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windows xp lost files 7 years work on them
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Posted July 26, 2012 at 12:10AM
we lost some files for windows xp. my pc man says he can copy my old hard drive onto a new pc. i have to buy a pc from him (£100 dearer than online) plus set up and copy charges. he says if he rebuilds windows xp i will lose the files. so i can get my old pc rebuilt after the hard drive has been copied in total.
my question is , is this sort of service available now and is it reliable. i'd like to have options other than my usual man because , he is working full time and has lost his car.. i am without a pc and i need my files for my work. I have done rough bits of back up, but could never really do a full back up. i'd like to have a choice of where i can get this done and choose my own pc from whatever is available rather than being stuck to what he offers. linda
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Posted July 29, 2012 at 8:32PM
It may be a simple repair install will get your machine going again without loss of data.
However I agree with everyone else, to be sure of getting back what is recoverable better to connect in a caddy or direct to another machine and retrieve data first.
Removing the drive see pictures here
An external case here
fitting the drive in the case here
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Posted July 28, 2012 at 8:23PM
hi what happened was , my son came backfrom uni and offered to 'sort out ' my files.he left it running ,maybe in the middle of some process. and at midnight, i switched off, without my glasses, i just pushed ok button. next day no boot, missing files. had my pc mender over, he tried to reboot off lots of discs he had but dnothing worked.
he was going to sell me a pc and then copy my hard drive on it, thenput it back in my old pc , which i have insurance for ( I don't think they can ever get your info off adequately)it really is invaluable stuff . i'm an artist dozens of thoushands photos, links , notes and info. all my docs, records addresses. i had bought a go flex one click but could nt' figure out how to work it.so although i've got some back up, i can't really access most of it, espcially as my other pc is windows 7. aparently the operating system is missing essential files. if we reboot, i could lose all my stuff.
unfortunately my pc man is working full time now and has had a car crash so is thin on the ground.
i can't do stuff myself, I was the one who failed to back up adequately and caused one way or another the crash. i also should have bought a back up pc. i need a reliable shop, who can copy my hard drive completely or put the hard drive in a new pc. but if it is windows xp it will have conflicts. old pc is packard bell, 7 years old. i have mastercare insurance on it, but need to find a way to save my contents.
thanks very very much for your reply i realy appreciate the boffins help. linda
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Posted July 28, 2012 at 8:59PM
If you already have a 2nd pc "my other pc is windows 7" there is no need to be buying a 3rd one.
In your situation I would simply put the XP harddrive in a usb caddy and plug it into the W7 pc and then explore the contents and copy all your files, photos ect to the W7 harddrive. Hopefully you have not corrupted them by switching off XP when you interrupted whatever the XP was doing.
I am very surprised your 'pc repairman' did not do this for you. It would seem he is more intent on selling you another pc.
The simplest way to backup your personal data is to just copy the files you have made. Copy them to an external Harddrive. Not mysterious at all.
There is also the matter of what you actually have (if anything) on your go flex one click. It's contents ought to be able to be looked at in your W7 pc.
Diemmess and others will no doubt be back to comment and have further advice so wait till then before doing anything.
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Posted July 28, 2012 at 10:27PM
Thank you for the extra information.
As lotvic says there's no need to buy yet another computer to rescue files from a moribund PC.
You can buy simply a powered case for your precious HD and this means removing the HD from your computer and sliding it into the case which has a USB lead to plug in to your second PC, which will be able to read it just as though it is an extra HD.
It should be realised that IF the original HD is itself expired,dead, and not something else, or corrupt Windows the simple way wont work. (still possible to have a professional laboratory work miracles for you but at a serious price).
The first fence for you to jump, is removing the HD from your late lamented PC. Having done that, you will be able to buy the correct HD case (ATA or SATA). Most likely the ATA variety in a PC of senior years.
Sorry, to have to stop here I have to attend to domestic stuff, but tomorrow I'll send a link to suitable how to DIY if someone else dosen't do it first.
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Posted July 26, 2012 at 3:24PM
ROBIN o floxley , thanks i never knew a usb caddy existed. how do you take a hard drive out? sounds likemajor surgery. thanks s much.
Mole 1944. love the revelation of click drive. i used to be happy with my maxtor one clicks, but they don't seem to make click drives anymore i havebought many backup drives but its too hard to more so much stuff. i forget what i've save and what not. i have nt got a organising brain. but i do try. a click drive would be wonderful where can i get one.thanks so much
Sharpamat: A wonderful revelation a usb caddy . where do i get one. never seenor heard of such a thing. I knew i had to back up but the task was so huge, i couldn't do it. i needed automatic backup. thanks so much for an exhaustive set of advice,much appreciated. linda
JOLLY JOHN, WHERE COULD I GET a linux Live cd, would it work on my sleeping pc. it sounds simple. A Usb Caddy seems indispensible. why have i never heard of such a thing. i have been trying to back up, but since my maxtor one touch 4 are no longer available i cannot find a one click back up. I am in St.Ives cornwall. thank so much for the advice, i am so moved at your generousity and the other pc boffins. a million thanks i have my art work recoded on my hard drive so really need to get it copied.
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Posted July 26, 2012 at 8:22AM
My Advice is similar as already posted. Installing your own drive as a second drive on a new PC will depend on the connections. However an external caddy will allow the contents to be seen.
I do agree that this does highlight the need for regular backups but hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Most new PCs come with Windows 7 changing from XP I never found hard and the only comprise I found was using windows live to replace outlook. As with any new PC the first thing I do is to create the recovery discs which are then stored safely. Then I remove all the unwanted C* Run update install my chosen protection and live then create a disc image ( I have never had any problems doing this using the inbuilt win 7 one). I also weekly save my files and settings both of which I save to an external 2gb drive.
If your old PC is still running ( otherwise the caddy ) its easy to transfer your files and settings either to the same external, or using a transfer cable. Just remember you cannot transfer your programs that will require re installing them
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