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Scastate not backing up data in redirected folders when ran remotely on a system using psexec

Q: Scastate not backing up data in redirected folders when ran remotely on a system using psexec

We are unable to take backup of "Favorites","Desktop" folders in a user profile when scanstate is run remotely using "Psexec \\computername -s scanstate.exe /ue:*\* /ui:domain\user /i:miguser.xml /config:config.xml /c" command.
These folders are redirected to a shared folder on a server and when we try to see the folders by using UNC path(\\computername\c$\users\username) on the user's machine they dont appear under user profile. Even though "Documents" are redirected,
we are able to take backup of the "Documents" folder.
However, when scanstate is run locally on the system, all folders are backedup to usmt.mig file. We are using "miguser.xml" and "Config.xml" for scanstate, since we need backup of "Documents","Desktop" and "Favorites"
only. After searching over internet, we doubt that, this behavior has got something to do with "Shell Folders" and "User Shell Folders" in the registry under "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Currentversion\explorer\shell folders",
where paths to all user profile related folders information is stored. We dont find "Documents" folder there, may be thats the reason why we are able to take backup of only "My Documents" and not the rest of the folders (Favorites,Desktop).
When scanstate is run locally, the backup of "Favorites","Desktop" and "Documents" is backed up to a location in the form of (Domainname\server share\user profile) where these folders are redirected to. So, my question is, is
there a way to mock the scanstate via psexec as if its running on the local system. Please note, we tried all possible ways of running scanstate.exe from remote share and also by copying the USMT files locally then running scanstate from there using PSEXEC

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Hello all, I have a question about setting up Remote Desktop on PCs in our company. For most of the PCs on our network Remote Desktop is disabled by decree of the management. When I do need access to a machine I'll use psexec to enable the service then I'll disable it when I'm done. Some of the PCs are accessed by normal (non-admin) users on the network using Remote Desktop - we're looking for a way to remotely edit the list of users that can access the PCs that way - it'll be one specific user allowed per machine so a group policy doesn't seem to be the right way to go... Basically I'm looking for a way to remotely edit a machine's local secpol, specifically the "Allow logon through terminal services" setting.
I found this MS article http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457125.aspx that mentions the SeNetworkLogonRight but I don't see that in the registry... I must be missing something stupid here - there has to be an easy way to do what I'm trying to do... Does anyone know what that easy way is?
This is the command I use to enable remote desktop - it seems like something similar could be used to edit the userlist? Argh!
psexec \\machine reg add "hklm\system\currentcontrolset\control\terminal server" /f /v fDenyTSConnections /t REG_DWORD /d 0

-Oh, it's an Active Directory Domain, all the PCs are WinXP - Thanks!

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I am trying to determine why IE7 installer fails to work when using PSEXEC to remotely install it?
I have the IE7 installer in c:\temp
This does not work (The switches are valid)
psexec \\new_computer c:\temp\ie7.exe /quiet /update-no /norestart /log:c:\temp
It installs fine with the same switches if I manually run it locally but I *MUST* remotely install it as I have multiple PCs to manage and don't need to bother the users 
Below is the log it generates yet it's not making any sense.

00:00.000: ====================================================================
00:00.218: Started: 2011/05/21 (Y/M/D) 21:11:52.900 (local)
00:00.468: Time Format in this log: MM:ss.mmm (minutes:seconds.milliseconds)
00:00.609: Command line: c:\ba1df32f992674d86f0534\update\iesetup.exe /quiet /update-no /norestart /log:c:\temp
00:00.890: INFO: Acquired Package Installer Mutex
00:01.125: INFO: Operating System: Windows Workstation: 5.2.3790 (Service Pack 2)
00:01.656: INFO: Checking version for C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe: 6.0.3790.1830
00:01.765: INFO: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe version: 6.0.3790.1830
00:01.781: INFO: Checking if iexplore.exe's current version is between
00:01.812: INFO: ...and
00:01.890: INFO: Maximum version on which to run IEAK branding is:
00:01.906: INFO: iexplore.exe version check success. Install can proceed.
00:01.922: INFO: EULA not shown in passive or... Read more

A:Unable to remotely install IE7 using PSEXEC



Regarding the issue, I’m just wondering that if you can collect the IE7 log (%windir%\ie7.log)for me, then we can try to find the cause.


