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Want to buy external harddrive for DVD Backup . . .

Question: Want to buy external harddrive for DVD Backup . . .

What kind of external harddrives are worthwhile?? Maxtor sems a pretty decent company . . i'm new to this and curious as to what i should look for - want around 200 GB for dvd image backups . . . good price / good company / large capacity . . . any suggestions?

Thank you

Wiz

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Preferred Solution: Want to buy external harddrive for DVD Backup . . .

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

Answer: Want to buy external harddrive for DVD Backup . . .

something like this??

TEAC AMERICA
200 GB 7200 RPM USB External Hard Drive


or this??

MAXTOR - 200 GB 7200 RPM OneTouch External USB 2.0 Hard Drive

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I am running xp home edition sp3. I have a Seagate 200gb hdd external. I have Spotmau Power Suite 2009 software. When I get ready to backup and am asked for the destination drive, the D: drive isn't shown as an option. I installed the Windows XP backup utility(ntbackup) and got the same results.
I dont't want to backup to DVD or removable drive.

Windows sees the drive and I can access it. Why doesn't backup see it?

Help!!!

Answer:Can't backup to external usb 2.0 harddrive.

Hey,

Make sure you can access the hdd

Also install the proper drivers

Make sure it`s recognized in device manager and in disk managment

Cheers

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Dad and I both want to backup to a 500gb Maxtor External Harddrive.
We have partitioned the harddrive into two. One partition for each of us.
We would like to do a full clone of each of our harddrivesand place them oon the harddrive. WE want the clone that goes on the harddrive ,to be useful(not in some random compressed format that we can't get to).

Also. My laptop has a wireless internet connection that connects to a router connected to the internet. The router also connects to dads computer which has the external harddrive.
Is there a way to backup my harddrive using the criteria above via our wirelesss connection.

I have lost my laptop once and I don't want it to happen again.
Please tell me if you know of a simple way to go about this.

Is it possible to make a full clone of the harddrive that i wouldn't have to clone the whole harddrive each time. ( if you know what i mean) So it just updates the files each time.

Answer:How to Backup to External Harddrive.

There are two ways of doing this, manually by copying the files required or try using cobian backup, the link is in the free software list.
Free Software List for Vista

I would not recommend backing up via wireless as this will take a long time.

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Hi there,

I'd like to back up my photos to an external hard drive. Is there an app that can keep the backup up to date so that it mirrors what is on my laptop? I'm using Windows.

The hard drive isn't often attached so if the process could be initiated manually that might be a good way to do it.

Thanks,

Joe
 

Answer:Sync Backup on External Harddrive?

Get SyncBackFree, a very good Windows backup utility.

When you setup the new profile choose "Mirror" as the type. For the first run it do a simulation run to make sure it's working they way you want it to.
 

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Buying a new desktop computer. So I literally simply want to copy my entire hard drive to an external hard drive. All the files on my HD are about 30 GB transferring to a new external with 1 TB of space. Nothing on it yet. What's the quickest, simplest way to do this? This way I know I have every single file from my computer stored without missing anything.

This way on new desktop I have all my settings/bookmarks, etc. for browsers, all files saved.....

Doesn't need to be bootable from the external, just trying to make a copy so i know i have everything. What would you guys use for this? Thanks.

Answer:Simplest way to backup entire harddrive to an external

Just copy and paste them. Use guides not only available here but on other sites as well to export your bookmarks so you can just import them. For the rest of your personal files just move them to the drive. Sicne making a direct image wont do you any good. This is going to be your best bet. Use something like SyncToy.

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Hi!

I created a 'Complete PC Backup' from Vista before installing windows 7 in external usb hard drive. Now I want to delete that backup and store windows 7's backup.

When I try to delete the folder i get error: 'An errored occured while applying security information to ... Access is denied.' message.

and when I try to delete the the folder inside 'Windows Image Backup' i get an error message.

I tried to get permission but the above error is displayed.

What should I do now?

Answer:Delete 'Complete PC Backup' in external usb harddrive

With the drive plugged in use Windows Explorer, can you see the folder in the tree, if so right click and do delete, if that doesn't work is that all you use the drive for, if so just format the drive.

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I wonder if anyone could please give me some advice.I work in a small office environment (of around 8 employees) and our tape drive backup system has recently reached maximum capacity.We have our server (windows server 2003 small business edition) sitting in the building opposite which stores all our network files and is backed up daily via a grandfather, father, son tape rotation system (I keep the tapes in my office to ensure offsite backup).I am thinking of getting a networkable external harddrive and am wondering if this is the best solution and if so, which one to get.I was thinking that I could plug it into one of the ethernet ports in our office and schedule a daily backup of the server, to run overnight. I can't connect it directly to the server because we need to have 'offsite' backup for insurance purposes.Is this the best solution? What drives would you recommend (I think we'll need around 1TB to cope with expanding data storage needs)? I've looked at the 'Western Digital My Book' as an option, but all our machines run Windows (XP) OS's so I don't need Mac compatibility.Many thanks

Answer:External harddrive for backup in a small business

click here

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Hello folks,
My windows 7 (home premium 32bit) doesnt start anymore, my system recovery data is on external hard drive. Any idea how to access this backup?
Cheers

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Hello, I have a Linux (ubuntu) machine connected to a Linksys G router (WRT54G2) via ethernet. My main PC, a Winodws XP laptop, also communicates through the linksys router (via wifi). I want to connect an external drive directly to the Linksys wireless G and be able to use *both machines (Linux and XP) to access the external drive and do backups; is this possible?

Most inexpensive external drives come with USB, not ethernet connections; the wifi has Ethernet connections. I am new too both backup devices and Linux and am on a budget.
 

Answer:Can one external HardDrive Backup both windows and Linux (ubuntu) PCs?

i dont see why not. what kind of backup are you doing? like are you imaging the whole thing or just ntbackup style and making a backup file to store on your external?

i dunno about the ubuntu machine tho
 

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Hi,

My Sony Vaio had some problems so I want to backup all the files onto this 500gb external harddrive. Only problem is that I couldn't get it to work. Says that theres an error. I decided to try with just 1 file that was 1gb and it worked fine, so I'm in need of some advice on what the problem could be. Its a Western Digital My Book Essential Edition, 500gb harddrive (465.16gb when viewed in Manage), FAT32, has no partitions.

Heres the specs of my pc: http://www.docs.sony.com/release/specs/VGNCR320EL_mksp.pdf
 

Answer:Solved: Not able to backup files to Western Digital MyBook 500gb external harddrive

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Folks,

Running W7/64. I've tried to create a system backup to my D drive: error message states that I cannot create an image to a drive which Windows boots from or is installed on.

Not good.

My computer has an SSD ,the C drive, and a spinner, the D drive.

When I installed Windows, I only had the C drive installed. The D drive was not physically connected.

Now, the D drive was recycled from another use. It +had+ been a C drive (possibly for this very machine). I did a full format on it, and ensured it was not hooked up during the SSD install. (I thought that would erase windows OS files.) Somehow, Windows on D drive won't die!

My thought is that I need to perform a repair install. I can do that...and I will. I'll make sure D drive is physically disconnected. Again. Obviously, my attempt to erase any and all previously used data on the D drive failed. (At least, that's my thought.)

How do I remove any OS remnants on the D drive? Yeah, I've got stuff on it, but I can create a Macrium backup and restore them, if need be.

