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Backup/Restore Procedures; Full[entire]Drive Imaging

Q: Backup/Restore Procedures; Full[entire]Drive Imaging

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 to fix the explorer-ext HD relationship. If bi-direction copy succeeds, backup begins. I no longer assign drive letters to any ext HD, causes problems down the road. And, 2nd internal HD's C-partition & D-partition will no longer be drive-letter assigned.
YYYYMMDD(ext HD name)_(partition letter)_S0x -- that's the XML file and the high-compressed backup file name I use within Macrium Reflect Pro. Acronis keep its log files differently, I can name the backup file only. Hours, days, weeks, later -- I know where each backup is.
If a particular backup is really critical, I can do both a Macrium and an Acronis backup of C-(OS)-partition on each external HD.

Full [entire] drive images.
"I only do full drive back ups. Eliminates several backup steps if the drive needs restored. With selective partitions, if the full drive has to be restored it requires several separate operations." Fireberd [sevenforums]
Even though separate OS and data partition full images have served me well, thinking it over, I realize Fireberd has a great idea, and I'm adding his idea into my present HD [hard-drive] backup routine.
Consider: a catastrophic HD failure and the HD replacement, or a catastrophic OS boot & OS operations failure and facing the need to do a complete software ReInstall. In order to restore any and all partitions onto the original or replacement HD, at least one full image of the entire internal HD containing the OS, factory recovery, OS boot, and data partitions needs to exist.
If you're not also making separate full images of OS and data partitions, stop reading, you're done.
If you are also making separate full images of OS and data partitions, if you ever have to restore the full [entire] drive image, then, afterwards, simply follow through with the separate OS and data partition restores, if such partition images are newer than your full [entire] drive image. For my purposes, In order to take less time restoring full [entire] drive and the separate OS and data partitions, I'm going to test an idea: delete all data partition's folders and files from within the full [entire] drive image.
"Take care of thy backups and thy restores will take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited

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Preferred Solution: Backup/Restore Procedures; Full[entire]Drive Imaging

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

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

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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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Good day to all!

I am confused on what do I have to do: "clone" my Windows hard drive or make an "image" of it that will serve as back-up. I want to back-up my Windows hard drive so that when this hard drive fails (e.g. mechanical problem like I encountered last month), I can restore my OS including all updates through Windows Update and all the softwares installed in this drive. Also, I want that these softwares will run like before.

Can someone tell me the difference of each, the advantages and disadvantages, and the best recommended utility to be used.

Thanks to all that will help.

A:Cloning VS. Imaging - Full Backup my Windows Hard Drive

Cloning makes a duplicate of a HDD that is fully functional. An image acts like a photo negative; all the data necessary to rebuild a HDD is there but can't be used as is unless the software used for imaging is capable of mounting an image. One significant difference between a clone and an image is a clone is of the entire HDD while images can be made of individual partitions on a drive, multiple partitions, or the entire HDD.

Images are best for backing up HDDs or partitions that contain the OS since they can be used to restore the OS to the original HDD without having to physically swap drives. Merely copying the OS from a clone back to the original HDD will not work. Images also usually take up less room on a HDD than the original data because they are usually compressed.

Clones are usually best for moving the contents of one drive to another. Both clones and images can be used to back up not OS data.

For backing up my desktop, I make an image of my SSD boot drive. Since it has only the OS and programs on it, it is only 56GB big and takes me only 8.5 minutes to clone to a folder on my first data drive in the computer. I can easily restore the boot drive from the image and have done so several times. I clone the data drive because, if the data drive ever dies completely, I can use the clone (I actually have three, two at home and one in a safe deposit box at my credit union) to easily access my data until I can replace the dead drive.

