 file-by-file backup to a new NTFS drive? I know an image backup has to go to a like file system.

Installing all of the apps could take days, but a complete restore could be done in a few hours. Any thoughts?
 

A:XP Backup/Restore using an external drive

Can't answer that without knowing what you used to make the image file of "C" drive. If Ghost or Acronis True Image , you need to make a rescue boot disk after installing the program (Ghost the install cd is one) and then you put in a new hard drive and simply restore the image file to it. NT Backup no you have to install XP first before restoring the image file.
 

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Hi,

When I switched my Laptop on yesterday the nice Seagate Icon for my external backup hard drive had vanished but has been replaced by a dull looking generic Windows page icon ? This external backup drive is the K:\ drive on my system.

I surfed google yesterday trying to find some advice on how to restore what was a very attractive Icon ? . . but have been struggling to find any advice I could understand or thought I'd be able to follow ?

On a positive note, I have located the exact file for the disappeared icon on my laptop (its called SeagatePortable.ico) and I have copied it to my desktop temporarily, but, I have no idea how to re-apply this icon to my K:\ drive ?

Whilst surfing, I discovered a simple freeware program called "Drive Icon Changer" so I downloaded this program and tried to use it. It is very easy to use, but, try as I might, I cannot get this programme to interact with my K;\ drive ? . . so I've given up and uninstalled that programme, as, in this instance at least, it clearly does not do what it is supposed to be able to do.

I also saw some advice about going to a DOS prompt (I do not understand what this means or how to do it?) and deleting or editing something called the autorun.inf file - I suspect this type of action would be well beyond my understanding and I'd probably do more harm than good if I attempted to edit this sort of system file and got it wrong !

I've also done a system restore - to a back up point of a couple of days ... Read more

A:How do I restore the Seagate Drive Icon for my External Backup Drive?

Also just spotted an obsolete thread on this site where someone suggested:-

"Un-install the driver while the external drive is connected and then rebooted and let windows reinstall - everything should go back to normal when Windows re-discovered the drive".

I don't know if this might cure my problem ? . . but unfortunately I do not know how to uninstall a driver ?

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I recently had to reinstall Windows Vista Home Premium on my PC. Before I did that, I made a backup from the Backup and Restore Center onto my WD My Book Essential qith half a terabyte of memory. The device had and has some files of its own on it --
it was a couple of programs that I don't see any reason to use, thoug hI didn't see any harm in leaving them there. The backup is labeled HOUSE-PC, the name of the user account I backed it up from, though as far as I am aware it backed up all the files across
all of the user accounts on my PC.
I've reinstalled Windows and am now trying to retrieve the data from my backup, again using the Backup and Restore Center, but the Center won't recognize the backup on my external drive. I've tried using the Advanced Restore function and choosing the option
Files from a Backup Made on a Different Computer, but I still have no results. Have I done something wrong, or is there something wrong with my backup?
Additional info: The backup's file path and organization is as follows: On the root folder, there is a folder labeled HOUSE-PC, where my backup is located, as well as a few other folders and files that came with the drive. In HOUSE-PC, there is a folder
labeled, "Backup Set 2011-02-28 165830," inside of which there are two folders: one by the same name, and one labeled Catalogs. The Catalogs folder is protected and only contains the BackupCatalog (not to imply I know what that means); in the other folder
is ... Read more

A:Cannot restore Windows from a backup on an external drive.

Hi,
You should be able to use Windows Recovery environment (installation media) to recover the image.

Please share the output of the following command after booting into recovery environment and opening a command prompt.
1. WBADMIN GET VERSIONS -backupTarget:F: -machine:David-PC
Note: Assuming your backups are stored in F:.

If you are able to see the version you can use following command for complete PC recovery.
WBADMIN START SYSRECOVERY -version:<Version> -backupTarget:F: -machine:David-PC
Regards,Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ?

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Hi,
I did a full backup using vista backup and recovery centre onto a seagate 160gb usb drive.  The backup completed successfully so I rebuilt the machine.
 
On trying to rebuild, I run bakup and restore center and it cant even see the drive (it can see the C partition, the E (recovery) partition and nothing else.  It doesnt see the D (Data Partition) or the USB device.)
 
Tried copying it to the E partition and forcing it to use it but get  backup location not found which is mentioned elsewhere as an issue with mediaid.bin.
 
any ideas, i now have a shiny sparkly new machine with no data on it. 
 
The data is there in a compressed form but id much rather restore properly.
 
grateful for any help.
 
Cheers

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I used windows backup to create a backup of my system on an external seagate harddrive. It created an big backup of about 11GB. Now when I try to restore my system using windows backup and restore, it shows the following message "windows could not find a backup for this computer". On selecting "select another backup to restore files from", it is not able to find the backup on the external harddrive. There is no option to browse for the backup except from a network location. So, how do I use the backup?

