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Q: repartition n keeping the recovery files

i bought a new 2.13GB penrin toshiba satelite L505-10P laptop. it has a
500GB harddisk with 3 partitions in it, the 1st is a the 400mb recovery
partition, the 2nd a 232gb NTFS with a 64bit french win7 home premium in
it, the 3rd is a 232GB NTFS contains recovery files: msdia80.dll,
R11461FR.tag N a directory: HDDRecovery contains several subdirectories.
i want to repartition the HD but i'm new to toshiba and to win7 n 64bit
systems. i'm planning to do:

1. copy the recovery files in the 3rd partition to a removable media
2. shrink the 1st partition to the minimum possible. should i? how many
3. shrink the 2nd/win7 partition to maybe 100GB (any advise?)
4. del the 3rd partition
5. make an extended partition in the place of the 3rd
6. make some logical partitions in it, with specifics drives for:
a. general data
b. music n multimedia (actually i have nearly 70GB of music, plus
some videos/records)
c. backup where i'm gonna put the recovery files from the former 3rd
d. a linux swap (how big? i have 4GB of RAM)
7. make the 4th primary partition for 1 or 2 distro: ubuntu or kuliax
(an indonesian debian derivee suited for IT learning n programming)

my questions are:
1. what i know is that a HD can only contain 4 primary partitions.
please CMIIW
2. if i proceed like that, will the recovery process be always
fonctional? will the recovery image not be alterated? can i move
freely the contains of the former 3rd partitons into another one? i'd
like to keep them cos they're to keep the genuine windows privileges
in case of reinstallation.
3. i've always use gparted CD for partitioning, will it be good to
manipulate the 64bit win7 created partition?
4. will the GRUB not alterate the recovery process? will the recovery
still be accessible by pressing F8 while booting?
5. what's the best way to proceed? how should i repartition my 500GB HD?
6. any further info n advises please.

thank you very much

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A: repartition n keeping the recovery files

You ask many questions, but I will try to answer some.

Only 4 primary partitions on a MBR formatted drive.

400 MB isn't much, so you may not want to shrink it, plus you might not be able to get that space back anyway.

100 GB for a Win 7 partition should be fine, but only you would know for sure.

I do not know if Linux will load in a logical partition, you might check first.

Since I do not use a Toshiba, I cannot guarantee the recovery system will work if you do what you seem to want to try.

Your warranty might be affected if you change all these things.

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I am an Ubuntu user since last many years. Recently, I purchased Lenovo Thinkpad T460P which comes with Windows 10 Home edition pre-loaded. In spite of despising the idea of pre-loading a non-free OS (and thereby robbing the buyer) with utmost passion, I ended up buying this one because of more important reasons. Some creep at Lenovo decided to partition as below which is kind of useless for any non-n00b user.  I want to set up a dual boot between Windows 10 and Ubuntu. However, it seems neither `Refresh` nor `Reset` option brings up the partitioning UI. As I have not purchased the copy of Windows 10 separately (though paid the price as a bundled component), I am not sure if this is at all an option. I can create a recovery media, but I am almost certain that it's going to refabricate the same layout. Moreover, if I install Windows 10 afresh, I have to take the pain of installing all the drivers myself. Probably, I can use the `Shrink Volume` feature. But, I suspect the next time I go for a recovery, it'll overwrite the partition I will be installing Ubuntu. Is it anyway possible to make the recovery mechanism ask for a custom partitioning layout?

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I want to reinstall windows xp with a windows xp recovery disc i have bought but i am worried about losing microsoft office as i havnt got the discs. Is there anyway i can do this without losing microsoft office even thou i havnt got the discs.