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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 t... Read more

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Backup/Restore Procedures for [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. 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 to... Read more

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Hello: newbie here

I looked but I couldn't find the answer. I had made a full image of 3 drives using Win 7 backup tool. However, since then, I have removed 2 of the disks but I want to restore just one of the drives where the OS was installed (these are physical HDD= 3). Windows restore CD does not let me restore just one drive since the image is for all 3.
Is there any way that I can force windows 7 to restore just one of the drives from the the full image with 3 drives? Unfortunately, the drives that I removed already have new data in another PC and pretty big (2T each). I don't to buy 2 drives just to install the OS image.

thank you

A:Restore from full image just one drive.. Possible? Windows Backup tool

Hello vlsi99x, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If the two HDDs that you removed were only data drives and not system drives, then yes you could use step 8 or 9 in the tutorial below to only restore the system drive (step 8 easiest way) or exclude the drives you don't want restored (step 9).

System Image Recovery

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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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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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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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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Hello

I have a flash drive that has the majority of my files (documents, images, spreadsheets etc) for my work that I go back and forth with. It was all there 2 days ago then this afternoon I popped it into my laptop to do some work and it said "You need to format the disc in drive G before you can use it do you wish to do this now". I clicked on cancel, took the stick out and tried again. I do not get the message I normally get when I do this with any of my sticks that asked me what I want to do ex: open folder to view files etc. So I right clicked the drive on My Computer and then clicked on Properties and it states under Used AND Free Space 0 bytes!!

Is there anything I can do besides paying for expensive recovery programs online? Some of my files are backed up on my laptop, some on my main computer and some on my computer at work but NOT all my files are backed up. I know I know big mistakes. I already have 5 memory sticks with files on them and it is always a hassle to remember which stick I am using to back up.

Thanks

Sally
 

A:an entire flash drive full of files disappeared???

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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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Hey guys...I am trying to find a solution to a problem that I'm having. At work we have about 6 PC's that I would like to make drive images for in case of drive failues. I was wanting to use an external drive for the backups and was looking for a one touch feature but I don't think it would work with multiple machine backups.

I was trying to avoid having to install software on each machine to perform these backups.

So what I was thinking of doing is trying to find a program that can reside on the external drive and will run from there.

Does anyone know of a free reliable imaging program that will do this?

I had found one at one time that did just this and worked great but I can't remember for the life of me the name of the program!

Any help or ideas appreciated!!

Mike
 

A:Good drive imaging program to backup multiple systems with an ext. drive? Free?

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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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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> 

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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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I wanted to restore my laptop which I bought in 2012. It came with windows 7 64 bit and somewhere along the way I got viruses.

I installed Truecrypt which is software that lets you encrypt either 1 file or the entire system. Basically I set it up so that I had to enter a password to even log into Windows. (the entire system was encrypted).

Now I can not get to the log in screen for Windows. I think I should have uninstalled Truecrypt before I performed the restore to factory settings. BTW, my laptop is a HP Envy 15 3040 nr. My question would be is Windows 7 still in there somewhere? And if yes, how do I get rid of Truecrypt to access it? Thanks.

A:How do I restore Win 7 with truecrypt Encryption on entire drive

According to the TrueCrypt manual, page 34 and 35 explain how to use the Rescue Disc that you made when you encrypted your system in order to get into Windows later if you have problems.

"If Windows is damaged and cannot start, the TrueCrypt Rescue Disk allows you to
permanently decrypt the partition/drive before Windows starts. In the Rescue Disk screen,
select Repair Options > Permanently decrypt system partition/drive. Enter the correct
password and wait until decryption is complete. Then you can e.g. boot your MS Windows
setup CD/DVD to repair your Windows installation. Note that this feature cannot be used to
decrypt a hidden volume within which a hidden operating system resides (see the section
Hidden Operating System).

