do yourself a fave...do you have this drive's contents backed up?
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Subject: do yourself a fave...do you have this drive's contents backed up?
Date: 7/26/2002 11:07:23 PM (GMT-7)
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In Reply to: Hey Ben.. posted by
If you have no other back-up of the drive to fall back upon, then try the following:
1. Use a Windows boot disk to format the new drive clean, shiny, and sparkling.
2. Reconfigure the new drive as a SECONDARY in the new machine, install the old drive as the PRIMARY.
3. Boot to Safe Mode the very first time you turn on the machine (bang on F8 like the dickens right before the WinMe splash screen pops up, then select a safe-mode boot).
4. Go to Windows Explorer and start from the root of the drive. Highlight the entire contents of the drive -- files, folders, the works -- and COPY them to the blank secondary drive.
5. Click Start=>Run and type "command" [enter]. A command prompt should pop up. Type "sys d:" [enter] (or whatever the letter is of the new drive).
6. Pull your old drive from the system, reconfigure the new drive for PRIMARY. Boot from it and proceed.
What this *should* do, if done in that order, is create a mirror of your old drive. You now have the old drive as a back-up, and the new drive to work from. That way, if something blows up in your face while you're trying to get Windows running again, you don't lose all that data (and can start the process over again).
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