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Problem Backing Up Data from Windows 8.1 Computer To Windows 7 Computer

Q: Problem Backing Up Data from Windows 8.1 Computer To Windows 7 Computer

I have a Windows 8.1 computer that has a virus. I pulled the hard drive out of the Windows 8.1 computer and hooked it up to my Windows 7 computer via a data transfer kit that hooks up USB. I booted my Windows 7 computer up into safe mode and took over ownership of all the folders and files on my Windows 8.1 hard drive. After I took over ownership I copied my user folder that had 200GB of data to my Windows 7 computer to store my data temporarily while I formatted the Windows 8.1 drive to get rid of the virus. After I formatted and reloaded windows 8.1 I pulled the hard drive out of the computer and  hooked the drive back up to my Windows 7 computer. I then cut and paste all of the data back to my Windows 8.1 hard drive. The data copied correctly no problem but when I put the Drive back into the Windows 8.1 computer I cannot see any of my data that I copied from my Windows 7 computer. Any help would be appreciated!

Preferred Solution: Problem Backing Up Data from Windows 8.1 Computer To Windows 7 Computer

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A: Problem Backing Up Data from Windows 8.1 Computer To Windows 7 Computer

HDDs/SSDBs have identifiers which are are recognized from the motherboard it is installed with.  Before moving a hdd/ssd to another motherboard you need to remove these, to do this you generalize the operating system by using sysprep from the command prompt.  This must be done before moving the HDD/SSD.
In the Elevated Command Prompt type in CD C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep, then press Enter.  Then use the command: sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown, then press Enter.
If you do not do this prior to moving the drive you may only receive error messages.
Are the data that you can't read encrypted?

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I have two questions:
The first is, how exactly do you back up a computer?  I'm embarrassed to say that I've never known how to do this, but after my last computer crashed unexpectedly, I realized I need to learn how.  I have a HP Pavilion g7 that runs Windows 8.1.  What are the steps?
The second question is if it's OK to back up your computer using a USB flash drive or if it's better to use a USB hard drive.  Obviously the flash drive would be cheaper, but is it better to use a USB hard drive instead?
Thanks for your help!

A:Questions about backing up a Windows 8.1 computer

Some people use USB flash drives, but invariably, they have very little data, mostly MSC Office files like Word & Excel.
If you have a fair bit of data, then it's more economical to buy an external hard drive.
Bear in mind that the USB flash drive will copy your data a lot slower than an external hard drive.
As for backing up your data, it's as simple as right clicking on one of your folders, and hitting 'Copy" then open your backup drive and paste the folder in there.
Here are some folders that you're likely to want to copy.
Pictures, documents, downloads, favorites, videos, saved games & desktop.

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We have a shared computer. I'm not sure how to back up & migrate
all the files back when I upgrade to windows 7. Do I back up each account individually & will windows 7 migrate them back to the proper account?

A:Solved: Backing up shared computer before windows 7 upgrade

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QuickBook 2006 Data backed on USB flash drive up from oldcomputer with Windows XP. I am trying to transfer from flash drive to newcomputer with Windows 7. Get error message QBB is not a valid win 32application. How can I get the data from the old computer to the new computer?I have already installed QuickBooks on the new computer.
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G860 @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3982 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1799 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 460142 MB, Free - 404304 MB; D: Total - 16567 MB, Free - 2052 MB;
Motherboard: Foxconn, 2ABF
Antivirus: Norton 360 Premier Edition, Updated and Enabled

A:Transfering Data From Computer with Windows XP to Computer with Windows 7

I am trying to transfer from flash drive to newcomputer with Windows 7. Get error message QBB is not a valid win 32application.Click to expand...

How are you trying to "transfer." The normal way is to simply copy the desired files and then eventually delete them from the USB flash driver when sure that they are no longer needed.

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Hi this error message has been floating around for a long time.  I have yet to find a solution that works or that I can understand.  Why is the error message not resolved after 6 years?
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\SyncUP. Error:(The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002))

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I'm trying to do a complete system back up to an external hard drive. I loaded the Ntbackup.msi utility from my XP CD but I get the following error: "The files for the recovery diskette could not be created. The operation was aborted." when I attempt to copy.

Is this a XP issue and if so, is there a fix?

A:Problem backing up computer

Hello & welcome to TSF,

it is just not that great of a back up system !!!!

here is a link to a real easy to use program

follow link


select the (author's site ) wait for the yellow bar if you are useing internet explorer

now it will back up to where you tell it and do compleat / or just selected sections of your harddrive & has the reinstall utility built into it

it nice & free

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It seems that windows 10 does not support Easy Transfer.  I need help in getting the correct method to transfer files from my win 7 computer to the new win 10 computer.    Thanks in advance.