Please understand, we need more detail information to troubleshooting the issue.You may upload the file via SkyDrive and post a link here.


Also please refer:




Also if you want remote install IE7, you may use the .msi file to do. Please refer:




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Hi there,
As described in the following link on how to run a disk defragment using Disk Defragmenter via PsExec http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/how-to-run-disk-defragmenter-on-a-remote-computer/,
would you say that all parameters mentioned by the author in the blog are applicable? If not, please could you specify which parameters aren't needed in order for me achieve this task efficiently, I've been trying to understand all the parameters for PsExec
and from what I can understand I don't think parameters -s and -f are applicable as mentioned in
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb897553.aspx. Reason why I say this is that when you when specify parameter -s (using system account) in the command and log on as a
user of that remote computer in which I've been using Remote Desktop to achieve this as well as Command Prompt, the prompt comes up with "Disk Defragmenter exited with error code 0" straightaway when logging on and logging off as that user on the
remote computer, the same also applies when logging off as that user on the remote computer when running the command when being logged on as that user whereas if you don't specify parameter -s the message is delayed for longer which is what I would expect,
I'm assuming error code 0 means that the task has completed successfully as mentioned in the following link
http://aumha.org/a/defragerr.htm. Another reason as to why I don't think parameter -f is needed is that the program (Disk Def... Read more

A:Clarification of running Disk Defragmenter remotely using PsExec

Case closed, managed to solve issue.

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I get a BSOD when I try to back-up the system state data. The screen reads:

STOP: 0x0000001E (0xC0000005, 0xEB7E9703, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

Address EB7E9703 base at EB7E8000, DateStamp 409f405c - windrvNT.sys

Beginning dump of system memory
Physical memory dump complete. Contact your system administrator or technical support group.

Does anyone know what is preventing the backup from running normally?


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I'm way past due for backing up my system. I have backed up and restored to a new hard drive in the past, but it's been so long I've forgotten most of what I did and why -- so a couple of basic questions.

I'm planning to simply copy my C drive onto an external hard drive using the Windows Backup Utility. That seems the simplest approach. Is there any fallacy to this approach that I'm overlooking?

Should I also backup Systems Settings? It's my understanding that an operating system/registry gradually acquires glitches as it is used. Should my internal hard drive fail, I would install Windows XP onto a new hard drive using the CD that came with my Dell. If I restored the System Settings wouldn't I also be restoring all those glitches? So, what's the point of backing up Systems Settings?

Thanks for helping.

A:Backing Up Data - System State

I think a backup should only and always be made at a point when your computer is in working state, without any glitches, without any malware, with the optimal settings. So I really don't think you should make a backup. First troubleshoot the problems you already have and then make a backup.


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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 use SMS to remotely troubleshoot user problems...One of the most frequent problems is network connectivity. How would I perform a ipconfig/all remotely, if I cant SMS to the client.

A:optain tcpip data remotely

Try this utility.....http://www.sysinternals.com/files/psexec.zip
Lets you run anything remotely from the command line...SWEET!! And it's free!

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Could someone give me directions on how I may burn dvd-r with mp3 music stored on my hard drive?

A:Backing Mp3 Folders On Dvd-r

It's simple, you just burn it as data, which is how MP3 files appear. Specific instructions are hard, since we don't know what burning software you use.

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I want to make a duplicate of all data stored on my hard drive in case of failure. I have read that in order to do this I need an XP-CD ROM which -as my PC came with XP preloaded, I don't have although I do have some sort of recovery disc (my PC is made by MESH)

Is there any other means that I can use to carry out this task? I already have a copy of 'My Documents' saved on CD plus all my bookmarks. Is this enough?

