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Q: Backing-up my pc

Im fixing to go install Linux, and was wanting to know how to back up all of my stuff so I don't lose it during installation.

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Where is all your stuff, just 1 drive/partition? Do you have a CD/DVD re-writer? Another hard drive? Are you wiping/formatting the exisiting drive to install Linux to it? Did you want to try and keep your info on the drive and install Linux as well? How much stuff do you have?

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my computer has a weird file named "mr.bean on show.avi" 331kb
and its wierd it is located in almost all main folder of my computer such as local disc C,D and even all of my documents main folder i tried to delete it but it back and back again T_T

it crashes and slows my pc when i try to open any folders it not responding and resulting "end now" and freeze my pc its so damn.. so i restart it after i restart, it change my login password!!! so damn!!!! my solotion is go to safe mode log in to admin and remove its login password

also i can't access to task manager when i alt+ctrl+end+delete,my task manager opens up for a secs and it closes automatically and showing up a command prompt for a sec and closes too..

i've tried full system virus scan using AVG full update anti virus but it cannot find any virus on it i dont know if it is a virus,trojan,spy or?
my final plan is to reformat it,but i dont want to delete my very important files

any idea what is it? and how can i rid of it?
thnx a lot
 

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Anyone know any good programs to backup your pc cause they say its good to have a backup and i have none.Another thing will i lose my pictures and stuff if i ever had to reformat.
 

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Hi There; The last time I was here I was in trouble with a few things on my cpu, this time I want to make a bootable recovery that will bring my sus back.
I have Win 2k Pro, 100 Gb Hdd, HP 9110i 8x CD R/W, 256 Mb Ram Nvidia 64mb Vid
etc,etc,etc.
I purchased Backup my PC I took everything off that was not essential so I only have 6Gbs stored when i do the Backup I type in the usual stuff like the prod #'s for the os, and 5 FD's & 8 80 min CD's. the problem is when I get toward the end it comes up with a error (sorry) I did not write it down it basically said prob w table of contents (I think) these are good quality CD's , I write at a lower speed. one thing I think may be a prob is I also have EZ CD Creator 5 Palt and sometimes Dir CD will lock up & I have to beboot. I have all the updates from Roxio for current apps.
I hope that I am clear enough so someone can help. you guys have been there in the past & I am sure in the future.
Thanks in advance
Sketchman

 

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Hi everyone,
I was wondering what I have to name a file for backing it up. I'm using the windows xp backup utility wizard but when I get to the step that says to choose a name for the backup file, (I used the name "musicbackup"), it then proceeds to tell me that the "E:\musickbackup.bkf" file name could not be used. It also tells me to ensure that it is a valid path and that I have sufficient access.
No idea what I'm doing wrong as I never used the xp backup utility before. Thanks for any advice.

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What is your Drive E:?

If it is an optical drive (cd/dvd), then that's the issue. NTBackup will not write directly to an optical drive.

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I am trying to find the 'right' software that will allow me to backup my system and allow me to restore it exactly as it was before a crash, like partitions, data, OS, etc.

I have Norton SW 2005 and Windows XP.

Thanks.

polaris6

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I am trying to find the 'right' software that will allow me to backup my system and allow me to restore it exactly as it was before a crash, like partitions, data, OS, etcWhat system???????I see you have XP. Sorry about that.

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Hey I work for a local church and they gave me $300 to get a peice of software to backup our churches pc. Ive heard norton ghost is good but i wanna here what people think whats the best program to comletely backup your pc including your os and then easly restore your pc oh and there running xp home

any sugestions?

Liam
 

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300$ huh buy a raid pci card and 2 hard drives,
when you write data with raid it writes the same data to all of the harddrives. and you get multipule copies
 

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hi
is there a way to back up my win XP OS onto a cd disc.. I don't have a dvd re-write..what I'm afriad of is if my operating system crashes.
thanks

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You will need a third party program such as Norton Ghost. I don't think it will fit on one CD, but I believe it will span it to multiple cds

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I just was given a PC, it has XP home on it. I used the installation CD and installed Windows backup program onto it. When I open up the backup program the only drive it shows that I have on the PC is drive A. I actually have a CD-RW drive which is D and a DVD player which is E. If I go into My Computer these drives do show up. Now if I put a blank CD in the CD-RW drive a message will come up and say that the drive is not accessible. I would like to back up some of my files onto a CD but I cannot for the reason explained. Any help would be appreciated.

