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what to save before formatting harddrive

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by donj1, Apr 24, 2002.

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  1. donj1

    donj1 Thread Starter

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    I need to format and re-install Win95 on a friend's p.c. She uses M.S. Works and Money. I want to save everything she has saved in these programs and then re-insert them after re-installing the programs from the original disks. I need to know where these programs save these things and how to copy it off so I can put it back later. Hope this makes sense. Any help will be appreciated
     
  2. Gram123

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    Well, first up I'd check the contents of My Documents, and any folders your friend has created on the hard drive(s) and desktop.

    Second, do a search (START, Find, Files or Folders) and search for any file types associated with those programs. Precede the extension with an asterisk, and seperate multiple types with semi-colons.
    So, just checking for MS Works extensions, it looks like you'll need to search for:
    *.wks; *.wcm; *.wdb; *.wpj; *.wps

    and for MS Money:
    *.mny and possibly *.qwb

    (You can do these all in one search).
    Make sure you have the C: drive or Local Hard Drive(s) selected in the "Where" box. This should find all the Works and Money files you need to save.

    Third, I'd check for any other files that your friend may want to keep - MS Office documents, pictures, videos, game save positions, whatever.

    Oh, and make sure you have all the discs necessary to reinstall any software and hardware, before you wipe the drive.

    P.S. there may be other file extensions that I haven't listed here - anyone have any ideas?

    HTH :) :) :)
    Gram
     
  3. donj1

    donj1 Thread Starter

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    Thanx for the help. This is just what I was looking for.
     
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