|09 Jun 2011||#1|
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Corrupted HD and windows Backup
I have just been told by Dell that they are going to have to replace both my motherboard and HD as both have issues. Stupidly I haven't taken a system image of the drive 9big lesson), but do use Windows Backup everynight. I also have all my data on an external HD.
Once the machine is up and running I can do a clean install from the installation disk. My question is whether the windows backup is of any use to me or in someway linked to the installation that created it. If I can restore from this backup I assume I need to create the same partitions I had before ( C: OS/progs and U: data) and install all my programs. Is there anything else that needs to be done before restoring the files? If I think I have everything relevant on my other HD so am I better off just copying it over rather than using the windows restore function? The restore will restore some non-data files and configuration settings that I haven't manually backed up.
Thanks for any advice on the least painful solution.
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|09 Jun 2011||#4|
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1. What kind of Windows backup is it - an image?
2. If it is an image, you can dump it on the new HDD - saves you a lot of installtion time and resetting all your defaults.
3. When the guys install the new mobo, make sure it is set to the same ID as you current mobo. Else you will have an activation problem - which can be fixed but is a pain in the neck.
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