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Hi as well as the windows cd where you given the systems disk as well this is the one that comes with the mother board.

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Im trying to install win xp home on my friends computer but ran into some problems.She didn't have her startup disk that came with the computer so I decided to try to install win xp from someone elses disk of win xp on it,but was unsuccesful when trying to use the origanal oem product key that came w/ the preinstalled os.
My other friend has the same dell pc withe the same oem win xp installed on it, is there a way to copy the required files from the running dell pc,and make a bootable disk to install it on the one without an os?If so how would I go about doing so.

(Pc that needs an os)
Pc spec;
Delll dimension 2400
256 mb ram
(had)win xp home oem
30 gb hdd

Not sure the others pc specs but it is a dell dimension 2400

Your help is appreciated

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Hi,

To install an OS from any disk that was not specifically purchased for this computer is not legal. Therefore, we can not help you. This thread is closed.

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Hi, im thinking of formatting my computer, I am going to back up my mp3's onto dvd's, Am I best to burn them as mp3's or make data disk ?
 

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Computer - AMD Athlon[tm] XP2400T. 2.00GHz. 1.00 GB of Ram.
System - Microsoft Windows XP. Home Edition. Version 2002. Service Pack 2.

I am a researcher, transcriber, cataloguer. I cannot afford to lose the ten years work that is on my Data Folder, on disc C. The Data Folder has 2655 folders and 8557 files, and its size on disk is 1.02GB.

I am daily changing and amending the content of the Data Folder files, and also adding new folders and files.

I have been backing up my Data Folder with Nero. After the Data Folder exceeded the capacity of a 750MB disk, I compressed the data. But now I need another reliable way to backup my data and I am unsure what to do.

I have a friend who has told me to buy an external hard drive that has a 2USB connection, and then to backup [download] the Data Folder into it. He tells me that if I do that, all I need do at the end of each working day, is download the Data Folder, and the next day do it again, and again, until the external hard drive is full. He has told me to forget about incremental backups because that I am not burning to a disk. He says that the external hard drive will sort the data out when my Data File is downloaded into it, and that if my computer breaks and I have to do a restore into another computer, my Data Folder will be safe.

But I am wondering if I would need two external hard drives, to do alternate backups? Back up with the first on a Monday night and backup with the second on the Tuesday night. Then... Read more

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That is one way. The other is an internal hard drive with a RAID 1 or Mirror a drive. This is simple a on the fly exact copy of one drive to a second drive. This is something you can do your self. It is of the shelf technology. There are software and hardware RAID. SOftware RAID is just as the name implies. It is RAID that uses software to mirror drive 1 to drive 2. In the event of primary drive failure the second drive would take over and the primary drive.Hardware RAID would be a card that is installed inside your computer to manage the operation of the RAID.This will that a little setting up but in a "mission criticial application is a good solution. If CD-Rs are not larger enough, you may want to step up to dual layer DVD-R. The capacity is 8gb+. You should still backup your work product and save it off site in the event of a disaster, like fire, flood or the thief of your computer.I hope this was of help.Reference:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAIDhttp://www.promise.com/product/product_lis....asp?familyId=2http://www.directron.com/sbtsrd2.htmlhttp://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/perf/raid/l...leLevel1-c.html

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ive had my comp for about a yea and wen i got it i instored everything myself (os & software) the problem is that i havnt got a boot disk, i dont no wat a boot disk is or how to use one, and i dont no how to backup evrything, etc. wat is system restore, how do i use, etc. i hav a cd burner, if that helps. i really need a ''computer guide for dummies" type manual, or something. i no my way around computers more than ur average joe, but i need help on the 'essential' stuff. if u can help, or point me in the right direction it would be much appreciated, THANX.

im running XP Pro (os)

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unfortunatly XP has no boot disk that will allow you to do the same things as a win98 boot disk can and with that having been said a win98 boot disk cannot read the NT File system XP runs on

The best way to back up files in your case is to burn all the files you want to keep onto cd's using your cd-writer

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Does anyone know of a backup program for cd writers. I tried to back up my data with microsoft back up and it didn't work right. It only copied the folders in my documents but not the photos or documents. I have used Iomegas software with a zip disk and it always takes all of my data and perfectly puts everything back where it belongs.
 

