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Device Drivers backup Software needed

Q: Device Drivers backup Software needed

I have a old PC that has WIN95. Has a CD ROM and a DISKETTE Drive.
I am trying to make some backup disks for the DEVICE drivers.

I don't think I can find those device driver diskettes/CDs that originally
came with the PC.
What is the best software that can do this ??
Any idea ??

email: [email protected]

A: Device Drivers backup Software needed

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Please let me know any backup software this is free or retail of backup software... i need to collect my college USB work (128 MB) and backup them..

Then im looking for secure backup online... Size about 130MB is okay

Thanks for help.

A:Backup? Sercue Backup Software needed!

I like the free version of Syncback for continous backups, though if you only have 128mb and its basically one time or infrequent why not just copy it to a backup?

Online, 2 gigs or less, I'd recommend Mozy for free secure backup.

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I run a backup tape on the company server, it schedule at 2:00 o'clock A.M. My problem is we have a alot to storage so when I come in at 6:00 A.M. I put a second tape in. Then at around 12:00 P.M I put a 3rd tape it finally completes its the whole backup.

Here is my creative thinking. Is there a external backup device that I could put 3 tapes or more in and have a Data tape that is tied to the device ( example; Think of a box with a tail and at the tip of the tail it has a data storage tape ) and then insert that tape to the server so when the backup schedule runs at 2:00 A.M. and when it stops at 5:00 A.M it will trigger the second tape in the device and so forth. Hopefully I made this clear.

Is there a device like that?

A:External Backup device needed

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Hello everyone, I love to make back up of dvds that I like so that I can watch them later when I feel so. But the problem is that the recent dvds are not so easy to back up as the people are using certain tricks so that the dvd cant be copied like bad sectors, encrypting and other things. Can anyone give me software for my solution?

Thanks in advance!!!

A:DVD backup software needed!!!

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What is the best and trusted way to backup installed 3rd party device drivers (and software too, I guess it's possible) so that I can reinstall them on a fresh windows installation?

UPDATE: I would be truly grateful if someone could suggest me a way to save at least all current settings of installed windows environment and settings of all softwares?

A:What is the best way to backup installed device drivers?

Hello 1gouravgg, and welcome to Eight Forums.

I find that saving the downloaded driver installation files from the device or PC manufacturer to a drive other than the one Windows is installed on a great way to back them up. This way they are quickly available to install as needed.

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Hi Guys,
Is there a quick way to export or download all the device drivers from my old laptop running Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002 SP2? I know there's quick and easy way to do so using the command prompt in Windows 10, is there such a thing in Windows XP?

A:Backup Device Drivers in Windows XP

I have used this utility to backup drivers on a XP computer.

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I am looking for good, free or inexpensive, backup software to allow scheduled backups of data from a laptop to an external hard drive. Again, I need to be able to schedule backups, as well as set up exactly what folders get backed up. And the software must create some sort of place for each backup seperately on the external hard drive, not just overwrite what has already been backed up. Log creation would be a bonus, too.

Please only recommend software if you have first hand knowledge of it. Thanks so much!

A:Backup Software Recommendation Needed.


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Hello Friends!

I need a backing up software which supports scheduling. I want something in which I can add some files and folders to the backup schedule task and every time I double click its icon or it reaches its schedule time, every file or folder mentioned in the backup list gets automatically backed up at the specified location. Compressed and encrypted backup would be even better.

I hope I am able to explain what exactly I need. Please help me in this. I dont mind a paid software also.

Thank you.

A:Solved: Backup Software Needed...

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Hello Everyone,

I've installed Microsoft Windows 8.1 Version 6.3.9600 Build 9600 on my HP 430 Notebook PC with 1 GB RAM and Pentium CPU @ 2GHz 2 Cores.

Display drivers are not working properly (i.e., everything appears bigger and unclear), earlier I'd successfully updated the display drivers and made it work using Device Manager. Can anyone help me making a backup of the drivers (may be in .inf format) from the installed drivers so that I don't have to update it every time I re-install it.


A:How to backup Drivers from Device Manager/Installed Dvr ??

.Inf is just a file with the drivers. If you want real backup of drivers, use a program like this: Download Double Driver - MajorGeeks or Download Driver Magician Lite - MajorGeeks
They can be restored using that program or partially one by one or only specific ones.

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What is the best and trusted way to backup installed 3rd party device drivers (and software too, I guess its possible) so that I can reinstall them on a fresh windows installation?

A:What is the best way to backup installed device drivers for use of fresh Windows

Personally, I would create a disk image on an external hard drive using somthing like Macrium Free. Make sure you create a WinPE bootable disk using the program and make sure it boots. On a Windows 8 computer you will need to disable SecureBoot before you can boot a CD/DVD.
If you needed to take it back to the fresh install state, you would boot the WinPE disk and restore the image to the drive. Even if your drive failed, you could put a new drive in, boot the WinPE disk and recover the image. You would be back in minutes instead of hours.

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I'm having some issue with my computer, and to solve that I'm trying to install Windows 7 again. I've yet NOT managed to do that ever on this computer, which is about 1 year old. There's no multiboot or whatever, BUT, there is a RAID controller active, and RAID is actually enabled. Actually, now that I threw away all content, I can easily switch RAID to non-RAID, but that doesn't seem to help THIS problem:

I have a LEGAL copy of Windows7, which SHOULD be the Windows I had running. I never installed Windows initially since the shop did that for me.

OK, when I try to install Windows, at some point it says the device drivers are not present, and thus Windows cannot install. It keeps looping into the same error, if I boot from DVD.

I DID use my DVD drive on Windows when I was able to use my computer, I never had any issue with that. I don't understand what driver I need, when I am installing from DVD.

Either he totally cannot read the DVD, but how do I end up in Windows screen then ? Obviously, Windows want to start installation, but then fails over something. Maybe the disk is not valid (it is new though).

Any advice here ?

I disabled RAID for the moment, but that does not help anything. Before the re-installation, this setup (BIOS Intel Raid storage) did report an issue with 1 of both disks, but that error is gone now.

It's not clear if Windows is an issue here, but a clean system reacting this way, obviously something is wrong.

A:Windows install : device drivers needed

SATA setting have been changed from RAID to ...?

Boot from win7 install DVD and do shift+f10 . See Command Prompt at Startup

In command prompt do:

list disk
Do you see both disks (that were RAID)? Look at the disk size , so you know what is what. Assume it's disk 7 and 8 (replace with actual disk numbers!)

select disk 7
select disk 8
What happens?

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I have a XLR8 USB capture device which works on Macs with the included CDROM - the thing is I cannot find a single link anywhere on the web that offers any Windows 7 device drivers for this piece of hardware. Does anyone have or can provide a download link for the needed Win 7 drivers ?

A:Xlr8 usb capture device - win 7 drivers needed

Did you try the manufacturers website for the drivers, and XLR8 is not alot of help, Who's it made by????

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Hi My laptop is compaq presario V6000 series.I just installed windows 7 ultimate 32 bit,and i dont have drivers for 3 devices.In my divice maneger,2 of them are Base system device and coprocessor.what should I do
My processor is Amd turion 64x2 TL 50
System type 32 bit
Graphic card ..Nvidia Geforce go 6150.
I got update for the grapic card fro hp update,but my display at certain times not good.The icons on my destop are biger,and games dont have good display.

A:base system device drivers needed

You can go to your manufacturers site and download any and all updated drivers. I think you will find your base system driver to be your Ricoh card reader. I'll check on the other. Also are their any prefix letters or numbers after V6000 as they list several. Seems only Vista drivers are avavible which can be installed in compatibiity mode. compatiblity mode Compatibility Mode Let me edit this and say try just the chipset and card reader drivers first. Also just so you know when you post about a specific issue, you can usualy scroll down to the bottom of the thread and see simular issues and if and how they were resolved for futher problems. Good luck . please post back Fabe

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Is there software that will simply backup, monitor a few folders for any changes and produce incremental backups while immediately backing up any changes or additions to a USB drive...preferably free software or inexpensive?


A:Simple & Reliable backup software to USB drive? Needed

I would use a sync tool like this:

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So I am going to be reformatting my PC. It's an Asus computer that I bought used from Craigslist and it didn't come with a driver backup CD. Also it doesn't have a recovery partition on it either. So I am wondering if there is any free software that will allow me to backup, and then restore all my drivers after I have reformatted the computer. I searched some of the other threads and a few people suggested Driver Max. Driver Max used to be great, it used to be the best program because it was free and fully functional. But now it's complete garbage unless you actually buy the software, which I cannot do. So are there any other methods/programs any of you know of that can backup drivers?