I've included Drive Manager image of it as well as what Macrium sees. (I've got some of the SSD unallocated for overprovisioning.)

Thanks,
Ken

Answer:Cannot create a backup image on my backup harddrive?

Ok mate my first thought is I would clean the D: drive using DISKPART - clean or clean all depends on how thorough you want to be a simple clean would in my mind be enough.
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
then format it.

My other thought is how old is that spinner??

Edit I meant to say back up the data first eh?

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Folks,

Running W7/64. I've tried to create a system backup to my D drive: error message states that I cannot create an image to a drive which Windows boots from or is installed on.

Not good.

My computer has an SSD ,the C drive, and a spinner, the D drive.

When I installed Windows, I only had the C drive installed. The D drive was not physically connected.

Now, the D drive was recycled from another use. It +had+ been a C drive (possibly for this very machine). I did a full format on it, and ensured it was not hooked up during the SSD install. (I thought that would erase windows OS files.) Somehow, Windows on D drive won't die!

My thought is that I need to perform a repair install. I can do that...and I will. I'll make sure D drive is physically disconnected. Again. Obviously, my attempt to erase any and all previously used data on the D drive failed. (At least, that's my thought.)

How do I remove any OS remnants on the D drive? Yeah, I've got stuff on it, but I can create a Macrium backup and restore them, if need be.

I've included Drive Manager image of it as well as what Macrium sees. (I've got some of the SSD unallocated for overprovisioning.)

Thanks,
Ken

Answer:Cannot create a backup image on my backup harddrive?

Ok mate my first thought is I would clean the D: drive using DISKPART - clean or clean all depends on how thorough you want to be a simple clean would in my mind be enough.
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
then format it.

My other thought is how old is that spinner??

Edit I meant to say back up the data first eh?

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I realize one is just an enclosure and you provide the harddrive, and one is a true harddrive, but which is better and whats really the difference?
 

Answer:usb harddrive enclosure -vs- usb external harddrive

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Hello,

My desktop computer's motherboard was fried in a tragic lightning accident, but the hard drive is intact. I would like to purchase an enclosure for the hard drive and use it as an external hard drive. I'm posting here because I'm worried about compatibility.

Here are the hard drive details:
Seagate, S/N 90Z7588X
ST 380215A
P/N 9CY011-305
Firmware 3.AAD
Date code 08257
Barracude 7200.10
80 Gbytes

Will that work with any of these enclosures:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817158012
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817173047
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Acom...sem/rpsm/oid/206486/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

Thank you in advance for any help!
 

Answer:External Harddrive from Old Computer Harddrive

Any 3.5" IDE compatible drive enclosure will do the trick. I use a ThermalTake enclosure myself (same as MadDog and CompUSAs no-name brand).

Courtney
 

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I currently have a laptop that is a few years old, anyhow I am building my own computer with a friend of mine. I have a external 120 gig Western Digital External Harddrive hooked up to my laptop now. (The external harddrive is brand new) I need a harddrive for the new computer I am building and was wondering would it work if i opened up the external harddrive casing and removed it from there and installed it in my computer i am building. Whats your thoughts on the change in power supply and could it work and what?

Pat

Answer:External Harddrive into Interal Harddrive

if you are building a laptop... no. it is built completely differently.
with a desktop computer you would not be able to either because the connection inside its casing is different. its better to keep your external the way it is and get an internal. you could then use your external as a backup.

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

Thanks,
Dobber9
 

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

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i got a problem that maybe someone can help me out with.........my girlfriends motherboard fried..she was running xp home edition....i have an old computer that i'm going to take the motherboard and processor out of and put in hers...but she wants to save her data....she has some important .doc's and alot of pictures that cant be replaced in her My documents folder on her harddrive....

i put her harddrive in my computer as a slave and was able to see the files on her harddrive....but the one folder that has her name on it(where all the pics and .docs are) it tells me its not accessible.....she had a profile login on xp home that she would login to....and i have her login/password if there was to use it......is there anyway to get into that folder to retrieve her stuff and back it up?...any info would be appreciated.. thanks!

this is the message i get....

E:\Documents and settings\Linda is not accessible
access is denied
 

Answer:how can i backup these files on this harddrive?

Follow this.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308421&sd=tech
 

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Just got my tomtom go700.Is it possible to back up the whole hard drive to a PC. So if any future downloads mess it up I can do a reinstall.

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Hi,     I am in the market for a backup harddrive.  I had a couple of questions.  First I will explain, I use my computer for mostly personal and school, I have a decent amount of word documents, music, and pictures.  I have a 3 year old Dell Inspiron 5150 Laptop with Windows XP.  I wanted to know1)  For my uses, is an external harddrive really necessary?-Is this something I should have or is it really not a big deal for my purposes?2)  If it would be of particular benefit, I'd like to know, which brand, model could you recommend?  I do have a restricted budget.-Would this do?Link Edit3)  What kinds of features should I pay attention to or are of big importance?4) How much GB do I need?-Is 320 ample?Thanks.

Answer:Purchasing A Backup Harddrive

Hard to say if you need 320gb, generally your backup hdd need not be any larger than the internal one unless that's running out of space and will be replaced soon.  (Some cloning programs will clone to a smaller hdd provided that the smaller one can contain all the files on the source partitions)If you are considering cloning your internal hdd to your backup hdd so that you can boot from the backup, ensure that booting from a usb device is supported in your system.The price shown on the link you posted is certainly very attractive, pity they're out of stock!Burning data files to a cd or dvd is the cheapest form of reasonably secure backup IMHO.Good luck

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I'm using XP pro etc.

I've got a new larger harddrive where my present main harddrive is full.

The question is, can I copy my present 'My Documents' onto the new hdd and then install XP etc on the new hdd when completed and the old hdd removed.

Or have got to start from fresh and copy all the files I want onto DVD's.

thxs
 

Answer:Solved: Backup to new Harddrive ???

"Acronis Migrate Easy" will clone your entire old drive to your new drive. You will then be able to swap the old out and new in. This will save you countless hours of reinstalling Windows.
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/migrateeasy/

You owe me a beer!
 

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I try to plug in my external drive or my USB drive but it doesn't pick up...

Answer:How do I backup my harddrive using UBCD4Win

I'm assuming you are using the ubcd4win that takes ou to the ubcd4win desktop not just tools. If so, you need to go to the start button and then system and then hwpnp and then click on install usb devices. With my flash drive in it then picks it up. You could also force install devices there and then it may pick up the external hd. I'm not sure that it is going to pick up and external hd through a usb port. I have never tried an external hd as I don't have one. I have done it when I had the 2nd hd on an ide cable or sata and used ubcd4win.

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hiya was reading earlier threads on backups so ive already thought about it and ive got a new harddrive for the porpose off just a backup drive. how do i configer this.im using xppro on a 40gb hd with 2 partitions on ide0. inv a cdrwiter and a dvd. whats the best way to configer these on ide0 and ide1 and what jumper settings help please.