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Can someone please advise me on the way to back up my operating system? Thanks.

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do you mean complete system backup, suchas from a total hard disk failure. (ghost comes to mind)
or do you mean all of the documents/pictures/music/etc... that is important to you (a little more complex)

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Hi folks,I could not figure out which forum to ask this in, so I am asking it here. I apologize in advance if this is the wrong forum.I kind of understand backup methods and solutions, but I would like a little clarification, please.1. If I create a back-up image of my hard drive, and then lose my operating system completely (or if I have Home Edition and it gets knocked back to Starter Edition), and then I restore the back-up image, will I have everything back the way it was, software and all?2. Same question for cloning. Now I realize that one would not normally use cloning to just back up their data. And I'm pretty sure that, with cloning, you get everything, file-for-file, bit-for-bit. Am I right?

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1) Yes
2) Yes

Disk Imaging software is, in my opinion, something everyone should use.

Disk Imaging software takes a "snapshot" of your drive as it exists at the time you create the image. You can then restore the entire image or any file(s) or folder(s) you choose. It is a virtually foolproof way of backing up your system and providing a safe haven in the event of a catastrophe that requires you to blow away your system partition and restore it to a previous state. It also allows you to "test" various software and be confident that you have a the ability to return to the prior state any time you choose.
I use Acronis True Image. It is the best of breed, but it isn't free. The best free alternative is Macrium Reflect.

1) I create an image of my system partition once a week to a second hard drive and keep the 2 or 3 most recent images. I also image my other partitions about once a month. I always enable "verify image" in the options. It takes a little longer, but insures a valid image.
2) I also create an image before performing any drive level function (ie, changing the size of a partition) or making any significant change to the OS (installing a service pack, upgrading IE, etc). Also sometimes before installing new software.
3) Images may be created on any medium (cd, dvd, external drive, etc). For obvious reasons they should not be stored on the same drive you are imaging. The best option is a second internal hd if you have one.
4) Imag... Read more

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HI,

On my system I have a 40Gb Hdd and a 1.2GbHdd. I used to back up the 40 Gb to the second one using the backup tool provided in WinXP Pro.

Now that the 40Gb has grown, the backup does not fit on the second hdd. I want to back up to CD-R/RW but the backup is bigger than 1 CD and the provided tool will not spread it over a few discs.

Does anyone know of any software that will let me spread it over a few discs? Or does anyone know of any other type of media that does not cost a fortune?

I did get a copy of Norton Ghost with my MoBo(Soyo Dragon+) but it does not work!rolleyes: I have not bothered pursueing it, I may bother if this will let me do what i want.

Please Help!
Thanx
thecaravanman
 

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The easiest way and cheapest would be to buy a new HD, under $100. Another good product that can be PCMCIA or USB2 attached is at this location: http://www.cmsproducts.com/default.htm

Hope this helps!
 

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i was planning on trying to do a few stupid things on my computer(i do this too much) and decided that because ive never done it,i was going to back up my c: drive.i tried using xp's backup/restore wizard but it wanted me to use my 3 1\4 floppy drive(only would have needed about 2100 disks)i tried manualy selecting my d: drive(where cdrw is)but it said it was invalid.so whats the best way to backup all my stuff?if i have to ever reinstall windows i wont want to manualy switch around and transfer all the stuff from my cd's back to the computer.is thare any other program or anything i can use?thanks
 

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My client is a small organisation made up of 8 people and I need to advise them of a backup process for their PC's. I have only ever dealt with backing up on a large scale (like a Government dept) where they use tapes to backup data from the servers.

Can you guys recommend a method of backing up on a smaller scale? The way I'm heading is towards using the Windows Backup feature each Wednesday & Friday night after the user goes home but this will require the user to leave their PC running on these nights and using a scheduled task to run the back up program.I then need to burn the backed up data to DVD and shutdown the computer afterwards.