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I am trying to transfer the program MagicInfo from a machine I believe is about to crash over to a different computer. Both computers run Windows 7. The old computer says it runs Windows 7 under properties, but the display looks like it is pre Windows XP, with
the grey taskbar. I called MagicInfo tech support and they told me I needed to change the formatting of the USB in order to get the program to transfer. In all formats except NFTS, I could not get anything to back up to the flash drive and had to copy the
files from the C drive. In the NFTS format, I can get it to back up directly to the flash drive, but when I bring it to the other machine, the restore wizard still cannot find a backup to restore from. I am not sure how to proceed from here, and I have to
get this done soon. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Update: Enabled Sharing on the USB and tried to get it to work via the network. Found it in the network and it says Windows does not detect any files to restore from. Is it even possible to restore this program in this way? 


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Hi, I am a whistle blower living in the US. I've leaked a lot of information about the ethical violations going on in my company, it's legal, but could be very dangerous for me. In case this seems familiar, I agreed to have my friend post this because I didn't have an established account. But since he edited my words for privacy purposes I fear the issue was miscommunicated.

I have had very sensitive files on my windows computer, before I started using Tails (via a usb on that same computer) and while I've destroyed that hard drive, I still use the same windows license and motherboard. I was going to get a new license and and motherboard in case windows had logged info about that file (which I'll admit is unlikely in the extreme). I've also realized that Tails does not wipe video memory (https://tails.boum.org/support/known_issues/index.en.html and https://labs.riseup.net/code/issues/53560) and that this can be detected by the Windows operating system and ?hypothetically? logged by Microsoft (who can collect whatever they want).

For the record I am not a paranoid nut, and I (if I had to guess) I would bet that (video memory or file collection) is not feasible in the least. But what fact(s) conclusively prove this? My question was and still is ?How can anyone be certain what Microsoft does or does not log/collect about the computer on which windows is installed??

A better way to word it would be: ?How does Windows send data to Microso... Read more

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I just finished a new computer for my wife for her work. The old computer has a Windows 7 PRO 64 upgrade installation from XP on it. I bought an OEM version of the same W 7 PRO 64 with SP1 to install on the new computer. I need to know the easiest way to move her files from the old computer to the new one, but I would like a clean install of the operating system if possible. The new computer has 2 SATA 3 drives, the old one is using the older SATA drives. Can I just move a drive over with all here files on it and have the new system find it? Or do I need to hook the 2 together and pick and choose the files she needs to transfer?
Thanks in advance for the help.

A:New coputer with Windows 7 PRO 64 moving data from old computer.

The upgrade license can migrate to the new build providing there is a retail copy of XP or Vista to qualify for its use - neither need to be installed first, just leave the key blank during install and afterwards do the quick registry workaround in Option 3 of Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version.

Otherwise the easiest way to make sure everything gets transferred is laid out in the same steps for Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. If you'll stick with the tools and methods given you'll get and keep a perfect install.

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Hello - I have a laptop that crashed over the weekend. I need to do a restore on the computer but before I do I need to get the documents and pictures off of the drive. I've taken the drive out of the laptop and plugged it into my Windows 7 desktop using an external USB bay. I hear the computer detect the drive but it will never show up as a drive. If I look in Computer Management it shows up in there. Can anyone tell me the best way to get the data off please? Thank you

A:Windows 8 computer crashed - Trying to get user data off o

The quickest and easiest way I can tell you that would work, would be to use Hiren's Boot CD, the link is below. You can boot to "Mini-XP" and it will give you a full Explorer that you can use to move files off the drive to a safe place, just connect a USB drive to the system and you can copy all of your important Data to the external drive.

You probably could also use WinPE or WinRE, I am not sure if those have a working File Explorer.

The only other thing you could do would be to take the drive out and stick it into another system where you can copy the files off.

There may also be a version of Linux that can mount NTFS volumes so you can move files that way, if someone has a link to an easy Linux that can be used like that please post it.

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I have had this problem many times before, when i hook up xbox and play xbox live our internet connection gets messed up and doesnt work. I set a restore point before i played the last time and when the internet stopped working i restored it to the point and it started working again on our main computer where the router is, but my computer in my room which is wireless is not working anymore. I formatted my hard drive on that computer hoping that it would fix the problem but it didnt. I have tried to get it working and have had no luck. The connection says that it is good but the internet does not work at all. It says "Cannot Find Server" when i try to get on internet explorer. The main computer is sending information but mine is not receiving the info.

Help me please

A:Main Computer Sending data but wireless computer not receiving data or internet

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I need to retrieve data and files and a program from an unbootable Packard Bell computer with Windows 98.

