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[Q] Quick backup and restore of installed software?

Q: [Q] Quick backup and restore of installed software?

On my android phone, I can make backups of installed application in the exact condition at any point of time. This helps me to restore them back after I format or hard reset my phone. However, I don't know about any such facility for computers.

My laptop is getting slow. I want to format it and install a fresh copy of Windows 8.1 x64. Installing all the software all again, one by one, takes a lot of time. I want to make a backup image(s) of installed software so that I can restore them quickly after clean installation of Windows. Is it possible?

The only way I have heard of is of "ghost image" backups that take the entire image backup of the complete system and using these image files, the pc can be restored. However, on a downside, it takes up documents and other files also into consideration.

So, is there a way for backing up and restoring software in the way that I'm mentioning?

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Are there any better alternatives to the ones I currently have installed? I reformatted my PC and used MSE2 instead of kaspersky, and installed all my old programs, I also plan to install Nero and Office10 and TuneUp2k10, but I've heard bad things about it.

Also, I've heard NOT to use the Registry Cleaner on CCleaner, may I ask why not and what would you reccommend as better alternatives to what I have?

A:Quick Question about my installed Software

I strongly suggest you forget any tuneup utility. They are not needed with Win 7. There is no tuneup utility out there anywhere that can speed up Win 7, at least not at the present. At best a tuneup utility will do nothing but consume resources. At worst it can bog your system down and even crash it. Win 7 is not XP. Forget all the wisdom you learned about XP; it does not apply to Win 7.

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First off, here are the results of running the suggested Sysinfo program:

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2310M CPU @ 2.10GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4009 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family, 1812 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 225279 MB, Free - 159289 MB;
Motherboard: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., RV420/RV520/RV720/E3530/S3530/E3420/E3520
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Disabled

Hello! In June 2012 I purchased a Samsung S3520-A01DX laptop. The laptop came with the operating system and usual filler software pre-installed. It also came with a DVD entitled 'SYSTEM RECOVERY MEDIA - Windows 7 Home Premium SP1' - I'm assuming this is the fully fledged OEM operating system, that I can use to re-install Windows 7 should I need to? I'm aware from my Mother buying a computer in the last few years that they no longer come with the media (DVD'S) to re-install the software should one need to and that it is expected that the purchaser makes copies of the pre-installed software with their own media. This brings me to my question, am I expected to do this and if so how?
My laptop came pre-installed with Windows 7 and therefore has the Windows 7 'backup and restore' function, is this the software that I'm supposed to use? I also have 'Samsung recovery solution 5' installe... Read more

A:Pre-Installed PC Software - how to backup?

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Hi,
I did a full backup using vista backup and recovery centre onto a seagate 160gb usb drive.† The backup completed successfully so I rebuilt the machine.

On trying to rebuild, I run bakup and restore center and it cant even see the drive (it can see the C partition, the E (recovery) partition and nothing else.† It doesnt see the D (Data Partition) or the USB device.)

Tried copying it to the E partition and forcing it to use it but get† backup location not found which is mentioned elsewhere as an issue with mediaid.bin.

any ideas, i now have a shiny sparkly new machine with no data on it.†

The data is there in a compressed form but id much rather restore properly.

grateful for any help.

Cheers

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is there any back up software for creating backup of installed application on xp or vista pc ,so that installed application can be recovered from that backup
acrosnis true image cant do that ,i know
is ther any other software
i'm not asking for backup of entire partition or disk image
 

A:is there any backup software for installed applications

Yes I think so from what Genie Backup Manager Home 8.0 and Genie Backup Manager Pro V 8.0

Self restorable backups:

Restore data without the need to install GBM. We can put this feature in the removable devices.

Not sure if it will take a program you got installed and get all the info it needs to copy it and make a self.exe or not but it will backup and make it so you can restore with the Genie Backup software having to be installed.
Plus it Backup file format is Compressed backups are in ZIP format. 64 bit option.
Where acrosnis true image is a Proprietary format.
So if you can unzip then you can get data from the backups also with installing Genie Backup.

I have not tried it but was reading up on backup programs and the Genie Backup Manager Pro V 8.0 sounds like the best that I think I will be getting.

Here are all the links I got on it.
Backup Software Reviews
A survey of the best Windows backup software from Tech Support Alert
http://www.backup-software-reviews.com/

Review Criteria
http://www.backup-software-reviews.com/test-procedure.htm

The 18 programs on our short list were
http://www.backup-software-reviews.com/backup-software-shortlist.htm

Backup FAQ
http://www.backup-software-reviews.com/backup-faq.htm

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Genie Backup Manager Pro V 8.0
http://www.genie-soft.com/products/gbmpro/default.html

What Product Should I Use?
http://www.genie-soft.com/differences/us/whatproduct.html

Genie-Soft : Competitive Upgrad... Read more

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I am preparing a comprehensive set of tasks which need to be performed to make and use various restore media, for myself and others using this computer.
I need info on exactly which methods include the backup and restore of programs/applications which have been downloaded from the Internet or from software makers (eg., Adobe, Macrium) and previously installed on the C drive. I have found it impossible to get clear info on this, although I have studied the Macrium Manual. To make your answer easier I have made the following table:
WBU&R = Windows Backup and Restore routine
Mcr = Macrium
MCT = Microsoft's Media Creatiion Tool
Recovery Drive (WBU&R) 1
System Image (WBU&R) 2
System Image (Mcr) 3
System Repair Disc (WBU&R) 4
A clean install of Windows (MCT) 5
Macrium Rescue Media 6
The simplest way for you to answer is like this (for example):
1,3,5 Yes
2 No
6 Don't know
Include advice on which method to use if you would like, but this post is looking for FACTS.
In principle, a System Image (for example), which is said to be a byte-by-byte faithful copy (like an office photocopier) of that part of the C: drive which does not contain personal files (Documents, Pictures etc.). But I simply cannot find anywhere an authoritative answer even to whether all System Images include programs/applications (Microsoft's help files are unclear) let alone the other restore media I list).
Please note: All my personal files (Docs, Pictures atc.are backed up... Read more

A:Which backup and restore methods include installed Programs?

OK, as you asked: 2 and 3 YES, rest NO.

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I am preparing a comprehensive set of tasks which need to be performed to make and use various restore media, for myself and others using this computer.
I need info on exactly which methods include the backup and restore of programs/applications which have been downloaded from the Internet or from software makers (eg., Adobe, Macrium) and previously installed on the C drive. I have found it impossible to get clear info on this, although I have studied the Macrium Manual. To make your answer easier I have made the following table:
WBU&R = Windows Backup and Restore routine
Mcr = Macrium
MCT = Microsoft's Media Creatiion Tool
Recovery Drive (WBU&R) 1
System Image (WBU&R) 2
System Image (Mcr) 3
System Repair Disc (WBU&R) 4
A clean install of Windows (MCT) 5
Macrium Rescue Media 6
The simplest way for you to answer is like this (for example):
1,3,5 Yes
2 No
6 Don't know
Include advice on which method to use if you would like, but this post is looking for FACTS.
In principle, a System Image (for example), which is said to be a byte-by-byte faithful copy (like an office photocopier) of that part of the C: drive which does not contain personal files (Documents, Pictures etc.). But I simply cannot find anywhere an authoritative answer even to whether all System Images include programs/applications (Microsoft's help files are unclear) let alone the other restore media I list).
Please note: All my personal files (Docs, Pictures atc.are backed up... Read more

A:Which backup and restore methods include installed Programs?

OK, as you asked: 2 and 3 YES, rest NO.

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I am preparing a comprehensive set of tasks which need to be performed to make and use various restore media, for myself and others using this computer.

