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Is there a way to run backup in safe mode?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by loki993, Apr 13, 2010.

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  1. loki993

    loki993 Thread Starter

    Dec 7, 2008
    I have a computer that will only bot in safe mode. Id like to back it up before I start getting into it to try and fix it, but the backup wont run because there is a service that isn't started. I went to start the service and it says it cant run in safe mode. Is there any work around?
  2. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned

    Dec 9, 2004
    What would you back up the files to? An external hard drive? Is it detected in Safe Mode? A CD/DVD burner? I doubt that works in Safe Mode either.

    You may have to take the hard drive out and connect it to another computer to back up files.
  3. JennyJackson01

    JennyJackson01 Account Closed

    Apr 3, 2010
    Hiya loki993.

    DoubleHelix has given you the easiest and safest answer although you could try choosing `safe mode with networking` and copy files to another computer that way.

  4. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    You can download a Bootable Recovery CD, burn it as an image to a CD, and boot your machine from it. From the resulting desktop, you can copy files to your heart's content. Parted Magic is also a good option. It has a desktop and file manager, too.
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