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Q: performed a Veeam bare metal restore to new drive, no wifi

just ran a Veeam bare metal retstore to a new hard drive. realtek wifi adapter shows properly installed, but no connections are available. network trouble shooter says wifi adapter failed. replacing orignal drive results in a perfectly working wifi connection.Realtek RTL8188EE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC 2023.30.301.2016 toshiba satelite

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Preferred Solution: performed a Veeam bare metal restore to new drive, no wifi

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)


Acronis have just released add-on for Home True Image named Plus Pack which includes enterprise features - well, yes, it costs money, but as for me - the universal restore worth it! What is in Plus Pack:-Restore to Dissimilar Hardware - allows to restore your data regardless of hardware-Dynamic Disk Support - backup ad restore dynamic volumes-WinPE Support - integrates latest MS drivers, apps & plugins on your bootable mediaHere is the link to the addon - Plus PackAnd its data sheet

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Acronis have just released add-on for Home True Image named Plus Pack which includes enterprise features - well, yes, it costs money, but as for me - the universal restore worth it! What is in Plus Pack:

-Restore to Dissimilar Hardware - allows to restore your data regardless of hardware
-Dynamic Disk Support - backup ad restore dynamic volumes
-WinPE Support - integrates latest MS drivers, apps & plugins on your bootable media

Here is the link to the addon - Plus Pack
And its data sheet

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Hi, I built a new PC running 8.1, GPT, UEFI secure boot mode, everything. I'm now at the point where I'm ready to start migrating my data to it, but before I do that, I need to get some backup software that offers me the option to boot from a recovery CD and restore from an image file backup stored elsewhere. Until I've wiped this install & restored successfully, I don't consider it a usable machine. I already have this setup working on my Win7, but for some reason that software is not working with 8.1.

So I'm looking around for something new, and I'm on a trial of Paragon Backup and Recovery Home 12. It says I can create a WinPE disk (and I must use this, since I'm using Intel firmware-based RAID) that will allow me to do a bare-metal restore. The help takes me to a link on their website for something called the "Paragon Boot Media Builder." And there's documentation on it, but I can't find out how to download it. If I Google downloading that, a bunch of pirate websites show up & not much else.

Is their help & website outdated, is there another of their products that I must buy to get this?? Very unclear.

Or does anyone have any other suggestions? I'm not really not interested in purchasing anything until I've verified it is solid & will work in the manner I described above. I don't trust untested backups.

A:bare-metal restore of 8.1 in UEFI secure boot mode

Paragon 12 has no support for Windows 8.1.
Paragon update to 14
Paragon 14, Out November 2013.
Hard Disk Manager Suite ? complete system management | PARAGON Software Group - disk partitioning, resize partition
Paragon Hard Disk Manager Professional - Overview

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I have been using WHS for the past week or so, and I really love its potential. The problem I'm having with it at the moment is that certain computers' backups seem to fail inexplicably, and so far I haven't been able to figure out why. If I can, I'd love to stay with WHS.

If I can't get WHS to work reliably, then I'm looking for a good alternative backup solution for my ~10 Windows computers. Here's what I would like:

* Management from one central location. I love how I can install the Windows Home Server Console on each client computer, and then I can manage all of the backups from one place. It's much easier than running around to each computer to configure the backups.

* Single-instance storage or deduplication. A huge potential HDD space saver, when you have a lot of wasted space with two computers backing up the exact same file.

* Bare-metal restore. Again, I love how WHS makes it easy to restore using a boot CD and a network connection. That way, in the event of a client hard drive dying, I just pop a new drive into the computer, reload the image, and we're back to normal without having to worry about reinstalling Windows, software, drivers, et cetera.

* Price! WHS is a steal at roughly $100 with support for up to 10 computers. Seems many client-server backup programs can easily cost $400 or $500, and that's a little steep for me at the moment.

I would prefer to run Windows on the server, but if the best solution ... Read more

A:Looking for Windows Home Server-like network backup solution with bare-metal restore.

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Push-Button Reset Overview

This article talks about Refresh, Reset, and Bare-metal recovery... What exactly is this bare-metal recovery? How do I access it?

A:What is bare-metal recovery

Bare Metal means a clean hard drive, like it comes out of the box. The entire installation is redone, just as it is if you recover a System Image Backup.

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Im looking for some advise. I work for a small company that runs SBS2008 as a server for user authentication and file shares and that is it.

I preformed a backup of the entire system to allow for a bare metal recovery in the case the server crash and burned. I was trying to test the recovery by restoring to a VirtualBox VM. Obviously the hardware is different, and after the restore, the VM continued to Blue Screen and reboot. So Im asking for advice on how I can test the backup, or ways to test recovery so I know if our server does die I can be back up in a short about of time.

Purchasing third party software is out of the question here. I know all about explaining to the powers that be, that the cost of being down for a length of time is far greater than the cost of a third party software to allow backup and recovery to different hardware. Still being approved to purchase software is denied.

