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USMT Question: How to Backup entire C drive

Q: USMT Question: How to Backup entire C drive

All:I am trying to include the entire contents of the C drive minus the program files, and windows folder in my capture data task sequence..It seems to be including just the "typical" file extensions, txt, doc, xls, etc... Could someone assist me on this one?Here's the code I have below in my "miguserspecial.xml" file






  <!-- This component migrates user files with known extension--> 

    <component type="Documents" context="System">  

        <displayName _locID="miguser.userdata">User Data</displayName> 

        <role role="Data">  

            <rules> 

                <include> 

                    <objectSet> 

            <!-- <script>MigXmlHelper.GenerateDrivePatterns ("* [*.*]", "Fixed")</script>--> 

             <pattern type="File"> C:\* [*] </pattern> 

 

                    </objectSet> 

                </include> 

                <exclude> 

                    <objectSet> 

                        <pattern type="File">%PROFILESFOLDER%\* [*]</pattern> 

                        <pattern type="File">%CSIDL_WINDOWS%\* [*]</pattern> 

                        <pattern type="File">%CSIDL_PROGRAM_FILES%\* [*]</pattern> 

                        <!--We are trying to remove system files from other windows installation on the same machine--> 

                        <!--This is the best guess we can come up with, in case of these folder name localized, we might not be  

                         to do whatever we have intended here--> 

                        <script>MigXmlHelper.GenerateDrivePatterns ("\Program Files\* [*]", "Fixed")</script> 

                        <script>MigXmlHelper.GenerateDrivePatterns ("\Winnt\* [*]", "Fixed")</script> 

                        <script>MigXmlHelper.GenerateDrivePatterns ("\Windows\* [*]", "Fixed")</script> 

                    </objectSet> 

                </exclude> 

            </rules> 

        </role> 

    </component> 

      

   <component type="Documents" context="System">  

   <displayName>Searches for Additional File Types</displayName> 

      <role role="Data">  

         <rules> 

         <!-- .CPS, .PCF --> 

         <include> 

            <objectSet> 

               <pattern type="File">%CSIDL_PROGRAM_FILES%\* [*.pcf]</pattern> 

               <pattern type="File">%CSIDL_PROGRAM_FILES%\* [*.cps]</pattern> 

               <script>MigXmlHelper.GenerateDrivePatterns ("* [*.*]", "Fixed")</script> 

        <pattern type="File"> C:\* [*] </pattern> 

            </objectSet> 

         </include> 

    <exclude> 

        <objectSet> 

          <pattern type="File"> C:\Windows\* [*]</pattern> 

        </objectSet> 

        </exclude> 

 

         </rules> 

      </role> 

</component>   

 

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Hi! I have a Microsoft Update problem: Error code:80072EFD. Have decided to backup entire drive. Then, reinstall from Hp recovery manager recovery discs i've just made. Then, with automatic update working, one hopes, to reinstall the rest. Now, it is this "rest" that is the problem. Vista Home Premium backup, it seems is selective, neglects program files, etc.. I want to take all of my C drive, software too, and put it on DVD-Rs. Maybe the D partition as well, though the HP Recovery Manager may have already done that with the Recovery discs i've just made. If done within Vista, will running programs, OS, etc., vitiate total transfer of files? What would be the best freeware utility for the task? Thank you.

A:What is the best way to backup the entire C drive, software, too, onto DVD-rs?

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Originally Posted by derritrane


Hi! I have a Microsoft Update problem: Error code:80072EFD. Have decided to backup entire drive. Then, reinstall from Hp recovery manager recovery discs i've just made. Then, with automatic update working, one hopes, to reinstall the rest. Now, it is this "rest" that is the problem. Vista Home Premium backup, it seems is selective, neglects program files, etc.. I want to take all of my C drive, software too, and put it on DVD-Rs. Maybe the D partition as well, though the HP Recovery Manager may have already done that with the Recovery discs i've just made. If done within Vista, will running programs, OS, etc., vitiate total transfer of files? What would be the best freeware utility for the task? Thank you.




Hi -

Error code 0x80072efd has to do with Internet connectivity issues dealing with the Microsoft servers for Vista installation activation. This is most likely the reason for Microsoft Update problems.

You cannot back up the entire Vista OS c: drive then simply copy it back after using the HP OEM Vista recovery DVDs. It will never work.

You can only back up files in your user profile folders - documents, pics, music, etc... ALL programs will have to be re-installed after you re-install Vista.

The HP recovery manager is among the worst piece of software that you can ever use for file backups - even those from the user profile folders. I can show yo... Read more

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Synctoy was suggested to me on a previous thred of mine for easier backup of files without duplications. So I used synctoy to backup my documents, pics, and music to external drive with ease.

But I would also like to backup software such as my operating system-
Windows Vista, my HP printer software, Mcafee ect using synctoy.

I did backup up my entire drive when I first got my backup drive. But there have been software updates since then and some software additions.

Is it possible to use synctoy to backup the above types of software. If yes, any help on how to do that would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
 

A:Solved: synctoy v2.0-backup entire drive?

You would be better off using Acronis True Image.
 