I need info on exactly which methods include the backup and restore of programs/applications which have been downloaded from the Internet or from software makers (eg., Adobe, Macrium) and previously installed on the C drive. (I'm not interested in Apps here.) I have found it impossible to get clear info on this, although I have studied the Macrium Manual. To make your answer easier I have made the following table:

WBU&R = Windows Backup and Restore routine
Mcr = Macrium
MCT = Microsoft's Media Creation Tool

Recovery Drive (WBU&R)---------1
System Image (WBU&R)----------2
System Image (Mcr)---------------3
System Repair Disc (WBU&R)-----4
A clean install of Windows (MCT)-5
Macrium Rescue Media-----------6

The simplest way for you to give your answer is like this (for example):

1,3,5---Yes
2,4 ----No
6 ------Don't know

Include advice on which method to use if you would like, but this post is looking for FACTS concerning the inclusion of applications/programs.

In principle, a System Image (for example), is said to be a byte-by-byte faithful copy (like an office photocopier) of that part of the C: drive which does not contain personal files (Documents, Pictures etc.). Logic says that includes applications/programs. But I simply cannot find anywhere an authoritative answer even to whether all System Images i... Read more

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Can you backup installed applications to an external hard drive, then restore them to another Computer without Reinstalling them? For example, My computer Windows 7 Home Premium has many softwares, applications, programs, utilities, etc.. That i purchased and dont want to Reinstall them on new computer. Is it possible for them to work without Re-entry keys? Any help I will appreciate

A:Can you backup installed applications to an external hard drive, then restore them to

Basically, no.

You can back-up the .exe then reinstall them, you will also want to save any license's for ease of re-registering

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Hello,

I'm looking for a good Backup/Restore software package. I have a mix of Win XP, and Windows 7 computers. I would of course be needing to restore the operating system as well as the boot image. I don't do multiple OS boot up's.
Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks

A:Backup/Restore software

I've had good success with Maxtor One Touch Plus and its built in software. Data backup takes about 4 minutes. OS takes 2 hrs. Can store multiple full OS backups. This is important if you mistakenly backup corrupt system.

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Okay, so, it looks like I'm going to have to refresh or reset Windows 10 at this point (I'm having an issue with it but I have tried all possible solutions). Is it possible to backup the program files, and/or registry settings for those programs and then restore afterwards? Even if I do it manually, it would save me a LOT of time than having to reinstall every single program (I have tons). Just wandering if there was a way to do this at all to an external drive, just to make it easier for me to reset the system.

Thanks,
Rowan

A:Possible to backup software and restore?

Using the Refresh Option, should restore the windows OS only, leaving your installed programs and files intact..

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Hello! I just installed a Windows 8 computer for a friend and he needs a simple, automated backup solution comparable to the Backup & Restore included in Windows 7. Can someone recommend a good freeware that can be scheduled to do incremental data backups as well as system images? Thanks, and if this has already been discussed just link those threads

A:Looking for simple Backup & Restore Software

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

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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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Does anyone know of backup and restore software that can run under dos (without windows). Specifically, software that can backup an entire hardrive to cd's.

Thanks very much.
 

A:backup/restore software that runs under dos

norton/symantec ghost (really cheap when you buy systemworks 2002 or 2003)

powerquest drive image (avoid v8)

both work (best IMO) when booted form a disk instead of using the windows gui
 

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Hi All,

I need help from you, I wanna buy a backup and restore software instantly, Could you recommend a good backup-restore software to me (including the reason)? Thanks in advance.
 

A:wanna buy a backup and restore software instantly

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Hello there,

I am a huge fan of TechSpot so I thought I might give this a go by asking you guys a question. Please bare with me as this is my first time!

Right, recently our company just upgraded our Exchange server from 2000 to 2010! (At last!), however, during the process one of the users has lost a week's worth of important emails. Before the upgrade, the Exchange server was backed up and then compressed on a daily process on a network drive via Windows Backup.

Now, Windows Backup can recognise the .bkf file, and can identify how large it is (around 17GB), however, when I expand the folders in the Windows Backup Software, it keeps saying no entries found. I presume that it is not the software itself because I have restored many other files (.doc, .xls etc...) in the past. The computer that is running the Windows Backup software is not the same as the Exchange server.

If you need any other information please let me know and I will give it to you to the best of my knowledge! Thank you TechSpot community for taking your time! :blush:

BrockUK
 

A:Cannot restore SBS 2000 from Windows backup software

It is there, but you likely need an experienced tech to rescue the invormation... someone who has already gone through several installs and updates. I cannot imagine anybody giving you enough information in the proper steps over this small message box... without knowing a great deal about your equipment and software, and the install procedures.

You have perhaps a 20 to 30 minute job for the techs who know what they are doing.
 

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Hello there,

I am a huge fan of Tech Support Guy so I thought I might give this a go by asking you guys a question. Please bare with me as this is my first time!

Right, recently our company just upgraded our SBS server from 2000 to 2010! (At last!), however, during the process one of the users has lost a week's worth of important emails. Before the upgrade, the SBS2000 server was backed up and then compressed on a daily process on a network drive via Windows Backup.

Now, Windows Backup can recognise the .bkf file, and can identify how large it is (around 17GB), however, when I expand the folders in the Windows Backup Software, it keeps saying no entries found. I presume that it is not the software itself because I have restored many other files (.doc, .xls etc...) in the past. The computer that is running the Windows Backup software is not the same as the SBS2000 server.

If you need any other information please let me know and I will give it to you to the best of my knowledge! Thank you Tech Support Guy community for taking your time!

Brock_UK
 

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I would like to backup the hard drive on my laptop to dvd before I reformat it to reinstall the OS. I was wondering if there is any program that can backup my hard drive to DVDs and then later restore a bootable hard drive on its own. I don't want something that requires an OS pre-installed to do a restore (just in case my installation fails). I would prefer something that I can just boot off of that doesn't require an OS to restore the computer. Any ideas?

Thanks,
Jerry
 

A:Software to backup and restore the hard drive

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I currently use Norton cloud storage but I'd like to backup to DVDs instead. Does all backup software have the convenience of search-ability? It's a pleasure to restore exactly a file specified, and only that file - that's what I mean by search-ability.
Thank you in advance for sage recommendations or advice!

A:What backup software is complete and has searchable file restore?

I assume you are referring to data backup, not Windows backup.

Any ordinary data backup I have seen can be viewed in Explorer and searched on a folder by folder or file by file basis.

But I'd use hard drives and avoid DVD burns.

Why have you chosen DVDs?

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Hi,

I'm looking for some hard drive backup/restore software with some specific requirements: I need to be able to backup a partition into a single file (ideally compressed) then this must be able to be restored from a USB drive/stick. Ideally if there was an option to make the USB memory stick bootable so all the user needed to do was insert the stick, boot the PC and follow the restore instructions - that would do the job.

I've used Ghost (ages ago) which I believe could do something similar but I'm not sure that the latest version will from what I've read.

Thanks
 

A:Can anyone recommend some good hard drive backup/restore software

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Hi

Im looking into getting a new pc with entirelly new hardware in the next 6 months.

I have over 100 applications installed on my current (3 years old) Vista PC and I have made a complete image/backup using Vista's "Backup & Restore Centre".

I have not tried this before but if i buy a new pc and install vista on that, then would i be able to restore my image to this new pc?

I have used easy transfer and understand i could only transfer my files and settings but no software.

I see the complete restore would make life easier instead of installing 100 software applications again. My understanding of "Backup & Restore Centre" is that it creates a partition image i.e. will have all the wrong drivers installed for the new pc even if i installed vista and correct drivers before the restore.

Searched the internet and dont feel im the only one. Any questions please ask.

Look forward to a reply

Tom

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I've got Acronis True Image 10.
Can I backup all emails and then restore to a new installation of the hard disk?

Erm: OK... that might sound dumb!
That's *exactly* what it's supposed to do right!!?

I've got a copy of XP Tablet which is dying.
I want to do a full original installation restore and restore the emails.

Just wanted to double check!!

