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Reformatting Hardrive. What Is Best Way To Save Data.


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#1 daisybbgun

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 03:44 PM

I apparently picked up some type of malware that hijacked IE and wont let windows open. I can open in safe mode but the 3.5 drive says need to see system administrator. I have the disk that came with the HP pavilion so I assume I can reformat and reinstall. The system has never been backed up and I would like to save my files,, bookmarks, etc.

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 04:29 PM

I usually remove the disk; install it in other PC and backup what's necessary; return it to it's PC; delete partitions and re-install everything from scratch (I sometimes copy the files through the network). If you have no access to another PC, it's imperative to gain control over that floppy: try to log in as administrator (log out and when required, type Administrator as user name).

Other than that, perhaps you could install a CD-burner or a Zip drive, although, in safe mode, most probably won't work.

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 05:41 PM

Depending on the size of the files your trying to save cd's or dvd's would be a good choice for large sizes. however there is always the option of a tape drive or other backup drive system.

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Posted 04 February 2006 - 02:21 AM

Another option is to use external harddisk.
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Posted 05 February 2006 - 04:35 PM

Whenever I can, I use a USB thumb drive to get the files. If the system won't start, I use The Ultimate Boot CD to get things started, but this is going to require a system that can handle it. If the system's too old, it's unlikely to work, and UBCD won't work on all machines. You have to have enough memory to run a light version of Linux. It does work with my Sandisk Cruzer thumb drive.

If you put the hard drive into another system to get files from it, remember to set it up as a slave using the jumpers on the drive.

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Posted 06 February 2006 - 01:11 AM

I may be wrong but is the Ultimate Book Disk based on BartPE? If it is it will not work on 9x based Windows operating systems.
Another option is to run down to your local used computer store and pick up a 2-4gb used HD ( About $15) and slave it. Drag'n drop you files into the second HD.
If you have room to partition you HD you could do the same by making a second partition on the primary hard drive. This can be done with Digtal Dolly (Hard drive utility). First create a folder to download DD to. Unzip it in that folder after it downloads. Burn an .iso image to CD. Boot with the CD. Resize C:\ partition smaller. Create and FORMAT the unallocated space to D:\ drive. Now you can move the information to the new partition.
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Posted 06 February 2006 - 11:41 AM

UBCD boots into system memory, bypassing the operating system. It loads tools to do all sorts of things. I just tried it on an ME system with 128MB RAM and it worked fine.

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Posted 06 February 2006 - 04:04 PM

Excellent. Go to know. I have been using BartPE for XP. I need to download UBCD. Thanks for the tip.
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