Answer:how to config backup harddrive

Put the new drive on the same ribbon as the other hard drive but before you do set the jumper at the back of the drive to S/L for slave. then after you are connected restart your computer. and go into setup and auto config the drive. "BUT BEFORE YOU DO ALL THIS SWITCH THE POWER OFF BY PULLING THE PLUG IN THE WALL"

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Ok so i have three harddrives, lets call them XP, 7old, and 7new. So the 7old harddrive's OS,windows7, wasn't working (i have tried so much things to try to make it work and now i have given up). Because of this i am now planning on getting a new harddrive to do a clean install of windows 7, but then i want to ask if there is a way to restore/copy the applications/files i have in the 7old harddrive, to my new harddrive. (I cannot login to the 7old harddrive's os, but i can access the harddrive files from my xp harddrive). So is there a way to do a clean install then have my old files/applications transferred, since i cant really clone my old harddrive since the os wasn't working. Any suggesstions?

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i recently purchased the 320gb maxtor harddrive, after figuring i need to backup my pc to it, i tryed to do it and when i get to the 'where do you want to save the backup' (on windows vista ultiamte 32 bit) i select my new harddrive and it says....
'this disk cannot be used to store a windows pc backup image as it is a dynamic disk' could anybody explain what a dynamic disk is and how i can sort this problem? thanks a lot topps.
 

Answer:pc backup, failure with new harddrive??

ensure you have the correct drivers for such a hard drive. VISTA has MANY issues with hardware. If you cannot fix the problem you will need to either get a compatible drive or switch to XP.
 

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I try to plug in my external drive or my USB drive but it doesn't pick up...
 

Answer:How do I backup my harddrive using UBCD4Win

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I have a current settup with WinXP, in which my main HD is a SATA. I want to use an old IDE HD for back-up. The opticals on a secondary IDE cable. When I put the IDE HD on a primary, the computer will stop on boot just primary to going to the DATA (After CD and floppy). The Bios appears to find the HD and I can access it using a DOS boot floppy.

According to Western Digital, there does not need to need a jumper.

I think that maybe there should be.

???????????????
 

Answer:Harddrive: SATA OS/IDE Backup

Problem solved.

Changed boot drive to HDD 0 from HDD 1
 

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So I want to clone one external 2TB with another. So one drive is the main use one and another the backup one. So I copy everything over to backup and i store the backup at another house and then I start using the main: deleting and adding/editing files. What is the best software or whatever to allow me, after some time, synchronize/clone the externals again without deleting all on the backup drive and recopying? (main to backup) and make them clones again? ..Adding and deleting or replacing any nonidentical files.. Like where i can press a button on some software and it do the work for me.
Sorry if this is confusing

Answer:Best external to external hard drive synchronized backup plan?

There's a bunch of applications that can do that.

They all work pretty much the same way, but would differ in how easy they are to understand and configure---the interfaces would differ and the help files would differ.

I use FreeFileSync from sourceforge.net.

Others are Syncback, Folder Clone, Karen's Replicator, FBackup, Second Copy, and Synchromagic.

You should be able to configure them to do one or the other of the following:

1: If you delete or modify a file on the "original", it will also be deleted or modified on the backup.

2: If you delete a file on the "original", it will be retained on the backup. If you modify a file, both the modified and unmodified file will be retained on the backup.

It's up to you which choice you prefer. I use the first method, which is often called "mirroring"--one drive is an exact match of the other.

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Well 2 days ago my motherboard fried because of a power surge, and I'm buying a new computer tommorow, my question is.. is it possible to get the data off my old hard drive? I was hoping it'd be as easy as plugging it into my new computer, but I don't think it is. I don't really know about this stuff so any responses would be greatly appreciated.

All I need to access is the photos, so if I can access the pictures id just put them on a flash drive.

The old hard drive has windows vista on it, I'm planning on getting windows 7 if that helps.
 

Answer:Harddrive backup after mobo crash?

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yes these are all legal....
whats the best program to rip dvds to my harddrives
i tried dvd shink, should I make it an iso or a audio_ts, I was thinking ISO

anyone who does this have any suggestions?
 

Answer:Burning DVDs to harddrive for backup...

dvddecrypter allows for easy fair-use of your DVDs, requiring no great amount of knowledge. It also allows for selection of only the program portion that you want, so no space or time is wasted backing up unwanted portions of the disc.

Check out Doom9 for all your audio/video/DVD needs.
 

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heres the deal
i have a 250gb harddrive thats had alotta stuff taken off and put on it, i want to reformat it.
i have some things id like to save, so i have an old 40gb harddrive sitting around. unfourtunately it has stuff on it and i would like to wipe it clean so i can put it in the computer and have it set to a slave drive so i can just copy and paste all of the data from one harddrive to the other. then i can wipe the 250gb harddrive, reinstall windows, plug in the 40gb, and transfer the data back.

with all that said, how exactly do i do that? i tried putting the 40gb in but either my computer wont boot (no message, the screen never changes from all black) or it boots from the 40gb harddrive and doesnt recognize the 250gb.
 

Answer:harddrive reformatting/backup data

Welcome to TSG!
It's possible that the 250 gig HDD has been jumpered to standalone which is not (edit: not always) the same as Master. You need to set both drives' jumpers. The 40 GB to slave, and 250 GB to Master.

If the 250 GB HDD is SATA, then it should be recognized no matter what IDE drives are present... In this case I would go into BIOS and check if they are recognized OK, and then check boot order. Besides boot order of different device types (floppy, CD, HDD, etc.) in some BIOS-es there's an option for setting boot priority of HDDs present in the system.
 

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Gave my old pc to my son, had not gotten around to backing up my picture files yet.  Well he tells me its not working, after some investigation I find out that instead of shutting down the pc properly each time, he simply has been unplugging it.  I mean, every time bless his cotton socks no matter how much I have always drilled into his 10yr old brain this is a bad thing to do.  Before I restore it, which of course will wipe my files is there any way to rescue my pictures?

Answer:Can I backup my harddrive befor i restore it?

If the PC will no longer boot, you could try that hard drive in another machine.  it will then show up as an additional drive, and you should be able to get your pictures from it.Hope this helps, and welcome to the forum.

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I recently went thru the blue screen of death on one of my home networked pc. It made me wonder about harddrive cloneing & backup software? What is the best out there. Are there any good free versions? Can they do a complete back and transfer to a new harddrive (to replace the old one) or a bigger hd to be used as the new primary hd for my pc? Can they be used when you get a major error in windows and just want to reinstall windows to working order? or do you have to reinstall the complete clone of the hd?

Cheers

Uly
 

Answer:Harddrive cloneing & Backup software?

First link in my signature refers.

You burn the free software into a CD and so the health of the orginal operating system is immaterial.

The target or the clone is a 100% mirror image of the orginal and boots exactly like the source disk. You should remove the source disk when using the clone though as two sets of identical system files may cause a MS Windoze to do funny things..
 

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Hello there all.
I was not sure where to put this message so apologise if itís in the wrong place.
I am in need of some free or cheap software that can backup your hard drive as it is over the network to an image file.
It will need to backup to a network share.
I have been trying a Utility called Bart PE with Self Image. This is good but unfortunately when you want to restore your image to a new hard drive it wonít work because the new hard drive is much bigger than the last one.
I need this to work on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7
If anyone can suggest any software that I can buy or use that would be great.
If there is any more information needed please let me know.

Regards Steve
 

Answer:Backup Harddrive over the network software

Have you heard of Acronis True Image ??
Drive size is no problem.

The Trial DL is fully functional for 15 days
 

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I successfully backed up my computer to an external harddrive using Windows 7 backup. I used Windows recommended settings.

