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16 Jan 2012   #1
rocks911

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
Strange files appeared

I have 2 internal HDD drives, a 1 Tb master "C" drive and another for media which is named "Z" drive. I have a number of files that appeared on my Z drive that I cant really account for. I downloaded and installed Comodo backup free edition and that is all I've done out of the ordinary since the files appeared. I uninstalled Comodo but the files are still there.

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16 Jan 2012   #2
PeaB4YouGo

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Which files are you considering "strange"?
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16 Jan 2012   #3
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

those look like the installer files from comodo.

you can safely delete those files if you don't wish to reinstall the software.

if you do want to reinstall, run the install program that you can see in the screenshot.

often when you download and run a single installer setup program, it 'unpacks' the install files and doesn't always remember to tidy up after itself - sloppy programming, naughty comodo!
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16 Jan 2012   #4
rocks911

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Everything shown in the screen shot. There is a setup file shown and when I click on it the heading indicates "Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Setup" and an error message accompanies the pop up menu that indicates "error: no administrative privileges were detected".
If this was something having to do with Comodo why would it install on my Z drive and not my C drive? Why would anything having to do with the operation of my computer not default to the C drive?
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16 Jan 2012   #5
rocks911

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks Mickey thats kinds what I thought, but why on earth are they on my Z drive?
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16 Jan 2012   #6
rocks911

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

And while I'm at it, is Comodo a good free backup solution? Are there any other recommendations for a free backup solution to backup to an external HDD?
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16 Jan 2012   #7
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

some programs needs extra libraries from visual c++ to run, so they install that as well.

do you have z: as you data/documents folder?

everyone's got their fave backup programs - personally i use macrium reflect for my os, and synctoy for my data.

have you actually tried out comodo to see if it actually works for you or not? i mean actually trying to re-instate from a backup. it's a very good idea to actually test it, otherwise how can you trust it will work in an emergency?
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16 Jan 2012   #8
rocks911

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Z has movies and music and thats it. I have not tried Comodo. I had Acronis but it's too buggy. I'll look at your suggestions.
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16 Jan 2012   #9
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

remember - don't trust a backup solution until you've actually tried restoring from a backup!
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18 Jan 2012   #10
rocks911

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Wow, I've been trying various backup programs and havent had any luck so far. Macrium came close except when I booted from the rescue disk the backup file on my external HDD that contained my C drive backup didnt show, as a matter of fact the entire drive did not appear. Kinda hard to reinstall it when the drive containing it doesnt even show.
So then I tried Paragon. So I cloned my C drive and created a bootable rescue disk, but when I booted into the disk nothing happened. Paragons interface appeared and I selected normal mode/main recovery environment and nothing happened...nothing.
So any suggestions for a free program, or really any program that works to clone and reinstall a drive?

I'm running w7 64 bit Home Premium.
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