I have also read that I should make a copy of my registry in case of problems. Is this necessary?

I have SP2 installed.


A:Backing up files and folders in XP

I assume you are referring to XPs backup program which is not installed by default. It should still be there, but in the XP install cache files on the hard drive, these are placed in different locations depending on the whim of the computer manufacturer so without any knowledge of that, its not easy to advise.

But basically, if all your data is in the "my documents" area, that is all you would need to backup.

If you prudently backup all such data that is important in this manner, then a registry backup is less important as you could just reinstall Windows in such an event.

Backing up a registry is of little value if any cahnges occur (such as additional software etc) as the registry would be wrong and restoring it could just cause further problems. Rely on XP's "system restore" instead, it performs a similar but well behaved function.

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I only want to back up certain folders. I went to the tutorial and printed "How to Backup User and System Files in Windows 7 & it advised to go to either Control Panel or Computer and then there would be options. These options don't exist on my system. If I go to Control Panel, I get a window to Backup and Restore My Files. There is no way to choose specific files. The default setting is "Backup Files in libraries and personal folders for specific users". Why don't I get these other screen options as the tutorial says? and how do I back up specific folders only?

A:Backing up specific folders only

Quote: Originally Posted by Myles Cooley

I only want to back up certain folders. I went to the tutorial and printed "How to Backup User and System Files in Windows 7 & it advised to go to either Control Panel or Computer and then there would be options. These options don't exist on my system. If I go to Control Panel, I get a window to Backup and Restore My Files. There is no way to choose specific files. The default setting is "Backup Files in libraries and personal folders for specific users". Why don't I get these other screen options as the tutorial says? and how do I back up specific folders only?

What version of win 7 do you have (ultimate, pro, home,etc)?

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I have a folder called "Test" with three subfolders called Alpha, Beta, Charlie. I have backed up the "Test" folder to an external drive using drag and drop. When I do this, I get a message, and I select "replace the files in the existing folder".

I changed the sub-folder names to One, Two, Three and re-ran the copy process.

I now have the following folders on my backup drive in the "Test" folder - Alpha, Beta, Charlie, One, Two, Three.

This is now NOT a copy of the original "Test" folder, which only has three sub-folders.

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Heres the deal,

Im going to be sending in my ASUS laptop to the company for them to fix a screen issue. My question is since they are not liable for any information lost, how should i go about backing up my data. I currently have 640 Gb on two harddrives each partidioned once. Meaning i have C,D,E,F HDDS when i go to My Computer. This was by factory default.

My question is what software should i use to back them up to an external harddrive? And what External Hard Drive would somebody suggest? Money isnt an issue but i wouldnt need more than 640 gb of storage.

Be advised i only need this because I am shipping in my laptop for repair and will probably not use it so often after that.

Windows 7 64 bit


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I recently bought an internal Western Digital Caviar Green with 1.0 TB (which is plenty of space for me) and it runs at 7,200 rpm. It is very quiet but it has to be formatted which took me 12 hours to do. There is a deal at hhgregg where you can get a Toshiba external hardrive with 1.0TB for $80 and it already has backup software on it and I'm about to return my internal and get that hardrive. It's model number is PH3100U-1EXB

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Do not have a DVD burner on my machine. However, is it feasible
to write data to a blank DVD (4.7GB), as opposed to a 700MB CD, using a regular CD burner.Please advise. Thanks for your time.

Hope so. 4.7GB is scads of free space.

A:Backing up data on DVD

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i am sorry if I am in the wrong category, but I couldn't fined the category close to what I am asking, which is how dose one back up all the data from hard drive, what I don't know is do you back it up to another hard drive or if you are using flash card, how do you determine how much of a data you have so to have the right flash card.
thanks for your help

A:Backing your data

First thing you have to look at is how much data do you have. If you hard drive is full of photo's, music or text documents exceeding the size of a dvd or two then the most convenient way is to use an external or internal hard drive just for storing these files. Then if your system or OS drive fails you won't have lost the important stuff. If it will all fit on a couple of DVD's then burning the files to rerecordable DVD's would be the easiest as you can update or add to these as your data files increase. You could also use a large flash drive in the same way.