My computer's local disk is currently 216 GB. When I backed up my computer to the harddrive it says that the backup is 384 GB.

Can somebody explain to me why my backup is larger than my system's harddrive?

Also, just so you know, I don't have any previous backups that need to be deleted. And just to be sure I ran the backup numerous times always getting the same size as a result (384 GB).

I would like to have a complete backup but don't want to use up so much space. Is there an easy way to change a setting so that I can save disk space on my external drive while have a thorough and comprehensive backup.

Much Thanks!

Answer:Why is my backup larger than my system's harddrive?

How many partitions in this PC?

How many partitions were imaged?

What is the total size of the hard drive that contains your C partition, including unoccupied space?

Did you by any chance do a "sector by sector" backup? I don't use Windows Backup and don't know if that is even a possibility.

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I'm looking to back up my D: drive to my H: drive. Does anybody know of any free programs that would do such a thing? I tried Han-Soft Auto Backup, but it's a 30 day trial thing.
 

Answer:Free Harddrive Backup Software?

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I've got Win'98se with a 6.4 gig Fujitsu harddrive that's less than a year old. I started having scandisk run every re-boot so I did a thorough scan. The scan reported sector 40, 312, and 313 were bad. It said:

"Scan disk can no longer read from Sector 40 of this drive's file allocation table. Scandisk cannot repair this error because this part of the system cannot be relocated to another section of your disk. You may need to replace this disk."

It also returned the same message for Sector 312 and 313, yet the final report said that there were 0 bytes in bad sectors. I assume that's because it couldn't read the Sectors to see if there was information there.

The question is twofold:
1) I guess this means the drive must be replaced (2 months left in the warranty!) am I correct? and
2) Is there an easy and or inexpensive way to copy the entire drive to a new one?

The drive is partitioned into 2.1gig partitions and i really want to keep the data without having to start fresh with a replacement drive (I'll have to ship the drive away and I expect I'll get a new one instead)?

I'm just bought a new 8.4 gig harddrive, so I want to transfer the data without necessarily starting from scratch.

HELP, PLEASE HELP.

[This message has been edited by lavigne (edited 03-28-2000).]
 

Answer:Bad Sectors on Harddrive. Want to backup what's left

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I did a hard drive image/backup on my thinkpad, and saved it to the c drive. I wanted to then back it up to the network but cant figure out where the files are saved to on the c drive.Also, I tried to delete it with the tool, and it wont delete.Anyone know where to get these files at?Thanks!





Thinkpad T500 - Intel Core2 P8400 (2.26GHz), 4 gigs of ram, 160GB/7200rpm hard drive, ATI 3650 GPU, WSXGA+ panel

Answer:Where are Lenovo HardDrive Backup images stored?

After rebooting, it says it is gone.  One problem fixed!





Thinkpad T500 - Intel Core2 P8400 (2.26GHz), 4 gigs of ram, 160GB/7200rpm hard drive, ATI 3650 GPU, WSXGA+ panel

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This is a windows xp HP computer, the problem is I have a boot option and I've been booting from cd all this time. I accidently turned the pc off now the computer won't read the cd for some reason. Yes the cd works, I tried it in my new laptop I got this Christmas. All I want to get a few files off the old computer and I'll let it rest in peace. I've been using Hiren's BOOTCD 11 to boot my pc, and so I just made a bootable usb but there is a big issue. It reads Grub4dos instead of the Hiren disk, it says
Boot from find menu.lst, /boot/grub/menu.lst. /grub/menu.lstClick to expand...

and when it does that this shows up
Grubs4dos 0.4.5b 2011-04-23, Mem 639K/1014/0M, End: 351657 [Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported. For the first word TAB list possible command completions of a device/filename ESC at anytime exits. ]Click to expand...

I type in boot then it says
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Answer:Issue #1: Harddrive failed backup all files

please?
 

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Hi,

For some reason, system image backup is no longer allowing me to choose a hard drive for the destination of a system image backup. Space isn't the issue, as the drive I want to back up to has more than enough space for my C: drive. There is already an image stored on the drive, but I'm reluctant to delete it until I know I can do a new one successfully.

Anyone else had this issue?

Answer:system image backup - no harddrive option?

Just to clarify, the harddrive option is there but no drives are listed and so it defaults to the back up to DVD option. If I refresh the list of harddrives, the list remains empty and it reselects the DVD option.

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Hi,

I have the following hard disks:

500 GB:
|- 250 GB Vista (old)
|- 250 GB contains a PC-Complete backup of the above partition

1000 GB:
|- 700 GB Linux
|- 001 GB Linux
|- 003 GB Linux
|- 300 GB Empty
|- 003 GB Linux Swap

I now want to restore the Vista PC-Complete backup to the "Empty" 300 GB partition of the 1000 GB disk, so that I no longer need the 500 GB disk,
but the tutorials I've found regarding Windows Recovery are not detailed enough to answer the following questions:

1. Will the recovery of the Vista-DVD keep my other partitions (those labeled "Linux" above) intact?
2. The new partition (labeled "Empty") is a logical partition, the old Vista partition of the 500 GB disk was a primary. Will Vista be able to boot from the logical partition (preferably via Grub)?
3. Will I be able to use the whole 300 GB of the "Empty" partition afterwards or will Vista directly mirror the contents of the old partition so that I only have 250 GB available?

Thanks in advance for your answers

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Folks,

I've got a Samsung spinpoint 1 Tb drive. It was a backup drive in a Vista build. I used Macrium to clone my Vista C drive to the Samsung. Then, I removed it.

Next, I built a new machine, a W7/64. THAT build uses an SSD for the operating system, "C", and a Western Digital hard drive (Black, 1 Tb) as the data drive, "D".

Once that machine was up and running, I decided to use the old Samsung drive as a backup. I physically installed it, Sata cable, and it is identified in windows as "E". Next, I tried using the Disk Management, Properties, Tools to run check. The window opens, then it immediately closes.

hmmm, thought I. Perhaps a remnant of the Vista OS was doing something. I then opened Disk Management, unmounted the drive, and performed a complete, long, reformat.

I restarted.

I tried using the properties, tools, check now window again. Still, that window will not check it. The progress bar never flashes. All that happens is about 1 second after I click "OK", the window closes. No messages.

I opened an elevated command prompt and tried "chkdsk e:" It came back with "The type of file system is NTFS." A pause, "Errors found. CHKDSK cannot continue in read-only mode."

I've searched a LOT of the internet on this. The drive has just under 9,000 hours on it. It passes every Samsung test I could throw at it from Samsung's support website.

Windows disk checking seems not to work.

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Answer:Backup Harddrive is immune to every chkdsk attempt

hi, in disk management is it shown as a basic or dynamic disk? also can you take a screenshot of what it gives you in dispkpart like my picture below when you do detail disk.

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This is a windows xp HP computer, the problem is I have a boot option and I've been booting from cd all this time. I accidently turned the pc off now the computer won't read the cd for some reason. Yes the cd works, I tried it in my new laptop I got this Christmas. All I want to get a few files off the old computer and I'll let it rest in peace. I've been using Hiren's BOOTCD 11 to boot my pc, and so I just made a bootable usb but there is a big issue. It reads Grub4dos instead of the Hiren disk, it says QuoteBoot from find menu.lst, /boot/grub/menu.lst. /grub/menu.lst and when it does that this shows up QuoteGrubs4dos 0.4.5b 2011-04-23, Mem 639K/1014/0M, End: 351657 [Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported. For the first word TAB list possible command completions of a device/filename ESC at anytime exits. ] I type in boot then it says QuoteError 8: Kernel must be loaded before booting

Answer:Issue #1: Harddrive failed please backup all files.