A:Any software to backup and restore all my drivers?

Windows 7 has a Backup and Restore feature built right in.

Backup and Restore - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows

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I'm running Vista Business 32 bit. Do I need any other software installed to get games working properly? Additional codecs or Java or Quicktime? Or will the Business version runs games as good as Vista Home Premium?

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Devise Manager Shows 2 base system device drivers needed on my HP Pavilion dv9000.........
Can't seem to find anything to work and with Hp neglecting Windows7 "HP Support Forum" here is my best chance....Any Advice Appreciated.......Plo24k

A:hp Pavilion dv9000 base system device drivers needed

Welcome to seven forums Pablo24k: Your base system device drivers are either a Ricoh or Texas Instruments card reader and the other possibly an Alps or synaptics touch pad driver.Try going to the HP web site and installing the drivers in those categories. If Vista is only available Use it in compatibility mode Compatibility Mode Please post back Thanks Fabe Ok on the site they are synaptics touhj pad and Ricoh card reader Vista only Of course unless your model # is followed by one of the many different versions like CTO.ea, t CTO, z CTO. I only checked with the first dv9000 C T O Hope this will help.

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Hello All

I have recently been given my brothers Toshiba Equium M70-173. It crashed soon after i got the laptop and would not turn on, a slightly more technical friend of mine managed to get it working but when it turns on the following message is displayed;

WARNING; immediately backup your data and replace your hard disk drive a failure may be iminent.
press F1 to contiune

after pressing F1 i am able to access the laptop, it is unable to staor information due to something being either corrupt or missing.

OK so after the waffle here comes the question,

I have bought a new hard drive, whilst in the shop i was told i would need the Toshiba product recovery cd/dvd & the drivers disc? now my brother has neither of these and i do not know how to go about fitting the harddrive if i need these discs once its been fitted.
doi need the discs? can i make back ups? if not where can i find them from/ are they downloadbale from the toshiba website?

just so its clear their is nothing on the laptop i need so it can be completley wiped.

thanks for any info or direction u can provide


A:a little unsure, recovery and drivers new software needed?

Duplicate of this thread that does have a reply:

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Need ring central fax software/drivers for Compaq presario notebook with hp deskjet 970cse printer. Anyone have any ideas where I can locate this? thanks much.

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I was wondering if anyone could give some insight here. I've gone up to tier 2 techs so far that still don?t seem to have a clue as to what is going on.

This is the gist of what I'm running, to be followed by the quite annoying problem...
-CD:24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive
-CPU:AMD FX-8120 3.10 GHz Eight-Core AM3+ CPU 8MB L2 Cache & Turbo Core Technology
-HDD:* 60 GB OCZ Agility 3 SATA III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 525MB/s Read & 475MB/s Write [-60] (60GB x 2 (120GB Capacity) Raid 0 Extreme Performance)
-MEMORY:8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/2000MHz Dual Channel Memory
-MOTHERBOARD:* [CrossFireX] GigaByte GA-970A-D3 AMD 970 Socket AM3+ ATX Mainboard w/ On/Off Charge, 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe X16, 3 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI

The OS, of course is the problem here. I have read up on and been told many things each less helpful than the last. I'm going to tell you what is happening and maybe let you draw up a better theory.

I boot up the machine, and just like normal it prompts you to insert your disk. I put the windows 7 home ed. 64bit OS full version disk in and it starts to run through it. I get past the part where it is asking me for the language, country, and currency to the part where it is collecting information. This is where I get my error. It tells me that I need CD/DVD drive device drivers. I followed the last techs advice all of the way to when he was stumped...I got onto the AMD web site and downloa... Read more

A:Drive Device Drivers needed; please insert floppy/ empty driver folder

GeoF welcome to the Seven Forums.

Only problem is, when I open up the appropriate removable disk drive all it shows is empty folders for the AHCI & RAID.

Did you extract the download first (7zip works well for this), or just put the downloaded exe on the thumb drive? It needs to be extracted first to see the files inside,

and you will find the appropriate files in the,


folder. You also shouldn't need them as the native Windows driver will work. I have an Asus motherboard with the exact same AMD 970/950 chipset on it and didn't need any drivers when installing Windows.

One other thing that it could be is if your DVD drive is SATA. For whatever reason if it is a SATA drive and configured as such in the bios, Windows will throw up that message. If it is a SATA drive, figure out which connector it is on on the motherboard and go into the bios and configure that port/connector to IDE mode,

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I've been having some trouble on my computer getting the sound to work. I've traced the problem (I think) to the "Plug and Play Software Device Enumerator" - in Device Manager, it says that "this device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device. (Code 31)" I've tried this solution but it doesn't seem to work. Any suggestions?

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My Vista backup is no longer backing up. It fails because it says drive "L" cannot be found. Well, my external drive is labelled "J," and has been for the past year when I've successfully backed up my hard drive. When I attempt to change the settings to back up to drive "J," it just says "looking for backup devices," and just keeps going on forever, never finding "J." I can see J in windows explorer, and it seems to be functioning just fine. Any ideas on how to get it to find drive J again?

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Hi all,

I have an old hard drive for my pc that I would like to use as a backup device. Since it is not in my machine (and I don't want to put it back in), I am looking for a device that allows me to connect it via usb to use to backup my work.

I am sure I have seen these a while ago and they cost around £10-15, though I can't remember what they are called or what they look like, so I'm not sure what to be looking for.

Can anyone help?



A:Device that let's me connect an old hard drive to use as backup device?

external usb enclosure usb enclosure&bop=And&Order=RATING

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I'm preparing to upgrade from Windows 2000 professional to XP. I would like a perfect backup of my C: drive in case the worst happens and XP kills my computer (so I can revert back to 2000 and my old system without a problem). I have 2 hard drives so I have the room to put an exact image of my C: drive onto the slave drive. Just wanting to get some feedback as to the best way to do this.

So far I just used the "backup now" option in Windows 2000 and saved a .bkf file of my entire drive to the slave. It actually didn't take up that much space--the .bkf must contain some sort of compression.

Anyway, is this the best way to go about protecting myself or would it be worthwhile to instead invest in a 3rd party backup program instead before undertaking this? There are tons of programs out there of course, Norton Ghost, Backup Now, GoBack, or what have you. If Windows' option works well I don't know why people would buy a 3rd party program but I hear about it a lot so I thought I'd ask. Anyone ever restored an entire system from a windows .bkf file before and had difficulty? Protecting myself is pretty important to me.

Any advice would be helpful.

A:Computer backup before upgrade to XP--backup software suggestions,.bkf files,etc?

With the windows backup you have to reinstall windows and then restore the backup to get back to where you were. I use and love ghost because it makes a 100% exact copy of EVERYTHING and all you have to do to get it back is to restore the image and you're up a going again - no need to reinstall windows. Is also fast and can clone one drive to another or create an Image file.

GoBack I don't like and Backup Now needs windows to be installed to restore the backup

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G'day everyone

Does anyone know of a simple backup program that is capable of backing up large files incrementally by splitting the file and backing up only changed parts of the file? The files I'm talking about are files that get altered by appending stuff at the end of the file, e.g. log files or mailbox files, so it's generally possible to split a new version of the file at the exact point where the old version stopped, purely by file size.

Specifically, I want to back up Thunderbird and SeaMonkey mailboxes without having to create additional subfolders within those programs.

I understand that if something had changed near the beginning of the file, then the whole file will have to be backed up, unless the backup program is capable of some very clever searching, but mostly the files will change only by having data appended to it.


A:Backup software that splits large files for incremental backup

You may want to rethink incremental backups. Where I worked, until I retired, we first used incremental backups for our servers. That seemed like a good approach - make an initial full backup on one day of the week and then only incrementals the rest of the week. That allowed smaller backups however when it came time to restore it was a nightmare making sure the incrementals were installed in the proper order, and it took much longer to restore. A decision was made to only do full backups every night and although the backup was bigger if a restore was needed there was no confusion on order of reinstall and it took less time.

I do the same thing with my own PC backups. I use Acronis True Image, which has incremental backup ability, but I only do full hard drive backups, to a separate hard drive.