When booting and get to desktop I recieve error message that Windows has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down.

I have read some solutions with similar situations but with newer computers and newer versions of Windows.

I think I need a USB external hard drive enclosure

to retrieve the data.

Is this product what I need??? and Does this product come with instructions and or can somebody please instruct me on how to do it..


A:Solved: Retrieving Data from unbootable computer windows 98

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I am planning to purchase a new computer that runs Windows 7. The e-mail program in my old computer is Outlook2000. My e-mail provider is Earthlink.

I need to import all of my contacts and e-mail files from the old computer into Windows Live Mail on the new computer (I think that this is the current e-mail program supported by Microsoft). I also need to be sure that my existing Earthlink e-mail address will be the one that people will contact me on my new computer.

Is all this possible and how difficult will it be to do it myself?


A:import Outlook 2000 Data into Windows 7 Computer

Hi Don, welcome to the Seven Forums.

You should read this article on Microsoft Help & How To: Import your e-mail, contacts, and calendar into Windows Live Mail


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My Sony Vaio (windows 7) died last night, after I dropped it in my garage getting out of the car. I removed the hard drive and installed it in an external case. I have it connected to my work laptop (dell windows 7) and I do hear the tone when I plug in the USB that tells me the computer noticed a new device. However, I do not see the drive available in explorer so I can copy my files.

After reading other posts I tried a few things with no success.

When I go into device manager I see "generic external USB device", and I have tried uninstall / scan for hardware changes. After a few minutes it changes back to "generic external USB device" so no good.

I go into disk management and I don't see the external drive at all.

What should I do next? Not an IT guy, just hoping I can recover my files. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

A:Computer Died... trying to recover data from drive, windows won't show

Update: I went back into disk management and I do see "Disk 1" now, but when I attempt to initialize I get the dialog box and it asks me for the partition style. No mater which option (MBR or GPT) I choose I get "Virtual Disk Manager - Incorrect Function" as an error message.

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Data Execution Prevention- Microsoft WindowsTo help protect your computer, Windows has closed the programName: Run a DLL as an appPublisher: Microsoft Corporationim getting this error msg when im trying to select windows XP theme like this right now my current theme is windows classic. even when im trying to select new thems then also its not taking and showing the same theme windows classic.so please help me in this

A:Data Execution Prevention, To Help Protect Your Computer, Windows Has Closed The Program

It sounds like you might want to do a few scans for viruseshttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/875351I'd suggest one of these free online scans to ensure that you're not infected:(Be advised that some of these scanners will pickup things in "quarantine" from other anti-virus programs - so review the results carefully)http://housecall.trendmicro.comhttp://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner Scan Only - no removalhttp://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.htmlhttp://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtmlhttp://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asphttp://onlinescan.avast.com/http://ca.com/us/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspxhttp://www.eset.com/onlinescan/<links compiled on 02/14/2008>

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My new Precision 3520 mobile workstation is down after only 3 days of use, OS won't start normally. I decided to return it anyway.
So I need to back up hard drive data first. But new problems prevented me from doing it...
Info on my Precision 3520:OS: Ubuntu 16.04HDD: Seagate ST500LM021, 500GB 7200RPM
What I did:Take out the Precision 3520 hard drive, and connect it as a USB device to my old Inspiron N5050 laptop (runs windows 7). The connection is done via an Insignia SATA-to-USB 3.0 converter, it worked fine with other HDD of comparable model (a Seagate Momentus 5400.6, 500GB 5400RPM).
Problem:Upon connection, the driver is successfully installed, but the HDD shows up as having only 2GB size, with only OS files inside. The rest 400+GB of disk, with user data, can't be found.
How to solve this?
Just in case if you need this -- the Precision 3520 can't enter OS desktop. After displaying the Ubuntu start up logo, it got stuck there with black screen, keyboard not responsive, but the following error message pops on and off once every 2-3 seconds:[***:*****] pcieport 0000:00:1c.0: PCIe bus error: severity=corrected, type=data link layer, id=00e0(transmitter ID)[***:*****] pcieport 0000:00:1c.0: device [8086:a111] error status/mask=00001000/00002000[***:*****] pcieport 0000:00:1c.0: [12] Replay timer timeout (Note: those *** are some random numbers)
Running the pre-boot hardware diagnosis shows all devices are normal.And it can still enter BIOS setting.
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A:Problem extracting / backing up hard drive data from Precision 3520

Instead of removing the hard drive I would have used another PC to create a bootable DVD of some flavor of Linux.
Anyway, I wonder if it is something to the partitioning of the hard drive.

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I got a new HP today and as soon as I got it home, it boots up and then the error message "Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the installation." and it wont go beyond that, I click OK and it boots up again with the same message. Please Respond!