You didn't build the flash drive properly...Here Ya go...As far as retrieveing the data there's an easier way:Slave Drive Info...

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I recently installed a new Seagate 500G SATA harddrive and cloned everything over to the new drive. After I reinstalled Norton System Works 2007, now I can't access my backup drive. I can see the D:\ drive in "my computer", but it tells me the file system is missing. How do I fix it? Is there something I can copy from C to D?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Backup harddrive file system missing

I'm using Window XP. Computer Management shows the partition w/ 116 G capacity/free. It says the drive is healthy, but won't reformat it either. Please Help.
 

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This is probably a really stupid question, and I apologize upfront if this has been ask before and or for the stupidity of the question.
But I recently purchased a new hard drive, and to this point have been utilizing Macrium only for backup images.

What I'm trying to do is copy a working image of my old hard drive including the OS Xp, to the new hard drive, but the pc won't boot with the copy installed on the new hard drive!

Does the new hard drive have to first have windows xp OS loaded before applying the image?

Thanks for any advise!

Answer:Load Backup Image to New Harddrive With Macrium

If you're just changing the hard drive, it goes like this.
Make an image to a non-system partition of the old drive, or another drive, but not to the new drive, unless it's on to a non-system partition.
Really have to know how your partitions are set up to give exact advice.
You might have a system reserved partition. I can't advise on that.
Make sure you have burned a Macrium recovery CD.
Connect your new drive. I would put this on the first controller slot, so it will be disk 0.
Make sure your old drive is connected. I would move this to the drive 1 controller slot.
Change boot sequence in BIOS so you boot with the Macrium CD.
Restore the image to the new drive. Make sure you know what partition is what.
I don't know the Macrium restore options, but the restored partition on the new drive should be marked as active, system.
Change boot sequence to the new drive.
Should boot to the new drive like it did with the old drive.
If you have more questions, ask. But provide more detail.
Plenty of guys here know this up and down.
You didn't get a quick response because you didn't give enough detail, and you mentioned XP in a confusing way.

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I have an external Hard drive with tons of movies and music on it, Hooks in USB, Tried hooking it to my ps3 but it didn't reconize it... is there a way that will work somehow?
 

Answer:PS3 And External HardDrive

The external drive needs to be FAT32 format. If the external drive is NTFS the PS3 will not rcognize it.
 

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Hi all, got a problem thats gone way above my head (not hard), I have purchased a Maxtor Diamond 10 300Gb whic I am using as an external drive or should I say trying to use as a external drive, for some reason I keep geting unknow device in device manager and then evry now and again after a few unplugs and on/offs it will pick the drive up assighn it a drive letter and all is peachey untill I power off the harddrive. Even when I restart the pc it finnds the drive when rebooting but as soon as I dismount the drive turn it off it will not pick it up again just says unknow device. This has neally drove me bald so all help welcome and please hurry if I find the drive to be faulty I can get it replaced. Oh yeah the drive is formated i managed to do that much.SYS SpecP4 2,4768 Pc 333 RamAlbatron PX 865PE lite mother boardRadeon 9800Pro graphics Card120gb / 80Gb Maxtor Internal DrivesLiteon dvd burner/ and a rewriter6x usb 2.0 Portsthanks in advance.Chris

Answer:External Harddrive

Does your caddy definately support a drive that big?

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My 2 year old computer has been freezing up and crashing lately so I'm going to be wiping the hard drive and starting over. I'm trying to back up all of my music and important files but I'm going to lose a lot. I would like to avoid this situation in the future but I'm not sure what is causing the problem.

I'm thinking of buying an external harddrive for files that I will want to keep for a long time (like music and school stuff) so that I can wipe the drive when it gets messed up and not lose everything. The guy at Bestbuy explained it in a way that made it sound like they were essentially uncorruptable but I'm assuming they have some major drawbacks or people would use them for everything.

Alternately, is there some kind of upgrade I can do on my computer (its a desktop) so that it will run better and I won't have to deal with wiping it at all? I'm not sure if I'd need RAM or memory or what.


If it helps, here's what I know about the machine:
it runs Windows Vista
HP Pavilion a6110n PC
64 X2 Dual-core processor
2048 MB system memory
320GB hard drive
i'm currently using up 115 GB

Thank you!
 

Answer:External Harddrive or more ram?

well, an external hard drive is nice to keep your stuff on like you said. theyre pretty reliable for the most part if you get a good one. you could add another GB of RAM if you want, but the 2GB you have now is pretty standard for older computers. you have a 2 year old computer which more than likely has a lot of crud on it that is slowing it down.

you should try to clean your computer first, and use operating system reinstalls as kind of a last resort if youre not able to clean your PC, or if there is just too much junk on it to make the time worth it.

http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=106650 - Try this. It's a link to a basic computer maintenance thread. give this a try before you decide to wipe out your hard drive.
 

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I have a Dell Expiron 9400 which is 5 years old (2GB) I want to buy an external drive to store photos/videos and documents. I want to buy one that will be suitable to work with ANY other computer that I might buy in the future. Anyone got any advice Please??
 

Answer:External harddrive

Howdy

most External Hard drives will work with any PC...you just hook it through the USB port
 

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I have a window's XP computer and I've had it for a few years now and it's been good, at first it was really fast and then it got slow but now it has got to the point where it takes about 20 minutes just for me to load my internet browser and MSN.I have an external hard drive which everything is on, all my files from my doccuments and when I last defraged my computer (about 2 weeks ago, i do it monthy not that it helps at all) it said I had 75% space on my C: drive.What do you think I should do?I have done everything that people have reccomended to speed up my computer.Do I install my programs onto my external hard drive, so they are no longer on the C: drive or do something else, please help me! lol

Answer:Help with external harddrive

Since you have already been sensible by keeping backups of all your own files, I would re-install Windows from scratch. Nothing is more likely to get your PC back to it's former speed.

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My laptop hardrive is reaching breaking point, I have deleated a load of stuff I no longer use, but hos easy would it be to be able to run games and other programes to the laptop from an external hard drive?

Answer:external harddrive

Easy, so long as you re-install progs and games to the external drive, simply moving them across will not work.

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I?m looking for an external storage device for my laptop ? I?ve been told that some download software onto the laptop and that this is not the version to go for. Anyone have any recommendations / advice? Something I could use with my ibook as well would be ideal.

Answer:EXTERNAL harddrive

Some have software already installed on the external hard drive when it is new, just format it and it will disappear.WD IBooks are good

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From where in the UK can i get an cheap external harddrive(aleast 40GB)?
 

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I am trying to view my external harddrive on my PS3. I found a website that said you go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Managment. It said to right click on the drive the External harddrive is and click delete partition. I did that, and it just disappeared from My Computer. Now I see it's still there on the lower right hand of the screen by the clock. It is also listed under device managers.

I've read for help, and they all say to go to disk management, right click on it and assign it a drive letter. I just do not see the external harddrive there to right click on it.