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Hi,

I use Windows 7's built in back up feature to backup my libraries and a system image every week. I partitioned my external hard drive so that the backup files are stored seperately from my other files on the drive.

Windows 7 gives me 2 options of how to manage the space. Either 'Only store the most recent backup' or 'Let Windows manage my space (Max 60GB)' (See screenshot)

I would like to know if there is a way to set it to use the full 200GB of the partition. Is this possible?

Thanks in advance,
Caleb

A:Make Windows Backup use entire drive

Hello Caleb,

By default, the maximum size will only be up to 30% of the total free space on the HDD or partition that you have the system image saved to. Unfortunately 30% of 200GB is 60GB. The only way to have more space available is to increase the size of the partition.

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Following a hardware upgrade we reinstalled software and attempted to restore data from the old drive now housed in an external caddy. Everything was able to be accessed apart from payroll backups.

The backup payroll files, indeed all the files within the payroll directory can not be moved even using Windows Explorer...the error message "Access Denied Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use" keeps appearing. No other files on the drive seem to be affected.

Is there any way we can change the access rights to this directory? The software in question is Sage Payroll (current version).

A:Access denied to entire directory on backup drive

Hi Dalwhat and welcome to TSF !

Try to take ownership of the folder and see if it helps :
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

If you're using XP Home you'll need to restart the computer in safe mode and log as the administrator for the security tab to appear.

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i just bought a new computer running windows 7 home edition. my question is, can windows 7 make an entire image of my hard drive including (and this important) the recovery partition? If It can can anyone please tell me how. i need to have a complete backup of my hard drive in case of hard drive failure. Your help is greatly appreaciated.
elcoppo

A:backup entire hard drive including partitions

  
Quote: Originally Posted by elcoppo


i just bought a new computer running windows 7 home edition. my question is, can windows 7 make an entire image of my hard drive including (and this important) the recovery partition? If It can can anyone please tell me how. i need to have a complete backup of my hard drive in case of hard drive failure. Your help is greatly appreaciated.
elcoppo


A better backup program than Windows backup is Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download It backups whole partitions. You just need to tell it which ones to backup and on what schedule and it does the rest. I have restored my partitions several times and have never had a problem. A large portion of the members here use Macrium. You need a large HDD for the backups as it makes an image of all of your partition on each backup, not incrementals unless you use the pay version of it. I bought a 500 GB drive that I use for only backups and delete the older ones every few weeks. I think you will like it.

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** Admin/Mods: I cannot find my original thread! If found, I will gladly update that thread and ask that this thread be deleted.**

Backup/Restore Procedures (as done by RolandJS)

Have been paying closer attention to my external USB HDs, I am much more aware that rather than ATI (Acronis) or Macrium failure -- it has been several times an explorer.exe not communing with respective external HD failure. It might be within any one particular external HD, it might be conflicting drive-letter assignments, it might be "explorer.exe and company" needs to be dropkicked or punted into better performance.
In order to maximize the idea of restorable backups, minimize the idea of failures in backup and/or restores, I've been doing the following...
Long ago, because drive letters differ when booting external media for backups & restores, I labeled all my OS partitions S0x(ddd)C, data partitions S0x(ddd)D, x being computer number (1 2 or 3), ddd being three unique digits/letters from HD ID/serial number. Each external backup/restore HD's labeled: Hitachis Kitty & Katty(*), the four Seagate HDs labeled SeaEPD, SeaBPD, SeaKIT, SeaKAT. WDE1, WDE2. At all times, I know exactly which partition is being backed up to what ext HD, what ext HD is going to restore to what partition C or D, regardless of what the drive letters are. (* - My two cats are more famous than me, on Facebook & Twitter.)
Before beginning backup routine, I plan to test explorer & ext HD ... Read more

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Backup/Restore Procedures (as done by RolandJS)
Have been paying closer attention to my external USB HDs, I am much more aware that rather than ATI (Acronis) or Macrium failure -- it has been several times an explorer.exe not communing with respective external HD failure. It might be within any one particular external HD, it might be conflicting drive-letter assignments, it might be "explorer.exe and company" needs to be dropkicked or punted into better performance.
In order to maximize the idea of restorable backups, minimize the idea of failures in backup and/or restores, I've been doing the following...
Long ago, because drive letters differ when booting external media for backups & restores, I labeled all my OS partitions S0x(ddd)C, data partitions S0x(ddd)D, x being computer number (1 2 or 3), ddd being three unique digits/letters from HD ID/serial number. Each external backup/restore HD's labeled: Hitachis Kitty & Katty(*), the four Seagate HDs labeled SeaEPD, SeaBPD, SeaKIT, SeaKAT. WDE1, WDE2. At all times, I know exactly which partition is being backed up to what ext HD, what ext HD is going to restore to what partition C or D, regardless of what the drive letters are. (* - My two cats are more famous than me, on Facebook & Twitter.)
Before beginning backup routine, I plan to test explorer & ext HD operations by a quick-copy into & out of attached ext HD, if bi-direction copy fails, the backup or restore will fail, it's time ... Read more

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Changing entire ownership of entire hard drive any risks etc ?