Can anyone recommend a (preferably free) program that can do this all in one? Or, even another option for backing up the data on these 8 PC's. (Note; they are not on a network yet.)
 

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Hi, Im wanting to re-format my computer, but im not to familiar with backing up my mp3's, What is the best way to do this so as I can put them back onto my computer once im finnished, I tried once before, a while ago, but when I tried putting it back on my computer, alot would not transfer back, but some did, I have a cd and dvd burner, and use nero. is this program anygood for this ?? and if it is, what format do I burn it as?? thank-you, Ryan.
 

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Ok so I'm not entirely sure that's what I mean but I think it is, I'll explain.

I have a dual boot with xp and windows 7 - Xp was the original installation.

One of my wonderful children just got XP infected with a virus - Agent r. something. After spending hours trying all sorts to get rid of it I decided the safest way was to format the partition and reinstall XP.

After I did that it no longer offered me the boot options at boot up, so I reinstalled Windows 7 as well.

I did lots of other things before I reinstalled Windows 7 but in the end it took that long that I thought might as well just reinstall it.

Yes... I know....

So now everything is back as it should be - is it the MBR that I back up just in case I have to format and reinstall anything in the future - and if it is, how do I go about it?

All help much appreciated :)

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You would make a image of your drive to restore in the future. There is more to multiboot then the mbr.

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When my download of W7 finishes do I just burn it to a DVD and that's it or do I extract the content and then burn the extracted content to a DVD? Just that I saw something mentioned about this along with a tutorial (which I can't seem to find) the other day.

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You will need to extract the iso and burn it to a dvd, or just burn directly to the DVD using software like Iso Recorder. That's what I personally use, but I am not sure if there is a better program.

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Hello.
Even though I back up my emails, I do not know which files to back up to protect my Signatures in Outlook Express>Tools>Signatures. Any ideas?
Any help would be gratefully received - thanks!
 

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Hiya

Which version are you running?

Outlook 97

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q168/6/44.asp

Outlook 98

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q181/0/14.asp

Outlook Express 5

http://www.tomsterdam.com/insideoe5/backup/bu_partial.htm

but it uses the registry so be warned.

Regards

eddie
 

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I wasn't sure if this was the right place to ask or not. Can someone recommend a program for backing up my pc. I've never done it before so not actually sure what I should do or use to do it. I just thought I probably should start backing up in case my computer ever crashed (again), or got badly infected.

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Hello take a look at ?Cobian Backup - a multi-threaded program that can be used to schedule and backup your files and directories from their original location to other directories/drives in the same computer or other computer in your network.

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I want to back up my catalogue of Karaoke Disc's but am unsure how to do it? Can someone help me please, all advice will be greatly appreciated.

Gemma
 

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This site explains how to convert, backup, and burn CDG's.

http://www.karaokeplayground.co.uk/index2/index2.htm

Personally, I keep a mp3+g backup of all my disk.
 

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Hey guys,

What are the steps I have to take to backup my entire harddrive, so that when I get a new pc I can have a one-click restoration of all my installed files (skip the hassle of reinstalling all my utilities) as well as my media?

Is there an all-in-one programme that can do this for me?

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The Windows Files & Settings Transfer Wizard is SUPPOSED to do this, but I've had about a 50% success rating with it. There's also the fact that files & settings saved in one XP Service Pack won't transfer to an XP installation with another Service Pack. I gave up on relying on it when I learned this, and that there was no "fix" coming to remedy the situation.

I mention this to get ahead of any recommendations to rely on this method. There may be a 3rd party alternative that is more reliable, but I'm unaware of it.

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Hello,

I am trying to get offsite backup going in my office but before I spend the money for hardware, I want to know whether or not it is going to be worth it to make the purchase. My office has a direct T1 (between offices) that is used during the day and free at night, so I am wanting to utilize that bandwith for my backups.

I keep hearing different figures on this so I thought I would put it out here. How much information will I successfully be able to send across that T1 in a night? Will I be able to back up 95Gb per night or is that reaching for the stars?

I would appreciate in input or experiences that relate.

