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#1 Astoth

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Posted 25 November 2005 - 12:54 PM

Hello, I am a bit new to Hard Drive recovering as I never had the need to recover a hard drive before. I make back-ups but it turns out that my Back-Up partition is the hard drive that failed. In another thread, I was suggested "Digital Dolly". I found that ALL of my files can be viewed with this program, but I do not understand how to back them up on to my main partition. When I am on the Partition Cloning - Back Up section, I see all of my files (after mounting both partitions). So now I am stuck, how do I copy these files to my other partition? I hit OK and it asks me if I want to copy */hda1 to /mntp2/ (where I mounted partition 2). But I want hda2 on to mntp1 (partition 1). Would anyone be able to help me out, or if you know where a tutorial on this is located. ANy help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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Posted 25 November 2005 - 01:24 PM

Here are the steps I have tried that did not work.
  • Mount hda1 and hda2 (both partitions).
  • Go to 2.1 Back up Partition.
  • Select HDA2 for source of backup.
  • Type HDA1/Backup for backup to be saved to.
  • Hit enter: Error Executing Command.
Am I doing this wrong? I would think thats what I am supposed to do. My first time it came to a new screen asking to save or restore, I selected save and filled rest out. After that I got an error, and can't get back to the same screen now.

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Posted 26 November 2005 - 12:40 AM

Instead of option 2.1 try 4.2.
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Posted 26 November 2005 - 01:17 AM

Will do, thanks! Checking that out now, be back in a bit.

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Posted 26 November 2005 - 09:53 AM

Hello again. I am in the process of doing step 4.2 like you directed Acklan. It was about 10hour and only 1 hour left. I have a question though, will this delete / format anything on my other partition?

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Posted 26 November 2005 - 01:45 PM

Only if you choose to. The feature I suggested should only tranfer the data. If you need to wipe the drive you have the option under 5.2 FORMAT/WIPE DRIVE to use a quick wipe (1 pass), a DoD wipe (7 pass), or the Gutman wipe (35 pass, which even for me is over the top).
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Posted 26 November 2005 - 02:22 PM

Just got back from bowling and it says it was succesful, but now I get a "NTLDR is Missing" error. :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 November 2005 - 02:26 PM

Did you copy the MBR?
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Posted 26 November 2005 - 03:05 PM

I just went and did 4.2 like you said. Was I sposed to copy the MBR? Or can I do that now....? lol

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Posted 26 November 2005 - 03:17 PM

Yep. It should be the first think on the drive. DD has a tool to copy that.
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Posted 26 November 2005 - 03:19 PM

Ok, let me take a look at that and I'll get back to you.

Is it from my messed up drive to good, or good to good.. ?

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Posted 26 November 2005 - 03:37 PM

Whatever the source disk is that is where you want to copy from. The MBR (Master Boot Record) is the information that you computer need to boot windows.
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Posted 26 November 2005 - 03:51 PM

Ok, well anyways I have no windows now as when I did 4.2 it deleted everything on the main hard drive and replaced with my backups. So I'll try to install a new copy of Windows with the same Filesystem, see how that works out.

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Posted 26 November 2005 - 04:05 PM

Ok, I can't find the MBR. Where or what would I do to copy it over?

It won't let me past the same part even after trying reformat, but

I have used a utilitie (from http://www.tinyempire.com/shortnotes/files...dr_missing.htm) to get it booted up. I will not go along with the installation of windows and I'll let you know how it works out. Thanks!

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Posted 26 November 2005 - 04:54 PM

Great news. :thumbsup: I got my backups all off the other partition and it is reformatted so that one works. I think I am all set with Dolly.

Now I only have one problem, C and F are the partitions. F is the one I copied from and it is 50 or so gb, and now the C displays as same exact capacity. Even though it should have 130-150. In the Computer Managment under administrative tools, it is displayed as 127 gb, Should I worry about this, or is it only display?

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