A:Restore system from backup on external hard drive

Hi rishabhg

See if this will help

Restore Backup User and System Files

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I have multiple computers that I want to backup - a Windows 2000 computer, a Windows XP computer, and a Windows 7 computer. I have one external hard drive that I want to use for all 3 computers.

I would like to have 3 subdirectories on the external hard drive - one subdirectory for each computer's backups. I am going to use a third-party backup program for the Windows 2000 and XP machines, and I know that it can backup to a subdirectory on an external drive.

But I'm thinking about using Backup and Restore to backup my Windows 7 machine. Is it possible to tell Backup and Restore to store its backups within a subdirectory on the external drive, so that it doesn't affect the Windows 2000 and XP subdirectories? Or will it take over the entire external hard drive?

A:Can Backup and Restore save to a subdirectory on an external drive?

Hi Delerious, welcome to the Seven Forums.

You get partly what you want to using native tools, Windows Backup & Restore creates independent folders for each computer using computer name. I just reinstalled Windows to this laptop today, the highlighted folders were created by system when doing initial backup after everything was installed.

You can't put these main folders, backup and image, into another folder. System creates them and does not let you to modify the path. Backup folders are located on root and named with PC's actual name, system images are located in image folder's subfolders with PC name.

Kari

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Hi,
I did a full backup using vista backup and recovery centre onto a seagate 160gb usb drive.  The backup completed successfully so I rebuilt the machine.
 
On trying to rebuild, I run bakup and restore center and it cant even see the drive (it can see the C partition, the E (recovery) partition and nothing else.  It doesnt see the D (Data Partition) or the USB device.)
 
Tried copying it to the E partition and forcing it to use it but get  backup location not found which is mentioned elsewhere as an issue with mediaid.bin.
 
any ideas, i now have a shiny sparkly new machine with no data on it. 

 
The data is there in a compressed form but id much rather restore properly.
 
grateful for any help.
 
Cheers

A:Vista Backup and Restore - Mediaid.bin problem cant restore from backup on Seagate USB drive-backup location not found

If you get the following error when restoring your backup to its original HD (see error code bellow)Error Description:When you use the Restore Files option to restore a backup file on a Windows Vista-based computer, you may receive the following error message: The restore did not finish successfully. Error code: The backup file could not be found. Check your hardware configuration or restore from a different backup (0x8100001A). and the Mediaid.bin file is corrupted or lost, then use the following instructions for rebuilding it:1.Unzip the sdutil.zip file and rename it from sdutil.ex_ to sdutil.exe2.Copy the sdutil.exe to the root of the driver which contains the backup files3.Open the folder Catalogs located bellow the folder BackupSet ?aaaammdd? ?xxxxxx?4.Copy the file GlobalCatalog.wbcat to the root of this HD5.Go to Start -> Execute and type CMD.exe6.At this ?DOS? window type: sdutil mediaid GlobalCatalog.wbcat [HD letter (as an example D:\)]7.A new MediaID.bin is created8.Try to restore the backup as usual using the advanced restore option and next the option restore an older backup created in this machine9.If done: it?s over!10.If it fails: Map a network driver at your LAN11.Copy the MediaId.bin file to the root of the previous mapped LAN driver12.Copy the whole folder BackupSet ?aaaammdd? ?xxxxxx? to this same driver13.Try to restore the backup as usual using the advanced restore option and next the option restore backup created in another mach... Read more

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Can you backup installed applications to an external hard drive, then restore them to another Computer without Reinstalling them? For example, My computer Windows 7 Home Premium has many softwares, applications, programs, utilities, etc.. That i purchased and dont want to Reinstall them on new computer. Is it possible for them to work without Re-entry keys? Any help I will appreciate

A:Can you backup installed applications to an external hard drive, then restore them to

Basically, no.

You can back-up the .exe then reinstall them, you will also want to save any license's for ease of re-registering

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I want my computer to be fully cleaned but I want to make sure I love none of my data.

I want to make sure the computer is completely clean before I start putting things back.

Is there a step by step set of directions to do this?

A:Directions for backup up computer on external full format and restore.

Hello Jon, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Please update your system specs so we know if you are using a OEM (store bought) computer with a factory recovery partition, or if you built the computer yourself using a retail copy of Windows 7.

It will depend on what you have for what you may be able to do without losing everything.

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I want to start backing up my compute to an external hard drive. I have a Dell desktop computer. What is the process to do this?
 

A:How can I backup by computer using an external hard drive

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I am trying to backup everything on my computer. What would be a good program to compliment this? I have norton ghost, but all it seems to do is just take an image. I would prefer something where i can manually copy folders from the backed up folder (does norton have this feature, and I am just missing it?)

A:backup computer to external hard drive

Ghost does have the ability to perform File and folder backups. Personally I don't really see the need, as you can mount the image backups you saved, which will then show up as drive letters, allowing you to restore individual files and folders.Ghost: Image Backup vs File and Folder BackupRestoring a Backup in Norton Ghost<-- Not sure if this is up to date, you may want to consult Ghosts Help Files for confirmation.