Many Thanks


A:xp recovery disc and keeping microsoft office

If you have proof of purchase see this: How to replace Microsoft software or hardware, order service packs, and replace product manuals

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Hey guys, my T450s 's harddrive is starting to give me problems and I am thinking about replacing it. My plan was to [1] backup all data externally, [2] replace the HDD, [3] recover OS and system setting with the recovery disk and [4] reload my externally-backed-up data. However, my concern is that I am not sure where the recovery disk is located, and my worry is that by replacing the HDD, I would have removed the recovery disk too. (In which case I may need something like Acronis to capture an image). Does anyone know if the recovery drive is tied to the HDD? Below is my laptop configuration: Intel Core i5-5200U Processor (3MB Cache, up to 2.70GHz)? Windows 7 Professional 64 preinstalled through downgrade rights in Windows 10 Pro? Windows 7 Professional 64 preinstalled through downgrade rights in Windows 10 Pro English? Security Chip Enabled? 8GB DDR3L-1600 4G Base+4G (1 SoDIMM)? 500GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm, 2.5"? 16GB M.2 Solid State Drive Single? 3rd M.2 SSD slot Thank you


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A:T450s can I replace my HD while still keeping the recovery disk

Hello and welcome,
I wrote up something about that ... a  long time ago.  Should still apply:
ThinkPad T450s: SSD migration & OS Installation: Clean, Clone, and Recover

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Hello I have a Toshiba L645 which is on win7 but i'd like to downgrade to XP. The laptop has a hidden recovery partition which I would like to keep intact to restore at a future date.How can I downgrade to XP and not delete the recovery partition as it is on same HDD but hidden partition. Thanks.

A:Downgrade to Win xp keeping recovery partition intact

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If I had a OEM computer which I wanted to reinstall Windows 7 from a retail disc, can I keep the system recovery partition if I do a custom installation and only choose the partition with the operating system on it?

A:Install Windows 7 retail over OEM keeping System Recovery partition.

When installing win7 you select on which partition to install (or in unused space). Win7 comes there. The win7 bootmanager and bootmenu come in the partition where it always was.... or (if no partition was marked active) in the win7 partition itself. So ... it doesn't touch the recovery partition

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Hi guys, I'm new to the forums.
Is there a method to upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Win7 without losing any files?
Thanks in advance.

A:Upgrading from 7 to 8, while keeping all files?

windows 7 to windows 8 to windows 8.1

seems to be the method to keep certain personal programs and files..

windows 7 to windows 8.1 seem to keep personal files

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i used to be able to go into internet temp files for videos i played on-line, like on youtube. if i play them, they went into a folder, from which i could copy and save them. that was on my windows xp computer. i now have w7 and IE10. is there a setting that allows me to do that again? it seems to save some, but not all. I increased the memory size but no go.


A:IE 10 Not Keeping Temp Files

If you want to save certain videos from utube and such, this Download Videos with RealDownloader will allow you save them, its free and works well. I'm only suggesting this because there are a few posts here and there about the same thing and no real working answers.

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Reloading windows 7 and keeping my files
Can this be done?

A:Reloading windows 7 and keeping my files


Installing and reinstalling Windows

There are two options to choose from during the Windows 7 installation process:

Upgrade. This option replaces your current version of Windows with Windows 7, and keeps your files, settings, and programs in place on your computer.
Custom. This option replaces your current version of Windows with Windows 7, but doesn't preserve your files, settings, and programs. It's sometimes referred to as a clean installation for that reason.
Click to expand...


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hi, my computer currently contains 2 hard drives, is it possible just to copy my hard drive on to the other and disconnect it while installing windows 7 then copying everything over?

A:keeping files from installing windows xp -> 7

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hi I am having trouble trying to find out how to keep adobe file showing on top of programme in use.
As an example, I use an on line portal for my work and when I click on the programmes button to view an invoice it opens in an adobe file but then stays behind the programme screen, I then have to go to the task bar to bring it to the front so it can be printed.
I have searched in the help pages but cannot seem to find the answer

A:keeping adobe files on top of programme

The Program Itself would have to have a "Keep On Top" function.

Have you tried different PDF programs? I use Adobe Digital Editions, it can view PDF files as well as Apple ePub files. But there are many programs that can show PDF's even Word in Some Cases.

I use Professional Adobe Acrobat as well.

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Hello I have a problem, I am upgrading my computer tomorrow and I am going to have to reinstall vista after I change out the old motherboard and processor for the new ones. I have to keep some of the files for my wife but I cant do a back up disk because the files are to big and I dont have a DVD burner so it would take up like 30 cd. Can anyone tell me how I can keep the files that I want but delete the rest and reinstall a fresh version of vista? Any help would be appreciated thank you very much!