A:Why does my computer display "Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the...

Do you have any usb devices connected to it or any media inserted such as CDs? If so, disconnect them and try again.

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Well there are 2 PC in my LAN:

WiFi connection to my router NETGEAR DGN2200v3
Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1

Cabled connection to my router NETGEAR DGN2200V3
Windows XP Home Edition 32bit SP3
If from DSK I try to access NB shared folders through network, everything is fine.
If from NB I try to access DSK shared folders through network, the following window appears:

The strange thing is that this problem seems to occur randomly! Sometimes it occurs, sometimes not (during the same session of usage of NB). This is annoying because usually I need to work with NB on files which are stored in DSK through local network, so if I need to apply a change to a file, sometimes I won't have a chance to do that.

Some minutes ago I configured DSK and NB so that the account for both has the same username and password.

When on NB I try to access DSK shared folders, the window I posted above appears, I fill the data but neither this time I have granted access...

This is what happens:
- I reset NB WiFi connection
- Using NB I try to access DSK shared folders --> everything is ok
- About 5 minutes passes
- Using NB I try to access DSK shared folders --> the authentication window appears, I fill the username and password fields but they won't be recognized

I need to work on DSK files directly from NB through my local network, so it is very annoying to reset my WiFi connection every 5 minutes... Just I don't know what the solution to this prob... Read more

A:Solved: [Problem] - Windows 7 ask for password if I access a Windows XP computer

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I'm using Windows Vista Home Premium on a 64 bit HP Laptop with 4GB RAM. I'm networked with several other computers. When I try to get to the desktop on my Windows 7 machine from Vista, the Network displays the Windows 7 desktop for an instant and then reverts to the Windows Vista desktop. The problem is new. I've done virus and malware scans.

The procedure I'm using:
I double-click the Network icon on the Vista desktop. In the window that opens I click on my windows 7 icon, enter the appropriate login and password. I then see my Windows 7 shared folders and I click the shared desktop icon to open the Windows 7 desktop in order to transfer files, etc. The Windows 7 desktop opens for an instant and then all the open windows disappear and the Vista desktop reopens.

This problem just started occurring. Any ideas on what's causing the problem and how to fix it?

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I am new to this forum.
I have a problem of backing up emails in my WLM using the export function since I cannot even go into WLM.

I have the typical problem of -
-when I start windows live mail (v2009 final version) it said this :
Windows Live Mail could not be started. The application was unable to open the Windows Live Mail message store. Windows Live Mail was unable to locate it`s message database. If you`ve moved the database filesto a new location.clik OK to resetthe database path to that location. Otherwise, click Cancel to proceed, any existing messages found will be avaible under Orphaned Accounts. (0x000000000, 2)
-if I click OK it said :
Windows Live Mail could not be started. The application was unable to open the Windows Live Mail message store. Your computer may be out of memory or your disk is full. (0x80070002)

Please help me back up my email!

Thank you!

A:Problem backing up messages in Windows Live Mail

Hello leinaday & welcome to Vista Forums.
If your Anti Virus Program has an email scanning component turn it off to see if that makes a difference.
BTW What Anti Virus are you using?
Another thing to try - right click on your Windows Live Mail shortcut on your Desktop - select "Run as Administrator" - click on "Continue " if User Account Control requests it.
Hope that helps.

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In preparations for upgrading from Win7 to Win10, I want to make sure I don't lose any essential program data. Most of my data files (word processing, graphics, etc.) are not located on the C-drive where my OS is located, so they aren't the issue. However, as I recall the last time I had to install an OS (long time ago), there were other files that were saved automatically by various programs that were located in the Windows folder, or elsewhere on the C-drive, that were generated by the programs - profiles, saves, etc. - including Application Data and other stuff needed by the programs, and things like font files. Some of them are pretty easy to locate and backup (font files, custom sounds, etc.), but I'm always uncertain about whether or not I have all I need.

Is there some way to backup all of those kinds of files without simply backing up the whole C-drive (including Windows), then if I need them later, going looking for them?

My computer is home built, and the primary drive (C-drive) is a 256 GM SSD. Windows and a few of the programs I use a lot are located there for speed. Other programs are located in a partition on a much larger traditional HD, with data files on another partition of that drive. Backup will be to a 1TB drive on a server on my LAN.


A:Prep for Win10 - backing up C-Drive Data (app data, fonts, etc.)

I still think it be easier to use Reflect that you can find in my sig as you can mount that image and find what you need after. Of course this is still an image of the the ssd. you could choose to take only the partition with windows on it though, if you do the whole drive you can come back from an upgrade snafoo.

