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Backup & Restore for Windows Re-install


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Mijj

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Hi,

Could anybody offer some advice on backup/restore and cloning for restoring my files after a windows re-install?

I have a broken Windows XP installation, so need to re-install, but I have a lot of documents & pictures etc that I would like to keep. In case it all goes horribly wrong, I would like to backup these files and then selectively restore them into the new build. One method I have thought of is to clone the disk, then recover the files from the image. I am not sure if I can do this selectively (using clonezilla) but I guess I could go back to square 1 if it goes belly up.

I have also been told about using Knoppix and the DD command, but struggle a bit with the Linux file structure and media handling. I had a quick look at Norton Ghost, but that seems more aimed at running in the background backing up i'm case of a crash.

Any advice would be very welcome...

Thanks

Mijj
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rshaffer61

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Get Puppy Linux from my signature below...Get puppy-2.16-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso download it and burn it to cd
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if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files get Burncdcc from my signature...it is a small FAST no frills iso burning program...

NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. Start BurnCDCC
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ....in this case its puppy-2.16-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso
3. Select the ISO file
4. click on Start

make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....

put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....puppy will boot and run totally in ram...if your hardware is is good working order you will know...
after you get it running and your at the desktop...you take the puppy linux cd out and then you can use the burner to copy all your data to cd/dvds
you can also use it to backup your data to a external usb harddrive..just have it hooked to the computer when you boot up with puppy...

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quick guide for saving data...music..files on a system that will not boot using puppy Linux..


after you get to puppy desktop..
click on the drives icon...looks like a flash drive...top row..it will list all the drives connected to

your computer...

click on the red icon for the drive you want to mount...in this case its a flash drive ...puppy will

mount the drive..the drive icon turns green when its mounted...
minimize the drives mounter window..you will need it again in a few minutes..
drag the right edge of it sideways to shrink it to its narrowest size...about half the width of the screen...then drag the window to the right edge of the screen...

now click on the icon that looks like a filing cabinet (kind of yellow) on the main drive...it should
already be green..
you will see a list of all the folders on the main drive Usually your C: drive..shrink that window to
the narrowest you can..about half the width of the screen...drag that window to the left side of the screen...
at this point you should have 2 windows open on your desktop..the flash drive on the right side..
go back to the folders on the C: drive...click on the documents and settings folder...then your user
name or all users..find the folders that has your data..
drag and drop the folder with the data you want to make copies of to the flash drive window...

your options are to move ..copy ect...JUST COPY..if its to big you will have to open the folder and
drag and drop individual files until the flash drive is full...(I have a 120 GB external USB drive for
big data recovery jobs and a 4 GB flash drive for the smaller jobs)..after you get the files copied to
the flash drive...
Click on the drives mounter you minimized earlier
UNMOUNT THE FLASH DRIVE by clicking on the green icon..you will once in awhile get error messages when
unmouting the drive..ignore them..when the flash drive icon turns red again its safe to remove the
flash drive..trot on over (stroll if you want to look cool) to another computer and plug in the flash

drive and copy all the data files ( I drag and drop) to the other computer..
make sure the other computer can read them...

now delete the data on the flash drive...take it back to the misbehaving computer and plug it in

again..click on the drives icon again and repeat until you have all your data transferred to the working
system..

Thanks to happyrock
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If the OS is not operational you have to either go with Rshaffer61's way or put the drive in an enclosure or slave to another computer.

If the OS is somewhat operational, then a copy and paste will work.

As for back ups/ restores/ cloning....
Cloning will work, but I would not recommend using it after the fact as a boot drive because you will have the same issues on the OS as you do now.
Most backup and restore programs do not allow you to look at, and have access to, the individual files. (Norton Ghost does).
I use Easeus ToDo backup and DriveImage XML for images of my main drives. I am backed up onto different drives also.
I use Ghost for file backups of the main drives.
Another backup method I use is Syncback Free for files, folders, and sub folders.
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