I am using method of

Right click entire hdd

Properties
Security
Advanced
Change owner
Advanced
Find now

Name - In Folder
Users - Computername(mine is for example Furkan)
Ok this makes me even able to enter inside of System Volume Information folder

Can this cause any problems in future?

For example if i format windows can i still access these harddisks without any problem ?

Are there any details, detailed information, article about ownership of files / folders on windows 8 ?

ty very much

Windows 8.1 x64
Also changing windows having driver - boot driver ownership from Trustedinstaller to user would cause any problem ?

A:Changing entire ownership of entire hard drive any risks e

When I took ownership of C:\ There were numerous popups saying it was unable to take ownership of various folders & subfolders.

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I am trying to use USMT to back up data from a corrupt OS. I got a new hard drive, installed Windows 7 and slaved the corrupt drive. I can read the file system on the old drive
and can manually copy the profile data but since this happens pretty frequently where I work I was trying to come up with a better way of restoring a user?s data. Is it possible to use the USMT to move a profile from a secondary, non-bootable drive to a new
drive in the same computer? I have used USMT with great success when the system is bootable and copying the user profile to a network location but I have never tried it this way.

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So currently my gigabyte motherboard has 2-1TB drives in a mirror raid as my secondary drive for data storage and 1 250GB single drive for my OS. In the BIOS I have the setting set to RAID for my hard drives, which I set this after I loaded windows when I first started, but now my 250GB single OS drive needs to be reloaded, but my XP disc will not see the drive since I have it set to RAID. I'm having trouble loading the raid drivers from gigabyte and I thought it would be easier to set the hard drives to AHCI mode and unplug my 2-1TB drives, reload windows on the 250 then plug my 2-TB drives back up then switch the BIOS back to RAID, but I am worried that this will mess up my RAID on my 2-1TB drives?? I would hate to experiment and lose the data on those drives. Will switching modes mess up my RAID???

A:Gigabyte Mirror Raid on backup drive need to reinstall XP on single OS drive question

Pull the drives off the system, do whatever you need to do to get XP installed. When that is working, change the settings to RAID, then reconnect the mirror.

It's best to install XP with nothing else on the system anyways, otherwise you risk having XP decide to install your O/S on drive "D:".

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I am trying to find a program that will back up my entire computer to the littlest thing. I am planning on refomatting my hard drive but I dont want to lose anything. I am a pretty big gamer and I am trying to not lose any of my saved games, characters etc. Is there a way to do this? Thanks a lot.

I am running XP Pro, SP2
 

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So I'm headed off to college next year and have started looking at ways to save my files in case something happens. I purchased a 4 yr Crashplan+ plan, which I now use to automatically backup my entire user folder. I also automatically backup the same info (pics, music, and docs mainly) to two external hard drives onsite. I really want to know if that is all I need to back up? Should I worry about backing up the entire hard drive, if so whats a good free program to do so? Thanks for you help.

A:how to/ should i backup entire disk?

So I'm headed off to college next year and have started looking at ways to save my files in case something happens. I purchased a 4 yr Crashplan+ plan, which I now use to automatically backup my entire user folder. I also automatically backup the same info (pics, music, and docs mainly) to two external hard drives onsite. I really want to know if that is all I need to back up? Should I worry about backing up the entire hard drive, if so whats a good free program to do so? Thanks for you help.And your operating system is........?

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I have 2 HD.

I would like my second drive to be an exact copy of my main drive.

My goal is to be able to use my second drive as my main drive in case my main drive fails.

Is there any software that allows such a backup? Free if possible.
 

A:How to backup entire disk?

Vista and 7 (I believe) have a native backup utility. But they do not copy system files. For that you need a third party solution.

Since this is not a Windows Vista / Windows 7 issue, it would be more appropriate in a different forum. Click the Report link and request to have it moved.
 

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Hello, folks! I want to back up my ENTIRE PC to an external HD. By entire, I mean the whole XP Pro OS, settings, programs, every last byte and bit.Is there a freeware backup program or a reliable software program with a GOOD track record which anyone can recommend?Thanks!Sandy GerliEdit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:Backup ENTIRE HD, What Software??

The best disk imaging software is Acronis True Image, but it isn't free. The best free alternative is Macrium Reflect.
http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp

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Hi there!

I'd like to backup my entire System or at least most of it onto a seperate Computer/NAS but as the size of what has to be transferred has gotten quite big in the meantime ( 4TB+ ) so I'm running into a problem concerning the time it takes to do this.

Let me get some facts about me:
Right now I consider myself a Noob when it comes to networking 2 PC's together mainly because I'm not working with it that much.
Other than that I can solve pretty much any other computer problem in the blink of an eye.

What I'm looking for:
- A system that serves as a backup for my entire current system which has about 4TB of storage housing - MANDATORY!
- A system that does the Copy/Move Process of the respective files fast - MANDATORY!
Waiting 11.65h to transfer 1 TB of files at ~25 MB/Sec over a GBit Network is an absolute no go.
If possible I'm looking for something that rivals the 150-200 MB/Sec from my internal RAID-0.
- A system that serves as a MediaServer for my Home Cinema System either directly connected to the TV or a PS3 - OPTIONAL

What I've tried so far:
I recently bought myself a QNAP TS-412 which transfers the files at speeds of ~25 MB/Sec not giving me a happy face.
Blame me for trusting the clerk at the shop where I bought it before reading through the specs.