On the other hand if you want to keep a full image of your hard drive, which can be restored in the event of your main drive failing then you will need some good back up software like True Image. This would need a spare hard drive, either internal or external. True image can be set to automatically take incrimental backups which just add additional or altered files to the back up, keeping the image up to date.

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i'm looking for a online backup service to back up some of my files, plus i hope to get it free. anyone know of any good services thats free and secure and trusted?

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I hope you find the info in this thread of use? I use free version of 'Omnidrive' - and am pleased with it. Anyway here's the link:



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I realize it'll be a few days before I can get help on malware, so I thought I'd ask this in the meantime.

Suppose I know I've got the Google redirect virus. No signs of offline activity being affected so far. Meanwhile, is it a good idea to make a backup of specific files to an external HD? (I'm using SeaGate). Not the whole thing, I'm simply looking to move some .psd and .png files I'm working on.

I.e., has it been heard of for a rouge program to send something along for the ride when I connect the USB port for the external HD, or perform the write?

While I'm at it, I'm wondering if a similar trick is possible on a version control program like Git or Subversion. Is it unwise to Commit files to a repository while the computer is in this state?

A:About backing up data

I.e., has it been heard of for a rouge program to send something along for the ride when I connect the USB port for the external HD, or perform the write?Yes, there is a lot of malware that will propagate via removable drives: when you insert a removable drive like a USB stick in the infected computer, the malware copies itself to the USB stick and can use different tricks for automatic execution when it is inserted into another computer, like autorun.While I'm at it, I'm wondering if a similar trick is possible on a version control program like Git or Subversion. Is it unwise to Commit files to a repository while the computer is in this state?Yes, there exists malware in-the-wild that changes source code, but it is less prevalent than removable drive infecting malware.

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Hi guys. I got a problem with windows vista premium on my notebook. Now everytime it boots up, I only see the cursor on a black screen. This happens in safe mode as well. So there's no way for me to use system recovery. I don't know what to do now. The only thing that I can think of is to reinstall Windows Vista. But that would erase all the data on drive c:\. If I have to do this, how do I back up My Document folder? (maybe copying it to drive d:\ or to a desktop hard drive)

A:help on backing up data

If it is a 2.5" laptop drive, you can either pull it and use a 2.5>3.5 adapter to connect it to a desktop OR you can install the drive into a 2.5 external usb type of enclosure. Copy whatever you want. While you have access to the drive, you should run a diagnostic on the drive. Download this from whoever made the drive ie hitachi, maxtor, etc.

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I have a couple of old computers at home and would like to turn them into servers for my friend's site, snooples.com where they are all cluster together (I think this is the right terminology), so if one computer fails, then the other one kicks in. This way the server will always be up.
I just want to know if this is possible?

Also, if one computer is corrupted or becomes infected, will they all be infected as well (since they are clustered)? Then what is the best way to back up my data?

thank you

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I have a question. I work for an Architecture Firm and we back up our data and drawing files weekly to a separate hard drive. Then each month we switch our hard drives. When I backup everyones data I go onto their computer and copy their documents and drawings files to a new folder each week and give it a name with the date that I did the backup. By doing this it seems to me that I am saving alot of duplicate information instead of using the same file to "copy" to and just updating the new information. My problem is I don't want to overwrite any information. IS this the best way to back up someones data do you think?

A:Backing up data

Hi again UBAGirl,

To me, this depends on how you want to have your archived data stored. Do you want a chronological archive? What is the purpose of the backup? Not to lose data integrity? If you're only wanting to backup for the sake of backup (i.e. to keep a copy if the original dies somehow), I would only keep one copy, maybe a second backup as a plan C. However, if you are wanting an archive of data in chronilogical segments, I would do as you are doing and assign the date to the backup folder/zip/whatever.