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I am in the process of buying a new computer with Vista and my old computer is XP. I purchased a USB 2.0 Host Link Networking Bridge Cable but there are no instructions. Can you tell me what I need to know to transfer my files from one to the other? rgreg4234 (also, I have Windows XP w/service pack 3 not 1)

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Hi, I'm trying to back up my Sony laptop in preperation for sending it away to tech support across the country - even though it's only for cosmetic repairs they warned me they still might format it!! Even when I ASKED them not to!! Anyway i wanted to do this as quickly and simply as possible, but nothing is making it easy.

Ok, so I used Windows XP Backup to create a huge image of my hard disk. This file is called backup.bkf and it is 32GB in size.

Now comes the question ... WHERE do I put this 32 GB file??? All I have is a CD-RW drive. CD-R's seem like a dumb way to do this ... i estimated that it would take 40+ of them to hold it! I don't even know if i have that many...

Someone give me a better solution ... please?

A:backing up my computer

Kinda hard findin that reverse gere?

Another way to go would be to change the CD for a DVD, this will give you about 4GB storage space. Too bad the "Blue Ray" isn't in production yet, you could almost put it all on one disk.

You could also look into an external hdd, you could use it as a backup for the laptop hdd.

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I use to have a backup on my computer but I guess when my windows 7 machine upgraded to 10 and then downgraded back to 7 it got tampered with???? "
Task image is corrupt or has been tampered with 0x80041321"
Is the message im recieving.


Any file, including a backup, on a hard drive can become corrupt. The theory is that it is unlikely for the original data and the backup to go bad at the same time.

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Hi Folks - this is my 1st post here, so please bear with me because compared to most folks here....I'm sure I'm very low on the totem pole of computer knowledge.

I just started with computers about 7 years ago (I'm 59) & I'm just self taught. I got started with computers because I like to play poker & when I used to live out West....there were plenty of "live" venues (casino's, Poker Rooms) to play at. When I moved to GA where I live now, they have no "live" venues, so I decided to learn how to play on the interet because I knew that online poker was booming at the time.

By the way, as anybody else who is an American internet poker player knows.....online poker for American players has been going downhill ever since 2006 & it is at the point now where it is for lack of a better analogy....on life support.....why?......because our politicians don't have anything better to do.....actually, the one who did the most massive damage hasn't been a politician for a long time.

ANYWAY - sorry for getting off track. What I'd like to know is this. I would like to back-up my computer with CD-R disks. I tried backing up my computer once before with special disks made specifically for my computer....and everything seemed to be going fine....and when I finally got to the end of the 3rd and last disk & pressed the final button to finish it all up (I'm not sure I'm describing this exactly right...it was a... Read more

A:Backing Up Your Computer

To help us help you,please use the TSG System Info tool to let Tech's know the specs of your computer: http://static.techguy.org/download/SysInfo.exe Copy and paste the results here in your thread. You can use the TSG Info to fill in your computer information in your user profile as well.

Also, if its a brand name system like an Acer,Dell or HP, please post the exact model of the system.

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I would just like some advice really my friend told to backup my pc which I agree with, however I do not have the external hard drive so my friend said I could use his meaning he will have my backup.

Is there any risks or anything anyone would be able to do with my backup I should worry about?

A:Backing up your computer

To me, the term 'secure' means only I have access to my computer and it's data.
Your friend may be trustworthy, but once your backup is in someone else's possession, it's out of your control.

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I have never backed up a computer the whole time I've had one which was when they first came out. I got Windows 7 and I have this little flag in the right hand corner that says I have to back up.
Anyway - should I do this and how? How do you know what to backup? Surely it wouldn't be all the programs and can you back it up right on your computer somewhere.
I know nothing about this, so you might have to talk kids language for me.

A:Backing up computer

I guess you mean a complete back up
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

I was not aware of a notice that it had to be done.

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Hello. Quick question. My mum asked me to help her make her computer faster, and I figured the best and easiest way would be to back up her stuff and reformat windows.

Anyway, my questions is - how do i actually back all her files up?

Can I just copy and past everything in C drive onto the external hard drive?

A:Backing up a whole computer

Copying all the contents of C wont save the applications, be a bit more selective, say my documents and any files that are not saved in the my documents folder.

Depending upon your pc - control panel has the backup feature usually, you can do a full windows backup which will take a while.

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I have a Home wireless network with two desktops and a laptop. Both desk tops have Trend Micro Internet Security 2006 installed with Win XP SP2 also on both. I mapped the network and was able to back up my main computer by simply clicking and dragging to the second desktop.

Now when I try to open the drive for the second desktop I get a pop up asking for a user name and password. I have never set up a password on either but do have two users on the second desktop. I have chabged both desktops to the Office Network, Home Network and Wireless Network confugurations in Trend Micro as well as turning off the firewall but I still get the same message.