Also: I've made a backup (of another PC).
I have a file size that is 9GB.
How can I store this onto DVD discs?
And how can I make the discs be bootable??
So that I can juts restore the whole system by booting from the DVD discs?

Thanks!
OM
 

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Hi everyone,

I created an image using the Microsoft Backup and Restore tool in Windows 7. I saved the image on a network shared folder.

I then went to the Advanced Recovery Methods in Windows to restore my image...that I just created. It restarts the computer and goes into recovery mode, I point to where the image is located, I entered the network credentials and it give me an error.

"The Specified network resource or device is no longer available. (0x80070037)"

Please look at the attachments below.

Oh...I'm doing this in Windows Virtual PC.

Anyone knows what I'm missing?
 

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Hi,

New to this forum. I am using Win7 Backup and Restore, along with a Seagate external drive for my backup needs. I backup every week, and have been using it for about 1 year. I see the backups happening each week, but I've never had the need to restore anything. For the first time, I've needed to find an old version of a file. I have read the many articles about how to use the Win7 Restore utility, but when I 'search for files' using this utility for the file I'm looking for, I don't see it in any of the backups (various dates over the past 3 months). Now I'm wondering what it's backing up. The backup drive has lots of data, so it's putting something in there ;-)

So, in summary, I go through all the restore steps, but can't find the file I'm looking for. Is there some secret to using this tool? Seems straight forward...

Any help is appreciated, thanks.

A:Windows7 Backup and Restore utility: I can't find the file to backup

I find this program invaluable - it will find everything on your comp in seconds.

Download Everything

Type in the name of the file or any part of it and if it's on your comp, it will tell you.

When the file come up, right click and "open path."

Hope this helps.

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I periodically backup my data files which is on another hard drive than WIN7 OS so this backup is not a system image. Every time I do a backup I do a restore to a dummy partition to double check the backup was successful. Anyway, I recently tried to restore my backup from March 2014 & the backup utility is not recognizing the file. It recognizes other backups so something must be off with this particular file.

I checked & it appears all of the catalogs & zipped files are present. Is there another manner or 3rd party software I could restore this particular file? The file is just over 100 GB. I should add that I have transferred that file from one hard drive to another since last March, but transferring should not be a problem as far as I understand.

Appreciate any suggestions

A:WINDOWS Backup & Restore utility not recognizing my backup file

zipped files? You should be able to open those in windows explorer.Or use 7-zip.

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My laptop is currently running Windows 10 Anniversary Update and I have the Windows Disc from which I have installed this window but now I have installed bunch of Apps and installed Windows Updates. I want to backup all of my Apps, Settings and Updates. If I ever install Windows 10 again I just don't want to install all those updates and apps again (I might not even remember all of the apps I have now) so How can I create a backup now so in the future whenever I want I can just restore back to this point? Should I create a System Image or System Restore (Restore Point) or a Recovery Drive or Backup and Restore (Windows 7) ? I don't know which one is the right for me because I have never done any Backup, Restore or Recovery. Please Help.

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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
 

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I've used Windows Backup and Restore successfully on many occasions but I now get the error "0x81000037: Windows Backup failed while trying to read from the shadow copy on one of the volumes being backed up" and I don't understand it. I've spent hours researching this issue and cannot seem to create a backup.

I've been to all the Microsoft pages and various "Windows 7" forums to no avail. I've gone the "delete the Java cache" route, the "C\Users\my account\AppData\LocalLow\Sun\Java\Deployment\cache\6.0" route and deleted the numbered entries (which remain in my Recycle Bin), the "Command Prompt with DIR /AL /S, which showed "File not found" (I still don't understand what a reparse point is) and the "virus in a shadow copy" route which produced nothing. I've scanned with Microsoft Security Essentials, the only AV application I use, which produced nothing. Disabling MSSE does not help (I checked Task Manager, All users, and the MSSE process before attempting the backup and it was indeed stopped). I've also performed full scans with MalwareBytes, the paid version of Spybot S&D and SuperAntiSpyware, which produced no results. I don't let these additional malware applications run in real time. I only start them when I want to run additional virus scans. I've run the Microsoft Safety Scanner in full mode, which produced nothing. I've run chkdsk at boot time on two occasions which produced "unallocated free ... Read more

A:Windows Backup and Restore fails to create backup

It sounds like something got damaged or corrupted for unknown reasons. You seem to have tried all the usual fixes. Did you go through this Microsoft KB article (Issue 2) and the full suggested workaround about half-way down the page?

Windows backup or restore errors 0x80070001, 0x81000037, or 0x80070003

If the workaround doesn't help do you have a restore point from before this problem first appeared?

System Restore

If a restore point doesn't fix things or isn't available, do you have a recent system image (from before the problem first appeared?)

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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.

Thanks
Samuel

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 Download.com

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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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This question was hard to google since it is a little complex to to type out the question but I don't think may be too difficult to answer.

The question is this:

Will performance speed be different

if I have a setup of WinXP(Home or Pro) in a HDD with no software installed in it and a separate HDD with all apps/software installed on a separate HDD

OR

if I have a setup of WinXP(Home or Pro) in a HDD with all the apps/software installed on that HDD? (The extra HDD would be separate for music, pics, docs, etc)
Thanks in advance for reading this question.
 

A:Solved: Performance speed if OS installed in HDD wth no software installed compared 2

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I accidentally closed a Google Chrome window with many tabs and for some reason I no longer have the "Reopen last closed window" option in Chrome (just reopen last closed tab).

So I went to restore the Chrome state from my tape backup, but for the first time since I started a tape rotation, Yosemite backup insisted on getting every single backup tape I ever used even though all required data was on a single tape, there didn't seem to be a way for it to make it understand all the data was on one tape. I think if I forced it to use just the correct tape, it restored to what seemed to be several weeks ago, even though a backup from the day before was on the tape.

I ended up restoring it from my second emergency backup that's done to a removable hard drive.

I clearly don't understand how to do the restore I want in Yosemite backup, any idea why it insisted on getting like 5 tapes when all data needed was on a single tape?

Thanks

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My questions are on Windows 7 System Restore, Restore Points and Backups; specifically, potentially using a Backup as a Permanent Restore Point.

Here is the situation...

About a month ago, I did a complete Factory Restore on my HP desktop and returned it to it's factory condition. After removing the bloatware and performing all the necessary Windows Updates, the Factory Restore process went off without any issues.

Today, however, I needed to use System Restore due to an issue I was having with multiple monitors that I just couldn't figure out. So, I went into System Restore and found a "Date andTime" of a restore point that was right around the same time I did the Factory Restore. That Restore Point was also the oldest and since I knew it was a known & good restore point, I decided to use it. That restore point "Description" was labeled "System Image Restore Point" and the "Type" was labeled "Backup." (See Image)



I don't recall setting up or doing any backups although, between Windows Backup, Norton Backup and HP's Backup utilities some type of backup obviously happened. FYI, I hate having all those options, as I'd rather use native Windows tools. In any case, today, I used the System Restore using the System Image Restore Point labeled as Backup and, after performing a few minor Windows Updates, everything went off without a hitch and my monitor problem was solved.

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A:Windows 7 - System Restore, Saving a Backup & Permanant Restore Point

ad 1) restore points are in the shadowstorage

ad 2) yes they are overwritten when the shadowstorage is full. You can set the size of the shadowstorage with vssadmin

ad 3) for permanent backups I suggest imaging. There you control the images yourself.

Imaging with free Macrium

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My questions are on Windows 7 System Restore, Restore Points and Backups; specifically, potentially using a Backup as a Permanent Restore Point.

Here is the situation...

About a month ago, I did a complete Factory Restore on my HP desktop and returned it to it's factory condition. After removing the bloatware and performing all the necessary Windows Updates, the Factory Restore process went off without any issues.