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Hello to all you smart/clever people out there;
My problem started as: My XP SP3 recyling icon howed full but when I opened it to see what was in it, it showed empty (nothing). From the icon it showed 41 files.
I deleted the contents but I did not realise or know that "my computer" and "my documents" folders on drive C were in the recyle bin I had deleted. A total of about 11 000 files - 30Gb.

As I had a saved version on my external "Seagate FreeAgent" hard drive I tried to restore these files for the first time ever. It was more difficult than I thought, I was unable to do so. The instructions only tell of dragging the respective file to the location wanted, but it does not work.

I have all the files from the external drive shown on the PC and load and transfer files that way. I am not allowed to to use the safe disconnection feature of the USB, getting the message to wait until later for disconnection so I leave it permanently connected.

My question for help is: how can I restore the two folders and and their files in a simple procedure.

Thanks to all helpers

A:unable to restore from external "freeagent" backup drive

You can't delete the My Computer icon or send it to the Recycle Bin. My Computer has everything on your computer under it, including the protected Windows System files, so it will not let you delete it. You may have deleted the My Documents files, but this too has protected system files that won't let you delete it. If you go to C:\Documents and Settings\[username} is there a My Documents folder there? If so, you can open it up and copy the contents of the My Documents folder in your backup, and paste it into the My Documents folder under your user name.

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I backed up using an external drive prior to resetting HP desktoop to factory settings.

When I tried to restore the files I couldn't find them in any of the libraries. Where did they go? I did reinstall programs like Microsoft Office 2003.
How do I find them & put them back in the right place? Running Windows 7 64 bit
Home Premium Edition.
Thank you

A:Trouble moving backup files from external drive to computer

  
Quote: Originally Posted by DavidGiul


I backed up using an external drive prior to resetting HP desktoop to factory settings.

When I tried to restore the files I couldn't find them in any of the libraries. Where did they go? I did reinstall programs like Microsoft Office 2003.
How do I find them & put them back in the right place? Running Windows 7 64 bit
Home Premium Edition.
Thank you


If you actually backed up the files to the external drive, you should see them there. If they aren't there, you may have a made a mistake when you did the backup. Really need more details to help further. How you backed up, etc.

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I've got a Dell mini 1012 with Win7 Starter. The 160 SATA drive is well on the way out with over 2000 failed sectors. I've tried several ways to clone it, including clonezilla and rawcopy in sector-by-sector mode, and they all fail. Backing up from within the installation also fails, using easeus and win7, with Windows abruptly crashing.

I tried a chkdsk /r, and it froze at Stage 4, on file 4019. I'm running a SFC currently.

The odd thing is that the installation is working fine. I have added and deleted user accounts, done multiple uninstalls and installs, etc.

The Restore partition is on the drive, but it is just as corrupted as the C partition. And the Win7 coa is unreadable (which quite seems to be a case of planned obsolescence...).

Is there any way to clone this installation so I don't have to order recovery disks from Dell?

A:Disk quandary: works fine, but failing: can't backup, clone or restore

  
Quote: Originally Posted by paul1149


I've got a Dell mini 1012 with Win7 Starter. The 160 SATA drive is well on the way out with over 2000 failed sectors. I've tried several ways to clone it, including clonezilla and rawcopy in sector-by-sector mode, and they all fail. Backing up from within the installation also fails, using easeus and win7, with Windows abruptly crashing.

I tried a chkdsk /r, and it froze at Stage 4, on file 4019. I'm running a SFC currently.

The odd thing is that the installation is working fine. I have added and deleted user accounts, done multiple uninstalls and installs, etc.

The Restore partition is on the drive, but it is just as corrupted as the C partition. And the Win7 coa is unreadable (which quite seems to be a case of planned obsolescence...).

Is there any way to clone this installation so I don't have to order recovery disks from Dell?


Hi paul1149,

It seems hard-drive has completely failed and that is the reason you are unable to clone the partion from the hard-drive.

If the system is under warranty then please contact me through a private message with your service tag and contact information so I may access your system records.

And, if the system is out of warranty then you contact our Expired Warranty Support at the link below:

http://dell.to/12LmNBq

Hope it helps.

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Hi all--
 
After a Laplink transfer of data from my slow Windows 7 computer to faster Windows 7 computer, I discovered many of my programs and my data and photos were gone, or at least inaccessible, and I will assume gone.
 
I disinfected with Malwarebytes  (which found and eliminated hundreds of items) and then Kaspersky TDS Killer anti-rootkit (which found nothing it disliked.)  
 
Now I wonder if restoring my data/programs/photos which are backed up to my Seagate external hard drive could carry over some of the same malware that attacked my data in my computer.  Is there some way I can examine and disinfect my backed up data without contaminating my computer?
 
