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Subject: It works BUT
Name: ludicrous
Date: 10/5/2001 3:09:41 PM (GMT-7)
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In Reply to: Re: Would my hdd get erased by going through airport security? posted by Chris

it fragments the living daylights out of the harddrive. Be sure to defrag immediately after you get everything back up and running. (Speaking from personal experience back in the day...)

Also there is a small possibility of the system requiring files located in the root of C: and possibly special system files in \Program Files\[something] or another directory. Look through the contents of AUTOEXEC and CONFIG and back up before deleting.

Personally, I would suggest your best bet is to defrag, scandisk WITH surface scan, create a new folder called "backup" and COPY everything critical (C:\My Documents, C:\Windows\*.bmp -- wallpapers, C:\Windows\Favorites -- IE bookmarks, also any email Address Book files etc.) into that directory, THEN run deltree.

If you don't have room to copy things then of course you will have to "move" them, but otherwise this will ensure that the space at the beginning of the drive is occupied by Windows and drivers and programs. Then defrag, copy all of the backed up data to the appropriate locations, defrag again, and call it a day.

Tedious, yes, but this procedure should ensure a minimum of trouble.


The alternative, if another PC with a NIC is available at her residence, is to buy a cheap $30 PCMCIA LAN card and a crossed ethernet cable, enable Windows NetBIOS file sharing on both machines and then just copy her entire hard drive to a backup folder on the other PC.

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