Note: Alternatively, if Windows is damaged (cannot start) and you need to repair it (or
access files on it), you can avoid decrypting the system partition/drive by following these
steps: If you have multiple operating systems installed on your computer, boot the one that
does not require pre-boot authentication. If you do not have multiple operating systems
installed on your computer, you can boot a WinPE or BartPE CD/DVD or you can connect
your system drive as a secondary or external drive to another computer and then boot the
operating system installed on the computer. After you boot a system, run TrueCrypt, click
Select Device, select the affected system partition, click OK , select System > Mount
Without Pre-Boot Authentication, enter yo... Read more

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Please help me! I made a big mistake today and I have no clue how to fix it. I've been searching for a long time but can't find anything on the internet. I think this is the best place I could ask for help so here it goes:

I have an HP Pavilion desktop. It came factory default with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and I've been using it for years. I saved all my important files and photos on it. Recently, I had the thought of dual-booting a Windows 8.1 OS on it. I watched quite a lot of videos and it seemed pretty straight forward. I also have a Windows 8.1 product key.

At the installation, there were so many issues. They were all relative to how my licence is not valid and such before I'm even given the option to enter one. I found out that I could create an EI.cfg file to get past it and install Windows 8.1 without a licence key and activate it later. Then for the last time, I got an issue saying that Windows can't be installed on my hard drive partition 3 (which was a 64 GB NTFS primary partition that I created with my Windows 7 operating system.) So, I couldn't install it. I even went back on my Windows 7 operating system to reformat the volume to NTFS but the problem remained.

Then, I found online an article about cleaning the volume using diskpart instead of disk management. I got lazy this time and decided to just follow the instructions on the Windows 8.1 installation disk. I pressed [shift] + [F10] to launch command prompt and got to disk part. Then I selecte... Read more

A:Cleaned My ENTIRE Hard Drive. How can I restore it?

hi welcome to the forum. I just have a question for you. when you said you did an image backup where was the backup stored at? was it on an external drive or the same drive the OS is installed on? if was on same drive then you are most likely out of luck using the backup image.

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Hi all,

I'm using Windows 2000 SP4.

After a major meltdown and reformat I am resolved to implement a backup and restore plan.

I have a basic set up I like - it rarely changes - of certain software and documents/files structure.

Okay - help me out here

Is there a way to completely backup a Windows 2000 installation - with full program, registry and file support - so that if need be it can be restored with one fell swoop?

I have heard of Norton Ghost but some reviews I read on Version 9 have me a bit skeptical of trying it.

I sure would appreciate any thoughts on backup plans.

Thanks
Dodge
 

A:Full BackUp and Restore options

Imaging your disk is the way to go for what you want. I personally use Acronis True Image. Norton Ghost 2003 is also good. I also have heard bad things about Ghost9. Personally, I stay away from all Symantec programs lately, too much bloat.

There are a few freeware imaging programs out there you could try but I can't vouch for them as I've never tried them. True Image was worth the price for me. I don't want to scrimp on a program as important as this.
 

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i have a gateway and i just did a full system restore with backup. everything worked fine. Now i want to restore all my pictures n documents, but i dont know how. any help? theres a folder named C:\My Backup -- 10-01-17 0824PM

A:full system restore with backup

What is the Gateway system model?

You did not find instructions for using the backup utility at the Gateway site or in your owner's manual?

Louis

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I'm trying to use the Win7 Backup Program and have a couple of questions:

I did a backup of my C-drive to my external harddrive and it backup up ok. But, it did not put the back in a Folder on the E-drive, just put the backup file on the drive under the name of the C-drive. Question, I normally retain 2-3 backups in other backup programs, but don't know if I can backup again with Win7 Backup and it will retain the previous one and not overwrite it - so, I can maintain a number of backups?

Second, I tested the Restore File function, but restoring a backed up file to a different folder on the backed up drive, and it put it there but deleted the file from the original location? It there a way to tell it to not delete the previous file when restoring the backup file to a different location?

Thanks for any insights/suggestions.

Gumboman

A:Win7 Backup Procedures?

"so, I can maintain a number of backups?"=>yes no problem at all. Just try it.
" but restoring a backed up file to a different folder on the backed up drive, and it put it there but deleted the file from the original location?" => it doesn't delete anything at all! It only supersedes the file if it's already there.

