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Hi,

 

My Dell Vostro will not switch on, have had a problem for a while now, it has finally packed up. But my question is could the C drive be installed as a second drive on a new computer to recover some of the programs and files.

 

I have been backing up using Nerobackitup on a removable drive, it produces NDA files, but I cannot open these files as I cannot open the Nero program.

 

 


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Hello Geekimnot,

 

Yes and no I`m afraid  :(

 

Data can be copied but programmes will need to be reinstalled when copying from one storage device to another, a way around this would be to create an image of the HDD onto a second storage device but this method is not ideal when you already have a perfectly good OS and personal data on the target HDD.

 

Is the Vostro the Desktop or Notebook type.

 

I do not use Nero so cannot help you with that.


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Hi

 

Thanks for the response

 

It is a Desktop PC

 

I was hoping to find a way of opening the NDA files


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As the computer will not power up at all your options are to fit the HDD into another computer or use an external USB HDD enclosure or adaptor, you can then try Recuva or Puppy Linux to recover the data.

 

I have been backing up using Nerobackitup on a removable drive, it produces NDA files, but I cannot open these files as I cannot open the Nero program.

 

 

Was this before the failure or have you since fitted the HDD into a new computer.

 

I may be going offline for a few hours shortly but if so I will be back around 4.30pm UK time.


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Hi

 

The HDD is still fitted to the dormant Dell

 

I do not have another PC only a Laptop, the bachup was onto a removable drive. I was hoping to be able to open the NDA files to recover some of the data.


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Understood  :thumbsup:

 

Nero apparently has a recovery software that is Linux based so it is worth you giving Puppy Linux (which I can help you with) a try, let us know if you would like the steps posting, other than that I can only suggest that you explore your Nero product to find the details regarding downloading and creating the Nero rescue ISO.


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Thanks,

 

I have no knowledge of Linux, am operating on Vista.

 

Will have to read through the Puppy manual to see what needsto be done.

 

I have a USB stick, from what I have read so far I can load the program onto that.


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If you refer to the following tutorial it will help, all you need to do is have your USB device that has the data on it inserted into one of the notebooks USB ports and then mount it like you would if it were a HDD;

 

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***Required Hardware*** 

CD Burner (CDRW) Drive, 

Blank CD, 

Extra Storage Device (USB Flash Drive, External Hard Drive)  

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1. Save these files to your Desktop/Burn Your Live CD:

  • Download Latest Puppy Linux ISO (i.e.: lupu-528.iso) 

    Download BurnCDCC ISO Burning Software 

     

    There are instructions on how to boot from flash drive with puppy here; http://www.pendrivel...e-from-windows/ 

     

     

  • Open BurnCDCC with Windows Explorer 

  • Extract All files to a location you can remember 

  • Double Click 1%20BurnCDCC%20Icon.PNG BurnCDCC 

  • Click Browse 2%20BurnCDCC%20Browse%20Button.PNG and navigate to the Puppy Linux ISO file you just downloaded 

  • Open/Double Click that file 

    IMPORTANT: Adjust the speed bar to CD: 4x DVD: 1x 

  • Click Start 3%20BurnCDCC%20Start%20Button.PNG 

  • Your CD Burner Tray will open automatically 

  • Insert a blank CD and close the tray 

  • Click OK 

Puppy Linux Live CD will now be created 

 

2. Set your boot priority in the BIOS to CD-ROM first, Hard Drive Second 

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  • Start the computer/press the power button 

  • Immediately start tapping the appropriate key to enter the BIOS, aka "Setup" 

    (Usually shown during the "Dell" screen, or "Gateway" Screen) 

  • Once in the BIOS, under Advanced BIOS Options change boot priority to: 

    CD-ROM 1st, Hard Drive 2nd 

  • Open your ROM drive and insert the disk 

  • Press F10 to save and exit 

  • Agree with "Y" to continue 

  • Your computer will restart and boot from the Puppy Linux Live CD 

     

    4%20BIOSBootPriorityImage.png 

 

 

 

3.  Recover Your Data 

  • Once Puppy Linux has loaded, it is actually running in your computer's Memory (RAM).  You will see a fully functioning Graphical User Interface similar to what you normally call "your computer".  Internet access may or may not be available depending on your machine, so it is recommended you print these instructions before beginning.  Also, double clicking is not needed in Puppy.  To expand, or open folders/icons, just click once.  Puppy is very light on resources, so you will quickly notice it is much speedier than you are used to.  This is normal.  Ready?  Let's get started. 

     

    3a. Mount Drives 

  • Click the Mount Icon located at the top left of your desktop. 5%20Puppy%20Linux%20Mount%20Icon.PNG 

  • A Window will open.  By default, the "drive" tab will be forward/highlighted.  Click on Mount for your hard drive. 

  • Assuming you only have one hard drive and/or partition, there may be only one selection to mount. 

  • USB Flash Drives usually automatically mount upon boot, but click the "usbdrv" tab and make sure it is mounted. 

  • If using an external hard drive for the data recovery, do this under the "drive" tab.  Mount it now. 

 

3b. Transfer Files.

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  • At the bottom left of your desktop a list of all hard drives/partitions, USB Drives, and Optical Drives are listed with a familiar looking hard drive icon. 

  • Open your old hard drive i.e. sda1 

  • Next, open your USB Flash Drive or External Drive. i.e. sdc or sdb1 

  • If you open the wrong drive, simply X out at the top right corner of the window that opens. (Just like in Windows) 

  • From your old hard drive, drag and drop whatever files/folders you wish to transfer to your USB Drive's Window. 

 

For The Novice:  The common path to your pictures, music, video, and documents folders is: Documents and Settings >> All Users (or each idividual name of each user. CHECK All Names!) >> Documents >> You will now see My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos

 

Remember to only click once!  No double clicking!  Once you drag and drop your first folder, you will notice a small menu will appear giving you the option to move or copy.  Choose COPY each time you drag and drop. 

 

YOU ARE DONE!!!  Simply click Menu >> Mouse Over Shutdown >> Reboot/Turn Off Computer.  Be sure to plug your USB Drive into another working windows machine to verify all data is there and transferred without corruption. Congratulations! 

 

 

 

PuppyLinux528screenshot.png 

 

 

​You are welcome btw  :)


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OK

 

I will read it through and when I understand I will start working on it.

 

Need to go out for a while today.

 

Must confess that I get a bit nervous when using new programs etc.


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Take as long as you need and any questions please ask  :thumbsup:


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Hi

Sorry to take so long to respond again.

 

I am still battling away. Nero have given me a link to the Backitup program and given me the service key, but i still have problems, I was running a Virtual XP to handle some old programs, but cannot regenerate it because I now have no old Windows XP disc.

 

One way round this was that I was wondering if I purchase a used Dell Vostro 220, (Same model) would it work if I were to fit my exisiting C drive in place of the original. Would it boot up??


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Have you tried Puppy Linux, if the data is there and accessible then Puppy will normally redeem it for you, please note that If a HDD is physically damaged then the case may not be the same.


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Hi

 

I have now started to retreive files, but what happens with installed programs ? Will they automatically be registered ?


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Hello Geekimnot,

 

Yes and no I`m afraid  :(

 

Data can be copied but programmes will need to be reinstalled when copying from one storage device to another, a way around this would be to create an image of the HDD onto a second storage device but this method is not ideal when you already have a perfectly good OS and personal data on the target HDD.

 

Is the Vostro the Desktop or Notebook type.

 

I do not use Nero so cannot help you with that.


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Nero have given me a link to the software and also my product key, so I now have access to my data - thanks for the advise.

 

So this can now been closed


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