Today, however, I needed to use System Restore due to an issue I was having with multiple monitors that I just couldn't figure out. So, I went into System Restore and found a "Date andTime" of a restore point that was right around the same time I did the Factory Restore. That Restore Point was also the oldest and since I knew it was a known & good restore point, I decided to use it. That restore point "Description" was labeled "System Image Restore Point" and the "Type" was labeled "Backup." (See Image)



I don't recall setting up or doing any backups although, between Windows Backup, Norton Backup and HP's Backup utilities some type of backup obviously happened. FYI, I hate having all those options, as I'd rather use native Windows tools. In any case, today, I used the System Restore using the System Image Restore Point labeled as Backup and, after performing a few minor Windows Updates, everything went off without a hitch and my monitor problem was solved.

However, seeing that Restore point b... Read more

A:Windows 7 - System Restore, Saving a Backup & Permanant Restore Point

ad 1) restore points are in the shadowstorage

ad 2) yes they are overwritten when the shadowstorage is full. You can set the size of the shadowstorage with vssadmin

ad 3) for permanent backups I suggest imaging. There you control the images yourself.

Imaging with free Macrium

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I have taken a full (Image ?) backup of both my laptops to an external expansion drive.

I am now trying to recover some files and folders from one of the backups.

I have some folders in the C:\ root directory and some in the C:\users\fred\applications folder.

I cannot get the restore program to select the folder in the C:\ root, and whilst I can search for the folder called Applications in the C:\users\fred the restore program will not show all the folders under the user fred when browsing.

I've tried the search, browse, folders and files etc. but Micrsoft apear to assume that all users will only use the half dozen standard document music, video folders.

Does any body know how I can make Microsoft Windows 7 restore show all the folders when browsing?

I have read the help before posting this issue.

Regards,

A:Selecting Folders to restore in Microsoft Windows 7 Backup and Restore

Hello Crumbley, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If this is for a system image and not a Windows backup, then you could use the method in the tutorial below to manually extract files and folders from the image if you like.

System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi:

I have a Win 7 Enterprise Pro x64 laptop. Most of the files in my recycler/recycle bin mysteriously disappeared a few days back (I am guessing some OS quirk since desktop.ini also seems to have been modified then, though everything is still running smoothly).

So I want to get those files back. In my weekly backup to an external HDD using Win 7's built-in Backup and Restore I thought I have the recycler backed up:
Control Panel > Backup and Restore > Options > Change Backup Settings > Select where you want to save your backup > Where do you want to back up?: Let me choose > What do you want to back up?: Computer, Local Disk (C:, $RecycleBin is checked (my HD is partitioned and I also have the D: $RecycleBin selected here)

But when I select
Control Panel > Backup and Restore > Restore my files > Browse for files (or Browse for folders)
I get a explorer like screen which lists in the title bar,
Backup on <location> > Backup of C:
and lists all other folders I checked off in the Backup in the last paragraph but not the $RecycleBin folder.

Note that I have "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" selected and "Hide protected operating system files" unchecked in folder options (so for example ProgramData is listed in the folders in the last paragraph). I also am able to restore other files from my backup so I am rather sure the backup is not corrupted.

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A:Backup and Restore: restore files in Recycler (Win7 Enterprise x64)

Sorry to bump this but hoping someone might have a suggestion on this (or even to tell me that it is not possible to restore files from the recycler)

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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.

Thanks.

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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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 drive=crocare.win
set backupcmd=xcopy /Z

echo backing up procare data
echo please wait...
@pause

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

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

echo Backup Complete!
@pause
 

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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I was wondering if this would help?
Fix - Catalyst Control Center - CCC - will not open/install

I see no evidence that the AMD driver installed at all.
Right click desktop does not show ccc, and ccc is not in the lower right panel.

Windows shows an amd driver 8.5 and driver date from 2009??
And the program says it is an install manager??

A:installed HD 2600 pro card, installed AMS driver, but no ccc software?

I just installed 'hydravision' and got not software complaints.
I still see nothing about ccc or AMD driver etc...

Site where I got the driver
http://support.amd.com/en-us/downloa...s%207%20-%2032

card is visiontek hd 2600 pro AGP

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I currently use Vista Ultimate. I am preparing to move to Windows 7. Is it possible to restore files from Vista Backup and Restore Center to Windows 7 after a clean install? Thanks!

A:Restoring a backup from Windows Backup and Restore

  
Quote: Originally Posted by SEE


I currently use Vista Ultimate. I am preparing to move to Windows 7. Is it possible to restore files from Vista Backup and Restore Center to Windows 7 after a clean install? Thanks!


Use the "Windows Easy Transfer" utility. Will restore each of your "User" accounts with all settings. Simple, quick.

When I install the new OS, I create the first "User" account "Admin" and then only use the account for maintenance. When the OS has finished the install, I load all the programs I use. Then the "Easy Transfer Wizard" restores the other user accounts from the previous OS.

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Windows Vista
Dell Inspiron 1545

I am trying to restore using two CD's I made in backup and restore center - one was a continuation of the other.
I have the disc in the drive, and I click 'restore files'
It tells me the disk containing the backup is unavailable. I do not see an option to change where the computer looks for the backup.

Viewing the files on disc one did not give me anything usable.

Googling has showed me several different ways to backup, but very little about how to restore (aside from 'click the button and follow the instructions'.)

Any advice?

A:Restoring backup from CD in Backup and Restore Center

I am trying to restore using two CD's I made in backup and restore center how are you trying to use them?, try rebooting with the disk in the tray see if it boots to the disk.if it don't you may have to reset in bios to boot from cd/dvd 1st... http://techpaul.wordpress.com/2007/08/03/how-to-boot-from-a-cd/reset when done..good luck

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I have been using Acronis Rescue disk to make images of my system. It works fine, but is a pain because I have open up the case and disconnect my secondary hard drive and change from my wireless mouse to a wired mouse. So I decided to try to the built-in Backup and Restore in Win 7 Pro and backup to an external hard drive.

In preparation for backing up my system partition, I do the following:
Clean all cookies, internet files and History.
Remove all restore points except the last one.
Run Malwarebytes
Run MSE version 2
Run Ccleaner (not messing with registry)
Run Smart Defrag (lastest version)
I then reboot and hook up the external hard drive

I then go into the Control Panel and select Backup and Restore. I set where I want the image to be created and start the backup. Everything looks normal for a while.

After about 4-5 minutes, NSE shows the below:



This is the only time NSE ever detects this and it detects it every time I try to backup. I have had NSE remove it or leave it alone. It does not matter.

Eventually I get the notice that the backup did not complete sucessfully.



I check the Events log and got this:



I have been through this several times and it occurs this way every time.

I would like some help solving this issue. Any help would be be greatly appreciated.

A:Backup Image with Windows Backup and Restore

Here's some excellent info from Microsoft regarding the Java exploit.
Encyclopedia entry: Exploit&#58;Java&#47;CVE-2009-3867.JF - Learn more about malware - Microsoft Malware Protection Center

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Hi everyone, I recently upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 OS on my HP Pavilion p6330f desktop PC. Prior to installing the new Windows 8.1 tower, I copied and saved to DVD+R disks my documents, pictures, videos, etc. from Windows 7 OS. Then I tried to install them into my new Windows 8.1 OS only to discover that this new animal does not have backup and restore on Control Panel or anywhere on the Start screen. I hesitate at simply loading them up like DVDs and opening them. All I can find out is that I can use Windows Easy Transfer if I have either an external hard drive or USB port gadgets. I have neither but some of what I have saved to disks is Windows 7 Easy Transfer files and folders. So can anyone tell me how to accomplish this minor miracle w/o losing everything I have saved from my Windows 7 hard drive? Thanks a lot and have a nice Hall-o-we'en season. Hope to hear from someone soon- keimanzero

A:How do I restore from backup Windows 7 DVD+R backup disks?

Backup & restore is there. Just hidden in 8.