So I am left with the tools at hand, The SBS2008 Disk, The Backup Made from inside SBS2008, and any free tools on the net. Can someone help me work through this so I can be sure I can recover my data? Putting files back where they were is easy enough for me, but Im talking about restoring all the users profiles, Active Directory, Group Policy, etc. If I cannot restore this to different hardware ( and this might be the case if the server hardware dies and wee need a new server) than I need to be able to reload all our settings. Help with this would be greatly appreciated. Th... Read more

A:SBS2008 Bare Metal Recovery


I would suggest have a spare set of identical replacement hard disk/ disks to hand & try the recovery to them.

That will at least prove the recovery system you have will work when needed. That is provided the recovery/ backup does not die with the system disk &/ or partition you are saving to! OK?

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I'm having problem with My Hp-15, system disabled 70766952m please Help!

A:Re: windows 10 bare metal install

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I am running Hyper-V on Windows 8.1 Enterprise. I migrated my laptop's Windows 7 OS to VM and was able to boot to it in Hyper-V. I cloned my laptop first then sysprepped it with an unattend script and a batch file. The unattend install works
and the batch file runs during Windows setup on my bare metal laptop. When I do the same in Hyper-V, the batch file never runs.

Here's the process I took to migrate my laptop to VM and what I did to get it to run in Hyper-V to see if something along the way I messed something up:
-Used dism to capture the image.
-Applied the image to a vhdx.
-Attach the vhdx in Disk Management.
-Copied my unattend.bat, unattend.xml, and setup.bat scripts to the C: drive of the vhdx.
-Loaded the SYSTEM HIVE from the vhdx in Regedit.
-Changed the "Start" DWORD from 3 to 0 in "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/test/ControlSet001/services/atapi", "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/test/ControlSet001/services/intelide", and "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/test/ControlSet001/services/msahci"
-Unloaded the SYSTEM HIVE and detached the vhdx.
-Used Hyper-V to create a Generation 1 VM. Used the vhdx as the disk.
-Booted the machine up with error, but got rid of it by running a repair on Windows.

Here are the scripts that I am running during sysprep:
echo. >> "C:\Windows\Setup\scripts\SetupComplete.cmd"
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Manage your partitions, install and boot multiple operating systems with ease, back up and restore partitions or entire drives all this and more, using BootIt Bare Metal. Taking its roots from its highly successful predecessor, BootIt Next Generation, BootIt BM has been developed from the beginning to provide a powerful set of tools for todays computer users, enthusiasts, and professionals.


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A:TeraByte Unlimited's BootIt Bare Metal

First post updated with the latest version 1.29

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I have been trying for a few days to get this up and running but I keep running into problems where it says the system drive cant be found. I am following the instructions listed here and still get errors. I have noticed that over the years Microsoft's documentation sometimes leaves out key details that I need to know that do not get listed. I am primarily wanting to use this approach for when I do my quarterly formats of my PCs in the house with a highly customized image.

A:Has anyone created media for bare metal reset?

Nevermind I figured this out, script only works on drives that are already convert to gpt or mbr and the size needs to be set to the correct minimum.

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In another thread about why Windows 10 is free, I started journalling my installation, largely to answer Drew's claim that Win10 installation was easy.  It is not, and it is not even done yet.  But to say more than I did there, would hijack that thread's theme, so am starting a new one here, where other installation horror reports are located.  In this case, the problem is different from the others, so if I interpret the rules rightly, I should start a new thread, not post to a dissimilar one.
Problem:  Windows keeps reinstalling itself over and over.  Each time more files were copied, so it wasn't actually doing the same install over and over, but might have been interactive, reboot, interactive again.  But there is NOTHING in the screens you see, to let you know this.  They all read the same, they all begin with 'Install Windows 10', each time you must select the language then agree to the EULA, and everything afterwards is exactly the same in the progress screen, and when it finishes, it says it has to reboot 'to continue'.  Continue what?  Well, the first seven times I left the installer stick in, and at the 8th time I decided to take it out at the next 'Install Windows' purple screen (after reboot).  And, I hit the Red X to close the installation.
Next I booted it without the stick, and all went as recorded in that top link of this post.  Since it wouldn't allow me to input my name and the other data, I... Read more

A:Loopy Windows 10 Preview installation (bare metal)

Post-reset, it goes into a loop again for me to either Install or repair windows, just like the other 8 time.  So this time I went to advanced options, and selected the one which repairs why Windows won't boot.  For I never actually got into Windows, it wouldn't let me create the first user account (wouldn't let me type in the data).  I suspect this is because I turned off all the data-sharing options listed in the 1st post's top link.  But of course, nothing in the prompts or 'reactions' say that's why.
Aha, now it says 'Startup Repair couldn't repair' the PC.  Going down the rabbit hole again...