A:Keeping some of my files while reinstalling vista.

Hi. . .

Have you zipped up the files to reduce space concerns?

Can you use USB device or send them out to Internet storage?
Click on the Media Fire link in my sig area and set up a free account. I would zip them 1st.

Regards. . .



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i hope you can help.....i`ve just begun using a new computer,running windows xp, i intend to install a 2nd hard drive,from my old computer which was running windows 95.Can i still install even though the 2nd drive is so old....and if so, is it possible to keep all my files from the old drive and transfer them to the new.(all my programs are still on the old computer,i just can`t be bothered reinstalling all the programs and files.....please tell me it`s possible?

A:2nd hard drive, keeping files

It is not possible.

You can bring over your old data files, but you have to install all the applications on XP, you can't "copy" them over from W95. You can install the old drive as a secondary drive however, and use it as a backup drive after you get XP all running as you like it.

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I want to delete Windows 7 off my 1.5 TB. I just got a newer machine and am going to put Windows 7 on that but wasn't sure if I should transfer all of the info from my other HD or what? Any help is appreciated


A:Remove Windows 7 But Keeping All of My Files

So win7 is on old machine and new machine? Both same version (home premium for example)? Both x64 and same language?

You are trying to install win7 on new machine?
Please answer ALL questions... afterwards we'll continue.

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If I reinstall windows 7 and do a clean install, will it save all my documents and create a Windows.old folder?

These are very important documents, and I can't back them up, because the laptop crashed.

A:Reinstalling Windows and keeping files.

When I went from XP to Win 7, it created a Win.Old file. If just reinstalling Win 7, I don't think you get one. At any rate, it is best to backup if at all possible. The Win.Old file is not something you can count on.

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I have a Dell Optiplex 390 running Windows 7. I stream music and video on it quite a bit and this morning when I try to open ANY program, I get an error saying "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program, or if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel. I have downloaded this exe association registry fix from Microsoft, but cannot get the program to run it. Cannot open command prompt even from Task Manger>New Task. Same symptoms in Safe mode with networking. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Virus is keeping all .exe files from opening

Hi there,my name is Marius and I will be assisting you with your Malware related problems.Before we move on, please read the following points carefully. First, read my instructions completely. If there is anything that you do not understand kindly ask before proceeding. Perform everything in the correct order. Sometimes one step requires the previous one. If you have any problems while you are follow my instructions, Stop there and tell me the exact nature of your problem. Do not run any other scans without instruction or Add/ Remove Software unless I tell you to do so. This would change the output of our tools and could be confusing for me. Post all Logfiles as a reply rather than as an attachment unless I specifically ask you. If you can not post all logfiles in one reply, feel free to use more posts. If I don't hear from you within 3 days from this initial or any subsequent post, then this thread will be closed. Stay with me. I will give you some advice about prevention after the cleanup process. Absence of symptoms does not always mean the computer is clean. My first language is not english. So please do not use slang or idioms. It could be hard for me to read. Thanks for your understanding.   Please download Farbar's Recovery Scan Tool to your desktop: FRST 32bit or FRST 64bit (If not sure: Start --> Computer (right click) --> properties)

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I have a user who has many Excel files with many, many, hard coded links in formulas. Our directory structure has changed and she must move the files.

Is there a simple way to update these links to reflect the new file structure? Yes, this should have been done in access. This is Office 2000 btw.

A:EXCEL Moving files keeping links

sometimes you can get links to auto update, IF you have them opened (all of them) as you make the changes?

otherwise you may be hosed?

in the update links window you can select a new location for the linked sheets, I use that quite a bit if a file has been moved from one folder to another one?

hope that helps?

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Is there a way to reinstall Vista Home Premium while keeping my current programs and files? I've messed up some setting and can't figure out how to set them back to normal - is there a restore factory defaults option somewhere? Without doing a clean install? I don't want to lose my installed programs.


A:Reinstall Vista while keeping program files

Hi. . .

If doing a Vista re-install, all programs are gone. They must be re-installed as files relating to them are scattered throughout the OS drive. Also, there are settings in the registry.

You should have an option when booting into the recovery partition to invoke a system repair. That would preserve your installed programs.