Please help. I hope I didn't lose any data on it!
 

Answer:External Harddrive Help

If you deleted the partition through Disk Management, you deleted all the data on it.
 

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I have an overful internal hard drive and a mostly empty 500GB external. Is there any major reason I shouldn't use the external to install games onto? I have the external plugged in to the same computer and it's never been disconnected as of yet except by powering off while computer is off as well.
 

Answer:External Harddrive

i think the problem with installing games on your external hdd is it takes longer to access the drive. my cousin installed age of conan on his external drive on accident and it would take forever to load the game but once he realized what he did he reinstalled it and that fixed his problem
 

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I have a Nexxtech harddrive enclosure, and it doesn't seem to want to work for an extended period of time. Once I get it to work and be recognized, I will turn it off, and the next time I turn it on, the computer will recognize it as a RAW disc. That is, unformatted. When I try to access it again after that, explorer will freeze. The jumper settings are set to master, so that's not the problem. I tried to put the harddrive into the computer, and all worked out fine. I tried another harddrive in the enclosure, and everything worked out great. So, its not the enclosure, or the harddrive, or any of the connections. I'm out of ideas. The harddrive is a samsung of sorts, and 80gig. I've formatted it to NTFS, because that's how I need it formatted. On a very rare occasion, the harddrive will show up, and will have no issues, but any files that I previously put on it are missing. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.
 

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I have a Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB internal harddrive that I converted into a external. I have Vista on my laptop and XP Media Center Service Pack 3 on my desktop. I can not get my external to work on the desktop. I connect it to the desktop and it says I need to format. But it works on my laptop and I cant reformat because I don't want to lose all of my data. It loads fine when plugged into the desktop its says hardware is ready to use but I have to reformat.

Answer:Need Help With External Harddrive

I fixed it. I had to download exFAT driver

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i was wondering how do i go about installing an external harddrive on a pc is just just plug and play

Answer:external harddrive help

depends on the OS. for windows xp virtually any usb hdd you can find will install automatically, probably the same for win 2k. you will need drivers for 98/98SE.

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Hi,
I am trying to connect an external harddrive to my computer via USB. Whenever I plug the drive in i get the following error message:USB-device was not recognized. The drive itself works fine however, since I tried it on my other PC.
I heard it might be that I have to update my chipset, but first of all I am not sure of how to do that and if that is the correct solution for my problem. By the way, I am using Windows XP.
Please can someone be so nice to help me?
Thank you very much in advance
 

Answer:External Harddrive via USB

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I have a new Mextor external drive. I installed it on my laptop and my desktop. When installed, XP isaw the drive on both machines, it showed it as Drive "F". I transfered data back and forth to and from the drive, it worked flawless.

After I shut down both machines and came back the next day tp perform a backup, I plugged the USB in, windows recognized it, but when I went to my computer you could not find the drive, this happened on both machines. I rebooted and the same thing happened.

Please help.......

Answer:External Harddrive

Are you connecting it to USB before you boot up, or after your already in Windows?

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dell dimenison 4600 mini tower30gb harddrive2 mb memorycd/cd r/w and read dvd my computer (event log) is telling me that i have a harddrive problem and need to backup my drive.  i thought of trying a second harddrive but, worry about changeing the drive letters for  my cd r/w or the r/dvd.  so, i am asking if someone can tell me what type of external drive i should get.  i a leaning towards the type of houseing that will allow me to change the harddrives in it.  i know nothing about the new usb 2.0 externals.   thanks for your help. tazpaige

Answer:external harddrive

You should get an external hard drive enclosure kit if you plan on switching around the hard drives as the externals. Otherwise, just get an external hard drive. I believe that you can boot from an external USB hard drive by changing the settings in the BIOS.

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My computer shows that I have a device connected to it, more specifically, an external hard-drive. But when I go to access it, the image or icon for it that use to show up when I go to the "my computer" section, there is nothing there. So another words, why cant i access my external hardrive anymore? It shows that there is something there but acts as though there isn't.

So before I had the C & D -Drives, and the "I -Drive" use to be what whould show up for the external hard-drive. Can anyone help? It says device is working properly. I did the updated driver option. Rollback option is showing not available.

What do I do? External hard drive is connected through flashdrive like cable.
 

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Question: External Harddrive

I already used Search and couldn't find what i was looking for.

I was wondering if external hard drive, could be used as regular hard drive.
I am a music producer and i have large quantities of music samples and virtual instruments;

These sample libraries and instruments take up a lot of space, so i was wondering if i could the following.
Install the application on my internal hard drive and use these samples/instruments which are stored on the external hard drive;

Thank you in advance.
 

Answer:External Harddrive

thats what I do with movies
I edit movies and such make special intro's After effects
all backed up on external drives
 

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I have a 500GB usb 2.0 Netec external hard drive.

It has worked fine since I bought it about 5 months ago. However this morning I couldn't open a folder on the drive as it said it was corrupted. Strangely later on I could open that file but not a different one. I couldn't find a reason for this or how to fix it so I decided to try and fix it by reformatting it and just copy over the data lost from the my other computer.

However I can only run a quick format the long one does not complete. If I run the quick format and and try to copy data over it has a slow transfer rate and not all the files are copied correct and some do not open.

Does anybody know why I cannot copy data over successfully and how I can fix this problem?

I am running windows 7 home premium on a acer aspire TimelineX I have had no problems in the past with this drive and was surprised it had an error in the first place as I always safely removed hardware to prevent this problem.

Thanks in advance
Hen Greer
 

Answer:External Harddrive

Have you tried right clicking on C drive and hitting properties, clicking tools, and selecting scan for errors, and rebooting after you've done that? Leave your External plugged in and hopefully that fixes whatever issues your having.
 

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I've had this harddrive for aboot a year now, and it's been working very nicely, but recently it just stopped working, it won't autoplay or anything, but when I look for it in the hardware area it recognizes it. What might the problem be/is it fixable without losing all my files, or am I out of luck? I have also taken it out of the casing and just slaving it in my computer, and no dice...
 

Answer:WD External 80g harddrive

when I look for it in the hardware area it recognizes itClick to expand...

What exactly is the "hardware area"? If the drive is recognized in one way or another, you should be able to use a data recovery program to save your info. Luckily, it's only 80gb and chances are it isn't full (imagine if it was a full 500gb drive!). Anyway, be sure you have a place to save the recovered data; either lots of space on drive C: or a different external drive, or whatever. Here's a list of free data recovery programs:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/TestDisk_&_PhotoRec_d5561.html
http://www.majorgeeks.com/Ultimate_Data_Recovery_d5336.html
http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm
http://www.majorgeeks.com/Victoria_for_Windows_d5688.html
http://www.majorgeeks.com/TestDisk_d4803.html *
http://www.majorgeeks.com/Partition_Saving_d5753.html *
http://www.majorgeeks.com/Partition_Find_&_Mount_d5740.html *
http://www.majorgeeks.com/Disk_Investigator_d1341.html
.... and one over at Snapfiles http://www.snapfiles.com/reviews/softperfect-file-recovery/spfilerecovery.html

* = these are primarily for 'rebuilding' or recovering an entire partition, at the partition level, versus file recovery at the file level.

I haven't necessarily used all of these, I just listed some here for your convenience. I have used PC Inspector; it isn't super user friendly, it isn't super fast, but it does work really well for a free program.