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Hi guys,

OK, Right now, I have my laptop exactly the way I want it. I would like to save and back up so I don't loose everything in the event of a disaster. So which is the easiest way to back the machine up? I never really have understood the proper way of backing up data. So a little help would be great!

I have 30 gig on my drive so how do I get that on one disc.

Thank you for any help in advance.

A:Backing Up Data

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This is an easy one. Using XP, we are having trouble backing up a data file from "My Documents" to a CD in our D: drive. The error message says 'You do not have permission to save in this directory. See the administrator to obtain permission.' That is using the Save As command. How do we get the file to a safe place? Thank you.

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Hi all,

I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for this question, but I'll give it a shot. I am embarrassed to admit that I've never backed anything up on my computer. I'm designing a couple websites for clients (brother-in-law & close friends) and I was thinking the other day that if something happened to my computer, I'd be in trouble. I also have a bunch of pictures of my kids stored on here, too. So, that brings me to my question...and be prepared...it's a dumb one. Is there a way to back up all the data on my computer? Or would I just want to back up certain files? What's the easiest way to accomplish this? How do you all handle it? TIA!

A:Backing up my data

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Hi, i think im ganna do ctrl+F11 to clean my computer, i wanna know how to back up my itune's music. thanks

A:Backing up data

Check out this site, Mikefolan.com It has a quick guide to backing up media files with iTunes

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Hi there. My computer is really acting up lately, so I would like to backup all my important data just in case something catastrophic happens to this PC. I had a large slave drive as a backup, but that seems to have failed or be in the process of failing at the moment. What I would like to do is burn my data, mostly photos, a few word documents, and TONS of music onto DVDs. Is there a right and a wrong way to go about doing this? Is there some sort of program I can use to compress the data to fit more onto each DVD?

I have really never backed up my data, and I figure now is as good a time as any to start. Any help would be much appreciated.


A:Backing Up My Data

I wouldn't compress the files, especially the photos.

You can use XP's software to burn them or something like Nero. Just keep track of the total size of the files, and remember that a DVD has a capacity of 4.7GB. If you are going to keep these disks for a number of years I would suggest purchasing some good media, like Taiyo Luden or Verbatim.

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Hi I was wondering if anyone has recommendations for backing up data.

At the moment, I just copy and paste documents from my system to an external HDD. However, I need more regular back ups of data (fortnightly really).

I guess the best way to do this would be back up everything to an HDD every fortnight. However, obviously a lot of data will remain the same whilst there will only be a few minor changes...so is there software out there that can recognise files and not bother to rewrite over them with the same file. I guess I'm just thinking of speed really. Thx.

A:Backing Up Data

Look at SincBack . . easy setup and simple backup proceedure


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I am using Windows XP and am having the hardest time backing up my files to DVD (DVD + R) discs.

Do I need to fomat my disc?? If so, how do I do this.

Pretty new to all this & don't want to crash before I back-up. I have data files, photo files and zipped files to back up.

Everytime I try to back up it states I need a writable dvd.

Any suggestions??


A:Backing Up Data to DVD

Hi Debbie, and welcome to TSG.

The last time I checked, Windows XP did not have any built in support for burning any kind of DVD. There are programs available to burn Data DVDs that run on Windows XP.

Have you confirmed that your optical drive can burn DVD discs? Some drives can read and burn CDs but can only read DVDs.

