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Swiping without losing Data?


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ILoveDaniel

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Well, I've come to the conclusion that all else has failed when attempting to fix the computer without having to swipe my computer and start with a clean slate...So, I was wondering if it's possible to somehow keep all of my files in My Documents on the computer without having to do anything to them? I've tried zipping/compressing the files and sending them to myself through email, plan failed. I've tried copying them to CD's, plan pretty much failed.
I have no CD's to my computer to fix the computer that way so on startup I've hit F10 and received this message and this will be the method I'll use to fix my computer:
'The system recovery program, in this normal default mode of operation, recovers applications, drivers and the opreating system to their factory-shipped condition. Accordingly, after System Recovery finishes, ytou need to re-install and reconfigure any applications that you installed yourself (including upgrades or revisions to the factory-shipped version of any application.
Howeverm the System Recovery, in this normal default mode of operation, will not delete any DATA files you have created.'


So, guys, is it possible?
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I'd be wary of what the disk does, but it claims to only restore the system to the original state. It SHOULD leave your documents alone, but I'd back them up anyway.

I'm curious, why couldn't you back up you Documents folder to a CD? How big is the folder?
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What do you mean by "back them up"? So you think it may be possible to do this procedure and not lose the files? It's so risky though....these files are very very important to me.


And my folder is 4.20 GB so of course it won't fit on a cd.

Edited by ILoveDaniel, 27 July 2006 - 04:18 PM.

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Yes, a little big there.

You can use WinBackup to back up your data to several CDs. It will span the data to several disks, so you will need about 7 CDs to fit all the data. But you will at least know that the data is safe.

Here's the link:

http://www.backupanswers.com/freewinbackup/
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If you don't mind, could you tell me what to do. I'm looking at this page and I'm downloading it but I don't exactly know what it does. Do I need to use System Recovery and swipe everything and then download this tool or....what? I'm so confused.
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When you run the program for the first time, it will come with a tutorial. Read the steps carefully, and just go through them when you make your back up. Also, if you take the tour on the website, you can go through all the steps and read more info about what to do.

Basically, you'll make a 'job,' pick the files you want to back up, pick where to save them to, change a couple options (maybe), and back it up. It's pretty easy to use and the in program help should answer the questions that you have.
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Okay, so I just do all of this stuff BEFORE I even think about using System Recovery?
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Yes.
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Alrighty, thanks so much. I'll get back to you possibly after I finish downloading this and read all of the stuff.
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