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I have a new HP Pavillion Elite HPE with 920 GB of memory running Windows 7. I am an average computer user. I have a WD external backup drive with 1TB memory. I don't like the backup software that comes with the computer. I can't access anything to see how old the files are. The only option is to restore. Thank God I haven't had to do that. I have the files important to me backed up manually. I tried Nova backup but all I had was a bunch (really- a bunch) of files again that I couldn't access. I had a copy of Norton Ghost that wouldn't work with my old XP computer so I tried it on this one. After days with support manipulating my computer, going through three people to the software engineer, they could not make Ghost work on my (64? whatever) computer.

I don't know if I need a mirror or clone or whatever I've been reading about that I don't understand. I have plenty of room on the backup drive and have CD's and DVD's that will restore, I think. Best Buy made me some when I bought it and the computer made me make some as well when I got home. I can manually do a system backup less my files that doesn't change. So what I really want to do is to find a software that will enable me to choose the files I want to that sometimes change (My Documents) and have those backup on a regular basis. I also want to have those so I can go to my M drive (backup drive) and see my files just like in windows explorer. That way, if anything does happen, I know my files are alright and if I have ... Read more

A:Is there a backup software that transfers files I can read on my backup drive?

and welcome to the Forum

I use Syncback for that:

SyncBack Freeware - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET

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I have tried to create a batch file to backup our important data from our program to our server(drive letter Z)on our network and cant seem to get it to work.Could someone look at it and be able to tell me what is wrong with it. We also decided to include backing up our my documents folder too.

@echo off
:: variables
set backupcmd=xcopy /Z

echo backing up procare data
echo please wait...

xcopy "Z:\Procare\DB\*.*":\\dataonserver01\users\Jeannie\"

echo Backing up My Documents
%backupcmd% "userprofile%\My Documents" "%c%\My Documents"

echo Backup Complete!

A:Software doesn't backup so trying batch file backup

I guess it depends on what you're backing up. I use Beyond Compare to sync files between machines.

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How come the built in Vista backup utility doesn't backup software? Does anyone know of a way to do this, or know of any software that will create an image of my harddrive? I seriously need to reformat my computer and I can't do it without this.


A:Vista Backup Utility Doesnt Backup Software?

Norton ghost or Acronis True Image... the latter is the easier of the two apps IMO.

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Because the amount of data stored on my drives is continuously increasing, I've decided that it's time to find a way to backup the most important part of it.

So, I'm looking for a software capable of making a backup copy(on a secondary HDD) of certain folders and of certain files(from certain folders) and keeping it updated.

I'm also interested to make a backup copy of files that are locked, if possible.
I have some VMs and I'd like to back them up too if possbile.(I'll check to see whether VMWare Workstation can backup itself by taking snapshots on a different HDD at certain moments).

The software really needs to be able to cope with paths longer than 255 characters, it has to be able to retain all the file's attributes(creation date, modified date, attribute fields, etc), and it has to ba able to do bit-by-bit checking in order to prevent corruption.

Also, there are some large files that I can't backup(it would take too much space), and in this case I'd like to have a list of their names and sizes, and if possible a checksum(TTH or emule's MD5), in order to redownload them easily in case of a disaster.

What software would you advise me to use?
BTW, I'm also very interested about your backup methods for your sensible data.

PS: Neither RAID nor a ZFS NAS box are solutions for me at the moment, and I'm not looking for a software that does backup to an entire partition.


A:Looking for a good backup software/backup plan

You dont want much do you Nick?? Im not aware of any program that will do 100% of everything that you have listed ... that would require custom software ... the easiest solution IMO would be a program like Acronis/Macrium image, backed up to an external 2tb hard drive ... it may not be the most elegant solution, but it would work...

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After a heavy-duty malware infection that wreaked such havoc that, on advise I got here, I decided to nuke-and-reinstall.

Also , I was subtly tipped that perhaps I should consider backing up the system against future incidents using, say, Macrium Reflect.

I did as I was told, but only remembered today that I had tried MR before, with not-so-impressive results which soured me on them at the time (2013):

perhaps the software has gotten better since, but I remember thinking then that I would henceforth not so to speak leave the (encryption) key to my data to anybody else, but make straight, unencrypted backups.

Also, the cost of storage is very low now even as compared to then, and in my case incremental backups or other such finesses, are not necessary.

What, then, would be the argument for using backup software in my particular case?

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After a heavy-duty malware infection that wreaked such havoc that, on advise I got here, I decided to nuke-and-reinstall.

Also , I was subtly tipped that perhaps I should consider backing up the system against future incidents using, say, Macrium Reflect.

I did as I was told, but only remembered today that I had tried MR before, with not-so-impressive results which soured me on them at the time (2013):

perhaps the software has gotten better since, but I remember thinking then that I would henceforth not so to speak leave the (encryption) key to my data to anybody else, but make straight, unencrypted backups.

Also, the cost of storage is very low now even as compared to then, and in my case incremental backups or other such finesses, are not necessary.

What, then, would be the argument for using backup software in my particular case?

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I just bought a USB 3.0 3 TB external drive for making backups. After some searching, I decided to use EaseUS Todo Backup because CNET rated it highly. I plugged the drive into a 3.0 port and did a backup. It was a file backup, not an image backup, but it still puts everything in one file (.PBD) and then apparently modifies Windows Explorer to be able to browse the file. Windows Backup (the one that comes on Windows 7) seems to work similarly, though you need to use a wizard to restore things. The backup took twice as much space as my data takes up on my internal hard drive. Also, it took 8 and a half hours, which I calculated to be 20 MB/s. So my questions are:

1. Why doesn't it just put things in the drive in a normal folder/file structure?
2. Why did it take up twice as much space?
3. Why did a USB 3.0 backup go so slowly? (Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it took up twice as much space, but that's still slow considering I've gotten speeds of 75 MB/s, and I do realize transferring a lot of small files will take longer.)
4. Am I just better off with using Windows Backup (or is restoring a pain with the wizard)?

Thanks for any advise!

A:Backup Software (EaseUS/Windows Backup)

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I came across an issue that I find confusing. Whilst trying to install a software to run a mobile USB flash modem, the software pops this message:

your current device installation settings is configured to prefer drivers from Windows Update over locally installed
drivers. This can cause Unlimited data Manager not to work correctly.

do you want to change the settings to prefer locally installed drivers over Windows Update?

What does it imply if I change my settings to prefer locally installed drivers over windows update drivers?
And can this action be undone and where/how? (I searched my machine but didn't find where this option is)

Thank you for reading

A:Device Installation Settings, windows update drivers VS locally installed drivers

Control Panel (icon view)>System>Advanced System Settings>Hardware Tab>Device Installation Settings


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Hi there,

I have an HP Pavilion DV7 2185dx laptop running a freshly installed windows 7 upgrade from windows Vista. Ever since the upgrade my CPU is constantly running at 98-100% all the time meaning I cannot do anything on my PC. After researching a bit online it could possibly be the driver errors I see in device manager?

In device manager I see that I have some drivers missing and all attempts to update these have failed and i've seen other users here post the missing drivers and be directed to the fixes.

Device type: Other Devices
Manufacturer: Unknown
Location: PCI bus 6, device 0, function 1


Device type: Other Devices
Manufacturer: Unknown
Location: PCI bus 6, device 0, function 3


Device type: Other Devices
Manufacturer: Unknown
Location: PCI bus 6, device 0, function 4


Device type: Other Devices
Manufacturer: Unknown
Location: on Intel(R) ICH9M LPC Interface Controller - 2919

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A:Base System Device drivers error - unable to find drivers

Have you downloaded the Windows 7 drivers from the HP site.
Link: Software & Driver Downloads HP Pavilion dv7-2185dx Entertainment Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

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I have just reinstalled windows 7 on my lappy HP 2000-2d13CA but having issues with the following device drivers:ethernet controllerPCI devicePCI simple communication controllerSM Bus controller Please assist with the way forward

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A:other device drivers-ethernet controller/PCI device/PCI simp...