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Hi all!

I have xpprosp2 and an inaccessible backup file of 30 Gb. A while ago I performed my first ever backup using the xp backup utility. I thought I followed the instructions, but something screwed up.

My problem is the restoration wizard (backup utility) will not restore or give access to the library of the backup.bkf files, which it displays as a cd.

It says under the backup identification label: "No entries found". I recall that the backup utility, after backing up, asked for a floppy disk or something and as my computer does not carry any floppy drives, I skipped this step, which might have been a big mistake.

So now I have this 30 Gb file on my harddrive, which I cannot access at all.

Could someone illuminate this situation and in particular how to access the data in this file?

Thank you for sharing and a possible solution to this problem.

Tonyb57

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OK, so a couple of days ago, my HP desktop crashed and then went through the whole System Recovery loop(I couldn't login to Safe mode, wouldn't let me past the System Recovery Screen). Well I backed up the entire C drive using Backup your files in the menu. Then it shows you all the file types it will back up; i.e photos, videos, e-mails and bookmarks. So I did that to an external hard drive and it comes out to 143GB.

Then I did a factory restore to my desktop.

Now comes my problem. I've been able to copy everything from the external hard drive using RecoveryMgr.exe which opens the WIM files and saves them to my C: hard drive under System Recovery Files. However it does not seem to work when it comes to putting in my old Thunderbird e-mails, contacts and such or in Firefox to restore my bookmarks, saved passwords. Any help would be most appreciative. Thank you

A:System Backup & Restore will not restore bookmarks or e-mails

A default Firefox installation has all configuration info including bookmarks in C:\Users\your user name\appdata\roaming\ in a folder called Mozilla.

A default Thunderbird installation has all configuration info including email in C:\Users\your user name\appdata\roaming\ in a folder called Thunderbird.

If those folders got backed up, you should be able to drill down to them and restore.

I assume you used Windows Backup to do the back up. I have no idea if it will include those folders.

If those folders from your original installation still survive, you can restore by copying them to the same location on new Thunderbird/Firefox installations, over-writing the new folders created when you reinstall Thunderbird/Firefox.

It's a good practice to back up the Mozilla and Thunderbird folders periodically as a matter of course--just as you would any other data.

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Hi all,
my Latitude E6540 refused to boot this morning and all automatic repair options failed. No sweat I thought and installed a Windows System Image created about a month ago. Now I proceeded to restore the missing data using DBR - I'm doing automatic daily backups - only to find out that this software apparently requires a system backup to work. The problem is that after the last update, DBR refused to accept my Toshiba usb hard drive for system backups, stating that this media device could not be used for system backups - that's why I created a Windows System Image. Nowhere does it state that DBR does not backup data at all if a different software is used for system backups. It seems to me that this is a pretty sh.... piece of software (I bought the premium version). I have learned it the hard way. From now on I will not rely anymore on Dell software for backups. Just thought I'd let everybody know.

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After doing a restore I lost some important emails. Is there any way to get them back? Can I restore my computer to an even earlier time? I did this, I thought it was an earlier time, but it may not have been. It may have been the same restore point in fact.

If I restored my computer to an even earlier time would this restore the emails I lost?

If not is there any other way to get the emails? My backup drive is my E: drive and I tried getting the emails from there, but you know how microsoft outlook is , i just don't know how to do it. Is there anything I can do?

Maybe a system restore? I haven't tried that, although it's been a little while, I'd hate to lose something else :(. It would be worth it though to get the emails back.

Thanks a lot.
Brad

A:Did a restore (using backup and restore) and lost important emails

you should be able to reverse the restore if its what cause the lost of emails. However, normally your emails are safe during a restore.

you could also do a search and see if it finds your pst files. see this for more info

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My hard disk was recently re-imaged as part of a laptop repair. I had backed up my files using Windoes Live OneCare. I then did a restore using Windows Live OneCare. I then tried to Import the restored Mail file, it seemed to work, but when I looked, my old messages were not there. The Imported file structure was there, but no messages. Can any one help me restore my old messages?

Thanks

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I have an Asus EeePC with Windows 7 Starter. I would like to get rid of wipe the HD and install Linux since I don't have much use for the netbook other than a secondary computer.

What is the best quick backup tool Windows 7 Starter? I want to transfer all the files from this to my main Toshiba laptop.
 

A:Best Quick Backup Tool?

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Hi,

For backup I'm using Acronis to make an image of my HDD on my external HDD.

Should the unthinkable happen, say my harddrive frazzles. How would I restore this image on a new HDD? I've checked the instructions but I'm afraid it goes over my head a little. Does it involve re-installing the OS? Do I boot from the CD?

Sorry to be such a noob!
 

A:Quick backup question

Take Acronis and make a full HD image; save it.

Take periodic backups of user files and mark the dates.

If the HD fails,

install a replacement HD
get your Acronis CD and the full image cd
boot from Acronis CD
restore using the full image

Your system will then be bootable and of the same state as the full image taken.
To 'roll forward' with your user files, you can restore from the periodic backups

You should take a new full image at least once a year; some do it more, but
monthly is WAY too frequent (imo).
 

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Does anyone have ideas on which backup software I should get. I need to make a copy of my C drive over to my D, so I can do a clean install of XP Home without loosing all my presious data.

I am considering:
Drive Copy (is this compatible with XP?)
Ghost (I dont like norton...but...)
Please post back with any ideas.

-Mark
 

A:Quick Backup Question

This is a pretty good deal on Norton System Works Pro 2002 for $35 plus about $5 shipping. Besides Ghost you get Norton AV, Norton Utilities, Cleansweep, WinFax and GoBack. http://www.directdeals.com/product.asp?id=1756

It is the retail CD and not OEM. You get full support and updates. The manuals are on the CD. I got the 2001 version from them a year ago and it worked fine. Iím considering getting the 2002 version to try GoBack. Iíll install the individual programs without the System Works shell this time. Iím not crazy about Utilities, but it has a couple of good points if you disable anything from running without your calling on it. The other components are excellent.

Ghost and Drive Image seems to be a Ford Ė Chevy thing. Some people prefer one and some the other. I use Ghost and it works fine. I hear Drive Image is excellent and a little easier to use as it is more Windows than command oriented.

Symantec has some excellent Ghost tutorials on their site to make up for their hard to follow manual. These are also good: http://radified.com/Ghost/ghost_1.htm and http://www.pcnineoneone.com/howto/image2.html
 

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Hi I was just wondering but when I back up my files, does it include my installed programs?

Sorry if its a dumb question, and thanks

A:Quick backup question

No. Installed programs are different from files or even settings which you can back up, and should.

However it is a good idea to save the installers in your Downloads folder (or stored if DVD or CD) and back those up so you have them handy if you ever need to reinstall.

However, with Win7 Backup Imaging you never have to reinstall again if you keep an updated Backup Image stored externally so that the HDD or a replacement can be reimaged in 15 minutes if necessary.

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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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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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Hi,

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.

Regards,
Nick

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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Hi
Now that im runnin xp and havent got any virus killers/cleaners etc i need something quick being on the net
What would you suggest
I have spybot so far
Thanks
 

A:Just installed XP, need security quick

http://forums.techguy.org/t110854.html

There are also other helpful links. Feel free to look around.

I'd go with AVG free antivirus

Free ZoneAlarm firewall

Download and save these freeware/donationware programs to a permanent folder. Remember to check for updates and run them weekly.

***NOTE***A new version of SpyBot's been released (v1.3...it's no longer in beta). If you have been using 1.2 you can install right over it. If you downloaded and used 1.3 beta it is suggested you remove it and reboot prior to installing.

***NOTE*** (If you're already using Ad-aware, skip to the tutorial for instructions on how to configure ad-aware for a deep scan.)