What I could do:
Build a second PC from former HighEnd bits and pieces acting as a homemade NAS.
Question is will this give me the results that I demand or will it lack the same way as the NAS?

I really... Read more

A:Backup entire System ( 4TB+ ) the fast way. HOW?

You might want to check this tutorial on using Windows 7's Robocopy utility.

ROBOCOPY - Create Backup Script

You'll get a fast file transfer with it, but its main drawback is that it copies folders, not individual files.

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I have a dual-boot system, Win-7 Ultimate and Windows-ME (needed for old software). Both operating systems are located on a single 80 GB IDE hard drive that has two primary partitions, one NTFS for Win-7 and the other FAT-32 for Win-ME. (Win-ME requires FAT-32.) All data files are on separate physical hard drives. My need is to be able to backup The ENTIRE Windows-7 partition including the system and all installed programs. As installed, that partition has some 30 GB occupied on a 42GB partition.

Windows-7 won't allow me to create an image of the entire drive because one of the partitions is FAT-32. I don't need to image the whole drive, only the NTFS partition that contains the installed Windows-7 system and software.

When I use Windows-7 backup (no imaging) to back up my Windows-7 system and programs it appears to run and complete but the resulting backup file is only about 1.7 GB in size. This leads me to suspect that everything (maybe most everything) did not get backed up. The size difference between the backup file and the space taken by the installed system and software on the boot disk is too great.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can get a COMPLETE backup of all my Windows-7 system files and installed programs?

Thank you.

A:Need a way to backup entire Win-7 boot sector ONLY.

Windows backup files never show their true size as most files are hidden/locked, firstly try to open each folder and subfolders within the backup directory confirming access as you open each for the first time. After you have opened all folders (there aren't many) when you look at properties the true size of the backup will be revealed.
You can look inside the backup after it has been created heres the tutorial to do that
System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management
Backup - Manually Extract Files from in Vista & Windows 7

If that doesn't work I would try using a third party app like acronis to clone the disk but im not sure if it would definitely work or if it will allow you separate the fat partition from the ntfs so you may have to clone the entire drive

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I am getting an external HD any minute and I want to backup my entire pc to it. programs, data, music, files, folders, registry etc. Basically an exact copy of my current system but I want it to be bootable just in case I mess up the reinstall. Is this possible? If so what is the easiest way to go about it?

A:How do I backup entire pc to external HD then Reinstall

Take a look here:

System Image Recovery

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Hello everyone this is my first post in the forum.
I was just wondering if you can suggest a tool to backup my entire computer , i have a lot of programs installed and it ll take me days if not weeks to find them all again in case something wrong happens .
also i d like to know if the configurations of the programs can be saved .
thank you

system info :
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Édition Familiale Basique , 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 460 @ 2.53GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 2806 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1275 Mb.
 

A:A tool to backup my entire computer .

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My friend has a computer that is only around 3 years old but the hdd is making awful clicking noises and is obvisouly on its way out. He bought a new hdd recently and wants me to install the new drive. He however does not wish to install his 50+ applications over again. Is there a way that I can create a mirror image of the drive and load it onto the new one?

A:Hard Drive Backup Question

You can try Acronis True Image here is a Google search page for it.http://www.google.com/search?q=Acronis+Tru...:en-US:official

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a primary hard drive backup (c) is easy to backup to a second internal hard drive (d) in windows 8 with iso. if the the primary (c) fails, can one then replace the c drive with the d drive (swap d into c position). will windows then reboot with all files intact?

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I have a 160 GB hard drive Split into 3 partitions. I would like to set up Windows XP on one partition, install all the drivers and software I need, and basically set it up perfect. Then I'd like to back up everything on the entire partition, about 4 GB of used space.

The idea would be to have about 7 CD's that I can use to set up my computer again quickly the next time I decide to format. I'd also like to duplicate the OS onto another partition, so that I can have one "clean OS" and another "experimental OS" that I can try out suspicious applications on and play around with the registry.

Is this possible? What sort of software is necessary for this? I found out about Norton Ghost through Google, but I'm not sure if it does exactly what I want, specifically, would the image of a 100 GB partition with only 4 GB used still take up 100 GB? Would the image fit onto a smaller 20 GB partition?
 

A:Hard drive backup question.

Ghost will do the trick for you. If you only have 4 gig used on a 100 gig partition the the image file would only be 4 gig or less.

I would use a second physical HD to put the image on however, this way if your primary drive should fail you would still have a good image on a second drive. You could even create an image file for all three partitions on the second drive if you wanted.

You might even want to put the system swap file (Paging File) on the second HD. This would help with system performance as well.

John
 

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Hi there
This is just a note to people who think it's too much hassle to backup their systems.

Just recently I needed to swap from a SAMSUNG 830 128 GB SSD to the newer 840 250 GB SSD on my laptop.