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For a little while now, I have been working on scripting programs. I joined this forum with a question about a partition program I was working on. Then I added windows setup, added WIM Boot, and added windows features to it, all while using WinPE..

Then I started using WinRE instead of WinPE.. What I have figured out is that I can use WinRE to partition my hard drive,
install a clean version of windows, install system drivers and write a recovery image partition.. Within a short period of time..

I would like to share my project with all of you.. It works very much in line with Bare Metal Reset Recovery Media.. I just scripted a few programs to help create that media, with a little help from Microsoft TechNet and this forum..

Your Questions, Comments or Suggestions are Welcome..


A:Create Your Own Bare Metal Reset Recovery Media

Thanks for sharing. It may be a while before I look at it or do anything with it. I'll down load the files now though, before this thread disappears off of the page out of site.
I'm not an IT guy so it will be something to play around with in my spare time.

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Hey community. I was hoping for some clarification. I am use to working with VMWare ESXi VSphere for hypervisors. So I have been labbing for my MCSA and I notice alot of the context of MCSA material describes installing an instance of Windows Server 2016,
and then turning that into a Hyper-V Server. What I did was I installed Hyper-V Server 2016 on my ProLiant. Is there any reason why I would not want to do this ? I had to reference alot of white papers, manuals, eventually blogs, and I think a youtube video
or two before I could manage it from my remote PC. It involved adding the target computer via power shell, customizing the hosts file, adding the server within the PC's computer configuration I forget what exactly. I also had to disable the firewall on the
Hyper-V Server 2016 before the Hyper-V Server 2016 hosted on the ProLiant started appearing in my Hyper-V Manager from my Windows 10 Pro machine.

However I was listening to this gentleman's youtube video.
and he explains that Hyper-V Server is meant to be installed as a bare metal Hypervisor which is what I did do but because i was accustomed to working with VMWare SAN's that are the same way where you install the Hypervisor on the host machine and start
spinning up virtual machines. However I noticed i got some updates on the Hyper-V-Server 2016 the other day and not all of them wanted to install ... I believe some of the updates were for Windows so it went int... Read more

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A:100TB Servers | Dedicated Bare Metal Server Hosting


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I am looking for a Win 7 backup and restore program that can do the ff.

1. Do an image backup which can be used for a recovery (in case the system won't load or some program won't run) or a bare-metal install (if the HD has to be replaced or reformatted);

2. Do a scheduled incremental file backup based on what was added or changed since the image backup or the previous incremental backup; in addition to the bare-metal install from the image backup, all incremental file backups can be restored, bringing the system back to the state from the last incremental backup;

3. If the backup disk is filled to a certain percentage (say, 80 pct), then the image backup is deleted and a new one is made. If the new image backup is successful, then all incremental backups are deleted. New incremental backups will be based on the new image backup.

4. One also has the option to schedule both the image backup (e.g., every month, every six months, every year, etc.) and the incremental backups (e.g., daily, weekly, etc.).

A free program that can use a network drive as a backup is preferable.

A:Backup Program with Bare-Metal Install and Incremental Features

Windows 7 Backup and Restore.

We have tutorials on its use.

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Hi All,

The story so far:
2008 server was hit by rootkit virus. Machine was taken to doctor for data recovery. (Raid 5 data set, we had low % hope of recovery) New hardware and Server 2012 replaced old server.

So far, so good.

Now we want to use the old machine as a workstation.
Raid 5 was reformatted as Raid 0. Two volumes on 4 disks.
When we go to boot from a Win 7 Ultimate x64 DVD, we get the "reboot and select proper etc.."

I seems that the IDE DVD drive is not being identified at boot. I have tried the predictable changes to boot order, but have not disconnected anything. We did try attaching a SATA DVD drive, but that was also not identified during the boot sequence.

I don't know that the Rootkit didn't affect the bios...not educated enough to know if that is possible.
At this point this has become a 'hobby level' problem, but I still want to find resolution.

Asus P5Q Turbo, 4 Seagate drives on Raid 0, IDE dvd drive, 3" IDE floppy (unplugged, either/or with DVD drive)

And there I am....

A:Bare metal install 'reboot and select proper boot device...'

Why are you using dated RAID technology, which Win7 doesn't like and we see nothing be problems with? It confers no performance advantage and if you lose one drive you almost always lose all the data. So the only time it makes any sense is if working with huge files like full length movie editing and there are now drives big enough to handle those too.

Pick your fastest drive and follow the steps to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I have Verizon lte wireless internet and have a metal shop building about 125 ft. away from the house. I want to be able to use a wifi tablet inside the building or at least the office. My tablet gets a good signal and works fine just outside the building , but when I go inside the metal blocks the signal. Is there an inexpensive way to get the wifi to pass through ? Is there any kind of small antenna that would be on the outside of the metal building and pass through the wall to another small antenna or would I need a outside antenna then a router on the inside ?