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Can someone please help me understand the best way to backup my User Identity folders. For my regular backups of my personal files I use Goodsync. However, when I try to use Goodsync to backup the folders under C:\Users\My Identity\ I get hundreds of errors, saying that the folders or files cannot be accessed. I've done some online searching, and found posts that say that you can't backup User identities simply by copying the files to an external hard drive, because Windows locks many of them while it is operating. I have tried using the Windows "Backup and restore" function, selecting only my own identity and unselecting "Include a system image of drives: (C:)".  It took forever, and I had to leave it running over night. In the morning I found a message waiting for me saying that there was not enough space on my external hard drive for the backup. I can't understand this, as the size of my C:\Users\My Identity\ folder and subfolders is 23.9GB and there was over 320 GB free space on my external hard drive (which the backup process had filled).
I would really appreciate some advice on how to quickly and efficiently back up my User Identity files on a regular basis. If this means paying for software, that's fine (as long as it is affordable and not aimed at businesses).
I run Windows 7 64 Home Premium.

A:Backing up User Identity folders

Do you really need all of the files?  Most people only need the files from Desktop, Downloads, Favorites, Links, My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, My Videos, and maybe Saved Games.
Are you encrypting data?

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I am following WHS sticky to back up my entire system as an Image file monthly but would like to hear some recommended software or methods of backing up a couple specific folders daily or at least every 2 days..


A:Backing up specific folders daily

Hi kade119,

Are you backing up to an external hard disk or to a DVD?

If you are backing up to a hard disk I would use the windows file backup. If it is to a DVD it might be simpler just to copy the files occasionally.

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Recently I was chatting to the guy decorating my home. I told him that my old pc packed up causing me to lose a lot of data. He told me that he doesn't have to worry about that because he has something that automatically comes on whenever he uses his computer, making back-ups.
I wish I had asked him for more info because I don't see him now. I'm not certain but could it be some kind of hard drive that comes on whenever a pc is used. He did say that he never had to remember to turn it on as it was automatic.
Would like to hear from anyone who knows what it may be because now that I am using my new pc more, I am gathering more information which I don't want to lose like before. As I have a brain like a sieve, I don't want to have to remember to turn it on every time. Thanks for your time.
Michael Sullivan (django47).

A:Solved: Backing up pc data

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Hi guys, just a quick question. Is it necessary to back up my data via the Windows action center if I can do this externally? To me I don't think it is but what are your recommendations?
Moderator Edit: Moved from the "Am I Infected forum to a more appropriate forum.

A:Backing up data question

Its optional, but when you get malware,ransomware or HDD fails this will help. (If you backup to another physical drive that didn't connect to computer at that time.)
For me I scheduled it once a month.
Thank you.

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Just a small concern about something. I have a literally hundreds of very important and sensitive files, which I need regular access to. The total size of these files is close to 1TB. I have a backup of it in my personal HDD, but I need another one, off site backup that can be recovered anytime.
Free or premium versions of cloud services like Dropbox or Google drive are not on my priority. I prefer something much safer and providing dedicated service.
I have heard about many online backup and recovery companies these kind of services, but do they provide cheaper plans for individuals? Are they really safer than the other cloud services? I hope someone replies as soon as possible.

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Recently I backed up some of my data. As double checking to see that they transferred OK, I found some that
would not open for verification. Message reads not responding. Need some assistance to resolve this issue.
OS XP Home; SP 3

A:Solved: Backing up data

Recently I backed up some of my data.Click to expand...

To where, and using what method and/or program?

Message reads not responding.Click to expand...

What's not responding? A program? A file? ...?

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Hi, to make a long story short, my computer gradually started to exhibit strange behavior... long boot-up times, mouse disappearing but still activating context buttons (cursor was still operable, but not visible), sound crackling and distorting easily if more than one app was open, slow shutdown, etc.

After running several anti-malware/virus programs, uninstalling and reinstalling drivers, and defragging my HD, I attempted a repair install, which failed. I am now unable to log into windows and face a repair installation that continually ends with an error. If I do not select "boot from CD", then my computer just keeps restarting over and over.

So I have decided that the best thing to do is to reformat the hard drive and start over. The only problem is that I have several gigs worth of files that I don't want to erase.

I have another computer that has two hard drives. The second drive has some files on it but does not have windows installed on it... the other HD on that computer (which I am assuming is the "master" HD) does.