Plugging the new SSD into a USB2 (not even USB 3) slot I restored a previous system image that I'd backed up to a bog standard external passport drive. Time taken for restore -- 17 Mins for 54 GB. This system had Office, Photoshop and quite a few other applications installed.

This laptop was only an i3 powered device but I like it because it's really portable and powerful enough for my requirements - especially when used with a decent external monitor so more powerful machines will complete the operation faster than the 17 mins mine took.

Opened the computer and swapped the SSD's -- Booted fine first time (and faster SSD too) -- although the old one wasn't that bad either -- I'm now using the old one as my Windows to Go system !!.

If I'd have to restore Windows again and all the applications I probably would have spent the best part of at least half a day -- certainly several hours -- plus probably some time on re-installing updates for the OS and the applications - SP1 for office 2010 contains a LOT of fixes !!! if you have to do it again.

So there is really NO EXCUSE for anybody to avoid backing up their systems --keep the OS and applications separate from your USER DATA -- separate partitions or preferably on separate drives.

I used Acronis 2013 but any type of decent... Read more

A:To Backup Haters - 17 Mins for restore of entire W8 system

Originally Posted by jimbo45


Hi there
This is just a note to people who think it's too much hassle to backup their systems.

Just recently I needed to swap from a SAMSUNG 830 128 GB SSD to the newer 840 250 GB SSD on my laptop.

Plugging the new SSD into a USB2 (not even USB 3) slot I restored a previous system image that I'd backed up to a bog standard external passport drive. Time taken for restore -- 17 Mins for 54 GB. This system had Office, Photoshop and quite a few other applications installed.

This laptop was only an i3 powered device but I like it because it's really portable and powerful enough for my requirements - especially when used with a decent external monitor so more powerful machines will complete the operation faster than the 17 mins mine took.

Opened the computer and swapped the SSD's -- Booted fine first time (and faster SSD too) -- although the old one wasn't that bad either -- I'm now using the old one as my Windows to Go system !!.

If I'd have to restore Windows again and all the applications I probably would have spent the best part of at least half a day -- certainly several hours -- plus probably some time on re-installing updates for the OS and the applications - SP1 for office 2010 contains a LOT of fixes !!! if you have to do it again.

So there is really NO EXCUSE for anybody to avoid backing up their systems --keep the OS and applications separate from your USER DATA -- separate partitions or preferably on separate drive... Read more

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Hey so this is a pretty basic question.
But lately my computer has been running a bit slower and I notice typical tasks are taking a bit longer.
I intend to format my hard drive and make it run like new.

First question: I got my computer factory built, but I built a new computer myself last year. I used my old HD from the factory comp (because it had an OS on it) so I don't have a windows 7 disk, but I have a CD key. Is there a way to get a windows 7 CD/install without buying one?

Second question: I am hoping to format the drive, then use an old backup to restore my computer. Now this is my question (and I am 99.9% sure I know the answer) if I were to restore from a backup after formatting would it still have the slowed down performance?

What recommendations would you guys make? What could improve performance without having to format?

A:Question about formatting a drive and using a backup to restore.

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Quote: Originally Posted by briantheman890


First question: I got my computer factory built, but I built a new computer myself last year. I used my old HD from the factory comp (because it had an OS on it) so I don't have a windows 7 disk, but I have a CD key. Is there a way to get a windows 7 CD/install without buying one?

Did the factory built PC came with an OEM Windows installation and you moved that hard drive to the home-built PC, which had a different motherboard?

Is the Windows installation on the home-built PC with the old HD currently activated?

Do you mean a 25 character Product Key when you say "CD key"?

Does that Product Key come from a sticker on the factory-built PC, or from a disk of some type, or what?

Second question: I am hoping to format the drive, then use an old backup to restore my computer. Now this is my question (and I am 99.9% sure I know the answer) if I were to restore from a backup after formatting would it still have the slowed down performance?

A restoration from an old backup will contain whatever defects were on the C drive when you made the backup.
What recommendations would you guys make? What could improve performance without having to format?

You could have fixable problems that cause a slowdown, but a clean installation is preferable if you are willing to do it and have the appropriate Windows license and an installation disk.

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Hi,
I have a drive that was using PGP that has become damaged and will not boot despite trying 3 days of different fixes and repairs. I have a complete drive backup that will restore but when I try and boot after my PGP password I get 'Missing operating system'. Again I have tried decrypting and fixing but to no end.

I have another disk with a working and booting install of Win7 (same architecture etc) on. I have the entire contents of the non-booting system disk that I can access from the image of it.

If I booted into something like Windows Recovery or Live Linux environment, can I copy the entire contents of the non-working Win7 drive over the working one and expect it to work and then boot?

Aside from a fresh install of Windows and all apps and settings I am at a loss and hoping something like this will work!

Thanks

Ant

A:Copy entire system from backup image over bootable fresh install?

Better to try Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot.

After disinfecting and attempting boot repairs there are steps for copying out files at boot which should bypass encryption since the OS is inert. Then you can restore your image or Clean Reinstall following best practices in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

I would not use any Norton or Symantec product.