What happened?

Regards. . .



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Hi, I am thinking about upgrading my PC from windows 7 to the newer 8.1 Pro when i buy a new SSD drive.

I am concerned that if I upgrade; I may not lose my files, but will i lose the programs already installed on my HDD?

I will load the new OS on my SSD with the HDD disconnected and then connect my HDD once installed, so i have my files etc.

Once I then connect my HDD, will I still be able to acces the programs installed on it?

And also, how would i then delete windows 7 off of the HDD? I am going to invest in an external HDD for a secondary back up and

trasnfering data - so i could copy the files to there, wipe the Internal HDD and copy the files back.

Thank you in advance, I appreciate all the help may be simple but i'm not an expert and like doing my research

A:Upgrade from Win7 - Keeping files and programs

Once I then connect my HDD, will I still be able to acces the programs installed on it?

Yes you can...in essence you'll have a dual boot setup. To access the 7 system, when booting up just keep tapping the F12 key to select what drive you want to boot from, providing that your mobo is capable of doing this. Most modern mobo's will.

And also, how would i then delete windows 7 off of the HDD? I am going to invest in an external HDD for a secondary back up and

trasnfering data - so i could copy the files to there, wipe the Internal HDD and copy the files back.

Once you have the both drives installed all you have to do is select the drive with 7 on it, right click and select format to erase the drive or use some 3rd party software to wipe the drive clean. But back up and save any thing you want before doing so.

Personally, I would keep it and just dual boot.

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I reset my notebook due to bad behavior that I could not fix 2 days ago 12/01/16 yesterday it said it was installing windows @ 64%. Now it just has a small circle going round and round (for over 24 hrs now) is this normal?

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Hey folks. I have quite a few mp3 files I would like to burn to CD. Also, I'm constantly adding new mp3 files to my collection. When I start burning discs, I would like to keep a text list of everything that is burned. That way I won't end up with duplicate files on different discs. I could copy and paste each file name individually to a notepad file, but that's pretty time consuming. Any suggestions? Thanks.

Todd K. Stearns

A:Keeping Track of Burned Music Files

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Having created MP3 music files and loaded them into the Player Flash drive in order of play, I have found them to be re-arranged when later played back. This causes tracks to be mixed out of sequence and I wondered if there's a way of fixing them in order of play. I have tediously renamed them and included numerical listing, but still find they play back out of sequence.
Any ideas please?

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I was trying to write properties to some music files. I have done it before to the same file on vista, but forgot to save so im redoing it. When I attempt to save what I have just entered I get this:

"An unexpected error is keeping you from applying properties to the file. if you continue to receive this error, you can use the error code to search for help with this problem.

Error 0x8007000D: the data is invalid.

I have all updates, and the files are good.
Any help would be great.

BTW I can write info to most file but some give me this error. They were all off the same backup hard drive, transfered at the same time and I have writen properties to these files before.

A:Error is keeping me from applying properties to files

I get this error as well when I try to edit metadata via the windows explorer toolbar. It only affects some (not all) songs, and the ones affected are missing all of their metadata. Strangely enough though, my music programs like winamp and songbird recognize all metadata for these files--the problem arises when I try to move these song files to my mp3 player, as it cannot find any artist or album information with which to organize the files.

As far as I know, all metadata was intact pre-windows 7.

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Excel 2007 & Windows XP

Heres the problem, on the server i have a folder: Estimates, inside this is a list of folders with estimate numbers and a template folder
inside the template folder there are two folders, 1 with build up sheets, and 2 with device sheets. each of these link to each other seeking inputs and out puts.
i only recently needed to add the links to make it more complicated to handle much larger estimates

what i need to do is copy the template folder into each new estimate i create - the problem is, when i do the links still link to the original template - i need the links to remain relative

i know if i copy two xl files side by side that are linked to another location the links remain relative, but can this be done when they reside in different folders, and how.

if this cant be done can anyone suggest a different method all together - or a program that can hold all this and my estimates can be built in??

any help would be much appreciated
my boss is leaning on me to get this done asap

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I have a hard drive on a new computer with vista on it, and want to move it to another computer which has XP and all my files on it. Can I make the one with vista my main HDD, and then use the other HDD for all my files?