Ad-Aware download

SpyBot Search and Destroy download

I also highly recommend you install and update SpywareBlaster
Tutorials for all 3 programs:

***NOTE*** The Ad-aware tutorial shows how to configure Ad-aware for a DEEP scan, the default settings are are ALWAYS changed
per advice from the security experts on these forums. If you already know the basics of Ad-aware skip to Step #4 and configure
it accordingly.
Ad-aware tutorial link

Spybot tutorial link

SpywareBlaster tutorial link
 

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For no apparent reason, I'm getting a popup that says software for these devices has been successfully installed and the devices are "ready to use": USB Composite Device HP WebcamI haven't installed or requested anything. Is this malware etc? I know Vista is probably more vulnerable now. Is my laptop's security compromised?

A:Why--getting popup 'software installed'-haven't installed an

"Is this malware etc?"Lets have a look.Here are the first 2 steps, more steps will be needed, after I see the results of these logs.Run them in this order.Step 1: Run AdwCleaner http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivi...http://www.raymond.cc/blog/adwclean...http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...Author's sitehttp://general-changelog-team.fr/en...Tutorialhttp://general-changelog-team.fr/en...Close all open programs and internet browsers.Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.Click ScanIn the results tabs, uncheck anything you don't want to remove.Click on Cleaning.Confirm each time with Ok.Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.Please Copy & Paste the contents of that logfile with your next answer.You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.http://i.imgur.com/r3PoAEG.gifStep 2: Run Malwarebytes Junkware Removal Toolhttp://www.softpedia.com/get/Securi...http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...http://thisisudax.org/http://thisisudax.blogspot.com.au/2...Download Malwarebytes Junkware Removal Tool onto your Desktop. If your default download location is not the Desktop, drag it out of it's location onto the Desktop.Warning! Once the scan is complete JRT will shut down your browser with NO warning.Shut down your protection software now to avoid potential conflicts.Temporarily disable your antivirus and any antispyware real time protection before performing a scan.Click this link to see a list of security programs that sho... Read more

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I have been have some problems with my HP dv 8500 laptop. It has vista on it. I could not get any windows updates. So I backed up my files to a flashdrive and did a system recovery. I have files on the flash drive but cannot transfer them back to the laptop. I would love it if someone could guide me through the process.
Thanks in advance
 

A:System Restore - how to restore backup created

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If I create a system image and then periodically create full backups of all drives would I be able to recover the system to the last backup? I am thinking I could recover from the system image and then recover using the backup.

A:Fully restore system using Backup & Restore

Yes. Also use the previous versions feature at any time to restore a file several versions back. This works even without setting up windows backup, as restore points also create backups of your files. But windows backup will offer even more on days the backup is created. I have mine set like this:

2 internal hard drives, one is main, other is backup. Windows backup runs to it every 2 weeks and does a system image and backs up all my files. An external hard drive works well too, but then is hard to have on a schedule since you need to remember to plug it in.

I still recommend having a backup external hard drive as well, with your users folder dragged onto it just in case.

Just like time machine on apple. Of course microsoft removed this feature in windows 8, because they like to screw up good things.

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Hi, I had critical errors occur that kept me from logging onto my windows account (the only profile on my computer was the admin account) on my 32bit vista home premium install. This forced me to do a complete wipe and restore from the startup menu and I made a backup when prompted to in the process of the complete restore. I have this backup folder on my external hd but I can't seem to restore the files from it. I found some tutorials on the forums about restoring from a "backup set" but my backup can't be found using the backup and restore center. The folder on my hd is called "G:\MINWINPC\Backup Files 2010-11-18 182844" and I can't seem to figure out how to restore from it.

Issue solved.

A:System restore backup files won't restore

Hi convert,

Welcome to Vista Forums!

Here's an article on the restore procedure: Restore Backup Files

Just to make sure you're doing it right. It's a selective restore of a full or selective backup (not a complete restore of a complete backup) - but since you did a full backup it matches your process closer than a complete restore would.

Back up and restore: frequently asked questions
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Back-up-and-restore-frequently-asked-questions

I also found the following (but don't know if it's true or not):

1. After starting "Backup and Restore Center"
2. I selected "Advanced Restore"
3. I wasn't asked for an Administrator password....maybe because my account is an administrator account.
4. Selected "Files from a backup made on a different computer"
5. In the Dialog stating "Select the location of the backup to restore", select "Hard disk, CD or DVD......"
6. Under the drop-down box, select your drive/partition and continue
7. If there are any backups on your drive, it will show a list of them.
8. In my case, it did show a backup but in backup location, it will show "Backup location is not available."
9. I was frustrated but then I somehow just selected that backup(yes....even though it said that the Backup location is not available"
10. and pressed "Next"
11. Guess what....not error!!!!!
12. A window showed up asking me whether I wanted to perform comp... Read more

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When I try to back up and restore (my files) it does not complete. I get the message disk full. I tried to uncheck the (shut off and delte all files from system restore) but that does not help. When I check the amount of space available on the D drive, it shows as full, but system restore seems to work; any suggestions?

A:Backup and restore (Not System Restore) Not Working

What are you using to backup your system?

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Hi there,

My work laptop was being changed from a Dell to a Lenovo and I was using Windows Backup & Restore to backup my important documents and emails. I took a final backup to my external hard drive before handing my old laptop to IT.

Once I restored all my files I noticed the following;

1. Some files were not the latest versions, i.e. they were a month old.
2. Some subfolders simply weren't there. I had two subfolder in one of my folders and only one was resotred and not the other. I made sure that I restored from the latest backup file.

Any ideas why this happened? I have lost faith in this program and am now looking for alternate soultions.

A:Restore from backup didn't restore all files

I have no idea why it happened, but here are some alternatives for file and folder backup:

Karen's Replicator

Synctoy

Second Copy

FolderClone

Syncback

Freefilesync

None of these back up your Windows installation---they are for individual files and folders only.

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I've been facing issues with backup / restore / system restore - Hope fulle someone may help me. I've attached screenshot as help. Kind regards

A:backup, restore, and system restore problems

Sorry, my Word program can't read your systemrestore.doc.
Could you try sending it as a jpeg file?

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After doing a system restore I noticed a couple of programs I had installed were gone. This is not a problem because I do not need them. My question is are the programs completely gone or are there still parts of them on the hard drive somewhere? The programs were a Mal-ware remover (Emisoft) and Driver Sweeper.

A:System Restore and Programs that were installed before restore

Hello Radman,

When you do a system restore, it will also restore your programs to how they were at the time the restore point was created.

System Restore

Any program installed after the restore point are completely removed. You will need to reinstall them again if you like.

Any program that was installed at the time the restore point was created and uninstalled afterwards, will be restored.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I came across this great little free program, OEQB. it saves the Address Book and all files from the Input, Sent Items folders, even the Deleted folder. It has saved me more than once.

It downloads as a zip file. I have it and the Extracted (Installation) files in a sub-folder in my Downloads folder. I put them on a CD and loaded them into my wife's computer. It runs on her computer just like the Good Lord intended. Our computers are very similar. Both running XP Home w/ SP2. Both using Athlon CPUs (1.8 and 2.3 Ghz). I have a Gig of ram. She has a half Gig.

When I try to run OEQB.exe on mine I get a window which says "Run time error '76'" and "Path not found". The program installed itself into C:\Program Files\Outlook Express Quick Backup. This folder holds OEQB.exe, and 14 other .dll, .ocx, .log files etc.

I have uninstalled and re-installed it. The installation wizard says it has been installed satisfactorily. According to the web site it is not presently being supported by the author (so I can't go there), but he has been promising a new version of it for a couple of years, now.

Is there a way to find out which file it is looking for that it can't find a path to?

Thanks, folks,

A:Outlook Express Quick Backup

sounds like you might have memory issues. try running memtest86, which can be downloaded here http://www.memtest86.com/

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Can I do a backup of my files using the backup feature, do a fresh re-install of XP, then by using the backup disc(s), restore the files into a different directory on my fresh install of XP to load only certain programs and files I need?