Hi: Install the smbus controller driver first and restart the PC. This package contains the Intel Chipset Installation Utility and Driver for supported notebook models and operating systems. This utility enables the operating system to show the correct name for the installed Intel hardware in the Microsoft Windows Device Manager. File name: sp56670.exe ethernet controller: This package provides the Realtek Local Area Network (LAN) Driver that enables the Realtek Network Interface Card (NIC) Chip in supported notebook models that are running a supported operating system. File name: sp56680.exe PCI device: This package contains the driver that enables the Realtek Card Reader in supported notebook models that are running a supported operating system. The card reader enables users to read from or write to supported removable storage cards, which are typically used in digital cameras, digital music players, and cellular phones. File name: sp64801.exe PCI simple communication controller: This package provides the Intel Management Engine Interface (MEI) Driver for the supported notebook models and operating systems. The Intel Management Engine Interface enables communication between the host operating system and the Intel Management Engine firmware. File name: sp56675.exe

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Oh man... all I did was re-boot my computer and now this! As far as I am aware, I have updated nothing, downgraded nothing, windows auto update is turned off, my device was working before... had the drivers, because I was listening to music a couple of hours ago. what information can I give you lovely sweet technicians to help me out or narrow down the problem? **NOTE Re-booting again doesn't help, but maybe it's a one in 3 Chance?

A:No Audio Device/The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)

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This 2 device drivers are missing ...2 codes are listed bellow. 1.     USB\VID_138A&PID_003F&REV_0104    USB\VID_138A&PID_003F  2.     ACPI\HPQ6007    *HPQ6007

A:missing Drivers from "other device" showed by device manager

 On your Support page.

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I am writing this on a Windows 7 based Samsung Netbook with an Intel Atom inside (and the Starter edition of Win7) However, I also recently acquired an Acer Laptop - (E1-530) which came with Windows 8.0...

After downloading and trying Win8.1 for a week or so, I decided to try Linux - can't even remember which version - Ubuntu I think, though neither went well, so let's gloss over that.

Anyway, I bought a copy of Windoze 7 32bit online for the Acer and installed that, but now my system tells me that I don't have a genuine version, and I've 5 missing drivers - and because I have no wi-fi, I can't download them directly...

Ethernet controller
Network Controller
PCI simple Controller
SM Bus Controller
USB Controller

And to make matters more complex, the Acer is a 64bit version...Oh... and I've already tried downloading them from Acer, and other System setup sites, with downloader s/w... But, they all seem to drive me nuts with ads, and viruses.

Answers on a post-card please... ;?)

A:Device Drivers for Laptop with no network drivers...

all of the relevant drivers can be downloaded from the acer website for your laptop.

you can gain access to the internet from the acer by plugging an ethernet cable in directly from your router/modem.

only download from trusted sources, and when it comes to drivers only download from the vendor. just go onto the acer website, click support or downloads. and fill out the form. making sure you choose win 7 64bit as well as the correct model of laptop.

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I just reinstalled my win8.1 and now i can't find 2 drivers.  It is listed under the "Other Device" section in the device manager.  The first is the "PCI Device" and the other is "Unknown Device"  Can anyone give me a direct link to these drivers?  I have searched everywhere. The hp website don't list them and when i try to contact them, i can't cause my warranty went out last month. So they want to charge me a fee for some drivers.  You would think customer service would be better than this.  Oh well, someone please help me find them. Thanks

A:Pci device and unknown device drivers

Hi, Please use following instructions to get missing hardware id's then post back: I think the first one is the card reader but no idea about the second one that why we need their hardware id's. Regards.

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When I tried to install windows 7 Home premium (Dell) on my pc, I get this message...All it gives is only OK, Cancel and Browse options...I tried browsing everywhere in my pc but it didn't solve that...Hope someone would help me...
The actual message is:
"A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing.  If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash
drive, please insert it now.  Note: If the Windows installation media is in the CD/DVD drive, you can safely remove it for this step."  <Browse> <OK> <Cancel>

A:"No device drivers were found. Make sure that the installation media contains the correct drivers, and then click ok"

I have had the same problem on an Acer laptop.  My issue was that I tried to install via the USB 3.0 port.  Both external dvd and usb/iso failed.  Iserting the USB stick into the USB 2.0 port, and installed flawlessly.

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Recently I lost my HD. I was lucky to be able to retrieve most of my personal files but it has still been a hassle having to locate and load all the programs again.
Wanting to prevent this hassle in the future I want to have an exact duplicate of my internal HD somewhere. Then if it ever craps out on me I can just add another HD and copy all my programs and files to it from this other source all in one swoop.
Iím thinking of getting a WD FireWire 120 GB external HD and using Norton Ghost to make an exact copy of my current HD. However, I want some expert opinions before I run off and do anything.
I have never used an external HD or Norton Ghost so Iím not sure they will accomplish what Iím hoping for.
My current (working) HD is a WD 120 GB running Windows XP Pro.
A. Would Norton Ghost make an exact duplicate of the original HD (OS, BIOS settings, programs, files etc.)?
B. After the initial backup is made how will future backupís be completed, i.e. will Ghost record/update just the changes it sees or will I have to reformat the external drive and redo a complete copy every time I want to backup?
C. How long does it take to backup? I have approx. 40 GB on HD that would need to be backed up (at least initially). This will continue to grow as I do a lot of picís and someday hope to get confident enough to try adding home videoís .
Is there a better (by better I mean more clean/easier) way of accomplishing my ultimate goal of having an exact duplicate HD in case one craps ... Read more

A:HD Backup Help Needed

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I created a full backup this morning which shows in the WindowsImageBackup folder on my F drive. After loading a new program the sytem locked and the only thing that worked was the refresh which deleted all my programs.

The recovery does not find the folder. I have created a recovery disk,but not certain who to use it.

Could somebody help?


A:Help needed with a backup

As I recall you'd need to use a windows boot disk, then use the option to recover from a backup. Check here

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My new (and still under warranty) windows 8 laptop keeps going to the recovery screen, error code:

when i hit f8 the "winload.efi" is mentioned above the error code.

Customer support said I'm S.O.L. and need to reboot but i need to make a backup first.

Is there a way to fix this error or back up my computer?
I can make live USB's and I have a data transfer cable.

Thanks in advance.

A:Help; Backup needed.

See here, sound slike it's exactly what you need: Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I recently purchased a 329G backup device by Hitachi called Simple Tough. My intention is to be able to transfer files, photos etc., from my old laptop running Windows XP to a new laptop that I plan to purchase with Vista. I've done a full backup on the device but the company says it won't allow me to transfer the files to a Vista OS. I downloaded Microsoft Easy Transfer and did another backup but the device "E" drive does not show any files under the title "old computer". Is anyone familiar with this type of backup device and explain to me if I'm on the right track how to restore these files on a Vista laptop? Or, is this the wrong device for what I want to do?

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Just had a major catastrophe with my PC and I'm looking for a new backup device that will have an option for me to schedule mu backups daily. I currently have a CD Burner but it's jus not cutting it.

I've looked into the new 750MB Iomega ZIP drive that comes with software which will allow me to schedule backups and I've also looked into some tape drives. These are my two economically viable options but I'd like to get an outside objective view on these two products as well as possibly some new ideas.

If anyone has any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

I'm also running 3 PC's on a newtork and I'd be backing up just data from all three so the size of the device media would not need to be that great. Just regular old word and excel files and such.


A:Looking for a Backup device

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I just backed up my drive with 3 partitions with Nero on DVD.
If my Windows XP ever takes a crap again: Will I have reinstall XP and Nero and then restore:? If yes: With or without partitions? Will the restore overwrite the registry so all my programs will work? I am not trying to beat any copy protection here, It just takes me days on days to reinstall all my music studio programs and dink around digging up all the keys and disk's. I have always started from scratch in the past.


A:Backup advice needed!

Your data should be good. I doubt the DVD is bootable though. You would need to reinstall XP, programs, drivers, ect. And then you could copy the data.

You cain't simply back up your system and restore it as files in use cain't be copied and anytime Windows is active there will be files in use.

If what you are looking for is a means to restore your system then you need a image of the drive. Ghost or Drive Image will make a image than can be used to do a restore. They boot to their own system.

FWIW I run a vanilla system with few special drivers. I have my drive partitioned as you do and I load XP and drivers to C, application programs to D and data goes to E. So I just back up data on E. Therefore I don't clone my drive. If I feel the need to reload XP I back up E and reload XP and my programs.

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I have a program which i use daily at work, the program instalation disk is a single use disk only so should i encounter a problem with this program i have to contact the company and wait 4-6 working days for a new disc. My question is, would a back-up program restore this program to working condition should i encounter another problem , and avoid the 4-6 day wait ?