A:wifi into metal building

You have to define inexpensive. When you say Verizon LTE wireless Internet, what exactly does that mean? Are you using a MiFi/Jet Pack?

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I needed a laptop to take the bar exam, so I borrowed an older Dell from my dad. It was running poorly so I re-installed XP using the Dell restore disc. It didn't install any programs or drivers. The only thing showing up as a network connection is a 1394 adaptor (??), and I can't connect to my network. I need to download all the updates the including .NET Framework and the Installer in order to install the exam software. How can I get the drivers, etc. that I need?

A:Restore CD installed bare minimum XP...How do I get drivers, etc?

You should be able to get all the drivers from the dell website. You will need the service tag from the computer, download the drivers and burn them onto a disk.


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I have Acronis True Image 2011 installed on a Dell Latitude E6520 laptop with Win 7 Pro SP 1 64 bit, i5 processor, 8 GB RAM.

Is it supposed to be possible to restore an Acronis image backup from an external HD to a new blank (unformatted) internal HD using a CD with the Acronis "bootable media"?

I tried it, but ran into problems.

At the "What to recover" step in the Recovery wizard the choices are:

Disk 1, which then automatically selects all of the following:

MBR and Track 0
NTFS (Recovery)​
Each of those (except MBR) has a capacity and Used number associated with it.

At the next step, called Settings of Partition 1-2, there are 4 selections listed:

Partition type (required) (the screen that is displayed on my computer says this is not selected
Partition size with 3 sub-choices:
Free space before
Partition size
Free space after​
On my screen all 3 partition size choices are shown as "not specified."

I really don't want to change anything on the new internal hard drive. I don't know how to answer these questions, and the so-called "Help" is no help.

I tried a Google search, and found this:

but I do not understand why this instruction says to (initially) "do not restore MBR and Track 0." Once again, I do not want to make any changes to the partitions or the partition sizes.

I searched this forum but did not find any thing that I could dete... Read more

A:Restore to bare HD with True Image 2011

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Greetings all,
First timer here. Here's what I"m running...
4yr. old Compaq Presario with a littile extra memory and video.(SR1050NX)
It was XP sp2 but appears to now be sp1.
Was fishing today, get call from son, "computer looks different and resume file is gone".
After a lengthy conversation it was determined the he hit F-10 and proceeded to complete a destructive restore. I have tried to restore to an earlier date but the computer thinks that it was born this morning at 11:35.
There are no restore points to go to.
Am I SOL or what? There must be some way to find all the files that were there yesterday.
Please advise. I am on my knees screaming "Heeeeeeelllllp!!!"
PS I tried searching your archives and didn't find anything applicable

A:Son performed destructive restore

If he did a full format probably not a cost effective one, if it was a quick format maybe but the more you use it the more that will be written over.
So does he happen to know which it was?

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My kid was doing something with hid MP3 player and somehow ended up restoring our computer to original setup. It is a Compaq presario running XP. It looks like most files are still on the hard drive, but the programs I installed need to be reinstalled. I reinstalled Microsoft Office, and now I cannot find all the old e-mails that we had before. Is there a way I can find these, or are they gone? I also need to reinstall my virus software (Trend Micro) but it is asking for a "key" and I think it would be in my lost e-mails. Please help....

A:Kids accidently performed a Restore


scroll down to undo restore

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I'm running Pavilion 753n with Windows XP Professional.

This HP PC is running Windows XP, and was given to me with a "I know you need a computer - this one works, but ... GOOD LUCK!" Initial scans discovered a couple dozen viruses and trojans. I cleaned those, but just more viruses and trojans. Figured destructive recovery/restore from the D drive -- a mirror image of the OS -- was the only hope. Wipe everything, reload, start over.

Message: "Windows Could Not Start Because the following file is missing or corrupt:

windows root>\System32\HAL.DLL Please install a copy of the above file."

Of course the HP recovery disc is ON the hard drive, so that doesn't do me much good.

It won't go anywhere else -- EXCEPT:

When I press F10, then I get to AWARDBIOS CMOS SETUP. But I don't know what to do when I get there.

And F11, I get System Recovery. I clicked "Advance" along with Alt+D at the same time and searched for c:\boot.ini at the prompt. It says:

[boot loader]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional"
C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons


Does any of that mean anything to anybody? HELP,please

A:Performed Destructive Restore On HP. Now Can't Find HAL.DLL. Pls Help; I'm Beggin'

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I was having some problems with my computer. Seemed like it had a minor virus that my Norton wasn't getting rid of. I have all my files backed up so I decided to start with a clean slate and just restore my computer back to factory settings.

i have a Dell Inspiron laptop. I performed the Dell DataSafe Restore and Emergency BackUp. I followed all the instructions and everything went fine. It told me it was successful and to restart the computer. I restarted and now Windows 7 will not work.