Will the HDD still have vista on it if I put it in the other computer, and the same with the other hard drive?

They are SATA, and the XP computer with all my files has 3 more spaces.

Is this possible?


A:Moving 1 HDD to another computer to have dual HDDs, keeping the files?

Yes, But...

The problem when installing a hard drive with Windows on it to another computer, is that all the drivers will need to be installed (ie another computer -different Sound; Video; CPU...)

Now that last one above, CPU that's really the critical one.
If both computers have exactly the same Processor slot on the motherboard then go right ahead.

BUT if you are plugging in the Windows harddrive to another computer with a different CPU chipset, that means you may get one of two possibilities:
1. Won't Boot
2. Won't Boot, and destroys file system (and possible data)

Hmm, that 2nd one doesn't sound good!

What you will need to do is a Windows Repair, before the computer starts up. This will allow Windows to work properly on the other computer.

Obviously the Windows CD and COA product key required. (Activation imminent too)

Also make sure to BackUp First

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Keeping DropBox updated is sorta confusing to me....I keep most all of my Documents backed up on DropBox.The way I have been doing it is...I delete all the contents and then copy files (Documents) to the clean DropBox folder. Some of these files are changed quite frequently. I don`t know if they might update accordingly to changes made or not. I understand adding files to dropbox folder, but I want them added to the correct folder in D.B.What I sure would sure appreciate is someone telling exactly how updating is supposed to be accomplished correctly. I don`t seem to comprehend fully the tutorials I read....Thanks for any and all advice...JimEdit: Moved topic from Windows 10 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:keeping DropBox & Other Cloud Apps, files updated

There is no need to manually keep items in your Dropbox up to date.  You can keep things in sync by installing the Dropbox client.  When you install the client, a Dropbox folder will be created under your user account.  Anything you put in that folder is automatically synced with your Dropbox.  A Dropbox icon will also appear in you system tray.  Clicking that icon allows you to perform various actions, including opening your Dropbox folder.  A shortcut icon will also appear in the left (navigation) pane of Explorer from which you can easily get to your Dropbox folder as well...

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I've recently upgraded to Word 2007, and am finding the new viewing options frustraing.
I often use multiple applications at once, and prefer to view files in Normal (now Draft) view as this forces the text to the left-hand side of the screen, which enabled me to view my other applications on the right.
However using Word 2007, every time the file is reopened the view reverts back to Print Layout.
Is there a setting to change which will keep the view options the same even when the file is closed and reopened?

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I am managing media for an Organization that has thousands of lectures on different topics and many times same lecture has more than about five topics. I have to manage about 10,000 mp3 files currently and it increases at the rate of 1500 files per year.

I saw new feature in win7 that of able to filter the files in a folder (in details view) depending on the id3Tags it has. In the details view the id3 tags like 'Title', 'Genre', 'Artist', etc are shown. There in the ribbon at top displaying the heading-names of these tags - say 'Title' for the title of mp3 file - when one places the cursor then the down arrow appears, clicking which appears a list of values that are presently there in that tag field that belongs to different files in the same folder. Then on checking a particular value all the files with that particular value in that particular tag in the same folder will be shown. This is similar to filtering records in Microsoft Excel.

This new feature is of much help for me for managing my media as I can add multiple values in some of the id3tags like composers. Thus I can keep all the files in a single folder and just tag them according to my need. Then I don't need to make complex folder structure to categorize my files in which I will have to keep different copies of my file that has more than on category (as I can't have the same file in two different folders) and when some tag of the file change, I will have to cha... Read more

A:Is there any problem in keeping huge volume of mp3 files in just one folder?

Hi and Welcome,
I can't comment on Windows7 'cos I don't use it. But if you are not already doing so please keep regular & frequent backups of all these important files on separate media - external hard drive for instance. 'cos when disaster strikes ....!

Also, I suggest you edit your post to remove your email addr before it gets seen and abused by "spambots" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spambot
Anyone replying to your question should do so like I've done & that way others can use the answers for their own trouble-shooting.