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I have a Dell 4400 running XP. I had a hard drive failure and lost everything. It has taken several days to reload a new drive. What is the best way to back up the entire c drive? Should I buy an exra drive or zip drive. I don't know much about hardware. I just want an easy way to rebuild a drive if my new one fails and of course, not loose all my personal files again.

My computer won't even recognize the original drive. Any suggestions on how I might retrieve some of my lost files? I'm assuming it's a lost cause but I'd like to retrieve my digital picutures if possible.

A:Backup Advice Needed

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I'm looking for a simple and inexpensive backup solution for a remote location. They have just over a gigabyte of data that needs to be backed up regularly (at least weekly if not daily). I'm sure the amount of data to be backed up will grow over time. These user's do not have an on-site tech and are not very computer savvy. They're okay, but as simple a solution as possible is what is needed. I'm looking for something that would hang off of a PC, maybe via USB? There are no servers over there, just about six PC's all running Windows 2000 Professional. The data to be backed up is on a single PC. Any ideas?

A:Backup solution needed

An external USB2 Hard drive would be a great solution. It could be partitioned and used for several different machines too if needed. It can easily be taken off-site (as any real back-up should).

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Hi, I'm new here... but then again, you probably already guessed that by the fact that I'm posting this in the general discussion forum.

As I'm pretty sure this isn't the right place to ask I'm hoping someone will point me in the direction of where that is, but in case there's a quick and easy fix someone knows of I'm going to ask anyway.

I've backed up a network of, say, 6 PCs onto a NAS drive and then copy/pasted all that onto an external HDD to be kept away from the network. But how can I restore from this HDD when backup & restore doesn't appear to let me find the HDD.

Is there a way of setting up another backup to take all the stuff off the NAS and put it on the HDD or will C&P suffice?

All help gratefully received, though I totally understand if you just roll your eyes and tut, tut at the newbie.



A:Backup and restore help needed

From what I can tell, C&P should be fine, although it'd be better to clone the partition using a program like Partition Wizard. Granted, it will take longer to clone the partition each time you want a backup of your backups but it will make sure that you can use the Backup files and that you don't miss anyway hidden files.

BTW, Please don't post duplicates...
MODERATOR: This is a clone of this post:

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i need to backup my Inspiron laptop as well as my iPad 2. I've narrowed it down to buying the cord. Now I need referrals for backup software. I'd like to backup Windows to my iPad as well as to a flash drive. Then I want to backup my iPad to iTunes on my Windows laptop, then to flash drive.

Which software do you suggest -- free preferably -- to do all this? I've been using Windows since 3.0 but Apple is fairly new. I'd need something fairly simple to use.

Once done, I'll upgrade to a Windows 8. I'm waiting on ten as I've read too many horror stories. That's normal, I know, but I always wait a while

Thank you

A:Backup advice needed

I don't know what "buying the cord" means.

I know absolutely nothing about backing up an iPad.

I have no idea if you could back up an Inspiron to an iPad. I've never heard of such a thing. Anything is possible.

You ought to think in terms of backing up the Inspiron to a hard drive of some type. Not to an iPad. Not to a flash drive.

I'm assuming you are referring to backing up Windows itself, not just your personal data, pictures, videos, etc.

The standard tool to backup Windows to a hard drive is imaging software such as Macrium Reflect or Aomei Backupper. Both are free.

You can back up to DVDs, but it's foolish and asking for trouble.

If you just want to back up your personal data, rather than your Windows installation, that's another story entirely.

"Backup" is a poorly defined word that means different things to different people at different times. What do you mean when you use it?

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Hi Guys, I have downloaded Macrium Free backup program to backup my HD to an external drive, but when I open the file to install it a message pops up from my AVG that it is Malware and not to install it, the warning calls it "The file is a Decompression Bomb" and gives me a choice to ignore or to install, what should I do?
Also I have FBackup, and when I try to use that it tells me to insert a disk, when I have told it to backup up to my external WD drive which has been partitioned for that purpose, the drive works for the other data I have on it .
Can someone please explain the differences between: Cloning a drive, Mirroring a drive, and Full backup of a drive, many thanks.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4087 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS , 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476837 MB, Free - 268949 MB; J: Total - 161018 MB, Free - 73302 MB; K: Total - 48461 MB, Free - 48360 MB; L: Total - 267457 MB, Free - 267349 MB;
Motherboard: ASRock, H55M-LE, ,
Antivirus: AVG Internet Security 2011, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: Backup help needed

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My wife runs the MS Backup app at work for her periodic document folder backups. Lately she's been getting a BACKUP DEVICE NOT RESPONDING (REF 07-002A-03-001E) after her system reads her 3.5" floppy for several seconds. Does this indicate a bad floppy or what? Help!

- Gerry

A:Backup Device Not Responding?

It is probably something very simple.
Make sure there is enough room left on the disk and it is not write protected.
Run Scandisk on the floppy to see if the media is ok.
Reformat the floppy and try again.
Also check that your CMOS settings show the correct type of floppy drive (1.44 MB or 720 KB for instance).


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I have never known any backup device to need to update. Recently, I bought a new one which is WD My Passport and it asks to do an update every month. So far, it has done two and, both times, removed its shortcut icons from my desk top. Now it wants to do a third update and I worry about what it might remove.

Why would a backup device need to update? Is it because it is called an "external hard drive"?

Or, one more possibility: Because my ESET antivirus program was taking far too long to scan, ESET people suggested I disconnect the backup device while the scan was going on. They said it didn't need scanning since it held only what ESET has already scanned inside the computer.

Please, can anyone fill me in on the need for a backup device to need updating? Thank you.

A:Updating Backup device?

Hello hazel m!

The way you're describing it, it shouldn't be something to worry about.
Like it is said in the WD My Passport pdf user manual, messages for available updates can pop up, for which you'd have to click Update Software and follow the on-screen instructions for downloading and installing the software update. This software could be the firmware, or WD software.
Some of these updates can be checked for automatically (hence the pop up), like the WD SmartWare, depending on the setting you set up.
Which WD My Passport do you have? And are the updates any different from what I am describing?
The disappearing shortcut should be because of the device being external (plug and play) and after the update it refreshes, hence need of new shortcut.
Is there any other troubling issue occurring?



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This problem has really got me stuck!


Dell D600 Laptop
XP Professional SP1


A user logs onto the pc (the owner). He connects the usb device to the laptop. The pc appears to recognise it (hard light flashes and hourglass appears for a bit).
If he looks under My Computer the device is not shown. Under Device manager the USB Mass storage device is shown and is working properly.

The user logs off and I log on.
The device is shown under My Computer!

I renamed the users profile to XXXXXX.old (x being his username). User logged on again and the pc created a new profile. Looked under My Computer and the device was there. Great! Copied all his data over from the old profile and ended up rebooting anyway. Check My Computer and the device was gone! ????
It seems the reboot "killed it" even though USB mass storage device is shown under Device Manager and working fine.

If I Logon I can see the device. If I reboot and logon I can still see it.

Man this is driving me nuts. I've tried several backup devices, all the same issue.
Any ideas?


A:Problems using any USB backup device!

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Most of you know that you don't really know if your backup device is really going to work until you lose everything and then you have to do the backup thing. Well, it happened to me a few weeks ago and I am here to report it to you. Something or somehow I corrupted my registry and could not get my win2k pro to boot - only a BSOD. It happened while my wife was on the computer and scanning data at the same time and she swears she did nothing - right famous last words. Well, anyways i had to call my computer guy to come look at this one because it would boot up to the windows screen and then crash. He was able to use my win2k disk, but after the repair - all the desktop was gone except what looked like a fresh install. So I installed my Retrospect software that comes with the Maxtor One Touch. Then I fired up the retrospect and it immediately detected the maxtor. Next, I selected the restore function and it started running. I left and when I came back, I rebooted and voila - everything was there. So the message is if you want a safe reliable easy way to save your data, then the Maxtor One Touch may be for you especially if you are not a technophile who has lots of time to restore things off of disks or floppies. I set my maxtor to backup every AM at 0300 because of what happened. Hope this helps someone out there from experiencing that sinking feeling when you have lost a lot of important data...doc

A:Great Backup Device

Glad to hear you had a successful backup experience. Perhaps your story will prompt others to re-evaluate their backup strategy, or lack of same.

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Have two different external hard drives and wondering if either/both are suitable as Back Up and Restore Devices For Windows 7..

1) I have a Western Digital 750GB passport usb portable hard drive.
It is formatted HFS+ with MacDrive...