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I am trying to run my automatic scheduled Windows Vista Backup & Restore application Center. It is backing up to the D: HP_RECOVERY drive in the HP_RECOVERY folder. It says it's almost full. I am compressing the folder now, but it will be full aventually and I'll be back to the same problem. How do you remove backups from this HP_RECOVERY folder or what is the process to free up this folder?

Thank you.

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While System Restore usually does what it is supposed to do, sometimes it doesn't. When I am intending to do something a bit drastic or unusual on my desktop now, I routinely make a full registry backup. (Start/Run/type REGEDIT/OK/File/Export. Name and save the file in Documents) On my machine this takes 20 - 30 secs and results in a file around 200 MB. I have never had to use one of these backups to restore this machine so far, so my question to the Gurus is - is this a good practice to get into or is it a waste of time?Cheers

A:System Restore vs Full Registry Backup

You can also use ERUNT - it's been around forever, it's free, it works with all versions of Windows from XP through W7 and it's the best registry backup utility available.(http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/).

Personally I don't use System Restore - for precisely the reason you mention: it's a great little applet - when it works. Seems that when you need it most it does not work. Instead, I use disk imaging software on a regular basis. I create images of my system partition to an external (or second internal) drive once a week and keep the 2 or 3 most recent images. In my opinion, everyone should use disk imaging software. It will be there when you need it to work and it couldn't be easier to use. Acronis True Image is the best of breed, but it's not free. Macrium Reflect is an excellent free alternative.

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So I managed to somehow download the virus that causes Google search results in all browsers to re-direct to clickover.cn, shopica, etc., and after running scan after scan to no avail, I just decided to do a full system restore. However, when I did this (via pressing F11 when booting up the PC), I also chose to have a back-up of the harddrive created in the folder C:/My Backup. Was this a bad idea? Did the virus get backed-up with my other files?

For what it's worth, I haven't experienced the re-direct issue once since performing the system restore...

A:Wise to do a full system restore w/ backup?

UPDATE: I ran a Root Repeal scan yesterday and didn't find anything other than the typical false positives. Is this a pretty sure sign that the original clickover.cn virus is gone? Are there any viruses that could have survived the system restore?

Also, do I need to delete the C:/My Backup file that contains all the files stored on my harddrive prior to the system restore? I just wasn't sure if the virus could have saved itself in there...

Finally, is it safe to log-in to PayPal or other financial websites yet?

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Is it possible to resotre individual files from a full Image Backup? I Created a System Image. If this is possible, how is it done?

A:Can you restore individual files from Full Image backup

You certainly can with commercial products like Acronis, but I don't know about the Windows product. I would guess you can--if you can't, that would be a major shortcoming.

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Hay There,
I'd really like to know the best procedures for properly backing up system files for a Dual Boot VISTAx64/XP Pro x86 PC. I've had more then my fair share of fatal disasters in the last year. Consequently I finally forked out some change for a selection of backup software and devices and I need a little advice on what to do with them! ...How best to backup my "entire" PC to prepare for another inevitable failure. Before I ask though I should say that I had to edit my XP registry to prevent XP from deleting Vista's "System Restore" Points at every boot. Consequently I no longer have accsess to the Vista drive from XP but I do have access to the XP drive ('s) from Vista. (XP resides on a NVIDIA RAID 0/strip array of two 74GB WD Raptors while Vista resides on a part. of another drive. A Seagate of 1.5 TB capacity with two partitions on it.) I run dual because of game compatibility by the way. That said, I have recently purchased a 2TB CMS external drive with automated on-board clone/backup software that is said to be able to back up and clone multiple PC's and or drives. So I assume that would include multiple operating systems as in "dual boot"? as well. I've also purchased Genie-Soft's GMC Pro v8 and for good measure I'm evaluating Genie-Soft's new freebie "Timeline" software. It's runs in the background 24/7 looking for changes in files, folders and program version's only recording what I designate but only recording the ... Read more