Good luck!
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Hello
Im wondering if its possible to connect a computer and a blu ray player to a external hard drive at the SAME time ?

external hard drive ....seagate extreme 1.5.... has firewire and usb
 

Answer:external harddrive

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PC World has this external hardrive PACKARD BELL C041593001 for £80 Does anyone know of it,or have it,is it any good etc. not asking much eh !or maybe rrecommend one from PC World cos i'm going there tomorrow , after church of course.ahem.

Answer:external harddrive

What capacity etc etc

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Question: external harddrive

I have an internal harddrive, that I wanted to make to an external drive, tat I can connect to my network. This way I can see it from several of my computers, if I can connected to my network. If its possible I need assistance on what kind of adapter I would need.

thanks
 

Answer:external harddrive

You need to search for "hard drive enclosures" on a site like Newegg or Amazon. Be sure to get one that is the right size (2.5" or 3.5") and connection type (IDE or SATA) to match the drive you have.

There are two basic ways to network it:

a.) Attach it to a PC that has file sharing/discovery enabled. The catch is the PC must be turned on for the drive to be recognized on the network. A USB connected drive enclosure is usually much less expensive than an enclosure that connects directly to a network (see below).

b.) Buy an enclosure that can be connected directly to a network. Search for "NAS enclosure" or "Network Attached Storage Enclosure" - again, be sure to purchase the correct size and connection type to match your existing drive.

Hope this helps.
 

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I've been wanting to get an external harddrive of around 400gb capacity for a while. I saw this on ebayclick hereand it looks like a good deal. It doesn't have a cooling fan though - is this a concern?

Answer:External harddrive

oh nevermind, looks like you have to be "pre-approved" to buy it. but i'm still interesting about the cooling fan

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i recently bought a samsung external harddrive, it worked fine until one day I dropped it on the floor, since then my computer has not recognised it.Any ideas would be much appreciatedthankswill

Answer:external harddrive

There is an old theory that you could put it an airtight bag and into the freezer for a few hours; then connect up and you may be able to get the data off it.More likely though the drop will have caused some physical damage - you could always open up and have a look in the hope that it is something simple like a disconnection of somesort.I don't hold out much hope though.click here for a new option; click here for a smaller and cheaper option.

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Hi, i think this issue has been posted before but i really could not understand what was going in the previous thread so i was hoping for a step by step of what i should do.

I have been using an external usb harddrive which worked perfectly fine for a while but stopped being detected in windows xp (am running windows 7 now) all of a sudden. When i plug it in, the sound of a usb device being detected is made and it attempts to install the driver to run the mass storage however, no drive shows up anymore in my computer. Also, under disk management it does not pick up this drive either. I have tried different computers/usb slots as well as cables and it does the same thing.

Thanks for your help in advance.
 

Answer:External USB harddrive help

just received an error message saying that windows could not install the right driver to run the usb mass storage device.
 

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Hello all,

Tomorrow (Sunday) I am getting a 1TB external harddrive and was wondering weather I could basically copy the whole of my C: drive including the OS to it. I also want to boot straight from the external drive. I also do not really care if it is'nt recommended lol. If this is possible would it also be possible to dual-boot with XP? I have both install disks for Vista and XP and I am willing to buy software.

Please could you tell me exactly what to do and what programs I need.

Thanks in Advance

Super_JS

Answer:External Harddrive Help.

Hello super_js.

You could use Acronis to create a ghost of the HDD, including C:.

Backup software for data backup and disaster recovery in Windows and Linux - Acronis

Also have a look at the link below.

How to dual boot Vista and XP (with Vista installed first) -- the step-by-step guide with screenshots

Keep us informed!






Later Ted

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Question: External Harddrive

alright just got a 250GB external hardrive.. well its scheduled to backup all my files tonight since i dont want it to slow down my computer right now because i do use it alot just wondering when everything is backed up.. can i turn the thing off?

Like common sense says i can turn it off but leave it pluged into my computer.. will this cause anything bad to happen? will my files all be there even if its off for like a month or more?

Just want to know because i dont want to put files on it and delete them here and then find out that they are no longer on the back up harddrive.
 

Answer:External Harddrive

yep, you can turn it off, unplug it, move it, etc with no problems. It only needs to stay plugged in and on if you are using automatic backup software.

regards,
gimpster
 

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I just Bought a 120Gig External HardDrive and i want to put An O/S on it how do i do that?

(i bought an external HDD because all my PC games take up all my HDD space in my computer :P)

Answer:External HardDrive Help...

You will need to check that your system bios supports USB Bootable devices first, and if necessary you should be able to install windows onto it and then make it the default boot device in system bios.

Hope this helps!

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I have a 4 year old laptop, IBM Thinkpad i1412 with Windows
98. It's run through scan disk on start up with over 400 bad
clusters and will no longer start up Windows even with the
recovery cd that came with it. I'm wondering if I can install
an external harddrive using the pc card slot, (I noticed there's
at least a couple of these available for sale), and can I just
use my recovery cd in the original laptop's cd rom to install
all the original software onto the new external harddrive?
Will it make any difference if the new external harddrive is
bigger than the original? Is there anything else I should know
about this?
 

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I have a Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB internal harddrive that I converted into a external. I have Vista on my laptop and XP Media Center Service Pack 3 on my desktop. I can not get my external to work on the desktop. I connect it to the desktop and it says I need to format. But it works on my laptop and I cant reformat because I don't want to lose all of my data. It loads fine when plugged into the desktop its says hardware is ready to use but I have to reformat.

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I`ve been using a powered external harddrive through a dvd player but yesterday it stopped working. I plugged the harddrive into the pc and it works fine and also works through the usb port on a different tv. A thumb drive works fine through the dvd player aswell.
Anyone any idea what could be wrong?
 

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Goodafternoon gentlemen, I have a very serious problem with my external hard drive. It all started when i tried to burn some music off of it to have as backups. All of a suden the pc started to freeze. I re-installed xp thinking it was a driver problem but it wasn't. Now when i connect it the device manager it shows the device to be working properly but it does not appear in "my computer"., and when i try to open my browser or anything thing else for that matter nothing will come up, as soon as i disconnect the hard drive everything i tried to access suddenly appears. Any body please help me i have alot of important docs in it. Sorry for the long paragraph thank you anyone. It is the WD2500jb External hard drive.

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How is the drive being reported in Disk Management ? ?Right clik My Computer, select manage and then Disk Management. Right clik the drive and select properties for the details...

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I purchased an external hard drive (WD Essential, 500gb) that is used exclusively to create Macrium Reflect images for three different computers.

Computers are:
HP Laptop with Vista
Dell Desktop with Vista
Computer I built with Win7 as the OS

When I plugged in the external hard drive to each computer, it trys to install the external software. This worked no problem with Win 7. With the other two computers it says the external hard drive was NOT installed properly. However, I can see the drive in windows explorer on all the computers. I had no problem creating Macrium Images for each computer with Macrium.

I can restore the images on the Win 7 and the Dell computers without any issues.

The HP Laptop is causing me a problem. When the external drive is connected, it will NOT boot. It hangs up very early in the boot process with Macrium Rescue Disk in the CDrom. Without the external drive connected it boots from the rescue disk. WD techies were no help to solve the issue.