Thanks for any suggestions,
 
Jeff

A:External hard drive restore to hopefully disinfected computer

Sorry for the wait. I hope the drive in question is not hooked up to your computer. First we disable Autoruns.Go to How to disable the Autorun functionality in WindowsScroll down until you see the following section:Click on the FixIt circled in blueDownload it, let it run, and reboot your computer when promptedNow reconnect your driveNext up is an online scanner called ESETESET Online ScannerClick here to download the installer for ESET Online Scanner and save it to your Desktop.Disable all your antivirus and antimalware software - see how to do that here.Right click on esetsmartinstaller_enu.exe and select Run as Administrator.Place a checkmark in YES, I accept the Terms of Use, then click Start. Wait for ESET Online Scanner to load its components.Select Enable detection of potentially unwanted applications.Click Advanced Settings, then place a checkmark in the following:Remove found threatsScan archivesScan for potentially unsafe applicationsEnable Anti-Stealth technologyFor Current scan targets click ChangeOn the window that pops up place a checkmark on the drive you want scannedClick Start to begin scanning.ESET Online Scanner will start downloading signatures and scan. Please be patient, as this scan can take quite some time.When the scan is done, click List threats (only available if ESET Online Scanner found something).Click Export, then save the file to your desktop.Click Back, then Finish to exit ESET Online Scanner.Post the contents of the ESET export file in y... Read more

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I've got Acronis True Image 10.
Can I backup all emails and then restore to a new installation of the hard disk?

Erm: OK... that might sound dumb!
That's *exactly* what it's supposed to do right!!?

I've got a copy of XP Tablet which is dying.
I want to do a full original installation restore and restore the emails.

Just wanted to double check!!

Also: I've made a backup (of another PC).
I have a file size that is 9GB.
How can I store this onto DVD discs?
And how can I make the discs be bootable??
So that I can juts restore the whole system by booting from the DVD discs?

Thanks!
OM
 

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I have been searching and reading on internet for software to backup my hard drive to an external hard drive and have been overwhelmed with the options
The system is an xp with 148gb and the external hardrive a 500gb western digital
I have looked at Comodo backup and Acronis true image
What software do you consider the most user friendly and overall best to use?
Thank You
 

A:backup restore HD to external HD

Acronis seems to be the easiest way to go. Just image it and put it in the destination.
 

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So I want to clone one external 2TB with another. So one drive is the main use one and another the backup one. So I copy everything over to backup and i store the backup at another house and then I start using the main: deleting and adding/editing files. What is the best software or whatever to allow me, after some time, synchronize/clone the externals again without deleting all on the backup drive and recopying? (main to backup) and make them clones again? ..Adding and deleting or replacing any nonidentical files.. Like where i can press a button on some software and it do the work for me.
Sorry if this is confusing

A:Best external to external hard drive synchronized backup plan?

There's a bunch of applications that can do that.

They all work pretty much the same way, but would differ in how easy they are to understand and configure---the interfaces would differ and the help files would differ.

I use FreeFileSync from sourceforge.net.

Others are Syncback, Folder Clone, Karen's Replicator, FBackup, Second Copy, and Synchromagic.

You should be able to configure them to do one or the other of the following:

1: If you delete or modify a file on the "original", it will also be deleted or modified on the backup.

2: If you delete a file on the "original", it will be retained on the backup. If you modify a file, both the modified and unmodified file will be retained on the backup.

It's up to you which choice you prefer. I use the first method, which is often called "mirroring"--one drive is an exact match of the other.

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I've got a new external hard drive.
I have many other external hard drives for which I want to backup the files of.

What's the best way of copying files from one drive to another?

1. Should I connect both on USB3 and copy one from another?

or

2. Copy to computer and then copy to new hard drive?

I've got a feeling that the second option might be the best one?

Thanks.
 

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Hi guys,

I am new here but I have been browsing for days trying to solve various problems with this laptop. I have done a clean install of windows 7 on the c drive (after deleting the partition as my first clean install just wrote over the top of what was on there).

Now I have the icon of my ex HD appearing in the "Hard Disk Drives" along with c, d and e drives. When I use the Backup and Restore tool with intentions to restore this to the way I have backed up, the tool cannot locate my ex HD. Should it be in the "Devices with removable storage" location?

I am sorry if there is an answer somewhere here already but I have spent too much time searching and getting various solutions to similar issues but cannot see this one.

Please help me!

A:Backup and restore cannot locate my external HD yet icon is visible

how do you clean installed...do u know anything about reverting back to pre installed os with recovery cd

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I have purchased Seagate USB External Hard drive (250 GB). When I plugged in to my USB 2.0 port, xp identifies the device and pop up box for "Found New Harward" displays. When I run the wizard, I get the error message that Driver Could not be installed.

In Device Manager, I get Yellow mark under "Other Devices". There is no drive letter appears.