Anyone run into this before?

A:Backing Up to Second Computer

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The computer in question is a Toshiba Satellite Laptop - model A205-S4629. I think I've narrowed my issues down to problems with Vista.

I was attemptingto make a mirror backup of my computer before I just do a complete Wipe and reinstall. I will be creating backup via CD, and it states I will need 13-19 disk, which I have. During startup the computer freezes, however on rare occasions it boots up. My concern is having it freeze during the backup process. Does anyone know how much time is required for a complete back-up??

Some background. The computer started freezing or hanging several weeks ago. I have attempted:

** The only way the computer will start up in normal mode is if I use the battery.
** To use the power plug, the computer will only boot via Safe Mode.

1. Startup Repair
2. Checkdisk
3. Inserting original disk which came with computer.
4. Bootrec
5. BIOS/Setup - error came "back system.mgr is unavailable"

I think I went through the above diagnosing correctly, but if you feel I may have missed something let me know.

Based on the time I have spent, I have faced the reality my best option is the complete reinstall.

I would appreciate any feedback or suggestions you may have.

A:Backing up Computer

I have noticed that with many of the back up software, they do not work very well with CDs. I could not back up my Windows Seven on CDs. I finally bought an external hard drive and using Macrium Reflect (which has already saved me from a major problem) I can back up with no problem. May I suggest the use of an external hard drive and Macrium Reflect.
As added information, the use of Karens Replicator will be an excellent method to back up your personal stuff, either manually or on schedule.
To get to your original question. I would give it about an hour to back up. Of course there is not way of really knowing, since it depends on how much stuff you have.

Here are my solutions to freezing, and an excellent article, which I hope is of some help
Go to search type device manager and look for any yellow warning markers
Download and run malwarebytes, a full scan after you update
Run antivirus scan
Check memory with memtest86
Make sure that you are not over heating.
Try in safe mode; report back if it works properly.
Try a clean boot
Make sure PSU is working properly
If overclocking, restore to original
Test hard drive at company website.
Test in safe mode, does it still happen?
Try with clean boot..

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Having problems with the above subject.Can't seem to get decent instructions from Microsoft.
Any help,
Please advise.

A:Windows Easy Transfer from Windows Xp computer to WIndows 7 computer

According to the instructions at the Microsoft Download Center you need to install Easy Transfer on the XP computer, it is already installed on Windows 7.
Start the Easy Transfer on the XP computer.
Type Easy Transfer in the Search programs and file box, right click on Easy Transfer in the pane above the search box and choose Run as administrator.
Once Easy transfer starts follow the instructions provided by the Wizard to select and transfer your data.
You can use the following to make the transfer:
A USB easy transfer cable.
A network connection.
Removable media, such as a flash drive or an external hdd.

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I got an external drive, a 750 GB drive. The actual capacity of the drive is 698 GB. I have 678 Free. I only have one internal hard drive, with an actual capacity of 687 GB, and I have used 178 GB of my C drive. I have a 12 GB or so Recovery partition. Anyway, When I use widows backup to backup my computer, the backup size is 283.5 GB, which about 100 more GB than is taken on my drive? Why is this?

A:Backing up my computer using too much space

Are you creating a Full System Image in the backup?

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I am new to this, the other week i had to pay alot of money to get my pc fixed ,As i did not have any recovery disks.

It was not starting in safe mode so he had to do a reinstallation , but he has put a folder on my computer with the PCs entire settings or (snapshot) of the whole computer.

So i would have to call him out again, if things went wrong, i still don;t know why i would have to call him out, doe's he have some sort of speical software he uses
So my question is if this happens again, could i learn how to do this myself, if i bought an external hard drive, and copied the entire hard drive onto this, how would i be able to restore my computer if things did go wrong again.

There again, would you need to take the hard drive out, to wipe it first, the more i find out about this the complicated it becomes

As i would like to learn how i could get my computer backup and running, if it was not even starting up in safe mode.

P.S would i also need the "Acronis true image" software as well
Windows xp user

A:backing up entire computer

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I am starting up my own computer repair company. I am trying to figure out the most effective/quickest way to back -up a customer's PC. Is creating a disk image the best option. I use Acronis True Image on my own PC and really like the job it does. Can someone tell me exactly how you would restore a crashed system by using the disk image. I guess it is much quicker than a complete computer back up. Using a program on a trial basis, would that still allow you to create a disk image and recover a system. Appreciate the feedback.Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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I am trying to get a backup of my computer. I recently had a problem with it and it has been restored to a good point. I would like to backup the computer as it is now on CD-RW. When I go to Accessories>System Tools, there is no back up listed. It has the disk cleaner and such but I do not have backup listed as an option. Any ideas? This may be a stupid question and forgive me if I am wasting your time. I will be out of town for a couple of days but will check back with any help you can give me. Thanks, as always.