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As a designer in the 90've done a lot of CDs and later DVDs of all my work. And as you know almost all of the files that he wrote a lot of space on your hard drive. For this amount of data backed up I was using compression first and then the ZIP RAR. And now, when BD is relatively cheaper than the DVD I'm going to copy all my old albums (some have over 15 years) and rewrite on BD already uncompressed, so my program WhereIsIt? will be able to generate thumbnails of all these files. And the first part is easy, I copied all of those hundreds of CDs and DVDs on my hard drive, but how to extract all the files at the same time preserving the directory structure?

For Mac is a program Unarchiver which I used until recently, who can do it, but I can not find its counterpart on Windows. I can search all the archives on the disk and just open them, and they will unpack into place.
Maybe one of you can help me find a easy and a similar solution to accomplish this task on my Windows 7 PC? I've tried with Winrar Rarsoft, but there is no option to extract files to the original path. All I can do is to select each batch of files in a subdirectory and manually select "Extract Here", but I have millions of catalogs, many automatically generated by programs. After 2 hours of manual unpacking, I made the first mistake and I had to copy all the data from CD again, because I need to have all my data intact.


A:How to extract files _with_ keeping directory structure?

Where the files compressed with a folder structure? Otherwise I'm confused...I've never had to explicitly tell WinRAR or 7zip to preserve the folder structure they just did it...Tho...I just use the right click feature on the actual compressed file and tell it to "Extract here" type deal...I don't open it and manually select files.

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Hello all,
I have a small question about making off site backups to an ftp. I have a good service (thanks again speakersrock for space on your servers) that i use for off site backup. I have the system set up using batch files which utilitze the command line version of winrar to download files from my local NAS and rar them into an archive that is then uploaded to the server. This system seems to work fine, however, i would just like to know if the method i have for security is sufficient. Right now i have it set with -hp switch for password protection. I assume it is winrar's 128bit AES security but i have read that the password can be discovered by digging through the noise that the password protection creates in the rar. What i want to know is if this simple thing is sufficient in terms of security. The pc i have doing it is protected as well as it is run off of a pc with an always on account set with a very short screensaver/screenlock time. That way the machine will always be at a logon screen (account needs to be on because of windows scheduling issues). But in any event, is what im doing now plenty secure against any hacking or should i tighten security up more with an application like truecrypt? I believe the ftp is just plain authentication without ssl. Any advice would be appreciated.

A:Question about keeping files secure for an offsite ftp backup

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Well, obviously I could simply back up my files...but what about settings? I would like to keep those if I can.

I was wondering if I could make a separate partition for C:/Documents and Settings in the same way some people make a /home partition for Ubuntu. That way, I could put everything that's important on there and reinstall with the files already there. Is it possible to do this, and if it is, how?

A:Any way to delete the OS while keeping settings, files and programs for a reinstall?

Yes...it's called a repair install of the O/S.

Which, by the way...is not guaranteed to resolve any computer circumstance, it's just an effort.


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I want to keep some photographs in a secure file .The laptop runs Windows 7 Home Premium & when I went to create a password protected directory Windows help said that this was not possible.
Can anyone suggest a simple solution? Is there any simple to use , free encryption software you might recommend for a novice?

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Okay I have Windows Vista 32 bit. I want to clean install Windows 7 64 bit.

I have a 640GB HDD running my vista now. I was thinking of buying a 1TB Internal HDD because I need more space. I want to transfer all my movies, pics, music, etc to my new HDD and have it all on a clean windows 7.

So if I;
-unplugged my old vista HDD
-hooked up blank new HDD as master
-installed windows 7 to the new blank HDD
-click my old vista HDD to slave
-plug in the old HDD
-copy all my files from old HDD(vista) to new HDD(windows 7)
-format the old HDD to be windows 7

Would this work? Or would there be a problem switching the vista one to be a slave? Would there be a probalem transfering files?

Any other way that would be better?

A:Clean Install Windows 7, but keeping Files using 2 Internal HDD?

Noone has any help? Any other ways to do it with 2 internal HDD?

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Hi, I can't refresh system to default settings, can't install OS from DVD Disc with keeping personal data files, only "delete all" option is possible to choose.It's gone, I must to refresh the system with the files keeping.When i try to refresh the system pops up the message "during restore settings to initial settings encountered unknown error,No changes have been made" Booting from DVD in BIOS, it ends up the same.

