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backing up stuff

Discussion in 'Software' started by zxspectrum, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    Ok i want to bak al my stuff up, but say i need to do a reformat, how would i get the origiinal operating system back on without a CD etc, and and say i borrowed a disc would i be able to get my updates etc as i have the key on the back of the lappy etc

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  2. hbroomhall

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    If you don't have a Windows CD, and don't have a CDROM then things will get difficult.

    I'd suggest that you see how easy it is to remove the HDD and mount it in a PC so you can use Ghost or similar.

    *Some* backup systems have rudimentary drivers for Ethernet ports, which might be an alternative.

    Harry.

    Edit: I may have misread your post to mean that you didn't have a CD *drive*. If you have then things are much easier!
     
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  3. ThomasMc

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    If you borrow a disk, you will have to make sure its of the same type as your key i.e OEM, Retail, and VLK

    edit: if you don't have a CD drive, you could use the xp disk to create an install share on another computer
     
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    Like what ThomasMC says you can use a disk but it has to be same type as you have on yours to go with your key.

    Do you not have a restore disk?
     
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  5. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    Sorry for misleading you all, i do have a cd drive etc, but id dont have an actual operating system disc or any sort of back up disc.

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  6. greenbrucelee
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    Do you know if your copy of Windows is OEM or anything else, if it OEM then you need to barrow an OEM disk to format n stuff but you can use your own key when re-installing it.

    But you need to find out what sort of version you have.
     
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  7. hbroomhall

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    Er - is this your new laptop by any chance? If so look in the 'documentation' - it will tell you how to make a restore disk/disks.

    Harry.
     
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  8. Fergal1982

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    you could always use something like Acronis True Image. It takes an image of the disk as a backup and (providing you can get it to work), you can boot to an Acronis bootable disk to initialise a restore.

    It also has the ability to create a bootable rescue partition on the HDD itself so you can boot to it and restore from the backup image. useless if the HDD dies, but if you 'accidentally' delete vital OS files, this will help.
     
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