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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ron24151, Jul 15, 2006.

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  1. ron24151

    ron24151 Thread Starter

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    Hello, i had my computer here for about 3 years now, and its getting kind of loaded up, i do all the caring and deleting i can. but w/ the kids playing on it and loading Aim, and all that good stuff, it may be time to reload...

    is there a site where i can read how to back up a drive (c) and how to do it? like send all to a disc and pull of and load what i need?

    i have a lot of programs that i would like to keep, and they were loaded off the internet, free to try and so much for buying, web addresss in favorites, any way of copying these w/ out writing them all down?

    is this making sense?

    then when this is all done like to zero it and start over..

    so is there a site for this also?

    i have a gateway and they call it zeroing..

    thanks ron
     
  2. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    If you are going to completely reformat and start over, you will need the to reinstall all of your applications.
     
  3. 911

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    You will need to re-install all the programs that you downloaded from the internet, so you will need to keep the 'setup' files that you got, because everything on your c-disk will get fried. If a program is already installed, you can't just copy it back into your program files folder. If you have a CD or DVD burner, copy the setup files there, Floppys just won't cut it.

    I use an external (USB) hard drive, which is like a gigantic floppy. I have a folder named 'downloads' and I save everything I download to it. Then I can install it from there, and always keep the original download. You can get one for about $1 per Gigabyte, if you shop around for sales and rebates ($80 for 80 GB). I just came across this extrordinary bargain.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1775613&CatId=136
     
  4. wacor

    wacor Banned

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    reinstalling can be a pain. too bad there is not a way you could just copy C and transfer it to another hard drive

    is the computer acting up?

    many times a fresh install is a good way to go but you could always run hijack this and see if there are any infections there

    do you defrag and what type of cleaning do you do? disc cleanup or something along the lines of CCleaner?
     
  5. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    If you could just "copy C" and transfer it to another drive, you would then just have, what you currently have?? No?
     
  6. wacor

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    data but not apps i believe. as mentioned earlier you need the install files
     
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