I done following troubleshootings but no results --

1.) The same drive works proper on other laptop having same win xp sp3 installation. It means device is fine.

2.) Pen drive works fine on my laptop. But USB External hard drive is not able to find driver.

3.) I checked in Registry. USBSTOR value is set to default 3. I tried changing to 1 but got nothing.

4.) I was having Win XP SP2 and was getting this issue. I then upgraded to SP3 with the hope that it may solve the problem. But no result.

5.) I checked seagate site in search of driver, but their manual says that xp will automatically detect device. There is no need for any driver installation.

Please help. It looks to be some settings needed some where in my XP SP3 set-up. Please help, if any one has encoutered such issue.

Thanks for help.

Regards..

A:Driver not loaded for External Hard disk, but Pen drive works fine

You need install USB driver.
Try this link:-http://www.aladdin.com/support/hasp/hasp4/enduser.aspx

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Hi.

A few days ago I got a LaCie 500gb external harddrive from a friend who didn't need it anymore. When I tried to plug it in to my iMac (OS X Leopard) the hd wasn't recognized. I thought it was probably because my friend is using a PC with Windows XP, so I plugged the drive into my parents' PC (w. Windows XP as well) to reformat from NTFS.
Parents' PC doesn't recognize the external hard drive either. It reacts when I plug the drive in (makes the little pling sound), but it can't be opened from anywhere. It doesn't show among the other harddrives but I can access it to remove it.
The Device Manager gives me the message "This device cannot start. (Code 10)"

I took the hard drive back to my friend to try it on her computer. Worked just fine! We managed to remove all her old files, do a quick formatting as well as a proper one. Could only choose to stick to NTFS though.

But, at home it's still the same deal. Neither Mac nor PC recognizes the drive.

Yes, I've tried rebooting both the drive and the computers. Tried all different USB ports (which works with other external harddrives or USB sticks), nothing works.
The system requirements stated on the original packaging of the LaCie hard drive are met by both the family PC and my iMac.
Any ideas?
 

A:PC nor Mac recognizes external hd, works fine on original computer

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Hi, I am having a mojor headache with a Toshiba Satellite Pro A120. The screen has started switching to blackout at random times and is happening more and more. It doesn't matter whether W
Jayindows has loaded or if I enter the bios,or boot from CD,or leave it sat waiting for me to select a boot device. It more often than not goes black but you can still see what should be on the screen, it's just not lit at all to see clearly. The laptop itself is still working fine as it works on an external monitor and makes system beeps, cd spins up etc.
Have tried the following:
Adjusting various settings in the graphics properties and within the bios but makes no difference.
It also switches back on if I press FN + F5 to swap monitors but goes off again after a few seconds.
It's not overheating as it's been stood all night and still happens sometime during boot when stone cold.
I've tried booting with / without the battery - no difference.
I've tried booting without the HDD - no difference.
I've tried removing the battery, pressing power for 60 seconds, then add battery, power and boot up again - no difference.
I would have sworn it was the inverter but it does the same thing with an inverter I know works! don't think it can be graphics as it works on an external monitor and doesn't go off.
I'm out of ideas and seeking a genius to sort this for me please!!!
Cheers

A:Satellite Pro A120 - Black Screen - Fine on External Monitor - LCD fine

Apologies, the bit that says " *It doesn't matter whether W*
*Jayindows has loaded*"

Should actuall read: " *It doesn't matter whether Windows has loaded*"

My laptop keyboard is knacked too!

Jay

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Hi,

I'm trying to backup Win7 to an external HD that currently is used to backup mac. Can anyone help explain what I need to do to make this happen? I'm sure I'll have to format the ext HD then backup the mac using a different file format, but am unsure just what I'll have to do or how to do it.

TIA!

A:Backup to external HD that also has Mac backup on same drive

I assume the external drive is formatted HSF+. If you want to keep using it for the Mac, you can partition the drive with 1 partition HSF+ and the other partition NTFS for windows. Failing that, the Mac can read from but not write to NTFS.

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Hi,Bit of background first, my old harddrive , which was split into  C and D ,approx. 500 gig each, went Kaput,had it replaced with an SSD(at my request because I heard they don't overheat and are faster) by an experienced computer technician, and no longer  having to deal with split drives suited me fine.I only  have half the storage space now, about 500Gg in comparison to 1,000 Gg,  but cost was a factor at the time, SSD's being so expensive.Very happy with the new SSD, speed etc. My operating system is Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit , SP1. My backups were all stored on a Goflex external harddrive, which  the technician accidentally  dropped on the floor, he then replaced this with an external drive with an on/off switch. (Pleased about the on/off switch, the other didn't have one, very upset about the dropping my other one). All working fine, doing my backups to my new external drive  he gave me, using  my Acronis True Image software 2015 version, that I had always used.My old external  drive was set up to drive E, and all my previous backups in Acronis show drive E, so perhaps this is why the technician set this new one up to Drive F, not sure.And maybe this is why I got the error message below? Well, in my infinite wisdom (which with computer technology isn't great I must admit) I suddenly decided I wanted to backup to an external drive with the letter E,(E for External seemed so much mor... Read more

A:Changes to Drive letter & rename causing backup problems to external drive

 I don't use Acronis, but if you think changing the drive letter caused a problem, can't you just change it back?  The Administrative Tools applet of the Control Panel is what I've always used to change drive letters. Changing the name (I assume you mean the drive label) should have no effect.
 