My plan is to use HD#2 (the one that doesn't have Windows installed on it) and make it the "master" drive on my current computer, partition it to keep the data that's on it intact, and use that separate partition to install windows. Then I will make HD#1 (the original HD, which I plan to reformat) the "slave" and copy the files I want from it to HD#2.

Afterwards, I will make HD#1 the master... Read more

A:Backing up data using separate HD?

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1.Could someone give me a suggestion/tips about doing backup?
a.The good place for backup?
b.How often I should do it?
c.The good method for backup?

2.I also have a HD that I made two partition on it, one partition is NTFS and the other is FAT32. How I should backup that HD?

3.What is the filetype system of a CD/DVD?

A:Questions for backing up data

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Hello Folks:

Need some expert opinions on using an external USB or Firewire HDD's for backing up Data. I'm thinking if purchasing one for this purpose.

What are the advantages/disadvantages?

Are they easy to install also? Do you have to partition and format these drives?

Thanks for the information



A:Using external HDD's for backing up data

AND if you decide to go USB, make sure your system is 2.0 compatible (or get yourself a card) otherwise the speed is greatly diminished.

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Hi, I am wondering if there is some kind of software that I can use to back up my data from one drive to another.

I have a 500GB External drive (almost full), and now want to back it all up to a SATAII hard drive I got.
Seeing as it is a large amount of data, it is bound to come across some write protected files, and pop up with questions like "are you sure you want to move this file?" etc.

Is there some kind of software that can manage this for me as it copies, bypass any files that it can't copy, and report any files that haven't successfully copied?
Or perhaps there is some way of writing a batch file to do a similar thing?

A:Software for backing up data

Get SyncBack, a free backup program. Run the backup with SyncBack and it will create a log of all files copied and files that couldn't be copied will show up in red.

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I've a large folder I rar'ed splitting the archives at 4300mb so I could backup the archive pieces to DVD. The freeware burning software I chose(finalburner) messed up severely (the archive pats on the disk(s) a mere 305MB each.

The DVD's are rewritable so I'd like to try again, can anybody suggest a good freeware program for burning data DVD's? Even a trial license works. So long as it can do it

A:Solved: Backing up data to DVD.

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I'm about to do a reinstall on a friends pc, but have no way of backing up his data due to his pc being basically beyond help.
Would i be right in thinking i can just take out the hard drive, install it in another pc (assuming its compatible etc.) back up from there and then put it back in the original pc to carry out the reinstall?

I'm a bit of a novice so laymans terms would be appreciated thanks.

A:Backing up data before reinstall

It honestly depends on what is wrong with the system, IMO.If the hard drive or file system has problems...the data on the drive may not be easily accessible.If the there are no problems with either...then you probably can move the data files to another partition/drive, once drive is connected as a secondary drive to another system.When using the term "backup", that usually refers to the process of compressing the O/S, programs installed, and data files. If the system is infected, that is not what a user would want to do.Soooo...can you provide some background info on what is deemed to mandate this decision to wipe the drive clean?In addition to data files...you will also want to save/copy the .wab and email storage folders that exist...along with favorites and cookies (if no infection).Louis

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I have a PC with Vista and a laptop with Win 7.

I want to do a backup of each on an external drive, in case either should fail. However, my main need is to be able to access data and emails from that backup using the other working machine, until such time a repair is made and the data can be restored to the original machine.

What software (free would be nice!) will let me view all the emails & data without having to actually restore it onto another machine? I am concerned that the mix of Vista & Win7 and windows mail & windows live mail might cause a problem.

Maybe I am making this too complicated for myself and that any software (Easeus for example) would do the job.

Any advice would be much appreciated.


A:Backing up data to view on another PC

Golden wrote a great tutorial on using robocopy to back things up check it out here.

ROBOCOPY - Create Backup Script

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i tried to delete some files but this error message appeared.
anyone knows how to solve it?

A:error when backing up data

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.