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I have a HP Simple Save external hard drive 1 TB which saved all of the files from my old HP desktop computer which was old an giving me problems suggesting it might crash and burn so I bought a new HP ProDesk 400. Both desk tops had Windows 7 64 bit OS.  I am not a computer savvy person. The Simple Save external hard drive had about 410 GB of data from my old computer on it and about 590 GB of space left on it. My computer person transferred all of my files from my old desktop to the new desktop.  I have used my new HP desktop for about a week before I realized I need to back up new files on it.  I was hoping that I could just plug the HP Simple Save into my new desktop and it would pick up copying only new files from the past week, not the old files it already had saved from my old desktop. However when I ran the back up today on 12/4, an error message came up which said the following: The last back-up did not complete successfully.  I then saw that there is only 87 GB of free space left on the Simple Save and that under today's back-up about 262 GB was used to create a system image and 171 GB went to backup of data.  So my take on this is that the Simple Save did not pick up where it left off from my old desktop and that it is recognizing the new desktop as a separate computer which it is (I was hoping it had the ability to recognize files as already saved and skip them and only copy new files.   Questions: 1) Am I cor... Read more

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Hey any help would this would be GREATLY apprciated.

One of the hard drives on my pc [250gb drive , drive E:\] has about 180gb of that data inside one folder. Today I went to open the folder and the pc locked up for a second and then said that DRIVE E:\ is not formated and asked if I wanted to format it. If I select no and try to access the folder again it does the same thing. I cannot risk loosing any of the data that is inside this folder on this drive. IF anyone could try and help me access the files inside this folder I would be so appriciative!!!

Someone please help....


btw...

All other folders on the drive open just fine...

A:Folder inside drive will not open - telling me to format entire drive..

It also says that there is 0 bytes in the folder when there should be over 110gb ...

Is there any sort of program that will repair something like this...

When I right click the drive in my computer and check properties it says used space 184gb...but then when I go into the E:\ drive and select all the folders and select properties it says there is only 74.2gb used ?

The other 110gb is in that folder that I am not able to access....

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I want to add parameters to the script, such that only a new folder is targeted, instead of every folder in the drive.

The script is at post #4 here.

strFirstDrive = "E"
strLastDrive = "N"
strSavePath = "C:\Test\Index.docx"
Const ShowDoc = True
Const CloseDoc = True

Only 1 drive will be read, so I can change first + last drive accordingly:

strFirstDrive = "J"..................."J:\FolderName" maybe???
strLastDrive = "J"
strSavePath = "C:\Test\Index.docx"
Const ShowDoc = True
Const CloseDoc = True
 

A:Modify a VBS script to target folder within drive, instead of entire drive.

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Ok after figuring out that I had a bad motherboard. I have now went to install my WD 120JB 8meg cache hard drive into the computer and format using windows 2000 (brand new out of the wrapper). When the bios boots it recognizes the entire 120 gig which is what I had expected, when I boot from the cd to format using NTFS filing system it says that there is only 114470 meg on disk, I ran WD's software on it with no luck and have already flashed the mobo's bios.

I figured that I would try to format with windows 2000 to see if it made a difference it didn't! it actually froze at 97 % complete. I reran the WD software but this time downloaded it fresh and ran the utilities on it where it said there were errors on the disk. when I finally gave up on it last night (@ 1000pm) to come home, I left it writing zeros to the full drive.

Any suggestions would be REALLY APPRECIATED at this point.
 

A:120 gig WD drive with 8 meg cache not finding entire drive space

The manufacture is figuring 1000 bytes=1 kilobyte, but your PC is figuring 1024 bytes per kb.

I'm bad at explaining things, this article does a better job:

http://www.anandtech.com/guides/viewfaq.html?i=136
 

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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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It started today, when my Warcraft started saying could not find the sound device. I reinstalled the game, but there was a few files from Warcraft that would not be deleted. I dismissed it and reinstalled the game. The files could not be overwritten either, so I had to move the folder and just install.

I then logged out, and when I log back in it came up that all my files failed to save on the drive. This was brilliant, all my games are on D Drive. So I reset the computer and voila, the entire drive is gone. I dont know what to do, if I tell my parents it will be RAWROROR YOUR GAMES MUST HAVE DONE THIS, THERE IS NO OTHER EXPLANATION EVEN THOUGH WE KNOW JACK ABOUT COMPUTERS, IT MUST BE YOUR GAMES THEY ARE THE SPAWN OF THE DEVIL. But If I dont tell my parents gg the drive.

A:My entire D: Drive is gone.

Hi and Welcome to the forum,
Is "D' drive a separate Drive or a partition on your main drive?
If it is a separate drive go to device manager and see if it recognized there and also check in the BIOS and post back your results

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my entire d drive is gone now neither cd rom or cd burner works......... sumone pls HELP!!! i have nnow clue how to fix this issue an its driving me crazy
 

A:entire drive gone!!!

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I got a simple question, let me explain it like an example: Let's say I backup 100GB of data with Windows Backup and over the time where I do all my backups there is like only 30GB of data which changed from those 100GB and also new files were added. Now my external drive is full. When I now delete the very early backup, the first one where the 100GB of data was saved, will it delete then ALL those 100 GB, or will it just delete the previous versions of the files which were modified AFTER that time, which are in this case the 30GB I talked about? Because otherwhise I would then have in the end an uncomplete, messed up backup.