*1A) Possible/definite issues using as Back Up Device when need to restore/repair, ect on Windows 7?
1B) Will be installing windows 7 on second PC soon. Can HFS+ drive be used to Install windows 7 Image/clone (from Laptop) on new fresh Hard Drive?
2) Second external is a network device (not quite a NAS?, but connected to Ethernet LAN port on my router) it is a Segate GoFlex Network Version...

2A) Are there issues with using external network HDD as a back up device?
2B) Possible/Likely issues accessing network device if using to restore back up on crashed/damaged or fresh Windows 7 OS and/or program/user data
*** meaning will network attached drives not even be accessible if windows is screwed up or during install on fresh HDD?

Not priority, but if anyone knows off top of head...
Segate goflex network external drive has a usb connection port on back...
I know segate sells 'usb adapters/cable KIT' for some stupid cost.
*Can I connect the external drive to my pc with a normal USB cable?
If so, what type of ends exactly? (ie Male to micro/"B", whatever?)?

Thanks again everybody for support!

A:HFS+ USB HDD backup device indows 7

I'll try to answer part of your questions. Windows will not install from a HSF+. As far as I know it has to be FAT or NFTS. Mac can read NFTS but not write to it, but windows cannot read HSF+.
As far as the Network drive. ASFIK, it depends on which version of windows 7 you get. Home premium will not back up to a network. Professional and Ultimate will. Home Premium will back up to USB or eSATA. As far as the adapter for the Seagate GoFlex, check Amazon, they sell them much cheaper than Seagate.

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Hello. As part of my backup I simply copy those files I wish backed up to an external drive. Routinely I delete those files from the external drive and recopy and past them from the laptop to the external drive. This takes time.
Someone suggested I could use Synctoyt o speed up the process. Does this sound like a good idea?

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I've been going through my house and insuring everything against fire/theft loss, and now I'm looking at my computer. My data is all backed up off-site in two ways. I have not previously tried to back up software install discs, but seeing as they could get torched in a fire, it would be nice to have a backup in some safe location.

Most of my expensive software is music software that uses dongle protection, so the install discs themselves aren't copy-protected and this should be easy.

But what about the Win 7 install disks? (I have both the 32-bit and 64-installers for Win 7 Home, in the upgrade version.) I also have some Windows XP disks from earlier on. Can these disks be copied simply as a data disk (i.e. look at the files they contain and copy to a new disk) or is there some copy protection scheme?

Or maybe I don't need to back them up. Does Microsoft have some policy of resupplying the disk if I can show the serial number or something like that?

A:is a backup of Win 7 install discs needed?

ImgBurn will do it. Make an ISO and either just keep that or burn another DVD if you want. I cannot comment if MS have issues but of course the copy is useless without the key you paid for. Also, you can download the ISO if you get stuck. The real thing is to keep copies of your activation Key.

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I have a one person office I rent from a company. The company has a network and a server. They have tight security so I can't plug anything into the network other than my workstation.

I have about 50GB of files on their server (they partitioned me some space and assigned me a network drive letter of H ) and another 50GB of files on my C: hard drive.

I need to back up this data to a local NAS drive and keep the backup current. I suppose all I can use is USB 2.0 for that unless there's some faster way... maybe put a card in my workstation or something.

Right now I have XP Pro SP3 but will be migrating to Windows 7 pro in a few months.

Ideally, I would like a NAS drive that has autobackup built in and can backup the data on both drives and keep it current rather than having to use Windows backup or install a stand alone software backup program.

LEO! LEO'S FRIENDS! HELP! I know you guys are really really smart. Is there a great solution that meets these requirements?

Thank you so much.

A:Solved: NAS Backup Solution Help Needed


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My laptop hard drive is formatted as Dynamic, but i want to convert disk to Basic and restore the same system and continue work.

i used backup and restore to create system disk and saved on a external hard drive

my question is if i restore the system image will restore process create dynamic partition or basic when restoring? will there be a option to select with partition table i want to create before restore?


A:help needed with windows 7 backup and restore

I wouldn't want to restore an image of dynamic disks if I wanted to get rid of dynamic disks. I don't use Windows Backup, but would not expect it to offer me any choice between dynamic and basic during the restoraton process.

You need to look here, particularly at option 4:

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

And avoid dynamic disks like the plague in the future.

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I don't know if this is the right place for this place for this question but here goes.

I want to make a backup copy of the 3 laptops in my home and I need to calculate
the number of CD's I will need to do it.

Other than manualy, does anyone know of a calculator that I can use do this.


A:Solved: Number of CD's needed for a backup

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I recently backed up my files to the Recovery D drive (Back up and Restore center). It failed as I did not have enough memory to complete the op. I've since uninstalled programs that I do not normall use, but still only have 20MB free out of the 10GB drive. I'm trying to go into the user files to delete folders which contain pictures that I want to delete to free up room. BUt when I click on the folder and try to delete it, I get an error message indicating that I do not have enough memory to complete the operation. So how do I delete these folders (that contain a ton of pics)?? Any help would be appreciated!

A:Help needed in deleting backup files

As suggested by richc46 I tried to delete one pic at a time; however I am still receiving an error message indicating that there is not enough disk space to perform this operation. Any other ideas?

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I thought it would be a good idea to have a back-up of my files, vital programs etc in the event of my PC crashing and losing everything as my PC is coming up to 6yrs old. I have downloaded and printed off a copy of a step by step Windows reformat and have my original XP Home Edition SP1 disc as well as a streamlined
disc my son in law made with SP2 added.
My question is, what programs etc do I need to make a back up disc of my Firewall, AV, Spyware and other security programs as well as any necessary files etc. I have several DVD+R recordable discs with 4.7GB capacity which I plan to use. I am used to burning music CD's using Windows Media Player 11 but having never done this before am not sure if I can use WMP11 to make a data disc or do I need any special program instead and would appreciate any advice / help offered.

A:Making a Backup Disc Help Needed.

You will want software that will let you span discs so that you can fill up each disc completely and then insert another one to continue copying without having to find files that do not exceed the capacity of each individual disc. I finally bit the bullet and bought a 500 Gb external USB drive and Acronis True Image both for a little over $100. I can mirror image my entire internal 80 Gb hard drive or recover the entire internal image in about 2.5 hours on my old machine. I mirror the internal at night so it takes no time. When you back up to CD's it's a slow process each time that has to be repeated over and over. Then you have to really know where all your user files are located and it is easy to miss backing up an important data file that may not be in your user directory. The other part is that for me it would literally take days to restore all the application software I currently am using and get all the application settings back. I am cheap but that $100 investment has been worth every penny.

Good Luck

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hi guys iam using win7 ultimate evalutioin copy
it is going to expire in 2 days if it expires all my data will be lost or not
i am using windows xp as alternative

help me fast

A:backup needed for evalution copy

Back up your data. Purchase Win 7.

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I have the windows backup set to save my important folders to my second drive.

the backup file keeps getting larger (now many gigs).

does the program ever start a new backup file?

when I first used it a few years back, it would start a fresh file periodically so
I could delete old backups.

is it me or is it microsoft??


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Can anyone please tell me if it is possible to backup the data on my EXTERNAL hard drive?

Also another option might be to change it from NTFS to fat32 without losing any data???


A:Data Backup Help Needed - URGENTLY

you can backup your stuff on an external hard drive, but the problem with this is that the external is only a hard drive, if this fails you will loose your work, what you should do is back up your stuff on DVDs this is a more permanent and secure way of backing up.

any external drives or flash drives should really be kept as FAT32, but depending on the size of the drive you can consider partitioning it one side FAT32 the other NTFS.

read this, going from NTFS to FAT32 - do a google search.

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i need to identify an old tape backup (1999?)

from the device stickers

hewlett packard model XXGBi

also twice MX00302822

TRAVAN on the faceplate

inside i can see colorado 5GB
PN: C4354-56000

I salveged this out of a friends system with a fried HD and my system recognises it but i dont know the exact driver to download for win98se.

A:driver for old tape backup needed

Internal or external?

internal colorado 5GB internal travan drive

external colorado 5GB external travan drive

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Hi all,

I haven't been here for a while but have swung by because I'm in desperate need of help in deciding down which route to go with regard to backups.

The thing is that there is no sub-forum where this question would be appropriate - so I'll ask it here!

