Re: System reinstall question

Discussion in 'A+ Certification' started by brill80917, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. brill80917

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    I would simply copy everything from the old drive to one of your other
    drives and it might be a good idea to also buy a USB 2.0 hard drive
    (you can get 300+GB's for a song these days) and make a second BU copy
    of your current drive over to it and keep this drive permanently as a
    BU hard drive.

    Once you KNOW your data is there on the other hard drive(s), wipe the
    old drive and do a full reinstall. Once you have it set up, you can
    start reinstalling applications from either the CD's or from the exec
    files that reside on the backup drives.

    Outlook can be a tricky reinstall as far as recreating your data and
    settings on a new drive. For Outlook Express there is a very nice very
    reliable program that will fully reinstall Outlook express from a
    backup that you make through the program--not sure if there is a
    similar program for Outlook, although the "import" data feature might
    simply be the answer. Anyway, it's called Outlook Express Backup
    Wizard and I have used it many times and it works very well.

    The main thing is that you have a full copy of your old drive on at
    least one, but preferably 2, backup HD's before you start anything. I
    would avoid DVDRW as a backup as the media in my experience is
    unreliable especially across different machines and DVD drives.
    Regular DVDR should be OK but you're obviously limited in the amount
    of data you can back up, whereas the USB HD's are very fast and

    On Jan 10, 5:33 pm, "recotech" <> wrote:
    > I apologize in advance if any of this doesn't make sense (due to my
    > ignorance) but I need some help.  I presently have a computer I built in
    > 2002 or 2003 (can't remember exactly) running XP Home.  I have both all my
    > personal stuff (Office XP, internet stuff, etc.); but I also use it for
    > running loads of music software. I am planning on building a new box to be
    > used solely for music applications which I will transfer my music apps to.
    > My question is this.  I would basically like to reinstall all my personal
    > stuff (with a clean install of the OS with SP2) back onto the original
    > computer, getting rid of a bunch of stuff I rarely use or don't need at all.
    > My problem is that I don't know how to do this safely.  I want to insure
    > that files aren't lost and that I don't need to get the Comcast tech back
    > here to get me back online with their cable service.  I want to protect the
    > integrity of all my MS Outlook data and any other personal data of that
    > sort.  I do have hard drives available to handle any temporary transfer of
    > data, etc. but I just don't know the procedure.  Any and all help would be
    > greatly appreciated.  Perhaps just a suggestion as to a website I could
    > visit for guidance and/or any utility program suggestions.  I thank anyone
    > in advance for any help in this matter.
    > Cheers
    brill80917, Jan 25, 2008
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