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I'd like to know how to restore the ATA database onto a new machine from backup.
A few of the ATA product pages touch on this, but none give a full restore process:

ATA Database Management tells you in a very basic way how to restore the databaseExport/Import ATA Configuration gives you the command of how to import the config from the SystemProfile.json fileDisaster Recovery expands on this by telling you how to restore the config to a new server - but it doesn't cover full disaster recovery, which would include
restoring the database too.
Using powershell, I take a nightly dump of the database:
& "$install_dir\MongoDB\bin\mongodump" --gzip --archive=Z:\dbbackup\ata.gz --db ATA
and I also take a copy of the latest SystemProfile.json from "${install_dir}\Backup\". These are both stored externally to the server.
I use a DNS cname in my ATA config, so everything is referred to using this e.g. msata.mydomain.com, and I have a 3rd Party SSL cert which uses this, which is also in the ATA config, with the public key cert and chain already distributed to my Gateways.
I'm using v1.9.
On the new server (which will have a different hostname to the old server - but this shouldn't matter since I'm referring to everything using the cname instead), I'm expecting to:

install the 3rd Party SSL certificatepoint the cname to the new serverinstall the ATA Center softwarefollow the Disaster Recovery instructions to import the SystemProfi... Read more

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

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

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

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

Hello Jon, and welcome to Seven Forums.

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

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

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Assume I create a System Restore Point.
Is a full Registry backup included?
or only a partial backup for all branches which are core Windows 7 related?

By the way: Is each SRP independent from the others?

If I delete lets say the 3rd out of 5 SRPs.
Are the two 2 SRPs following the third still valid?

Or do SRP depend from the preceding chain of SRPs (because they are only a kind of differential, delta backups)

Peter

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I'm trying to backup the pictures, music, and videos that are saved on my buddies laptop. He forgot the password for the main account and whenever I try to transfer files to an external hard drive, a screen pops up and tells me to it cannot transfer files without password. Is there anyway to get around this? EDIT: I thought maybe it would be important to add that the account that I'm using to get access to the files must not have permissions to change anything on the computer. Don't ask me how my friend figured out how to restrict himself from changing anything on the computer, but he did and this general lack of knowledge about computers, likely got in into the trouble, that now is going to require me to do a full restore.

A:Trying to backup files before doing full restore, but don't have the password for user account

Is this subject taboo or something?

Is it possible for me to work around this password? If not, I can always just lose the pictures, music, and videos... but I'm trying to avoid this.

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

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

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

Just wanted to double check!!

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

Thanks!
OM
 

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I recently had to do a recovery on my HP notebook due to a boot registry malfunction. As a result I lost all my programs and data files. The system was reset to the original factory settings. Fortunately, several months ago I backed up my system using the Windows XP backup utility. The backup was accomplished on 18 CDs. However, I can't seem to get the Win XP restore feature to work as it doesn't recognize any data in the CD drive. In addition, all the instructions I have read discuss backup from a file or tape. Did I error in backing up to disc? I also get the following error message:

"REMOVABLE STORAGE NOT RUNNING. The backup utility cannot connect to the removable storage service. This service is required for use of tape drives and other backup devices. Please exit and start the removable storage service using the system services function of the management console"

Each of the 18 CDs has three folders labeled "1386", "preload", and "master"
Any help would be appreciated
 

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

Thanks,
Dobber9
 

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

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Several weeks ago I installed a remote hard drive. I am using it to store automatic system backups.

In the last few days I have been notified that the drive is full.

I am using 245GB on my primary (C:) drive.

The remote backup drive has a 1TB capacity.

It's somewhat surprising to be told that drive is full. Opening the drive to look at the files, there is a long list of subfolders under the folder labelled "Backup". One has a long, arcane number, and the other sub-sub folders seem to be daily updates named C/Users/My Name/ and from one to four sub sub sub folders or file names. Clicking on the multiple sub folders or the file names causes nothing to happen.

How can I clean this up? I would like to continue to back up my system automatically, but the drive seems to be full of garbage.