I turn my computer on and a screen comes up that says "Windows Error Recovery" it gives me two options to "Launch Startup Repair" or "Start Windows Normally"... Starting normally just sends me backwards. I tried the Start Up Repair and it begins to run and then I get an error that it can not repair. There are some problem details/signatures if that is helpful but I don't understand them.

I can't run in safe mode. I never made a set of recovery discs, I only have the disc the computer came with (drivers and software installation).

Any ideas? Any help would be extremely helpful.

A:Performed System Restore Now Windows Won't Start

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Would this show up in restore point history or is there another way to find this info?


A:Find out last time system restore was performed?

You can go to Control Panel, System and Maintenance, System, Then system protection on the left and that will bring up the latest restore point.

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Hi. I screwed up the backup of my life long music library of about 7000 mp3s. I was able to restore all files but 95% won't produce any sound (no matter which application plays them) although they seem to have the correct size and tags.

Could there be a tool or method to "fix" these files?

If not, does anyone know of a download service I can pay for to get unlimited downloads for a certain time period (and still keep the files)? I tried hard to find one but they don't seem to exist anymore.

I am heartbroken.

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Hello, i had bought the XPS 15 laptop approximately 5 months ago from philippines and right now i am in india. When i am charging the laptop i get electic shock when i touch the metal parts of the laptop.
But recently i discovered when the laptop is charging i get current from other parts of the house as well such as metallic bathroom taps and metal grill of my house.
I tested it using tester so its not some assumption but real current.
So please provide some guidance on why is this happening and why is the current flowing in different parts of my house when laptop is charging.

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I performed a system restore on my laptop and now cannot use the default apps like mail, calendar, xbox and onenote.
Opening these apps will just give me an error stating that it cannot open the application and to go to the store to reinstall it.
I have attempted to reinstall the apps via the microsoft store but it just greys the reinstall button and seemingly does nothing else.

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I am looking for a low-cost NAS-like, USB connected box that is just the bare SATA guts with external power for two 2.5" drives in the one box. I bought two 1TB drives at a great price but they either need one of the two-USB to one cables or a powered enclosure.

Currently running them from a four-port powered USB hub, but the power share is unrelaiable as one or the other keeps dropping connection. With just one drive using two of the USB ports it runs fine, but after adding the second one, it gets flaky.

I found some powered SATA adapters but they are like 24-bucks apiece and I would need two. The cheap drives are not looking so good now.

Can anyone point me at something that will work?

A:Bare two-drive bay - wanted

Got an old XP computer laying around? That's what I did with my old XP box; I turned it into a NAS. I just made sure Internet access was blocked in my router.

If not, does your motherboard support eSATA? That works better, IMO, than USB.

You should use a powered enclosure (or self powered USB hub) so you do not attempt to draw too much power through your computer's USB port.

Will this be a permanent setup? I ask because I really like docking stations instead of enclosures. They make it simple to swap drives in and out (3.5" and 2.5") and being open, you don't have to worry about heat, or fan noise. Actual enclosures tend to be more expensive too with the exception of this one, as it accepts 2.5" drives only.

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Ok, so if any of you have been watching the top post in this forum, you will see that I have lost a 2TB hard drive that had LOTS of important data on it. There are a few steps that I have been given to try that I am going to do. After that I think I am going to have to send it off to try to have the data recovered. I am in Afghanistan and wont be able to do that until after I get back to the States. So I am looking to get another hard drive to replace it. The one that I lost is a WD My Book. It had a 2TB green HD in it. I have seen on here and other places that they really don't have that good of a reputation. I also have a Seagate 3TB external that I have had no issues with. I really like it. To try to recover the HD that crashed, I bought a HD dock. Didn't work, but I have it now.

To my main question, should I get an external HD, or should I just get a bare bones HD and use the dock? Keep in mind, I am in Afghanistan, so I have to worry about dust and all. But I only have my comp stuff in the office which isn't that bad.

Any suggestions? For what I am doing, I don't need a high speed transfer rate or anything. But give me your thoughts and concerns. And if you have a specific model that you think would be the best, let me know.

Thanks guys and gals!

A:External or bare drive?

I see this all the time... You have these huge drives with no sensible back up plans in mind. You must back up important data using DVD's as well as maybe flash drives at the same time. These can be stored safely. DVD's will last forever if cared for. Internal and external hard drives are mechanical devices, and they will fail. External, as well as internal hard drives are not themselves, affected by dust and sand. It is the power supplies and fans that are affected...
I have a 4 hard drive RAID array and a separate 500GB hard drive that I back up my important data to. Important data includes install programs other than the OS, email addresses, pictures and documents

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What I have is a 160 GB hard drive using Vista that will not start. (I received the message that the resistry is corrupt.)

What I want is to put in a new 1 TB hard drive as the master, purchase Windows 8 and load it on the new HD.

I read "Clean Install - Windows 8". Several question have come to mind.