A:(windows Backup) deleting old backup states simple question

"because otherwhise I would then have in the end an uncomplete, messed up backup."

Correct. Windows by default does what is called "incremental backups". It takes a master image of the entire system per your direction, then on the schedule, it takes an inventory of only what has changed and backs up those changes. That is with a DATA BACKUP.

If you do SYSTEM IMAGE, it gives you two options you can set, from which are accessible from Manage Space > System Image/Change Settings:

You should have similar space management controls for your data backups as well. Since I only do a system image every week as my data is on a different drive than the OS, I do not.

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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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When I click My Network Places at the top of the list is the drive "acer (c ) Carla Arseneault (carla)". Carla arsenault is the name of my computer.Anyway, It contains all the files of the C drive, which is quite alarming. Its located above Shared Documents file, not in it, then the list goes on to list servers and so on that are on the network. It even has the little hardrive logo by it!

I dont understand why im seeing it there. Was it actually viewable by anyone on the network?
I tried goin into my computer, right clicking properties on the c drive, and then security tab where it warns me about the danger of sharing the root of the driver. I click it, and the box then states "share with other computers on network" or something along those lines is not checked...

Is it just listed there on my local computer, or for everyone to see!?! Perhaps this is there to make it easier to bring stuff to shared documents? Anybody else ever see their c drive on the My network places?

I dont use this computer anymore, so Im not worried about them seeing all the contents now, but am more interested in learning whether it was available to others at any poiint in time from what you can tell with this info (or any other info I havn't looked at)

thanks and all opinions would be appreciated
 

A:Was the entire contents of my C drive available for all?

 

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Hi..I need to use windows repair and want to clone my drive to be on the safe side...I have Acronis True Image installed but the computer keeps crashing during the transfer..Everything is also super slow..The machine works fine in safe mode with networking so I think there's a driver problem..Anyway my question is can I clone the drive in safe mode..It would avoid the BSOD's and complete much quicker if I could..Thanks

A:Copying Entire Drive?

You should make a Bootable CD with Acronis and then boot off of the newly created CD to clone your drive.

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Hello to all,

I have removed a hard drive from a computer and replaced it with a new one and the old one is now in an external enclosure.

My issue arrises when trying to view the files. I HAVE been able to get ownership of the files but only one folder at a time rather than the whole drive and its file structure, so I can get to the security tab in properties.

So...How do I take ownership of the entire drive and all its folders and files?

Thanks to all!

XP Home Edition
 

A:Take Ownership Of Entire Drive

To save typing go to http://computerhelpforum.org/forum/guides/f70/taking_ownership_of_a_drive_in_xp/t14534.html
 

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I am trying to reinstall windows 8, but when I do it says it can only find the MBR and that my disk isn't large enough.  My hard drive is 500GB and the partition says it is 14 and it can't find any other partitions or the rest of the hard drive. 
 
I can only boot into the system using the disk (which I can get into a cmd prompt). 
 
Any suggestions?   I came across this because my computer wouldn't load anymore and just keep scanning for disks for days.
 
Thanks in advance!

A:Can't find entire hard drive only MBR

WIth CMD on the windows 8 install disk, I ran diskpart and it only shows Disk 0 , Status: Online, Size 14 GB, Free 0B.  Nothing else. 

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Good day

I am a teacher living in Cape Town, South Africa. As a Biology/Life Sciences teacher, I spend a lot of time on the internet when preparing lessons and also download many video clips for use as part of these lessons.

My PC knowledge is rather basic - I am comfortable using MS Office and other applications but have very little know-how when things become more technical than just using an application.

i have an HP PC with the following specs:
Intel Core Duo T2400 @ 1.83GHz
2GB RAM
85 GB hard drive
CD/DVD Combo drive
Windows XP Home Edition with SP3

I purchased my PC with XP Home and some apps pre-installed - I have no discs at all. A portion of the hard drive has been partitioned (hope that's the correct term) so that it forms another drive (drive D) which serves as the recovery drive to re-install XP and the preloaded apps when things go horribly wrong.

Murphy's law dictates that there will come a time (and there have been a few) when I wrecked my PC. When this happened the first time I was forced to seek professional assistance (and pay for it) to get things re-installed since I had no clue what to do. Fortunately the person who did the repairs happened to be the father of one of my ex-students and so the costs were greatly reduced and he showed me exactly what to do if it ever happed again. Well being a teacher and always having a pen in my pocket, I took very good notes and low and behold it did happened again (twice on fact), but fo... Read more

A:Installing XP and backing up entire drive

1. Should I do a clean install with XP Pro from the disc instead of just re-installing XP Home from the recovery drive ?

It's really up to you. I use both Home and Pro on a regular basis and, with the information you've given, either one will be fine for what you do (just hold onto that Pro disk in case you ever have a hard drive failure).

2. What do I need to do to wipe the hard drive completely clean in preparation for installation of XP Pro?

To COMPLETELY clean the hard drive, you would need to use a program like dban, but most of the time a reformat is all that is really needed.