I need to perform a backup on an HP Proliant DL360 server so that in the event of theft / failure / fire etc. I can restore the system and also the files. It's got an 80Gb capacity, and there's constantly about 60GB (mainly of PDFs) on it.

The prime consideration is cost - or the lack of it because the company is very small. Before I arrived someone bought a Sony AIT-1 tape drive (35gb per tape) so I suppose I could use that but I need to be able to backup all the system files while the server is up and then restore them in the event of a failure. I also don't know what backup software is good or even compatible with this drive.

I was wondering if there's a software solution that would enable me to make a complete copy of the server's drive to my PC (over the network) and then simply update that every evening by copying changes over. I've got plenty of space on the PC and then if I needed to restore the server I could just push the data back onto new hardware.

The third way could be to buy a USB hard drive caddy and copy the system to that but I would still have the problem of copying the windows files and also climbing into the server room every time I need a backup and, we,, it's not a very elegan... Read more

A:In Need of an 'Everything Else' forum?? Backup Advice needed...

moving you to xp forum

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I'm operating on a Dell Inspirion 5150 Laptop/Windows XP.
I have had a CMS External USB Backup Device for 6 months now. All of a sudden it gives me an error message when I plug it into my USB port. It states "the Device is more powerful" then the USB hub speed can support. Then asks me to detach device and hit "reset" to reactive that port. I've tried my other USB port as well with the same error message. I was not having those issues before, even though I was using the same laptop. Anyway to fix that?
The device still has room for additional storage as well. It is not full.

A:CMS Backup External Device, USB HUB error

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I was trying to backup my computer on a Seagate and I kept getting this error message:

An error occurred. The following information might help you resolve the error:

The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error. (0x8007045D)

I have Windows Vista 32-bit SP1

Can anyone tell me what the problem is? I'm on a Dell Inspiron 1525 with 3gb RAM

A:I/O Device Error when I tried to backup files

Error message when you try to perform a full backup on a Windows Vista-based computer&#58; &#34;The request could not be performed because of an I&#47;O device error&#34;

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Hi,I am pleased to announce that we will soon be launching the BETA program for Oops!Backup version 3.For those of you that remember, in September last year I posted a similar post - - so as to get BETA testers for version 2. The feedback we received from the BETA testers was great and we are looking to do the same for version 3.For those that are reading about Oops!Backup the first time - Oops!Backup is a very easy to use Continuous Data Protect (CDP) software backup product. Oops!Backup automatically tracks changes to documents, photos and other files and allows you to backtrack to any point in time. We are planning to launch the BETA in about 6 weeks time. We would love to get beta testers to help us beta test Oops!Backup v3. Beta testers will also get a free license once they are accepted into the program.It's still too early to mention the new features in v3 but I will be making these public to the BETA list later on.So - anyone that wants to join the Altaro Oops!Backup v3 BETA program go to the note that anyone testing the BETA version will be testing a BETA product. This means that the product is at a stage were we think that it has no bugs however we are still not 100% convinced - i.e. there is a possibility that it WILL have some bugs - but probably small ones in the user interface. Once the BETA period finishes we will then release the pr... Read more

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Hi, I hope someone can help me. I had a Samsung RV511 laptop which has a lot of important information on it, so I bought a 1TB Toshiba hard drive which came with back up software. I backed up the whole system as a system image. Had I known the difficulty I have now, I would have just backed up the files. My laptop died, and so I need to know....

If I buy another laptop the same, will I be able to backup the system image from my old laptop?

If I buy another does the spec need to be exactly the same? i.e. I have seen another with a smaller hard drive and less memory. My laptop was 640GB hdd and the ones I have seen are 320GB and 500GB. I have not as yet seen a second hand one with the same spec as mine. Also the ones I have seen have less RAM, mine is 6GB, and the ones I have seen are 3-4GB.

Can someone tell me what I need to buy in order to restore this system image please? I understand that I will have backed up drivers, so does that mean the new laptop has to have the same hardware?

I have read about software that will enable you to restore to another computer, but cost is a factor at the moment, so I don't want to waste money on something that won't work. I have read good and bad about the software.

Any help would be gratefully received. Thanks for reading

A:Help Needed With System Image Backup to New Laptop

You want to restore the image of the C partition on the old laptop onto a new laptop?

I'm assuming the new laptop will have a new Windows installation when you buy it---they nearly always do.

I can't see why you would want to do that, leaving aside the legality. If you did it, the fresh Windows installation on the new laptop would be destroyed (overwritten) by the restoration of the image of the old laptop. What's the advantage of that?

On the other hand, if you simply want to restore your DATA (not Windows) from the old laptop to the new laptop, you should be able to do that without overwriting your new Windows installation.

I'm guessing you used Toshiba software to make this image.

I know nothing at all about that software, but there should certainly be a way to drill down into the image and simply copy your data files to the new laptop with the mouse or keyboard. You can certainly do that with other imaging programs. I'd consult the documentation for the Toshiba software, which may be included with the drive or may be available on the Toshiba website.

Imaging software is not the sharpest tool for backing up data, as you've found out. It works, but it can be testy or clumsy.

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With my desktop cpu slowing down, I decided to run the backup utility to save all of my files before running the
restore program. Once I knew all my files were safely backed on my usb hard drive, I ran the restore. Now I am
trying to reload my backup files and the system will not let me. I have saved the zip files to my desktop for now
and have been trying to locate the folder to move them into to see if that will work.

I had a similar issue with a friends XP loaded computer but I was able to load the Microsoft Utility Backup Software but it
looks like this program will not load on Vista. I have the home version of Vista.

Any suggestion would be extremely appreciated.

Thank you,


A:Loading Vista Backup Files Help Needed

If the files are in a .zip.. you should be able to right click the folder and extract the files.. or just go into the .zip and try and open a file and that should start the extraction process.

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Using Acronis True Image Home 2009 on a Windows 7 Ultimate system.

I'm creating an image onto the primary drive of a partition on a secondary drive. I have Acronis set to divide the backups into 1.95-gigabyte sections. Each time it completes a 1.95-gigabyte part, it puts up an "Insert next volume" dialog. It says "Please insert next volume or select different location.". Problem is there is still many times more space at the backup location than is need for the image. I'm having to attend to this throughout the backup process--clicking on "OK" time and again to get it to continue.

I get the same result on three different systems so this problem is not unique to one computer.

Does anyone know how to stop this annoying behavior?

A:Acronis backup asks for next volume when one isn't needed.

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I have a 5 years old PC with 80gb internal hard drive. I've just bought an external hard drive; Buffalo Drivestation 1tb. My aim is:

1- To boot from Buffalo DriveStation in the event of internal harddrive failure (the hd start making clicking sound). I've just reformat my PC and a one-off 'copy' of how my OS setting is fine, I dont need scheduled backup / 'copy' of my OS in my Buffalo DriveStation. FYI, the OS is in my C: where else files, pictures, songs etc is in different partition.

2- To make scheduled backups files,pictures, songs etc partition to Buffalo DriveStation every fortnight or so.

3- Im planning to partition the Buffalo DriveStation such as below:
a) 10gb --> to make a 'copy' of my current C: drive where my OS is
b) 150gb --> for pictures
c) 300gb --> for videos
d) 50gb --> for files
e) 490gb --> to 'copy' partitions b) to d)

I've been reading Acronis and googled on how to do the above but not sure whether I should go with 'Disk Cloning' or 'Mounting Images' or both to perform Task 1 and Task 3e?

Also, in order to perform partition my Buffalo DriveStation as outlined in Task3 using Partition Magic, do I have to choose the specific task of 'Install Another Operating OS' for Task 3a?

I hope I have explained everything as clearly as possible and appreciate any help.

Thank you

A:Solved: backup PC using Acronis, advice needed

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Hi All,
I have Windows 8.1 and would like to use the System Image Backup option in Windows under File History. I have a Dell Inspiron Notebook that was shipped with the Factory Image pre-installed on the hard drive. I want to be absolutely certain that I dont damage or remove the Dell installed factory image as I want to always have the option to do a Microsoft Reset using that factory image in the future when required.
I know nothing about where this factory image is installed on my hard drive but I only have one hard drive on my PC. I just want to backup the System Image and be able to Restore the system image back to the same hard drive on my PC in the future. I havent made any changes to partitions on the drive and never will. Its exactly as it was when shipped from Dell.
Can anyone advise me of the options I need to select during the Sysem Image Backup and Restore process so I dont remove or corrupt the pre-installed factory image on my hard drive during the process?