 Good luck.

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I purchased a Western Digital 250gb external hard drive (My Passport Essential I think) a few years back with the idea that I would use it as a backup to my main computer and/or an alternative hard drive storage for my music. But I have been sadly deceived and luckily I have only used it as a sync/temporary access drive when I needed to print stuff away from home.

Well the time has come to upgrade to a new computer (with more space and speed etc than current) and I have been trying to find ways to transfer my existing files across.

In my search, I have stumbled across many forums/websites that advise the WD external hdd and the preinstalled software (WD Sync/Dmailer Sync whichever it is now) is not suitable as a backup drive and that if the computer is erased and at any point resync'ed, the data on the external hdd will be deleted. Also many people advise they have lost files as a result of computer crashes etc and cannot retrieve the files from either their WD hdd or their computer. All of which has prompted me to start this thread.

Can anyone please tell me, is there a way to...
1. Transfer my files to my new computer using the WD external hdd? NB. Not as important as I have alternative methods/may start another thread.

2. Turn the WD hdd into a back up drive without purchasing the Dmailer Backup software? (NB. I am not opposed to buying new software but I feel I have been "done" by a highstreet (actually retail park) computer store and I don't par... Read more

A:Use Western Digital external hard drive as a backup drive

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Hello all. This is puzzling me, my windows backup is also backing up one of my external drives (I have 4) as well as my 'C' drive (yes, the one I do want to back up). I am looking all over trying to find where I can stop this. I am backing up to an external drive, and no, its not the same drive that's being backed up. Here is my set-up... Primary Drive "C", external drive "F", external drive "G", external drive "H", external drive "I". The "F" drive is one of my external drives. As you can see in the screen shot, drive C and F are being backed up.
Now, I want to only back up my "C" drive to the "I" drive and have that set to do once per week. That is what I have it set for. I am allowing Windows to choose the files for me. Does someone know why this is happening and how to stop it? Thanks to all for your help.

A:Windows Backup is backing up an external drive as well as my C drive

Windows Backup works in mysterious ways.

That's one of the reason many avoid it. It's not intuitive or easily understood.

It has it's own idea of what needs to be backed up.

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

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I have had two Maxtor external hard drives fail on my wife's PC. Each one has only lasted 18 months or less. Even though the backup process was easy and automatic I am considering going with a Flash USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Thumb-type Drive to manually backup important files and images. Is there anything wrong with this method of backup that I'm unaware of?

My wife's PC has genealogy software with lots of files and associated images, etc. (for over 40,000 people), which is about 10GB in size. It is this information that needs to be backed-up whenever additions/changes are made.

I am thinking about replacing the [most recently] expired Maxtor external hard drive with either a 16GB or 32GB Flash USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Thumb-type Drive. Is this a reasonable method for backup? Which GB size would you recommend? Brand?

Thanks!
 

A:Backup with Flash USB Drive instead or External Hard Drive

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I move my laptop between two locations with docking stations that have eSATAp(owered) ports, and I'm thinking of getting a 240-480GB SSD to carry between the two locations, to make backups on i.e. daily documents and periodic image backups. What I like about this idea is that I can just have a single eSATAp cable at each location, and carrying the 2.5" SSD along with the laptop is trivially easy and less dangerous than a HDD (e.g. if dropped).

My question has to do with use of an SSD in this scenario i.e. are there any down-sides as an external device? Does "TRIM" work with an eSATA drive or don't I care about that?

Any thoughts are welcome.

A:SSD as external backup drive?

If you can afford, sure it`s a fine idea.

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I have an external drive with lots of data. If I use it to back up from Windows 7 64 bit, do I lose the fata already on the drive?

Thank you

qim

A:Backup to External drive

Welcome to SevenForums.

Which program do you use for backing up? Keep your data in a seperate partition and backups in a seperate partition on your external drive.

( I use Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite 11 to back up to an external drive partition exclusively earmarked for Backups. That way I can monitor and ensure that there is always sufficient space for backups.

I also keep a copy of the most recent backup on a seperate partition (not on the System Partition C drive) in the internal drive and run the WinPE Rescue CD from my bootable pendrive to restore should there be a need, without connecting the external drive.)

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Hi,

I know this question has been asked before, "What NAS to buy?" My Network consists of:

Windows 7Pro Desktop,
Windows 8.1 Laptop,
Linux based Satellite receiver,
HP Photosmart Printer.