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Just a very quick (and hopefully simple to answer) question that I have regarding Symantec Backup Exec.
Does anyone know if, during a restore job, data is staged to a temporary location first before doing the actual restore?? But, is the data staged only for large database restorations like Active Directory & MS Exchange?
 

A:Quick question on Backup Exec

Anyone at all??
 

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Hi. I backed up my laptop to an external drive right before getting it stolen. I've now bought a replacement laptop of nearly identical components, but it was used. It has some nice software including a program to control the better graphics card and I would like to keep these intact while restoring from my previous laptop's backup.

Is it possible to merge the two disks by using the ms recovery tool to restore on top of the existing files. If so, should I restore everything as the basic wizard would have me do or use the advanced restore and uncheck some folders? Any insight would be appreciated.

Ghost is installed on the new machine and I've used this to back up the current disk contents to the external drive in case the experiment fails but I thought some advice would be useful before proceeding. Thanks!!!
 

A:Quick q regarding MS Backup / Recovery Utility

You can't merge the contents of two O/S installations, that would surely result in disaster! However, you have yet another issue, if you don't have an image backup of the old installation, you can't go back to it at all. What backup tool was used to backup the old laptop?
 

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Hey all.

I have a HP Envy Sleekbook 6-1111nr. It came stock with Windows 8.

The HDD was irreparably damaged, and I never had a chance to make a recovery USB (No one's fault but my own.)

HP says that I'd need to order a recover USB for them, and wait until it ships. I'm in the Military, and live in Okinawa. Shipping to APO, AP addresses takes around 2+ weeks on average.

I'm aware that the bios has the Windows 8 product key essentially hardcoded into it. Is there a workaround to getting my system up and running again without having to wait for USB recovery media in the mail?

A:HDD Dmg. No Backup, Bios 8 key. Quick way to re-install?

Welcome to EightForums.

If you have a Genuine Microsoft Windows 8 x64 DVD, you can do a clean with the DVD.
As the installer will find embedded key in the BIOS.

How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI/BIOS firmware:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

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I was sitting at my computer last week when my voice recognition software and microphone suddenly turned on without warning. I was sitting at my computer today and suddenly heard someone come across my speakers...they were typing and laughing dementedly. This whole situation prompted an investigation by me. I ran McAfee Antivirus and Ad-Aware but none of those programs found anything. I think I may have some rogue spyware installed because I went into msconfig to look at the start up programs (EDIT: It was actually the services tab of the system configuration utility) and there are things such as: LSA Shell (Export Version), Background Intelligent Transfer Service, Network Connections, Network Location Awareness and I'm sure there are some other ones as well. I looked them up on bleepingcomputer.com and all were listed as undesirable programs to have. How do I get rid of these and keep my personal information safe?!
 

A:Solved: Need help quick - I think some nasties are installed!

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"Turn on Settings", "Change Schedule" are examples of the buttons which do not respond to clicks - I am unable to use the Backup at all as nothing works. Can anyone please tell me how to fix this problem. I have searched the Microsoft forums, and it is clear that the problem I have is of long standing. No fix was found and obviously Microsoft has not, or cannot, fix the Backup facility. Any help will be greatly appreciated. BallyIrish504

A:Backup and Restore: Backup problems

Stuff Windows crummy system, here's a good article on good free backup programs, pick one you like and use that.
 
http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/best-free-backup-software-11-programs-we-recommend-1137924

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Need to backup my pictures from the hard disk onto CDR's. The photo software doesn't allow backup on anything other than the hard disk. What's my solution?
 

A:beginner question on backup (Need a quick answer)

What OS? If you have XP you could just use the "send to" menu to send them to your cdr drive. If not, there are several free cd burning programs out there. Google them.

I can't believe that you have a cd burner but no cd burning software. Most (all?) burners come with burning software.
 

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Hi

I have 3 partitions on my main boot drive. XP SP3, win 8.1 32 bit and win 8.1 64 bit. I ran system image backup in the 64 bit version at 7pm and it took an hour to back up these 3 partitions to another hard drive on my system.

I made some changes to the 64 bit OS so decided to update the image, and ran from the file history window with the same 3 partitions, this time it only took half an hour. I was given an overwrite warning but the last drive to be imaged the 32 bit win 8 seemed to complete very quickly.

If the partition hasn't changed will system image skip it and not overwrite the partition image? I notice there are 3 60gb files on the backup hard disk presumably each partition. I even checked the backup log to confirm the first took one hour and second only took half an hour. Using the get items command for wbadmin it says all three partitions are available for bare metal recovery. Any ideas?

A:Windows 8.1 image backup completes too quick.

Pretty sure it will only update what it needs to since your last backup if you use the history option so won't take near as long. Especially if you didn't change much. Nothing like running it the first time. I'm assuming you didn't change much, if anything, on the 32 bit 8.

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Quick question--if you have MS Essentials installed on an XP machine will the software update itself with this referenced program code or does the automatic update only apply to definitions?

Thanks,

Mark

A:Quick question about MS Essentials installed on an XP machine

If I'm correct, which I strongly believe I am, the actual software/program updates for MSE (not the Def Updates) need to be done manually through either Windows/Microsoft Update or the MSE website itself.

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FYI: For the DQSD lovers...

I had to jump through some hoops to do it but I have installed Dave's Quick Search Desktop taskbar search tool on Window 7 RC 7100 64 bit.

I have not tested EVERY feature of DQSD (I don't us many of them) but all the basics are there.

If anyone is interested let me know.

Update 08/23/2011 - Installation instructions as written apply to Vista 64-bit as well. - Muad Dib

Windows 8 Update 03/11/2013 - Installation instructions as written apply to Windows 8 64-bit as well with one exception. Windows 8 dropped Aero and the DQSD Color Scheme choices now provide only solid color choices that do not adapt to Windows 8 desktop colors. There was a color scheme adapted for Vista/Win7 Aero but that will now display a black background. The DQSD theme is defined by a CSS file. As of this writing no solution has come forward. - Muad Dib

A:Dave's Quick Search Installed on W7 7100 64 bit

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Muad Dib


FYI: For the DQSD lovers...

I had to jump through some hoops to do it but I have installed Dave's Quick Search Desktop taskbar search tool on Window 7 RC 7100 64 bit.

I have not tested EVERY feature of DQSD (I don't us many of them) but all the basics are there.

If anyone is interested let me know.


PLEASE, this is my most favorite tool!

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I'm going to be custom building a computer from scratch and was wondering if there is a program that would allow me to create a disk very similar to Compaq's Quick Restore. I want to be able to reformat my computer back to a "factory-like" state once I've installed all the software on it. I'm wondering if there is a way to reformat the computer without having to reinstall every single driver and the OS along with various other software.

I know that Compaq's Quick Restore disk allows you to just pop in the CD, reformatting the computer to the way it originally started. I've been researching this subject and haven't found a concrete answer. The closest thing is Norton (Ghost and Save & Restore), but even reading the descriptions of these products it doesn't say much about reformatting, only about backing up files and recovery.

Bottom Line: I want to create a disk similar to that of Compaq's Quick Restore, only that it will be tailored to my custom built computer that would already have drivers/software installed.

Thanks in advance.
 

A:Quick Restore

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Hello all,

How are you today?

Is it possible to create a Quick Restore CD as effective as those Compaq, Toshiba etc. Quick Restore CD?

Does one need the help of an application? If so, could you please tell me the application.

If it can be done without the aide of application, how do I make one?

Thank you for spending time to advise

Regards

WW
 

A:Quick Restore CD, How to...

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im gonna format my xp computer today so i need to know how i can make a partition of about 10 gb, put my stuff on it, format, bring it to windows 7, and then delete the partition.

thx
 

A:Solved: Need backup for format- quick questions about partitioning

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Hi there,
Follwing lots of hard drive poblems, I am looking at tape backup.