A:Help needed in using System Image Backup in Windows 8.1

You need to make the DVD's and keep them in a safe place. If you wish to make a whole drive image, use Clonezilla or EaseUS Workstation Todo. At least with the EaseUS software, you can shrink or grow the image, depending on the size of the drive. Clonezilla makes it a little harder, since you have to have the exact same drive that the original image was one.

All the factory image does, is allow you to restore it back to the "OOB" or "Out Of the Box" image. Anything you have installed, will not be in that image, so you have to use a third party software to get the job done.

Microsoft's backup software fails too much for Windows 8 & 10. That is because it was written for Windows 7 and below OS's.

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K here's the deal or mess I have got myself into, I recently took a computer job for a guy he has a HP pavilion Xe 743 and he wanted a much needed 7200 RPM drive installed, so I have formatted and got a fresh install on the new drive while I have the old drive installed as slave well I figured that Good o'l win ME would have drivers for everything, well no luck, everything but the conexant, combo modem and sound card.SO after downloading what I thought was the drivers off of HP's site I still have nothing, and the conexant site offers no drivers either, so I'm running on the o'l drive right now and was wondering how I could install the drivers off of this drive over to another folder on the other drive.or does anyone have any other suggestions, Thank you so much for taking the time to help me, I am so frustrated right now.

A:Help me please, How do I backup Drivers.....

Can't you use the Recovery Disk to re-install ?

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Is it possible to back up the drivers from a laptop before i do a clean format and reinstall of windows.?

A:Backup drivers

Older computers came with the OS and Drivers on separate Optical Discs. Most now come with the recovery partition which includes the Drivers. If you're concerned about updating drivers, remember, it's possible the reason you're reinstalling could be driver related, hence doing it this way insures "fresh" copies.

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How do i backup my drivers on 6801 so when i install 6956 all i have to do is unpack/install them, my storage drive crashed, and i dont really want to go looking for them again. :-(

**Move to Drivers

Sorry :-(

A:HELP! How do i backup my drivers

Thanks to "johngalt" DriverMax is a very good program that will export/import your drivers. It helped me install my GeForce drivers from Vista to Seven.

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Hello,i have a compaq presario cq60 with win vista,and im to format,factory default or upgrade to win 7,but i need to backup my drivers,can i do it from the laptop itself?or maybe a free simple tool to backup all its drivers before i make changes,

i need also something to scan my laptop and give me all data information regarding my machine,

thanks for your help anyway,

A:Drivers Backup

The drivers, if you have the actual driver installation files, can be copied to some media such as a CD, flash drive, etc. If you are referring to drivers already installed, you can't copy them, you will have to download needed drivers so they can be installed. HP should still have the drivers, however if you install Windows 7, Windows will install many drivers and except for the actual sound driver you may not need to manually install drivers. Windows will only install a generic basic function sound driver and the reason the actual driver will have to be installed.

Back up your user data (pictures, music, word processing files, etc) as that will also be deleted on the reinstall. You can't copy programs, they are like the drivers, they must be "installed" using the programs installation procedure.

The free Belarc Advisor will profile your computer.

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I would like to format my hard drive and re-install Windows 98, but I don't have the install disks for my hardware. Is there any way for me to backup my driver files to reinstall them later?

A:Drivers Backup?

I don't know if you can backup you current drivers but it might be better if you just downloaded new ones. Check the different manufacturer's sites for your hardware. Chances are, most of your stuff will have updated drivers available.

Eagles may fly high, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

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This is a just incase problem. If I ever reinstalled windows for one reason or another, I have both the one installed on the computer drive and a set of 7 disks also. Anyway, is there a way to backup your drivers that you installed? I have a scanner that required a driver update 4 yrs ago. Also a printer driver. If I reinstall windows for some reason, I will lose the driver updates. Cannot find the original/updated drivers for the items. All are HP items and over 4 yrs. old.

A:backup drivers?

Did you look anywhere other than the HP site? Did you try Driver Guide? Unless you saved your drivers as a file when downloading to your HDD or other storage device I do not think you can make a copy of installed drivers. If there is a way, I too would be interested in finding out how.

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I have a custom laptop that I am trying to do a re-install on. It is a dell I got from craigslist that has been modified so I want to make sure I have all the drivers once the re-install is complete . Suggestions on what to do/programs to use? (preferably what to do).

A:How to backup all my drivers?

The best way is to go to Dells support/download drivers site. Type in your make and model # and download the drivers you need. This way you will have the latest drivers for your computer model.
If you want to back the drivers you have now then use DriverMAX

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Is there a way to backup installed drivers? Please help me.

A:How to backup drivers?

Not sure if you can backup installed drivers.

This is what I do to keep my current drivers on hand. I download each individual driver I need and save them to a thumb drive. This way I always have them on hand and ready to install when needed.

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I have a computer that I intend to make into a server. I would like to remove the graphics card, if for no other reason than to reduce power consumption. The motherboard does not have built-in graphics. Will I be able to install Window 7 (Home Premium x64) onto this machine?

Note that:
I understand that a monitor will be needed for the initial installation
I have the Remote Desktop hack and intend to install it
Once the system is running, I never intend to access it other than with Remote Desktop
So, after the initial installation, if I remove the graphics card, will the computer boot and run properly?

A:Is a display device needed for Win 7?

No you will need a moniter for this. I do understand what you are trying to do though. I have tried it, but it hasn't worked for me.

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Hi im new here but could do with some help please.I have just bought a laptop with a wireless rooter.i already have a desktop computer so today i went out and bought a network adaptor to go wireless with desktop.but now i just cant connect them together.its getting on my nervous.any help would be great.thanks.

A:Help Needed To Install Device Please.

I've moved you Networking for better responses.

While you wait for responses can you tell us what router and what network card you bought?

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Hi does anybody know how i can get this to work ?? I have tried installing and uninstalling also i have been on the acer site and downloaded drivers

A:Help needed with Biometric device

Look for the Acer Bio Protection System Wizard...

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I need drivers for my network card. The card is a netgear fa311 fast ethernet pci card and the OS is Win 2000 Pro.

Can someone please help me out in finding the right drivers? Much appreciated for any help you can provide.

A:device driver needed

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Have just acquired a two year old Dell 8400 on which the hard drive has been wiped clean and reformatted. I've installed WinXP SP2 Version 2002 and the installation seems okay.

However, I cannot connect to the internet (via cable modem, Lynksis router, and Ethernet cable). Using the cable company's internet installation disk, it gives the error message: "Your computer does not have a network adapter installed." The previous owner was an internet gamer so I know he had all of the necessary accessories installed.

In checking the Device Mgr., "Other Devices," the following all have yellow question marks: Ethernet Controller, Multimedia Audio Controller, PCI Modem, and Video Controller.

I'm assuming this is a driver problem but don't know how to fix it. Suggestions?

Although I'm a longtime computer user, technically (and terminology-wise) I'm a still pretty much a novice.

A:Device Manager help needed

The big yellow question mark means that there is no device driver installed or an incorrect driver installed. For each device with a yellow question mark, look up the manufacturer web site and download the device driver for it and install it.

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My OS is Windows XP Home Edition SP3 and up to date. Today I bought a Microsoft Webcam and went to install it but got an error every time it went to install the drivers from the installation disk. I thought it must be a faulty USB and went online and found an MSN tutorial on switching off the USB drivers in Device Manager and then rebooting the PC. When this failed to solve the problem I took the next step which was to switch off the "Disable Selective Suspend" feature in Windows, as I did not want to mess with the registry I did this via the alternative Hotfix method. This didn't help either.
I then looked at what was connected to my USB ports and working and my printer my keyboard and my mouse are connected and working ok. I have three remaining empty USB ports. As I had a 1 in 4 out USB Hub on hand I thought that a possible solution might be to switch my printer off unplug the cable and plug it into one of the four outputs on the hub. I plugged the Hub into the USB socket which had been working with the printer, switched the printer on and tested it all out by printing off a single sheet from my wordfiles. This worked ok and so I uninstalled the Webcam from my ARP list in order to do a clean install. After a reboot I reinstalled from the supplied disk and when it told me to plug in the cam to the USP port I plugged it into the second of the four ports in the hub next to the printer I then watched as it did exactly the same as the time... Read more

A:USB Device Problem, Help Needed?.

What was the exact error message?

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