I did extensive reseach to solve this issue and I was told to boot into the bios and change something (I never could find out what to change).

If anyone has a clue I can use the help. Thank you.

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G'day Huffman,

I'm not sure if this will solve the problem, but with the BIOS setting......do you remember if you were told to look for an option called Legacy USB or something very similar to that?

The Legacy USB option is used to tell the computer, before any Windows drivers boot, that there is a USB keyboard and/or mouse connected to the computer. I wonder if that is what is required by your HP to "see" the WD Essentials USB drive? Can you have a look and see if you have that option in your BIOS, and let usknow whether it is turned "ON", or "OFF"?

Regards,
Golden

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Hi there,i have a problem deleting file on the external h/d,when i go into G drive to delete files it shows that it deleting but it does not recover the space on the drive what can i do,ta

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That it is not e "Read only" file. If it is, change it and try again.

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Happy New Year to AllThis problem has been annoying me for quite a while and i am at the end of my imagination on how to solve it.I bought a number of cases that are able to accept what were internal HD's and use them instead as external devices connected by 2.0 USB connections.The 2 computers i am eneavoring to use the device on are both running WinXP Pro SP2.Both computers have front and rear 2,0 USB ports.   I have tried 2 computers and 2 different inernal HD's.Both HD's contained data/programs/etc. The 1st was an 80gb. The 2nd is a 8.2 gb. The larger had been in an XPpro machine as a primary (with problems associated with that particular HD ,software not hardware problems). The 8.2 is from a win98se as a slave.    I configured both to slave before installing them in the case. The case has it's own power supply.  I am using a 250gb external HD constantly in one of the 2 tested computers with no problems. I also use Flash drives between 512 mb and 8gb on both on a regular basis without problems.  On one of the 2 computer for a very brief instance   there was a "new hardware found" and nothing after that. There is no refference on either computer in "device manager " as to that external being there.   As well "my computer" does not show it present.   I purchased 3 of these cases from a reputable retailer online. However there is no mfgr. name on them thus cannot cont... Read more

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Is it 3 of the same brand of cases? And they don't work on either of the computers you've tried?

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I am looking for a new EHD with at least 1tb in capacity. There are so many choices, anyone have a recommendation? I have used Seagate in the past and they seem to be solid. If anyone has purchased one lately please let me know. Thanks.
 

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I have two external 1TB hard drives, both WD My Passport (the portable size). The latest was purchased a few months ago.

I actually have 5 external hard drives purchased at various times and all are Western Digital.
 

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My 2 terabyte  harddrive is (2) seperate 1 terabyte drives that show up as 1 can this be separated.This came that way set from goharddrive.com The box says jbod or big gohard drive says it was set to jbod (1) drive the box say jbod shows up  as 2 seperate drives,I would like it as 2 drives can this be change

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JBOD is a form of RAID. How big is the external box? U could always partition the drive into 2 separate partition. read the manual to see if u can change the setting. What u want to do is remove the RAID settings (JBOD).

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Hi everyone.  I brought a Iomega Prestige 250GB USB Harddrive.  I would like to install Windoew XP Home Edition on it.  I need the steps to accomplish this task.  Can it be done?  I was hoping someone could help me with this issue.  maryhigginsriceWindowsXP Professional SP3Philips DVD+RW DVD8801HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR816431.99 of RamMedia Center Home Edition 2005Nvidia GeForce FX 5200Hauppauge WinTv PVR 500 dual tuner cardHAUPPAUGE WINTIV HVR 1250 TUNER CARD

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External drive ? ?

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Ok Im considering buying a vista laptop - but also want the benfit of xp so what I wanted to know is can I take out my harddrive of an old pc and use that as external harddrive? Ive heard this is possible but I would need 2 purchase some sort of case for the harddrive??On the external harddrive is1)how could I install an o/s like xp on a external harddrive? 2)how would I be able to load xp(external harddrive) on a laptop (which as a different os/ i.e harddive with xp and a laptop with vista - how would i be able to access the xp system on the external harddrive?

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You cannot boot a microsoft operating system from an external drive.You can install XP to an external drive but the boot files will need to be on the root of C: drive.

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I have an external harddrive and today one of lights on it has started to flash and it's making a continious steady 'beep' noise. The light is labelled HDD ACC. Does anyone know what could be wrong. It's not showing up in my computer either
 

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was only formatted yesterday
 

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when formatting my external drive the pc restarted because of windows updates. now the pc will not recognize the drive. its not showing in device manager, my computer or in the disc management section. any advice please would  be welcome

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Here are 2 links that successfully deal with your issue. I think you will find that the "disk management " potion re where the disc is depicted is of particular relevance.http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/262455-32-rebooted-computer-formatting-externalhttp://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=70125955Let us know how you make out.good luck,truenorth

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I have a 250 gb external harddrivemy problem is that i cant acess my harddrive anymore meaning i cant acess my music or any documents that's in there.The last thing i can remeber is Having a file renames to exe by mistake my brother because it was some documents that i had from other pc so its was compressed to a rar file. and i try to change it to .rar and my avg gave me a alart and i click continue by accident. Is there a way i can recover my files?

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Did it delete it thinking it was virus infested when you clicked OK? Are other files still on there, or you can't access it at all? Can you try it on another machine?

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I've got an old hard drive that i want to get some data off, so i bought click here to be able to connect it to my laptop. i read all the instructions and connected it accordingly. when i turned the device on i got the message that new hardware has been detected then it turned into mass storage device and displayed the name of the hard drive. (Maxtor D540X-4K) But i cannot find it anywhere. I followed the instructions on an earlier post but nothing. It sounds like the disc is spinning but i don't know what else to try.many thanks!

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I use one of those units on both my computers.In the System Tray (by the clock) you should have an icon that says "Safely Remove Hardware" when you hold your mouse over it.If you click on it you will get a message something like: "Safely remove USB Mass storage device - Drive G" Mine is Drive G, yours might be different.It should then be available in your "My Computer"

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Hi,
I'm thinking about buying the harddrive as think it kind of cheap. Toshiba 1TB Canvio Basics 3.0 Portable Hard Drive in Black at $89.00 in Portable Hard Drives

Anyway I'm planning on getting a Mac next year for uni, and it says that this harddrive is not comptable with mac unless I convert it to FAT32.

I just want to know what FAT32 is?? Will it make it slower when transferring stuff??
Also is it easy to change it to fat32??

Thanks

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Originally Posted by Mitchell


Hi,

I just want to know what FAT32 is?? Will it make it slower when transferring stuff??
Also is it easy to change it to fat32??

Thanks



You could Google Fat32 while waiting for an answer here.

As to formatting the drive, that is easy.
Attach it to the computer & open my computer & right click your new drive & choose Format.
Choose Fat32 from the dropdown menu.
Do not choose the Quick format.

Do a full format.
A full format takes a very long time to complete.
A picture :

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my external hard disk showing (error inpage operation) help me out
 

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My wife takes a lot of digital pictures. I am thinking of getting a Maxtor 5000LE, hook it up to my USB2 and downloading the pictures to it instead of CD. Would I have any problems. I have xp. Would I have any trouble accessing the pictures on the hard drive?
 

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I am using a USB 2.0 controller card with a USB 2.0 HD enclosure. Iuse the drive for storage-- text docs and photos. Have not had any problems.
 

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