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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

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    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

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    Softrescue Will handle what you are looking to do.
     
  3. KimE_WinTeam

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    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.

    Cheers,
    Kim
     
  4. aka Brett

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    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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