Thanks,
Tim
 

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My new router has the ability to have an FTP on it via a connected hard drive. I have this all set up now and it is accessible. My only problem is that having it is rather impractical if I can't put things on it without having to go to my router, unplug it, and plug it into a computer. The ultimate goal of having this is to back up a work desktop, and pictures from every computer. Is there any way I can set that up?
 

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Is the FTP available from any computer on the network via IP address. Are you trying to access it via a wireless connection?
 

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Hi everyone,
I bought a Verbatim external hard drive and it has Nero BackItup 4 Essentails on it for backing up.The thing is I can't understand it,so far I've just been sending to if I want to save a folder or file. Does anyone know if there is a tutoral that I can can understand. I have Googled this and found a tutorial but the interface doesn't look anything like the software I have for Nero Backitup4. also at that site and any other Nero site it wants me to back up to an online storage.
Ive never really been a fan of Nero so wondering if I should uninstall it an try something else. I wanted to do a full image back up of my computer and incremental back ups but cannot see anything on the program to do that, its very confusing. I have Windows XP, 40 gig hard drive, no partitions.
thank you for any advice.
Josey.
 

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How do you do it?

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Here are a half-dozen links involving answer(s) to your question 8-bit, I'm not exactly sure of your particular circumstance(s) ...123. seems the best link, IMO456. Interesting command prompt instructions.

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I just purchased an external Harddrive, I have a couple of questions on backing up my system.

First off, I want to know if it's possible (with any freeware programs preferably) to back up the entire content of my C drive, so it will work, in the case windows crashes.

Secondly, if I do back it up like that, would it be possible to say...remove programs from my PC, and if I need them, access them from the external hard drive? If not I need to do two-seperate types of backups. Because part of it was I'm attempting to clear space on my C drive, not just back it up.

Also, if it is possible to do both, can I do it two seperate PCs on the same external HDD? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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Also, it wouldn't let me edit my last post...is it possible to load said programs from other pcs?

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Im still new to XP and was wondering how to back up my system to 2 days ago?
 

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So I'm constantly seeing people advising "frequent backups!", but they never really clarify. I've googled and come up with a couple of fairly short lists, most of which say "this isn't everything, but...". I'm just wondering if there's somewhere out there that lists what 'a backup' means, exactly? I've backed up our "My Documents" folders, our individual mail profiles and address books, and I'll probably throw in bookmarks as well, but... what else is there?
 

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Hi,

I have never backed up my system using a backup utility. I have always backed up important personal files manually onto a disc or other device. I want to do a thorough backup now as I may have a serious infection of which is posted in the HJT forum and to which am waiting for a response. I installed the Windows Backup utility from the operating cd. The problem I am having is knowing how to find the proper location in which to backup. Other than the C drive, the only drive options are removable discs and even when I choose one of these, I am told that I cannot backup there as there is not a proper path.

Can anyone help with this?

Thanks,
Alan

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You cannot use the Windows backup utility to record directly to a CD/DVD.If you want to back and store those files on those media...you must first store the file to a partition, then burn it to disk just as you would any other set of files which you want on CD/DVD.http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=c...mp;aq=f&oq=You need either another hard drive or the means of creating such on your current hard drive (which means that you require sufficient space to do such).I've not used NT Backup...but I don't think it will allow a user to create and store a backup on the same partition which is being backed up. Many backup utilities won't.IMO, the smart solution is to add a hard drive to your system, which which you can use for backups and nothing else.Louis

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Hi I just got an external HD,(WD),
My question: Is there a way to back up using XP and on a scheduled basis, or do I need an application.. If so does any1 know of good free one?
Thanks

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Hi .XP has its own backup program, which is gratis.I don't use it, but you can read up on it and see if it meets your needs/wants.Using NTBackup in XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308422 WindowsXP Tips, Installing NTBackup on XP Home - http://www.onecomputerguy.com/windowsxp_tips.htm You may be interested in http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/Louis

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Hi,
Great website....I've learned a lot....thanks!
I have a Dell desktop with Windows XP. I want to buy a decent back-up system for my downloaded programs, documents ...everything I guess). Just don't know what type/size I should be looking for. As embarrassed as I am to say this, I've never backed up my data before and have thus far been VERY LUCKY! So I figure I've cheated Lady Luck long enough....it's time to get with it and back up my PC. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
Thanks!
-Joe
 

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I want to start doing automatic backups with xp's backup utility, for a home user that does pics and music. should i do one full backup then weekly incrementals or differentials, or monthly full backups. any body have a good backup stratagy that would not be hell to recover in the event of a disaster. thank you.
 