A:Backup Drive is Full?

It sounds like it's saving each backup as a separate backup. I would think you have to delete some of the older backups to free up space.

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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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thx bob cerelli for the help i'm just gonna use an external removable storage like a USB or something.
 

A:Solved: Can't backup drive D full

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If I have 285 gig used space on my hard drive and 1.75 gig free space. Is that enough free space to do a backup onto an external hard drive?
I understand the computer needs to store information about the backup so there needs to be enough free space to do a backup. Is 1.75 gig enough free space?
When I had a cloning of my hard drive done there was about the same amount of free space and then it went down to 400mb after the cloning was done. When my computer got turned off then back on, I had 1.75 gig free space again.
I posted a question here: http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/1149817-can-taking-hard-drives-out.html#post9094317 But now this is my follow up question.
I might be putting my old hard drive back into my laptop and doing a backup onto an external hard drive. Or I might be using an external case thing and putting my hard drive into that and copying all the files from my old hard drive onto an external hard drive. So I am wondering if I have enough free space to do either of those things.

I have a toshiba laptop from 2010, if that makes a difference. The hard drive I have is whatever hard drive came with the laptop.
(When I say "I" I mean me and the person who will be over later to help me.)
Thank you
 

A:Is my hard drive too full to do a backup?

I don't think you need extra free space on the drive that you're backing up ....
Just enough space in your external HDD to hold the data.
The operation space needed to collect and move the data is in RAM not the HDD .. If I understand what you're worried about

Are you wanting to backup the Operating System or just the Data in the system ????
 

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Okay, so my recovery drive is almost full, like only 1.25 GB of space left out of 9.76 GB. I only have 1 backup file that is 1.85 GB. So what are other files that I can get rid of? The dell file in the Recovery Drive is 5.29 GB, that's a lot of space. Are there any files from any of them, the dell, Tools, Users, sources, Windows, or Program Files that I can delete safely without ruining my PC? If you have had experience with Dell laptops, I would appreciate any advice you can provide.

Method suggested by richc46:
I think the easiest way is to go to the MY Computer Icon on your desktop, Right click, go to properties, go to system protection, then remove the check mark indicating that you want to shut down automatic checkpoints. Then restart your computer. Your D drive should be cleared. I would then make a manual restore point, since now you have none. Go back and replace the check for automatic restore points.
Will this methid affect my bookmarks in my Google Chrome, my Microsoft documents, my pictures, my downloads, my music, my Windows Mail, ANYTHING but the Recovery Drive? Cause when I look through the folders in it, they seem mostly like extra junk, and I just wanna clear it and start fresh, but I'm afraid it will delete my saved files and settings for other things. Your method SOLELY clears the Recovery Drive, and I can just click the automatic checkpoints and make a shadow copy for backups, and it will be fine? I don't want to mess with my other stuff.

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A:Recovery Drive nearly full, but only have 1 backup file...

You need to delete the restore points. When done make a new one.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ts-delete.html

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...m-restore.html

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Hope this is acceptable in this forum section, Would like opinions on preferred easy full image back-up apps., Please....Thanks....Jim

A:backup full image or cloneJim of hard-drive

Hello,You could start by looking at Windows 7 buillt-in imaging and back-up solutions: Build a complete Windows 7 safety net (by Fred Langa)

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Hi all.

I have been using Acronis True Image to do scheduled daily incremental backups of my system, but now it's stopped functioning and tells me the hard drive is full.

I've been backing up to an external hard drive (mobile desk) of 160GB.

The first backup I made was a full one of about 35GB.

I can't understand how incremental backups can use up so much hard disk space. I thought incremental backups only backup any changes or additions to files already backed up. These incremental daily backups have been taking about 30 minutes to complete every day -- which seems a little long to me.

I'm mystified by this turn of events.

What are my options? Wipe out the entire external hard drive and start again?

Thanks for any help with this.

A:Acronis Backup Stopped Due To Full Hard Drive...