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Ok so im formatting my computer but i have a lot of stuff i want to keep on it, like songs and videos.

Whats the best way to back all that up so i can format?

A:backing up data for format

i save docs, pics, music, address book to usb mem stick/s.

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I have a remote drive that I use at home & work for data and programs.
I would like to back up that drive on a secondary drive on my home computer with XP.
I used taracopy to copy all the data to the computer drive but that takes all day to
back up that drive. Is there any good free back up software that will allow me to
back up data without taking so long. Maybe something that would allow me to
push a button and update my backup without taking all day?

Thank you,

A:Backing up a Remote USB drive with a lot of data.

Check out Syncback Free


Works very well for me.

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I successfully cloned my C:\ drive to an external USB drive. Next, I'd like to create a new folder on the external drive, and back up (not clone) the data from my D:\ drive to that folder.

Will this cause any conflict either now or somewhere down the road?

A:Backing up data to a cloned drive.

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Hi there,
   I get the BSOD every time I attempt to backup all the data from a partition in my hard drive to an external USB-HD. The partition with the data does *not* contain the OS in it.I use the software syncback Pro to do all my backups.  I used to be able to do the same type of backup via the same software in the past without a problem.
I have exhausted all my resources to solve this issue.  Any help will be much appreciated.
Details below:
Operating System
Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit SP1
Intel Core i7 2630QM @ 2.00GHz 63 °C
Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. N53SV (CPU 1)
66 °C
Generic PnP Monitor ([email protected])
L91D D-SUB ([email protected])
Intel HD Graphics Family (ASUStek 
Computer Inc)
1023MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M (ASUStek 
Computer Inc) 47 °C
698GB Seagate ST9750420AS ATA Device 
(SATA) 37 °C
Optical Drives
Realtek High Definition Audio
Operating System
Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit SP1
Computer type: Notebook
Installation Date: 6/25/2011 12:10:16 PM
Windows Security Center
User Account Control (UAC)
Notify level 2 - Default
Firewall Enabled
Windows Update
AutoUpdate Notify prior to 
Windows Defender
Windows Defender Disabled
Antivirus Enabled
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A:BSOD while backing up data to external USB-HD

Reference re error:  Bug Check 0x9F DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff559329(v=vs.85).aspx
Possibly useful related topic:  Having issues with BSOD DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/520064/having-issues-with-bsod-driver-power-state-failure-0x0000009f/
ERROR_CODE: (NTSTATUS) 0xc000000e - A device which does not exist was specified.
DISK_HARDWARE_ERROR: There was error with disk hardware
I'd say that points to a problem with your external drives connection or functionality.  I would test the functional status of that drive.

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.

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Hello, I've been recently expiercing a problem and thanks to a HP support technician I was informed that my OS is corrupted and would need to do a factory reset recovery thing, however before that I should backup all my personal files. The thing I wanted to know is if anybody here knows any simple methods by which I can copy over all my personal data and software to an external hard drive, without having to go through the hastle of finding ever last file and then coping it over, and if there is a simple method, will it save every last file that has bee added to the laptop, or just some of them. Also once I do back them up and reset my laptop how would I transfer them back through this method?


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A:Backing up data to be used for after a factory reset

@Bhav-9763 You're actually talking about two very different things -- personal files and applications -- and the processes for backing up and restoring these are very different. The easiest way I have found for backing up and restoring personal files is using an image backup application like Macrium Reflect.  That will save a compressed image of your OS installation to an external drive or large USB stick, and after your reset, you can reinstall the app, connect the external drive and/or USB stick and then "mount" the image as a virtual drive.  Then, you can access that drive just like any other and copy back all the personal files and folders you want. The ONLY way I have found for backing up and restoring apps is using a third party tool like Laplinks PCMover Pro.  This will also create an image of your OS installation, but you get to choose what it contains.  An added plus is that it will read other compressed image files (e.g., MR files) and from those, you can select and restore specific apps.Good Luck

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