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Have had a HP Pavilion 520c since 2002 and for the most part I have had reasonable success. However, since the HP warranty has run out, I have decided to clean everything HP out of the computer, add a second 80 gig drive and reload with a retail version of Win XP Home with the Service Pack 1 package. The computer has a ASUS A7V-ML 1.09 mother board. My question may sound simple but I can find no technical details on this board. It has 3 PCI slots (ivory colored) and then one more shorter socket (black). What is this slot used for?
 

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I have formatted my old hdd which is slave to my system hdd, a SATA 120Gb hdd. It was suggested I back up my main current hdd to the old hdd. What files specifically should I be looking at to back up? The old hdd is 19Gb and I also want to use it to store my digital camera photos.
 

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I just purchased an external Harddrive, I have a couple of questions on backing up my system.

First off, I want to know if it's possible (with any freeware programs preferably) to back up the entire content of my C drive, so it will work, in the case windows crashes.

Secondly, if I do back it up like that, would it be possible to say...remove programs from my PC, and if I need them, access them from the external hard drive? If not I need to do two-seperate types of backups. Because part of it was I'm attempting to clear space on my C drive, not just back it up.

Also, if it is possible to do both, can I do it two seperate PCs on the same external HDD? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
 

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My grandfather received a new computer for Christmas e-machine (yuck) with a 900 mhz celeron processor and 20 gig HD 128 meg sdram pc 133. Problem is he wants me to copy some of the work he had done on his Packard Hell Legend 66mhz 341.2 MB HD to CD-R. I removed the HD from the old computer and hooked it as slave on my Computer since I have a Burner. Problem is the hard drive is not showing up. Not even in bios. I have a 40 gig quantum fireball 7200 rpm as master. I disconnected my hard drive and placed his in as master and it worked, but CD_rom not found now, so I can't burn it to cd . I have also tried hooking it as slave in line witht he cd burner to no avail. any help would be appreciated. Also both operating systems are windows 98.
 

A:backing up old HD on CD-R

You don't have your primary jumpered right....needs to be set as master with slave present not a standalone drive.

Try putting it on your second IDE channel.
 

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Hi there,
I have a Compaq desktop that came with genuine xp pre-installed. However, it did not come with a system recovery disc.
Having had to re-format my laptop after my stepson infected it with a vinut (infecting all .exe/.scr & zip files ) I am worried in case something similar happens to my desktop.
So here's the question...... is there a way to make a recovery disc or to copy my operating system to disc so that, if required, I can rescue my system?
Thanks for any help you can give me.:
 

A:Backing Up XP???

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Let me start by saying I am a student studying computers and networking. I obtain PCs/laptops from family and friends to work on. What I want to do is back up the PC/laptop prior to working on it. When I say back up, I mean everything, (apps, OS, files, etc...). This way if I really mess it up, I can get the PC/laptop back to where it was before I started working on it. I have read about clone and image, but am still a little unsure as to exactly what they are and how to do one and then put it back on the PC/Laptop. I see XP,Vista,7, and 8. Any guidance in this area would be very helpful. Also, at this point, I'm only concerned about getting the thing back to where it was. Not concerned with continual back ups at this time.
 

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Is it possible to back up my operation system windows XP? The computer did not come with the disk and I would like to reforrmat the hard-drive.
 

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I had a tech recently install a fresh copy of Win7 on my PC, after he replaced my hard drive. Now, he won't answer his phone. He has basically left me hanging.
 I have 2 questions:
1) He installed it from a thumb drive that he had with him. How did he do that? And how can I get that ability?
2) Since I don't have a product key or disc, is there a way I can backup my Win7 OS in case of a crash or virus?
Thanks.

A:Backing up Win 7

Is the computer the Dell you mentioned here http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/495494/how-can-i-diagnose-a-problem-with-my-hard-drive/?

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