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windows xp lost files 7 years work on them


Linda Weir

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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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robinofloxley

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So are you saying the PC has died but the hard drive is OK? Or is it just not booting/working?

If you do need a new PC, you can buy any and install the old drive as a 2nd drive in it. You will be able to see all your files in new locations such as F: or G: or whatever (new PC would probably be using C:, D:, E:)

Or if you buy a laptop, you put the old drive in an external USB caddy and can see it there.

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mole1944

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Go get your self a click drive for future use,now you know the impotance of doing a backup.one plug into the usb port and dependant on the amount your about to save takes minutes,although the initial backup might take a little longer.It never ceases to amaze me how people don't back up important data,when it's gone it's gone.

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sharpamat

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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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Jollyjohn

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There are several options available, similar to the advice already posted.

I would boot from a Linux Live CD and copy the entire contents of your existing HDD to an External HDD / USB stick depending on amount of data to be copied.

You could then plug the External HDD into another PC and see if the files you want are present and useable. (If they are not then you need to look at data recovery specialists and in the mean time do NOTHING to the drive to maintain the best chance of recovery. About £300 depending on the amount of data to recover but most offer a free diagnosis service.)

If the files are present, as I suspect they will be, your options include buying a new PC. I would hesitate to open the case on a new PC as it may invalidate your warranty, use a USB caddy / adapter to plug in the existing HDD.

With the HDD copied to the External HDD you could rebuild Windows XP and then move the neccesary files back.

What part of the country are you in?

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Linda Weir

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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.

linda

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tullie

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Amazon have a few.

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Jollyjohn

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A linux live cd is created by downloading an .iso file and burning it to a cd. I recomend Puppy Linux - it looks a bit basic but is easy to use. The various drives are shown along the bottom of the screen and you can easily drag and drop to copy the files.

Your XP PC needs to be set to boot from cd and it will take a little while to boot, accept the defaults as it boots.

USB caddies / adapters are available from Maplin or try USBNOW.co.uk

I am in Perth, so a bit too far away to offer to pop round and assist. Am away to work now, will check back in the morning to see if you need more help.

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