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Windows 7: trouble with Windows Backup ...

11 Dec 2009   #11
timmy toad

win 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TGSoldier View Post
Run a lowlevel format on the harddrive.
Good idea buddy, but how exactly can i do that ?, please.

Tim


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11 Dec 2009   #12
gregrocker

 

I suggest you put the correct HD back in the laptop and install XP on a separate partition you create for it.

Shrink the Vista partition in Disk Managment. Then boot from the XP CD and make and format a new partition in the unallocated space created from the shrinking. Install XP there.

Since you have your XP drivers, put whichever are needed into the installer by tapping F6 when prompted during file loading. It may not need any extra upfront, so you can try it first without.

Post back here if you need any help. Afterwards you will need to add XP to the Boot Menu using the final steps in this tutorial's Method Two: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

When your Win7 Upgrade kit arrives you can either do an in-place Upgrade over Vista, or boot from the DVD and clean install with formatting over the Vista. The Win7 installer will reconfigure the boot correctly, as it always does when installed last.
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12 Dec 2009   #13
timmy toad

win 7 32bit
 
 

Hi, really do appreciate your very willing help on my problem, but i am getting a bit fed up with the bloody hard drive now, not playing ball. I shall just enjoy it as it is and just stick with the upgrade to Windows 7, thanks again everybody.

Gregrocker, thanks for your latest suggestion, but it was when I selected to Shrink Volume in my opening post that it all started to go upside down and didnt work as it it should do !.

Tim
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13 Dec 2009   #14
TockTock

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You mention that you were concerned about invalidating warranty while attempting to replace the HD? Why not call and use the warranty to replace the HD? Just sayin.

Each HD manufacturer has its own diagnostics which can often repair problems before they become unrecoverable. I always twin this test with chkdsk and have saved HD's by running both, some of which are still running years later.
RE: photos -- Holy crap!!!
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13 Dec 2009   #15
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by timmy toad View Post
Hi, really do appreciate your very willing help on my problem, but i am getting a bit fed up with the bloody hard drive now, not playing ball. I shall just enjoy it as it is and just stick with the upgrade to Windows 7, thanks again everybody.

Gregrocker, thanks for your latest suggestion, but it was when I selected to Shrink Volume in my opening post that it all started to go upside down and didnt work as it it should do !.

Tim
Shrink failures can be overcome by a series of steps detailed here:
Working Around Windows Vista’s "Shrink Volume" Inadequacy Problems :: the How-To Geek

It was from the comments section that I learned about PerfectDisk10 trial versions'
offline file defragmenter that moves stubborn system files. These will become apparent using the superior Auslogics free defragger which shows a drive map - there will be a system file way out in right field blocking shrinkage, which PD10 works perfectly to move.
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