A:I can't refresh system to default settings with keeping personal data files

@Jogos, what I would try to do, in this situation, is to go to an earlier restore point. If you have refreshed your system successfully with no problems before, this option might work.

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I have to move a few thousand files and folders from my desktop to external USB hard drives to free up space on the desktop drive.

I need to keep the original folder and file dates. When I copy or move folders, Windows changes the folder date, but does keep the file date (created, modified and last accessed now become the current date.)

Is there any "tweak" in Windows I can do in order to keep all the dates accurate?

I've even tried a couple backup programs to move/copy files, and the folder date is changed to the current date in all three categories as above.

WinXP Pro

Thank you

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I have some personal files on my hard drive in C: and H: such as word, excel, and PDF documents.

My windows has 3 accounts and 1 guest account. I put all my files in my 3 password protected accounts. I have 1 guest account but there is nothing important in there.

I am worried if someone steals my computer (just takes the whole hard drive box), can they access my documents on my hard drive without my password?


A:Keeping Private Files on the Hard Drive - such as word, excel, and pdf focuments


The only thing a password prevents...is booting into the O/S on that drive. All data files can be accessed by attaching the drive in question as a secondary drive on a different system.

AFAIK, the only way to prevent access to data files...is to use encryption of some sort on the data files.


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Hi, I have Windows Vista Ultimate x64, and it came with 2 set of program files: program files, and program files x86. Since my hard drive is only 100 gigs, I was wondering if I could delete the normal program files and keep the x86 ones, or would that cause problems?

A:Deleting program files and keeping program files x86?

would that cause problems?

More than you know. You delete that and you delete any and all 64 bit programs, and probably also have to re-install Vista. That and if the Program Files folder on mine is any indication (just under 1 GB), then you're not going to save a whole lot of space anyway.

Since my hard drive is only 100 gigs

Better idea that trying to bugger Windows up, get a bigger hard drive.

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When I try to log into the USB Recovery Creator utility with my Lenovo ID, I get the spinning circles, but no feedback (positive or negative), and am returned to the log in screen.  I?ve tried using three different computers and three different network connections to log into the USB Recovery Creator utility, but get the same failure on all three.  This problem has persisted for the past 5 months, and happens whether or not I enter legitimate credentials.  Anyone else experience this?  Anyone have a solution?  Lenovo Recovery support has been useless, constantly placing orders for the download (which I can do without issue) instead of addressing my issue. Thanks in advance!

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Dear All,

My colleague mistakenly deleted all the file from the Windows 7 recovery drive, drive is still there and nothing have been copied in that drive after deleting the recovery files. Machine is HP Probook 4530s. Is there any way to restore the windows 7 recovery reset the system to its factory settings?

Thanks in advance


A:Recover Deleted Windows 7 Recovery Files from Recovery Drive

You might be able to use a free recovery tool like Recuva or MiniTool Partition Wizard. But there are no guarantees that all deleted files will be recovered or that they will be in a usable condition.

Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

MiniTool Partition Recovery

It may be safer to contact HP support and buy a set of recovery disks for your particular machine. I'm taking a guess that you are in India?

Contact HP - Office locations | HP? India

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I know how to recovery files, that is using software Ontrack EasyRecovery, Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery, iCare Format Recovery, etc

but i need to recovery an info that is in registry, from formatted disk

what software or how to do this?

*old os is windows xp, that i wanted to get an info in the registry
*new os now is windows 7 32 bit, but i am no using it again now, to recovery the disk in another computer

A:How to recovery registry from formatted disk? not recovery files

Quote: Originally Posted by siluet206

I know how to recovery files, that is using software Ontrack EasyRecovery, Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery, iCare Format Recovery, etc

but i need to recovery an info that is in registry, from formatted disk

what software or how to do this?

*old os is windows xp, that i wanted to get an info in the registry
*new os now is windows 7 32 bit, but i am no using it again now, to recovery the disk in another computer

Are you booted to win7 now? Is winxp disk also connected? If so... what is the winxp drive letter (from wihtin win7)?

What registry key do you want to examine?

