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Keeping Backups On Hard Drive For Reinstallation


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#1 agoecs

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 11:46 PM

I'm currently using last xp. I've had some problems with my computer restarting at seemingly random times. My buddy who knows computers well couldn't find anything wrong with it. He ran lots of antivirus sweeps and registry stuff and all those bios tests on the hard drive, stress tests, etc. I'm thinking last xp may be a problem (any suggestion about whether it may be or not would be nice). But even if it isn't, I do have a legitimate copy of XP (can't remember why we used last xp actually). I know how to backup my files, but I don't want to go out and buy discs to copy a whole bunch of stuff to them. If I make a backup package and keep it on my hard drive, will those files still be around if I (re)install XP? Or would they be wiped out as well? Is there some way I can save my files without having to copy them all to discs? Thanks.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 09:15 AM

How many hard drives are installed?

What is the stated capacity for each?

How much free space is on each?

Do you have any unallocated space on any drive?

Do you have a program like Partition Magic that allows for adjusting the size of partitions?

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 11:46 AM

Assuming you downloaded it from a torrent site, I'd guess there are some corrupt or missing files in the download
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Posted 13 March 2008 - 03:33 PM

My buddy got it and installed it on my computer. I don't know where he got it.

I have one hard drive. It says 111 gig capacity, 53.0 gig of free space. What is unallocated space if not free space? You mean not allocated for system restore space and all that? I'm not sure, but I'm pretty sure I have some unallocated space with that much free space. I don't have any partition programs that I know of unless they came with last xp. Are there any good free ones?

And do you mean that I can make a partition of my drive and then move the files I want to keep to the new partition and then install windows on the other partition (the one that won't have my documents, etc. on it)?

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 07:25 PM

And is that a no? The backup won't be saved?

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 08:28 PM

My buddy got it and installed it on my computer. I don't know where he got it.

I have one hard drive. It says 111 gig capacity, 53.0 gig of free space. What is unallocated space if not free space? You mean not allocated for system restore space and all that? I'm not sure, but I'm pretty sure I have some unallocated space with that much free space. I don't have any partition programs that I know of unless they came with last xp. Are there any good free ones?

And do you mean that I can make a partition of my drive and then move the files I want to keep to the new partition and then install windows on the other partition (the one that won't have my documents, etc. on it)?


1. Unallocated space on a hard drive is capacity which has not yet been formatted and partitioned. To see such, I would go into Disk Management and look at the drive. Your stated capacity for that drive is 120 GB, but the formatted (whole drive is formatted) space reduces to 111 GB. So you don't have any unallocated space.

2. I don't know any free programs for partitioning/resizing programs. I will say that it pays to have such a program, IMO, and I don't mind paying for it. The program I use is 6 years old now (I think) and cost me $39 (I think), well worth it.

3. Yes, a disk partitioning tool would allow you to resize any existing partitions...and then create new/additional partitions...if the drive had sufficient room for such.

4. The My Documents folder will still appear on the same partition as Windows, even if you move it (actually, it's just a shortcut that appears on the C: partition then). My suggestion would be to move the contents of My Documents to a different partition, since many users tend to keep anything but documents in that folder.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 08:47 PM

2. I don't know any free programs for partitioning/resizing programs. I will say that it pays to have such a program, IMO, and I don't mind paying for it. The program I use is 6 years old now (I think) and cost me $39 (I think), well worth it.

3. Yes, a disk partitioning tool would allow you to resize any existing partitions...and then create new/additional partitions...if the drive had sufficient room for such.

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