-----------NEEDED ----------------------------------------------I HAVE--------------------
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster -----------------------Celeron D 360 - Up to 3.46 GHz
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) ---------------2 GB
Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) ------------1 TB
Graphics card: MicrosoftDirectX 9 graphics device or higher----Integrated graphics using Intel GMA 950

Will my present graphics card be good enough for "8"?

2. If this works, will I be able to hook up the old HD as the slave and then retrieve my old files to be saved on the new HD?

3. Since I want my own copy of "8", (retail) where can I buy one and how much? All I've seen are upgrades.

4. Sometime in the near future, I'd like to get a bigger, better, badder motherboard, graphics card & processor, will I still be able to use this copy of Windows 8? (want to do some video editing)

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A:Windows on a bare Hard Drive

Hello Jimmie, and welcome to Eight Forums.

According to the specs of your Intel GMA 950 below, it does barely meet the minimum requirements. I don't see a Windows 8 driver available for it, but maybe Windows 8 will install a generic driver for it if all else fails.

Intel? Graphics Media Accelerator 950 Overview

Since you own Vista and will be retiring it, you do qualify for an upgrade copy of Windows 8. You could use the tutorial below for how to do a clean install with an upgrade copy of Window 8. You can purchase a retail (upgrade) Windows 8 at any retail store or online. You do not need to buy a "System Builder" copy.

Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

Yes, if you like, you could connect your old 160 GB HDD afterwards, copy back what you want, format it, and use it how you like.

Hope this helps,

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I've got a really strange problem.. My computer will randomly shut off or not turn on sometimes. Once it "short circuits" it won't turn on again for a while - sometimes an hour, sometimes all day. At first I thought it was overheating, but when I was messing around with it, I found that if I unplug the HDMI cable after it shuts off, and sometimes just touch the metal of the HDMI cable to the metal mount (not the actual port) of the HDMI port it will turn back on, but not all the way. The fans will start going, but if I then plug the HDMI cable back in, it doesn't show anything on my monitor.

Can anyone explain this strange behavior?

A:Metal on Metal Short Circuits?

Firstly did you bench test everything before installing into the case?

Are the standoffs in the correct place on the case and are you sure that no extra standoffs are under the motherboard causing it to short to the case?

Something is obviously shorting I would disassemble the machine and reassemble it paying attention to where you install the standoffs and for foreign objects that may have fallen behind the mobo. might be worth bench testing it first to figure out if anything in particular is causing the problem.

Your psu should grounds the case and motherboard so you want to ensure that your wall socket isn't damaged and has a working ground.

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So, to preface, this is at work.

Our video editing guy goes through a lot of 4K footage, and has to back it up externally a LOT. Until now, we've been using these USB 3.0 3TB Seagate expansion drives. I wanted to give him a faster interface for transferring data, so I put this hotswap bay in the front of his computer...

Thing of beauty, at least until I pulled apart the external enclosure and put the drive into his computer... File explorer only recognized it as a RAW partition. So, I put it back in the external encosure, backed up the 1.2TB of data that was on it (which, of course, took HOURS), put it back in the hotswap bay, and formatted the drive. It gave me a 396GB partition, and nothing more. Wait, WHAT?? So, I opened disk management and saw it giving me THREE partitions. I didn't get a screenshot of this, but I deleted the first 396GB partition that I had formatted NTFS and it then gave me these two RAW partitions.

But here's the thing... I can't seem to join them. Nor can I do anything with the second partition:

I tried formatting the first partition and extending it, but that wouldn't work either... wouldn't give me the option to extend. Basically, it sees the extra 746GB of unallocated space, but Windows seems unable to do anything with it.

Please help

PS: Send coffee?

EDIT: If I format the first partition, click on the unusable second partition, and go properties > volumes, it shows the previous partition. It is as though this partition is an anom... Read more

A:3TB drive showing as two bare partitions? (w/ pics)

Check the specifications of your hotswap dock. Can it handle drives >2TB ? Most probably not. That is why it sees only 2TB.

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I am running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. I recently used "Create System Image" for the first time right after a fresh install on a formated hard drive. During the backup, it stated that the backup would take close to 23 GB. I chose to back up the image to my second hard drive. It completed successfully (so it said). I then checked the size of the image backup and it was only 12 GB. Did it indeed, backup the image successfully? Will I have a problem recovering the image, when that time comes along? Why the compression? Will this affect the performance of the recovered image?

A:System Image Backup is smaller than Bare C Drive

Most Imaging apps compress the DATA they are backing up. How much compresses it depends on the Application, and its settings if they are configuarble.

This is normal.

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Recently had some issues with Microsoft activation support Hard Drive Support - Tech Support Forum and after that I was curious about these things, how does that happen?

To my surprise, Microsoft has not done enough to prevent using upgrade license for clean install on Bare Drive or New Build.
I read so many posting where people are confirming this. It appears that the Disks for Builders copy (Full) or upgrade is same and only the difference is activation keys.

