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Restoring Some Backup Files To New Os


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#1 genalsh

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 01:10 PM

A mopnth or so ago I bought a backup program from Spotmau and backed up all system files and data files to an external USB drive. Then my hard drive crashed and I ended up with a new computer and OS. I went from Win XP to Vista. I need all the data files and program settings but don't want to restore the old system files. I'm very confused about how to do this and don't have technical support from Spotmau. The program I purchased from them is Powersuite Professional 2008. Can anyone help? I have no experience backing up or restoring beyond what I stated here, but I'm not a total computer novice either.

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 02:04 PM

don't have technical support from Spotmau.


Free technical support for one year. Bottom of page:
http://www.spotmau.com/support/support.html/

To boot to the CD, you have to go into the BIOS and change the boot order to have the CD/DVD drive first

Edited by garmanma, 24 August 2008 - 02:10 PM.

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#3 genalsh

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 10:23 PM

I don't have support from the company because I asked for my money back after they told me the program would do certain things I asked about before buying. Also a portion of the program is just a copy of some of the utilities that come with Windows. I told them I could do the same with free programs that were out there. Anyway, I made the backup with their program, then got my money back, but they never asked for me to return the cd. I still had it when the hard drive crashed, so I reinstalled it over my fears of it containing some kind of malware, though my scans before the crash didn't come up with anything.

Anyway, I did change the boot sequence to start from the cd. What I'm unclear about is what backup files contain my data files and how to retrieve them without reinstalling the old system files that were also backed up. I don't want to write over my new system. The backup files have names that mean nothing to me and I can't read them. I assume that's standard fare for backups.

The hard drive on my new computer was already partitioned. Can I restore the backups to the partition not containing Windows on it and then move the data files and program files one by one to the other partition, then delete the old system files?

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 08:23 AM

Interesting. I went back several pages before I found any other post that had no new replies. Is this forum clique-ish? I won't waste my time coming back to this one.




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