A:Backing Up Computer Files

Give these a try and if you wish to use them please print the for reference.PC World = Ultimate Backup Guidehttp://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,101767,00.aspThe backup and recovery solution that awards 100% reliability and superior performance at a click of a button.http://www.backupanswers.com/freewinbackup/

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I would like some advice regarding how I can back up my computer and system in the event it crashes again. I would like to be able to restore the computer in exactly the same state it was in when it crashes.

A:Backing up System and Computer

You should look at a cloning software product. I use Acronis True Image and it will restore your system to its point in time that the backup was taken.

You will probably have to purchase some addtional hardware depending on your system, but you can get it restored if its backup up correctly.


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I have an old desktop (Pentium II) that became infected with spyware and possibly a virus. Before I shut it down and stored it none of the disc drives (cd/dvd/floppy/zip) were functioning. I no longer have a monitor for it. Can I back up the picture, video and doc files using my laptop without transferring the spyware and/or virus to my laptop?

Thanks for the help!

A:Backing Up Another Computer Thru My Laptop?

The short of it...Yes, you can. The long verison you will need to run antivirus, antispyware, and post a hjt log to allow the experts verify you no longer have malware on the drive. You must determine if the data is worth the time and effort. You maybe talking about a week buy the time the HJT Team finishs the reviw of your drive. It's not that they are slow, they just take it very serious and are careful.You can buy a USB to IDE cable to transfer the contents of the drive. Open your old computer unplug the IDE cable to the hard drive then plug the transfer cable in. Turn the old computer on then plug in the USB to IDE transfer cable into your notebook. You need to leave the drive in the old computer to provide power. The USB cable will not power that IDE drive.Only attempt this if you have all your antivirus installed and updated. Make sure your antispyware is also installed and updated. You may still end up with malware on your notebook. There are no promises it won't. If you have to put the old data on your notebook there will be risks.I recommend you have all the following (except where indicated) installed prior to attemping any fie transfer.Antivirus (Run only one.)AVG Free Edition Antivirus (I personally use)Avast Home Edition Antivirus FreewareAntiVir Personal Edition Classic FreewareBitDefender 8 Free EditionAntispywareMicrosoft AntiSpyware Beta (2000,and XP only)SpybotAdAware SE Personal EditionEwido Security Suite - 14 day trial(2000, and XP only)(Fe... Read more

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I need to connect to a Windows 2003 server via my Windows 7 PC's Event Viewer. It is a non-domain server, so I need to provide different user credentials for the Windows 2003 server. The Windows 7 Event Viewer displays this error when I try to connect
to the Windows 2003 server: Connecting as another user is only supported when connecting to a computer running Windows Vista or later.

This is not acceptable. I need to be able to manage/view event logs on th Win 2003 machine from my Win 7 desktop.  This all worked fine using my Windows XP Event Viewer and now it is broken in Windows 7. How can I connect the Windows
7 Event Viewer to view logs on a Windows 2003 server with different user credentials?

J McNemarJ McNemar

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Perhaps someone might have an idea or two about a recent problem with a new computer and old drive.

I got a new computer with Windows 7 on it. But for the time being I decided I wanted to boot up to my original drive with Windows XP on it as I made the transition. However, when booting up with the Windows XP drive I ran into the "blue screen of death"

With a little research it was suggested I use the original CD and do a repair since some information about the original computer was confusing the boot up. The CD did bootup, but I ultimately ran into the blue screen of death again.

So I sit here with a bootable hard drive with Windows XP on it, but a new computer that won't work with it?

This is not a show stopper, but any suggestions would be appeciated.



A:Windows XP in new computer problem

An operating system installed in one hardware configuration will in 95% of the time not work in any other completely different, or at least differing by the motherboard model, configuration. Not with repair utility, not by sacrificing a goat and two cans of beer to Cthulu. There is a guide to migrating operating systems to another configuration, but I'd really think you won't want to bother if win7 is working, you can migrate the files on the old drive to be usable in the system, wipe the hard drive that has XP on it and use both drives...