3. Do I keep the recovery portion or do I wipe that clean as well ?

If you use dban, it will wipe the entire drive, but if you just reformat, then you can keep the recovery partition if you so desire (I believe it will let you do that, anyways; It's been a while since I install windows on a computer with multiple partitions), although it won't be all that needed if you install Pro, though, so it's up to you.

4. Is there anything that I must do to "prepare (format ???)" the clean hard drive before installing XP Pro ?

If/when you install Pro, you will want to delete the partition that currently holds XP home and reformat that part of the drive as part of the installation process. You'll see it as you go through the steps.

5. What procedure must I follow to install XP Pro ?

Here's a little guide: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316941

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Hello,

I have a 4gb flash drive and some how when I was formatting it the computer only formatted 200mb out of the available 3.7gb. I have no idea how to get the computer to format the rest of the drive. The computer sees the rest of the flash drive but it wont let me delete the original partition and it wont let me partition the 3.5gb i locked up. When I try to format the 3.5gb part it says: "An unexpected error has occured. Check the System Event Log for more information on the error. Close the Disk Management console, then restart Disk Management or restart the computer." I have restarted the computer and the disk management console to no avail. I have poked around the application event viewer and I cold not pinpoint this error so I don't have anymore details from the computer. Here is a screen shot I took of the disk manager. Disk 2 is the flash drive that I am having trouble with. When I right click to delete the 200mb partition the 'delete' option is grayed out and unclickable. I am running Windows 7 Professional x86.

Thank you for your time,

Adam

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I am using Windows 7 Pro 64bit. Until today, I was able to run Excel 2000 with no problems, and without setting it for Compatibility Mode.

I accidentally changed the permissions for the folder where I store my user documents (c:\a). I changed the permissions back, but now when I try to save anything in Excel, I get the message: "cannot save, the folder is marked as read only."

I tried to remove the read-only attribute by right clicking the folder, Properties and blanking the read-only box, apply changes to this folder, subfolder and files. The system seemed to go through every single file, but then instantly reverted back to read-only, and I was still unable to save files in Excel.

I cleared out the c:\windows\temp directory.

I went to the command prompt and typed "attrib -r c:\a" but received a message: Access denied.

Oddly, I am able to save Excel files to a flash drive, which also seems to marked as Read-only.

Excel does allow me to save when I "Open as administrator", but this seems to put the program into compatibility mode which I'd rather avoid. I'm also having this problem with several other older programs, all of which were running fine before I accidentally changed the permissions.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks!

A:Entire drive turned into Read-Only

found this when I went to look for similar issues. It seems it resolved his problem perhaps it will do you some good.

Folders stuck on "read-only" mode?

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Okay, I'm about ready to throw in the towel or throw out the computer. I've been trying to reload windows xp pro because it seems i lost my drivers and now i can't get internet or my internet games to work or much of anything else. I also got errors trying to reload xp.... so, how do i reformat my hard drive.. clean and pretty and start fresh..... its just a dell window xp pro 2gb ram.. nothing special... and how do I know that my reboot disks for windows xp are good??
 

A:Wipe my entire hard drive

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Hi,

I ran the manage-bde -status command of my encrypted OS Volume Drive and it shows 100% encrypted.
Does this mean that BitLocker encrypted the ENTIRE drive?

During the BitLocker setup, I did select to Encrypt the Entire Drive instead of the Used Space option.
I just want to double check if my entire OS drive is encrypted or not.
I assume that when it shows Percentage Encrypted as 100% then I guess it did encrypt the entire drive.

Now what if I had chosen to encrypt the Used Space only, then would it still show as 100% encrypted ?
Or am I wrong?

Thanks in advance

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Skipped Vista, so I'm just learning to hate permissions in Win7. How do I enable the two other XP machines in the workgroup to access an entire drive on the Win7 machine? I've been able to set up access to individual folders (not even sure how I did that), but not to an entire drive -- in this case data drive D.

A:share an entire drive in workgroup

benellard, welcome to the forums.

Have you seen this yet?

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...rmissions.html

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Like when you're Folder View options will change depending on what sort of media is in there (music, movies, pictures, etc). Now my entire C: drive (more specifically my "Program Files") is formatted for music right down to that idiotic musical note in the bottom corner!

How can I get rid of that, or turn off that option completely?

A:Entire C: drive formatted for music

Hi!
Right-click any folder > choose properties > customize > change icon > apply

Nicholas

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Hi, I have several hard drives full of personal documents (pictures, videos, etc) that I connect to a USB3 docking station whenever needed. I would like to password encrypt these drives. Can I do this with Truecrypt or Bitlocker? Which one is better? Will I risk losing all data during the encryption process or is it a safe operation? Most of the tutorials in Youtube describe how to encrypt system OS drives but not external USB drives. Thanks.

A:Encrypting entire external USB drive

Since you are using Ultimate, I would use Bitlocker.

Background reading:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitLoc...ive_Encryption

Some tutorials:
BitLocker Drive Encryption - Windows 7 Drive - Turn On or Off with no TPM
BitLocker Drive Encryption - Change Encryption Method and Cipher Strength
Bitlocker - Lock an Unlocked Drive

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