So, what people are doing is
- Buy Upgrade disk for $40.,
- Install on Bare Drive using Custom Mode (personally never did myself so, could be different wording) use keys when asked.
-once installation is done, You windows will be like a trial copy (Not activated)
-Run the installation One more time using same disk & same Keys.
-Now Disk would overwrite your previous key and consider that you are upgrading and install Windows 8 again as activated windows.

Even people are saving money downloading it from Microsoft itself for $14.00 after running Windows upgrade Eligibility on Genuine Windows 7 Machine. What they are doing is Download .iso on Windows 7 Machine using upgrade assistant, burn it on a disk and use the disk to install on bare drive?

Now question is, it is sure not ethical but is it legal??? I guess not from MS term and conditions, But why and how they could not stop this???



A:Upgrade License for Clean install on Bare Drive?

"Clean" installs on a blank hard drive require the system builder edition -- unless the system has several hard drives, and a qualifying version of Windows in already installed on one of them (Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8).

The $15 upgrades only apply to Windows 7 PCs purchased within a recent time frame from certain vendors. None other.

A "custom" install with any Windows 8 upgrade disk can wipe the hard drive during the upgrade process, but a qualifying previous version of Windows must be present on the computer, and the license of that version will afterwards be invalidated. [To dual-boot -- to keep the older version as well as the new Windows 8 version -- requires the System Builder version of windows 8].

Anything else is beyond the license agreement. Not ethical or legal.

Best of luck,
. . . Gary

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Recently I dropped my Acer Aspire 1420-2039 notebook damaging the hard drive.

I ordered a new WD Blue WD2500BEVT.

Unfortunately the week before I dropped my computer, I installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

So I downloaded an .iso file of Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, (What was originally installed on the computer when purchased) and downloaded the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool to re-install the OS using a USB Flash Drive since my computer does not have an optical disk.

When I get to the install screen, Windows will not let me select the hard drive with error 0x80300001 "Windows is unable to install to the selected location."

Usually other forums suggest selecting the proper drivers for the drive, however WD does not have drivers available for download saying it uses windows' default drivers.

If I create a new partition, say 20gb's, and then format it and attempt to install on it, I get an error saying "Setup was unable to create a system partition" and thus unable to advance.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

A:Installing Windows on Bare Hard Drive error 0x80300001

Assuming this is a standard sata HDD-
If you don't want the system reserved partition then you could try formatting the drive with one full partition. If you delete the partition causing the drive partition to be unallocated Windows should create the default 100MB system reserved partition.

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I wanted to install a new graphics card in an older ThinkCenter M73 that I have with an i5-4670, but the metal drive bay seems to be blocking the addition of a full sized GPU card. I can't seem to find a way to fit it in there, and it doesn't seem to lift up. I found this article: https://support.lenovo.com/gt/en/solutions/pd029060 But I think this is a newer version of the M73. In a video I watched (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZV0Fdxqxvg&t=326s) with what appears to be the same model, the user had to cut open a panel with pliers. Is there any way to open this bay up in the older M73 models without me having to cut it open?

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I have replaced my factory installed 1 TB hard drive with a 2TB FireCuda.  The factory hard drive has a silver metal foil stuck to the top side.  What was this for and do I need to remove it and put it on the replacement FireCuda?Factory hard drive 

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I would like to use Vista Ultimate's Backup and Restore Center to back up my Satellite A205-series laptop's hard drive to an external hard drive wirelessly. The external hard drive (which is NTFS-formatted) is directly attached (via a USB port) to my Belkin N+ wireless router, instead of being plugged directly into my laptop.

I know this WiFi network-based hard drive is recognized by my Satellite A205 series laptop, because it appears as "Drive Z:" when I click on "My Computer"...but the version of "Backup and Restore Center" that was included on my Satellite A205 laptop only allows backup to DVDs or a directly-attached hard drive--not network drives (strange for a laptop with built-in WiFi).

On the other hand, the version of Backup and Restore Center that is found on my computer at my office (also running Vista) only lists the drives on the computer at first--but includes a "More:" hyperlink whereby somebody with Admin rights can click and get access to network drives.

This "More:" hyperlink does not appear on the version of Backup and Restore Center on my Toshiba Satellite 205 laptop.

I can't even get anyone at Microsoft to talk to me without first
charging $69.95 for the "privilege".

Any suggestions?

A:Satellite A205 - Vista Backup and Restore Center with WiFi hard drive

Hi irsharp23,

> but the version of "Backup and Restore Center" that was included on my Satellite A205 laptop only allows backup to DVDs or a directly-attached hard drive--not network drives (strange for a laptop with built-in WiFi).
I think this is not a Toshiba related issue. Backup and Restore Center is designed from Microsoft and Toshiba has nothing to do with that. So I think you have to get in contact with Microsoft guys to ask for a solution or maybe there is an update for this tool.
Have you checked this?