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Hi. I have two questions. My first one is about Windows XP on a computer system that is operating strange. I build my PCs with new computer parts, so I do not think that it is hardware issues. Here is my system:

Celeron 2.4Ghz
Acorp Mobo
256Mb PC2100 RAM
80Gb Maxtor Hard Drive
Windows XP installed
Floppy, CD-RW drives

Here is the problem. The customer installed the original Kazaa and didn't have an anti-virus installed. The customer downloaded some songs. I told him to install a norton anti-virus into the system and check for viruses. Sure enough, he had a couple of them. Now his computer locks up (which I didn't think that happen too much with windows XP). He just lets it sit on the desktop for about 2 mins and then it locks up (so I know it isn't any power options causing it to lock up). It has to be some applications. What do I need to look for when I go over there to service his pc??? I was thinking about running Ad Aware, checking for bad programs starting up in MsConfig, and if all else fails, do a Windows XP Repair.

Second, I tried to tell him to do a system restore. As usual, the computer says that he cannot restore to this point. I tried to get him to restore back to different points and the computer would not let him. My question is, why doesn't Windows XP let users restore back to past events sometimes??? I have encountered this problem on multiple systems.

A:Windows XP and Computer Problem?

Download Hijackthis. Scan your machine then click on Save Log.

Post a copy back here and someone will be happy to review it.

Don't make any changes until instructed to do so.

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I am not sure what problem I am having with my computer. I keep getting a blue screen with a message that says a problem was detected with my computer and that it is now doing a complete data dump. When I start my computer back up, sometimes Windows starts right up and sometimes I get a screen that says Volume C:// is dirty ad it starts checking file systems. After this is done, Windows starts right up and I have no problems for a day or two. Then again my computer will shut down and go to a blue screen saying that a problem was detected. I have tried system restore to previous dates, I have tried registry cleanup via cleanpc.com. I have McAfee Virus Protection. I am not sure what the problem is. Right before Christmas I tried to install a DVD Writer with Nero 7 Essentials ( I had originally installed this in 2008 and then uninstalled in 2008). This time during the installation I received a message saying Invalid Drive F://, and that there was a fatal error during the installation process. Thinking this was causing my computer problems I have tried to unistall Nero 7 Essentials with no luck. I keep getting the message: Invalid Drive F://. I am not sure what to do. At this point I am very frustrated. Please help.

A:Windows XP - Problem with my computer

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I am a novice and don't know much about computers. Whenever I open youtube, there is a problem. It plays for a few minutes (2 to 3 minutes approximately) and then freezes. I have to shut down the system and restart it. Sometimes, there is message reboot, etc, etc, ---. Sometimes, it is just a blank screen. Then I have to power off and power on again, before I can continue working (my office work). I am not able to watch anything because I am facing this problem. Earlier, I never had this problem. Can you help? Would really appreciate it.

These are my system details

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name VIDYA-148A9C6E1
System Manufacturer System manufacturer
System Model System Product Name
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 7 GenuineIntel ~2665 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 0811, 5/30/2006
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
User Name VIDYA-148A9C6E1\vidya
Time Zone India Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 1,536.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 734.41 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 1.95 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

Thank you.

A:Computer problem, windows xp

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My current computer runs the xp operating system and am using quickbooks 2007 on it. I now need to transfer my quickbooks data from this xp operating system to a new computer running vista with quickbooks 2007. Can this be done and if so how do I do it?

Thank you

A:How Do I transfer Quickbooks Data from xp computer to new vista computer?

Walkthrough for creating Backup for Quicken

Manually backup to external source (cd/dvd/thumbdrive, etc.), re-install Quickbooks in Vista, and then restore backup files.

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My dad and I are planning to switch computers and he would like to transfer all of his programs, software, and folders to my computer. With that, we would just simply have to switch hard drives. We could always set up a new OS and reinstall all of the components and drivers manually. Is there an efficient way of keeping all of his programs and folders while still be able to reinstall a new OS? Or would he have to reinstall all of them? We have an extra external hard drive at hand in case if we need it for backing up


A:Backing Up Programs to Transfer to New Computer

Can you post the specs for both PC's.
Filling out System Specs
Dont Know What Hardware You Have..??
VistaForums SysInfo Tool - Vista Forums

Take a look at this tutorial:
Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

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Hello BC, I have two computers, one running Vitsa Home Premium and the other running XP Media Center Edition. I have several folders sharing between the two, but I'm trying to back up some of my Vista documents onto the XP computer. When I run the backup on the Vista computer it ask for a password, so I created the same password on both computers.

I'm moving it to a shared folder on the XP computer and I have the Allow network users to change my files checked.

The error message I get is:

The network share could not be accessed for the following reason:

You need Full control permission for the network share. Make the user a co-owner of the share, with Full Control. The network share cannot be on a computer running Windows XP Home.

Now I did some research about my XP computer and it turns out Media Center Edition is a Home Edition with Professional Codebase.

Thanks in advance for any help and idea.

Sorry I figured it out

I had to turn off Simple File Sharing under control panel/folder options/view, then set the sharing options to Full Control on the target
XP folder

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