I want to download, and view later films from XBMC or TsMedia. I have shortlisted 3 NAS Enclosures:

Synology, WD and Qnap

Any/all advice appreciated.

A:What NAS/External backup drive?

No problem guys,

I have sorted which NAS to buy. An Asustor, it has all the Apps and pre-installed software I will need for my purpose.

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Hi All
I do not know a vast amount when it comes to networks...but I have a usb2 280gb hard drive (freecom) and want to configure it to be a backup drive. There are 25 XP pro pc's. The server is running win2000 (one pdc..one backup pdc, a fileserver and a mail server) We have BT Broadband 512k.
Is there software that I need to use...or can I set a daily backup from what I have.
Hope I have made sence!!...any advice greatly welcomed!!
 

A:set external drive as backup

Lot's of ways to do this.

One might be to create a separate directory for each user. Then on those 25 computers, create a simple batch file to copy whatever you want to the appropriate directory. This can then either be scheduled to run at a specified time or when the user clicks on a shortcut to it on the desktop. I have users that each prefer their own method.

You might also schedule something from the server but this might mean you would need to set up a lot of shares on each computer.
 

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I use an external hdd for data due to frequent carrying. Make backup manually once per 14 days on an other external storage. How can this be a way to relieve automatic incremental backups, so that data on both disks are up to date?
It operates some sw this style?:
1/ primary backup data to another disk
2/ after a certain time comparison of both disks
3/ update backup - only new or changed files (incremental backup)
I tried Beyond Compare, which is great for some users. Especially for someone who wants to have total control over the process. After all, it is more efficient for me to somehow automate= more simplify.
Thanks for the tip
Peter
 

A:Backup external drive

Your topic appears to me to be the same question as your earlier topic here
http://forums.techguy.org/all-other-software/1146475-backing-up-external-portable-hdd.html

when a couple of suggestions were offered to you
That said if the OS if Windows 7 then the windows backup - will
After you create your first backup, Windows Backup will add new or changed information to your subsequent backups. If you're saving your backups on a hard drive or network location, Windows Backup will create a new, full backup for you automatically when needed.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/back-up-files#1TC=windows-7
It all depends on your requirements and whether you are looking for free software or are prepared to buy.
Many free versions are perfectly adequate for the average user.
The paid for versions offer more options of course.
One of the easiest to use is Easeus Todo
http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software-features.htm
the free version offers both incremental and differential
there is also as you can see a comparison between the free and the paid for version.
The only drawback, as like with most free software, is the popup add when using it for asking you to consider the paid for version, but that is the case with most free software
 

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Hi There,
I recently lost a HD in my laptop (WXP Home SP2).
I always have everything backed up at least once, so I have a solid backup (made by BounceBack Pro) on an external drive. I have bought a replacement drive and have connectors allowing me to connect and format/load... anything on this drive before putting in in the laptop.
What do I do next? Is there a way to load the backup on the HD to be recognized by the laptop as OS?
I would appreciate help.
JMK56

A:Restore A Drive From The Backup?

Welcome to BCPage 71 of the owner's manual will tell you step by step what to dohttp://www.cmsproducts.com/pdf/BBPro7.1.6Manual.pdfMark

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I posted this last week and didn't get any response. so I'm trying again.    I guess I shouldn't have started so late on. My hard drive failed I replaced it.  When I tried to restore the files it would do nothing.   My backups were on a secondary drive.  It's curious that I had also simply copied important files to directories on the secondary drive.  Those files aren't there anymore. I opened the Backup and Recovery Manager.  Went to "Recover important files or the entire system", then either advanced or wizard,It askes for  "the backup to restore" and files to be "added".  Then nothing.  Whatever I did, it wouldn't add anything.  I've seen reference to the backup having to be older than the drive.  Impossible here obviously.  Is there a workaround?  The files have an .inp extenstion.  Am I missing something else? Thanking you in advance.

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i have installed windows XP in my laptop, i want to backup and restore it, currntly im using "Norton Ghost-2003" i can only restore my c: drive from windows (if i can access the desktop of windowsXP) but i cant restore it from DOS, i tried to restore it from DOS but it hangs while restoring from DOS, tell me software by which i can backup and restore it both from windows and DOS. thanksKazim HassnainPakistan

A:how to backup and restore c: drive

Have you got Windows XP Home, or the Professional version?

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Windows backup is set up to not allow backups onto the C drive (or whatever drive windows is installed on), which generally makes sense. But I have a C drive with a lot of empty space, and an external hard drive that I need to back up. So... is there any way to get around the default behavior so I can back up FROM the external drive TO the C drive?

A:How to backup FROM external drive TO main drive

I guess you have a couple of options:

1. Make a folder on the C partition and copy to folder from the external drive to that folder.

2. Shrink the C partition with Disk Management to gain unallocated space. Then define a new simple partition in that space. Use this partition as target for the Windows backup.