You've discovered the downside of using an imaging tool as a backup tool - the amount of storage required! Things change constantly inside of Windows, and most of the changes are unseen and are within the largest directories on most systems. You can run this free program to get an idea of all the stuff that's going on: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...essmonitor.mspx These changes will keep the size of the incremental backups large, and 30 minutes is about the right time to make an image.I would suggest saving the original image, deleting the incremental images, and creating a new image as of this date. Then, limit yourself to a certain number of images in case of disaster. I used to keep several, but now only keep one image with everything that I consider essential on my system.Then, do your backups separately. I'm not familiar with the Acronis backup tool (having used SyncBackSE for many years) - but only backup the data files that you can't replace. Back them up daily and they'll take less space than an image will.

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This is my hard drive backup plan. Any thoughts on my plan would be appreciated.
I am going to use Acronis 2010 with my wd external drive to image my hard drive for the first time. I've taken the time to educate myself on the difference between full image backups and incremental backups.
Since this is a personal use computer, not a business, incremental backups would seem to be a waste of time for me.

Once I successfully image to the wd drive I have, I will get another wd external drive and save another full image. That way I can toggle saving full image backups between the two. I've heard horror stories about backup drives failing just when you need them. This way if my hard drive crashes, I'll have two complete images saved on two separate drives. If one wd drives fails, I still have a backup image on the other one.

So what do you tech gods think? or
 

A:Solved: full image backup of hard drive

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Hello everyone
 
Wonder if you can assist me.  Having a backup issue.  Have a Samsung Seagate  backup 1tb hardrive used for backup. I use window 7 backup not the software that's on the drive.    The drive is showing 1//4 full, and files awaiting  to be written balloon, keeps coming up on the right corner, of my screen  On Checking there is a red line though the external drive, which I think is telling me that the drive space has been calculated and found there to not be enough room.
 
The external drive was set up for full backup, then after that incremental backups, about 7 months ago.  The computer is also very slow, presume because these files are awaiting.
 
Have researched on internet and someone suggested clearing the temporary burn cache  folder, to remove files waiting to be written to disk.  Not sure if this would work, as the files I am trying to remove are from a incremental backup.
 
Would the following approach work   Attach another backup drive, but a lot bigger say 2tb just in case!. Redirect the windows 7 backup software to that drive, then set it to do a backup, so getting the files written somewhere at least, off the system.?  Or am I way off base.... don't want to damage the computers backup system.
 
Any help would be appreciated.
 
 
Thank you
Sapphire888

A:External backup drive full files waiting to right to disc

Your plan sounds good.  I recommend Macrium Reflect or if you're geekish - Acronis True Image.  External to Windows backup/restore programs have a much better restore record than Windows built-in Backup stuff.  Also, if desired, you can delete contents within Users --> [your acct] --> AppData --> Local --> Microsoft --> Windows --> Burn directory, but do not delete the directory itself. 

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Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi guys,

I have a 2 TB seagate hard drive and I was able to use it at its max capacity before. A few months back, when I plugged it back in, I noticed it only had about 1 TB capacity, so I moved all the files out of there and did a quick format. After formatting, it still showed about 1 TB total capacity. I am attaching how the drive looks under windows disk management.

My question is :

1/ how to regain its full 2 TB capacity like the beginning, and

2/ what's the best way to retrieve the files that are now in a hidden (or not accessible) partition (or whatever you call it). As of now, I can only see 875 Gig, and when I tried to reformat it again, 875 gig is the biggest size available for that partition.

Thanks in advance for your input.
 

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I read on the backup wizard in cPanel that a full backup cannot be restored through cPanel. What can it be restored through. My searches of the web led me to believe it could be done through the WHM. I don't know what that is so it must be for the server administrators.

I'm getting off topic here. How can I restore a full backup I made with cPanel.

Plugins don't work. My server doesn't allow some php (or something) process so most of the ones I found would not work. They get denied access right away.

Thank you for considering my latest problem.
 

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