I need a quick, inexpensive option, and have found just the thin on ebay.
I found a external DAT Tape drive, and an 600gb native DLT tape cassete,

I am fairly novice to tape backup, can I put the DLT tape into the DAT drive?
Or is there anything to do to make it so you can? becuase this is about the only oprtion I can find for my budget and time scale.

Sorry to add a bit of pressure too..but I need an answer within 1 hour as the listing runs out then!

Thanks soooo much!
 

A:Solved: Quick Tape Backup question - Urgent

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Hi there,

I have Norton Antivirus installed on my computer. I think i had some kind of free trial for their backup service Norton Online backup.

Now when it ran out, every time i start up my pc there pop up a little box in the bottom right corner. I have to cloes every time.

How can i stop this message to pop up every time? it's pretty anoying..

If you need additional details just ask.

Sincerly,

Smartmoss
 

A:Solved: Just a quick question about Norton Online Backup

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Maybe I have a misunderstanding of how System Restore works. Yesterday I uninstalled a program that I'd like to now get back. The company that made the program no longer offers archive downloads for that program in particular. Today it occurred to me that I could do a System Restore to when the program was still on this laptop & all would be returned as it was.

The first 2 times I tried was a total fail for returning the program but when I went back to a week ago it was there; kinda. Something is missing & it errors asking for the old install software that doesn't exist anymore (the program was purchased it 2008). Is this normal or is there more that I need to do?

A:System restore doesn't restore uninstalled software.

System Restore cannot be relied upon to reinstall programs, it is not a backup and restore program. Needed to backup this software before hand, as files will be most likely missing reasons for what you were told. How did you uninstall it through Windows Program and Features or a third party uninstaller ?

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i need to buy a compaq quickrestore cd. ive been looking online and they seem pretty hard to find. i found one website that might work but im not sure(restoredisks.com). also, i found somewhere that there was some type of settlement with compaq and that i might be able to get a quick restore cd for free through https://www.orderz.com/qrcons/page1.asp ...i have my serial number on the side of my computer so everything would be legit. if worst comes to worst i might just call up compaq tech support and try and buy one from them but im not sure how much that would cost. if anyone know anyhting helpful then it would be great. thanks.
 

A:looking where to buy a compaq quick restore cd.....

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Hi All

I am running windows xp home on a compaq desktop and i just made the restore disks (after a year and the computer probably had a trojan at the time I made them)
Question I used the wizard to make them and it came to 5 total cd's, Is this a lot? Is this just the O/S or all the crap that was on it at the time I made them? If so are they any good given the trojan?

What I would like to do is reformat and start from scratch (there is 4 users and all were downloadind crap) so I need a clean slate so to speak, there is 2 drives C: and D: one of them is small and FATS, could this be the original settings, could I just get rid of the other one (stupid idea,gimme a break I'm not sure I know what I'm doing, LOL)

Anyways any help or links to help me recover my computer would be appreciated

P.S. System restore out of question turned it off to fix trojan
 

A:Q about compaq quick restore

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Quick Restore Point Maker or (QRM) is a stand alone app (You don't install it) and is freeware from The Windows Club, and works great in Windows 10

A:Quick Restore Maker

A link always helps:

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/create...-restore-maker

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I attempted reviving Quick Launch in the way for W7 but could not. Has anyone done this?

A:Quick Launch - How to restore

Hello Churin,

Yes, I've restored it in Windows 8. It's the same procedure as in Windows 7 to restore Quick Launch in Windows 8 as well. Once you open the Desktop by clicking on the "Desktop" appp on the Metro "Start" screen, you should be able to use the same tutorial below to do it.

Quick Launch - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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have a laptop presario 2110US. Trying to restore computer to factories settings. Experience on other computers, not compaq.
Put in QuickRestore System Recovery CD 1 of 4, nothing happens, there is nothing on the disk to start it either. What next? Windows XP Home
 

A:Compaq quick restore CD's

1. Insert the first Quick Restore CD.
2. Turn the computer on and hit the Num Lock key so that the Num Lock light is on.
3. When the flashing Quick Restore screen comes up, hit the Caps Lock key.
4. When the Quick Restore screen stops flashing, hit the Num Lock key.
5. A menu should come up saying ''Choose this line for English.'' Press Enter.
6. At the next screen, press Ctrl + Q, then press Enter.
7. A list of config codes should appear on the screen. Choose the appropriate code for the computer. For information on which code goes to which computer, refer to the list under "More information."
8. Hit Enter at each of the screens that come up and let the Quickrestore run through its normal procedures. It will install Windows with the Compaq customizations and the Compaq bundled software."
 

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I've got a Presario 5330US desktop. This PC came with the single Restore CD and the harddrive had a separate System_Sav partition which all the files were backed up to. Somehow I deleted some files off the System_Sav partition and when I needed to reinstall everything I booted from the Restore CD and it told me I needed to contact Compaq support. I contacted Compaq and they said they would mail me a different set of CD's that would solve this problem. I got the CD's and reinstalled Windows XP home and all the other stuff. That was like 2 years ago and I haven't needed to reinstall XP again until now. The System_Sav partition has been since deleted long ago and now I have personal stuff on a separate partition I created that I have no means to backup. The CDRW that came with this PC doesn't work anymore and I really don't have the money to go out and buy another version of XP home or another CDRW or some kind of backup unit. My computer is set up with one harddrive with two partitions, the first being the C:which is NTFS at 10GB and the second partition is D:70GB in NTFS. If I try to use the CD's that Compaq sent me, they would reinstall XP and all the other stuff but would also delete all the stuff on my disk. I've done some checking and looked on the first CD of the Quick Restore set of 3 CD's and have found that it contains a file called Factory.pqi. This is a Power Quest Drive Image file. I believe that this is the image of XP h... Read more

A:Compaq Quick Restore CD's

Hiya and welcome

Have you tried this:

There is a RECOVERY CD (a single cd solultion). The recovery CD does _NOT_ reimage the hdd, it simply tries to reload system files.

There should also be a QUICK RESTORE packet. The QUICK RESTORE packet should be AT LEAST 2 cds. It will completely REFORMAT the hdd.

If you run it and it does not seem successful, boot off a floppy, run fdisk, and reformat the hard drive so it's 100% empty. Then run the Quick RestoreClick to expand...

http://forums1.itrc.hp.com/service/...493758+1096574868739+28353475&threadId=692564

Regards

eddie
 

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I wanted to know if this was possible or not. I would like to have a hdd with two partitions one is C: (Main boot and use) other is D: (The backup / image "ghost") So if the main C: ever messes up and I want to start from scratch I just ghost over the image from D: to C: and I am right back up and running no issues.
If this is not possible how can I archive this to avoid long down times and headaches from issues that may come up?

Thanks

A:2 partition hdd for quick restore?

Hi .

It's possible, I have a system with such...but I don't have it that way for the reasons you suggest.

I really don't care if I have to do a clean install because I do backups of my data files (and the boot partition) to a totally different drive. I created this cloned partition just as a sort of experiment to ensure that my software still does what it would do 8 years ago.

The fallacy that I see putting the backup on the same drive is...what makes a user that any portion of a bad hard drive is going to be accessible in the future? It does happen, but I would not want to count on it. Some defects/accidents render the entire drive useless/inaccessible...to discount such would be a great display of faith in the unexpected (that being the assumption that things never go wrong).

If a user is going to only have one hard drive, I believe it's better to partition it and hope for the best...but the optimum solution would be to create the cloned partition...and store it somewhere other than a drive used for daily business. I prefer hard drives (because I have an excess number of such), but there are various other media which can be used to store a cloned backup, with the key aspect of a backup being that it is capable of being retrieved intact when things go wrong.

Lots of opinions on the Web about backing up...how, when, why, etc...that have more validity than mine .

Louis

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