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I have an external backup disk drive that for some reason has too much on it. I need to format it and start over. I have done it before but forgot how. Please help.
 

A:Formating external backup drive

If it is an internal HDD, you just right click the device, say aftering clicking "My coomputer", and choose "format".

Your question prompted me to power up my HDD to check it for my self.

Just the same.
 

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First off, I apologize if I selected the wrong sub-forum to post this question in, but I really couldn't decide for sure which one might be the most appropriate.

I have an HP Pavilion desktop with Windows XP Home SP2. I am interested in learning more about the procedure of backing up my system to an external drive in case of computer failure. I know so little about this (in fact, not one thing), that I don't even know where to begin, or how to make an intelligent selection of hardware. I have come here seeking advice on recommended reading material, recommended external drives, and where I could purchase one, and any other advice that might be helpful to me. I have had this PC for a few years now. The time spent "tweaking" it to just the way I like it (the hundreds and hundreds of options, setting up Firefox the way I want, etc.) are more hours than I can count. My goal, if it is possible, is to have the peace of mind that if this PC ever fails, I can have it repaired, or even replaced, and then be able to make it just like this one. And, of course, all of my important data, too.

Thank you to all who take the time to reply.

A:Creating An External Backup Drive For My Xp Pc

I would recommend starting at http://newegg.com they have a good choice of external hard drives. I would probably go with a western digital used them for years many models never had a problem. Look at the starts and the number of people that bought that model. I mean one thats been bought 500 times with 5 stars probably is a safe bet, if you don't understand the technical aspect. With the prices in hard drives I might recommend a 500GB hard drive as that seems to be were the pivot point in prices are, but at the very least make sure your external is at least as big as the computer you are trying to back up. From what you are describing you want to make a disk image an exact copy of the computer in its current state.Some paid software to do this would be Norton ghost.Some free software would be Clonezilla.As well as many others that could be found with a simple Google search.Hope this is a starting point feel free to PM me if you need more help.

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Hi. I have a Lenovo 3000 laptop which works well reading info from any external USB pluged in device, ie my Nokia N95 phone, floopy disc drive, hard disc drive,etc. But when I want to transfer files to the devices, I have no luck at all. I have read the 'Dummies book' and just don't seem to get the pages that are supposed to come up. For example: I wanted to backup to an external hard drive, I should have a choice of where I want to save it to, but I only get the internal CD burner. Same goes for my phone. I get all the info from it, but can't pit anything in it. I tried bluetooth etc., but still only one way traffic! I've checked that the devices are installed correctly etc., but must be doinng something wrong. Can anyone help please?
 

A:Can't backup to external hard drive, or anything else!

What messages (if any) are you receiving when the copy or move attempt is made?

What method do you use i.e. drag 'n drop from one device to the other?

Some applications automatically default to the CD Burner as the target device as that is where they think you will want to put it.

Is there a small black down arrow beside the burner name or a browse button that will let you dig into the PC to find other devices to back up to.

It can be pretty tricky copying/moving to some external devices such as mobiles, PDA's etc. as they ofteh have their own little ways of doing it.

Some of them use the import/export technique that usually comes under FILE on the application itself when opened.

Can you copy/move from one folder on the HDD to another without any problems and is it only the external ones you are having difficulty with.

On my owm mobile and PDA, there is no way the normal copy procedure works such as using My Computer to drag 'n drop files to the ext devices.

A bit more detail here would help in terms of the exact steps you are taking to try to complete the copy/move procedures.
 

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I'm trying to backup my Windows XP PC to an external 150G hard drive which has two 74G partitions - one formatted for my Mac (Mac OS Extended (Journaled)) and the other for PC (MS-DOS FAT(32), or Windows NT File System (NTFS)). I created the partitions using the Mac. I use Time Machine to backup the Mac. I tried using the Backup Tool in Windows but it stops when it reaches 4G of the partition and tells me to insert a floppy disk to continue. How else can I backup my computer to the external drive?

A:How to backup onto external hard drive

NT Backup has known limitations, but the 4GB file size limitation is a FAT32 known characteristic.

http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs_vs_fat.htm

Louis

I suggest converting the FAT32 partition to NTFS.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307881

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last backup did not complete successfully. 

A:backup to external hard drive

Boris6, welcome to the forum. When requesting help you should always include the make/model (i.e. p6-xxxx) of the computer and/or monitor. This information is necessary for us to review the specifications of them.

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Hello,
I have a couple big WD external drives for backing up my pc's and the backup software they came with I'm finding seems difficult to deal with (WD smartware I think it's called). Can anyone recommend an effective and simple backup software which will allow one huge backup then weekly followups to just keep the backup up to date (and not have to repeat backing up already backed up data).

Advice appreciated!
Kenny
 

A:best software to backup pc to external drive

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