Furthermore why you don?t connect the external HDD directly to your notebook? I don?t see a reason for connecting such a backup HDD via network because this backup image can only be used on your notebook.

Alternative I can recommend Acronis True Image that can save backup images on network or you use Microsoft SyncToy to synchronize your files between notebook and network. ;)

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has anyone used Veeam backup and replication for replicating 2 or more ESXi vurtual machines? I ran a test lab of 2 hosts replicating a Windows XP live vdmk and it worked pretty well, replicated everything includign configuration, just wondering how it goes on production servers with 3 terabyte as i noticed it has to check the whole volume for sector checks (Doesnt use MD5 checksums like Shadowprotect) and im assuming this could take a while considering i have about 8 terabyte of data to be checked every night.

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I have been in the IT sales industry for quite a while now, and I'm seeing more and more of my clients moving over to Veeam for data backup and replication. I'm curious if others in the industry are seeing a similar switch?

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I have borrowed a Speed Metal Hard Disk Drive but it has no power lead.

i thought i would be able to pick one up from ebay but i cannot seem to find one anywhere.
the port on the hard drive is 8 pin and says DC IN.

Would someone please be able to advise what exactly i need?

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I just performed a System Restore without disks (as I have done in the past by pressing F10) halfway through the process the computer froze. I hit enter about 40 minutes later and it jumped to a screen that said "Restore successfully completed" i hit enter on the Finish tab for the computer to restart, but it froze again. after about 15 minutes I turned the computer off manually. The computer now says /Windows/system32/winload.exe is missing or corrupt. I can no longer access the restore screen and I was never given recovery discs when I bought the computer from the store. Can I use recovery CD's from another Hewlett Packard computer that runs off of Vista as well? I have the a1730n model and my sister has the a1700n model. Please help!!

A:System Restore performed...result "ERROR"

Okay, so I tried using her recovery discks to see if it would work and it did not It said that the disks could not be used with my computer.

What and where should I look for the software that will allow me to at least get to the recovery options again? Please help me!!!

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Hello and help,
My trusty inspiron started going BSOD and black screen locking up about a week ago. I suspected virus or trojan even though I have avg free installed and up to date. I went to dell support site and followed the instructions to recover and it would BSOD before completion. I tried system restore and BSOD before completion. I tried to do a clean install of vista as I have my disks and get random error messages while running in installation mode (the 0x0000----- errors). I am now attempting to reformat the hard drive with the command format c:\ and it appears to be working very slowly.

What do I need to do when the format is complete to install vista and get my computer working again? I know all my data is lost- thats ok I only use the machine for web based email and internet browsing.

Your help is much appreciated, thank you.

A:Vista 32bit inspiron 1525 format performed on C:\ drive

First, regarding AVG anti-virus. It is not regarded as being very good at virus detection and scores low in independent tests - it's only popular because it's free so get yourself some decent antivirus software. The best ones are not free, but if you still are reluctant to pay for it, try the free Avast Antivirus from here: avast! - Download Free Antivirus software or Internet Security

Second, your problems in trying to re-install the OS. The hard drive may be faulty or failing so you should test it with the drive maker's diagnostic software. You will need the DOS version to test it with. The links are here: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

The DOS version download is an ISO file from which you can create a bootable CD using the free IMGBurn from here: Download ImgBurn - FileHippo.com

When the CD has been created, boot your Inspiron from it. The testing interface will open automatically when the CD has fully loaded. Select the appropriate drive and run the test (choose extended or long test if available as that's more reliable than a quick test.).

Note: If you can't determine the make of hard drive or are reluctant to remove covers to look at it's branding sticker, you can test any internal hard drive with Seagate SeaTools for DOS from here: | Seagate

Make sure you download SeaTools for DOS, not SeaTools for Windows.

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Hey I'm trying to backup veeam files (vbk , vib) using HPDP incrémental mode . The goal is to backup only new files with something like 2 weeks retention So i did a first complete backup of my veeam directory with permanent retention , and then modified the job to set a 2 weeks retention for the following backups:  it did the trick for 2 weeks but this morning , HPDP did a new complete backup , not only the last files created during the night Veeam retetion is also 2 weeks so maybe this behavior is normal ...when the files composing the full backup reference are deleted , the next backup becomes a complete backup Any idea? Maybe this is not the correct method to backup this kind of files ...i have seen a post where the administrators use symbolic links in a dedicated backup directory to backup only the files they need 

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I'm looking for a second hard drive to install in my computer. I want to use it as an image backup drive. My hard drive is 20 GB, so I figure a 30 GB backup drive will be fine. In the past, I used a Maxtor, but it crashed after 2 months, so I want a different brand.

Recommendations? Price is important.

Thanks, Richard

A:What is an "OEM Bare Drive"?

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