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First time reformatting, need backup software.

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by MagicDrumSticks, Sep 6, 2010.

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  1. MagicDrumSticks

    MagicDrumSticks Thread Starter

    Sep 6, 2010
    I'm using Windows 7 32-Bit at the moment and was looking for a good backup solution besides copy and paste. I purchased a Seagate FreeGate GO 500 GB Portable HD today and need a software (money not an issue, I want the best possible software) that will backup my entire hard disk. Here's my situation

    1. Windows 7 has multiple issues, Action center and Network and Sharing center display "page could not load" so I want to reinstall.

    2. Windows 7 is currently 32 bit and I want to reinstall as 64 bit, since I have 4 gigs of RAM

    3. I have multiple games installed, all of which I don't have the DVDs to anymore, I need the games intact and working with game saves

    4. I have multiple Pics and Medical related work (I'm a medical resident)

    Hope this helps, thanks.
  2. Lance1


    Aug 4, 2003
    Softrescue Will handle what you are looking to do.
  3. KimE_WinTeam


    Aug 4, 2010
    Hi MagicDrumSticks,

    To upgrade your computer to 64-bit, your computer will need to be completely wiped to perform a "Custom" installation. As you said, you'll need a backup solution. This document from Tech Support Guy provides some helpful information for doing just that: http://library.techguy.org/wiki/Backup

    Then, you can follow the steps outlined in this tutorial for performing a custom install for Windows 7: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/20146-custom-install-windows-7-a.html

    Hope these resources help! Ping me with any questions/complications and I can help you troubleshoot.

  4. aka Brett

    aka Brett Banned

    Nov 25, 2008
    Nothing beats copy and paste IMO..it has no software to have to rely on etc.
    But..people do like the seagte backup software if you want to use that.

    I would back up my files.
    Do what is call an upgrade repair with your windows disk...this doesnt reformat your system so your files will be there when finished,,,it puts on a new copy of windows this makes the system usable again.
    No guarantee on how many of you games etc will work..its seems like with upgrade repairs there is usually 1 or 2 apps that no longer function or dont work properly

    Also as said by prior poster if you want to go 64 you have to start from scratch though
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