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I have 5 discs from a HP system recovery backup, how to recover my pictures and music onlyThanks

A:Recovery photo files from an hp system recovery backup

apsyandme Instructions for recovering the files are in this thread: HP PCs - Restoring Files that were Backed Up Using HP Recovery Manager (Windows 8.1) | HP® Customer ...Good Luck

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So I'll try to give an exact account of what has happened.

85 GB of ISO files in a folder on my desktop.
I drag and drop the folder into an opened folder window. (this folder is futher in my /C)
New folder is created and a message says some files is in use and stops immediately.
Close program, delete partial folder created.
Message says files too large for recycle bin do you want to perm. delete them. Yes.
Drag and drop folder again, nothings there when I open it.
The whole process took no time at all. Never once did I see a status bar even blink on the screen. No waiting time whatsoever.

Here's the fun part.

My drive properites shows a 85 GB decrease in size and no .iso files show up in a search.
I tired one file recovery freeware program and only 8 of the iso's even showed up. All were "over written" and not recoverable. Restarted the computer. Ran it again, now no iso's show up.

I had a pretty knowledgeable programer help me through the above steps and they tried several options I can not describe, because they involved command prompt and other things I'm clueless about. Unfortunately Windows is not their hot subject, so suggestions are more than welcome.
Any ideas as to where the heck the files went? Is it worth it to try other recovery programs or will that just increase my chance of actually writing over the iso's?

Vista Home Edition
Maxtor DiamondMax 10 HD

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I have a 80 Gig HD divided into 3 partitions. Can I repartition it without losing data? I would like to combine two or all three of the partitions.
windows xp OS,

A:can I repartition HD

Yes, but you'd need a third-party partitioner.

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I'm new to eightfourms so please bear with me. I have an Asus S56C ultrabook with Win 8 ? upgraded to 8.1. I used Acronis 2014 to clone the original mechanical hard drive to anew Samsung SSD 850 EVO drive. The clone procedure seemed to go smoothly until I looked at diskmanagment. Somehow I now have two partitions C & D. Attached is the screen shot of the SSD drive. What I want to do is repartition the drive into only one partition "C" but I don't know how to proceed. Can this be done, if so can you tell me how to accomplish this?

Gary Monai

A:How can I Repartition my SSD

WARNING: Edit your first post and delete your Email address-- you could get your identity stolen- you could start receiving tons & tons of spam-- need I go on? And welcome to the forums.

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Okay, I give up. I want to repartition my drive and intall Win2Kpro on the new partition to operate programs that will not function under Vista Home Prem.

Currently, I have two partitions D for Recovery and C with 119 GB of free space.
I need someone to reassure me that I won’t screw up my computer:
I log on as administrator
access computer management
access dish management
right click C and click shrink volume

How large of a partition do I need for Win2Kpro, wordperfect, and printers and scanner?

Are there any foreseeable problems I should be aware of?


A:How to repartition drive

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Not sure if this belongs here or in Performance & Maintenance. We just got a Dell Inspiron 1750 laptop with Win 7 HP preinstalled. Dell already configured it with 3 partitions: one for the "recovery partition", one for Dell Apps., and one for Win 7. I wanted a separate partition for my data. So, reduced the size of the Win 7 (C partition and then made a D: partition out of the rest. The problem is, something only allowed the C: partition to be reduced down to about 1/2 of the 500 GB total drive size. Somewhere I got the information that it might be due to the existence of some immovable files (I did a defrag on it before reducing). I don't believe that the OS needs that much space especially since the system recovery files are in a separate partition. The computer came with reinstallation DVD. It is not an image file but, according to the information with it, it does the installation back to factory configuration. Does anyone know what this reinstallation disc actually works? Is it possible to wipe partition C:, further reduce its size, and then use this disc to reinstall the OS. I'm thinking that is set to recreate the 3 original partitions. I can't get anything out of tech support. "They don't support repartitioning". Bah!

A:Repartition Preinstallation

Be careful when doing a partition deletion on a Dell. One of those partitions, the recovery partition, is there so in the event of a problem, you can reinstall to factory specs (the way it was when you received it.). The DVD that you received is supposedly for the same reason. I however, would not fool around with a new Dell. At least unti the warranty is up. They may void the warranty because you tampered.

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