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Windows 7: Windows won't fully start

24 Jul 2018   #11
cedar

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

No don't have anything backed up.
I have an external hard drive but how can I access the files on the always crashing computer?


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25 Jul 2018   #12
cedar

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

After letting it sit overnight I was able to start without crashing and run the sfc scan.
Scan didn't find any integrity violations.
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25 Jul 2018   #13
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Lets do a backup
Boot from the Win 7 installation disk
Go to repair my computer
Once it finds windows it will highlight it. Click on it to un highlight it. Hit next.
It will show a menu. Choose last = CMD
Insert the external HDD

On the CMD window it will show you on X: drive (ramdrive). We need to find the letters of the drives (laptop and external).
type
dir C: (It will probably show your laptop HDD)
dir D: (It will probably show your laptop ODD)
dir E: - continue with f, g, h ...till you find the external drive

Lets assume it's laptop drive is C: and external is G:
dir C:\users (it will list all users. Find out what is the one assigned to you)
Now the backup
G:
Md Backup
Robocopy C:\users\Name G:\Backup /s

Name = your user name
It will copy everything from users\Name to the external disk.
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25 Jul 2018   #14
cedar

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks for replying Megahertz07.


First off I have a desktop not a laptop.
Second I don't have an installation disk, I have an .iso file you had me download yesterday which I have no clue what to do with.
It's on a different computer.
Never done a recovery or installation from a disk before so I need everything spelled out explicitly so I can just follow instructions.


Thanks!


(my external hd is a WD Passport(usb)
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25 Jul 2018   #15
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Burn the iso into a dvd to make a boot able installation disk.
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25 Jul 2018   #16
cedar

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Okay my computer finally crashed again after running for 2 hours but I burned the disk on another computer using windows 10.
Hope that doesn't matter.


So do I just back up everything on the c directory and that's it?
Just personal files or os files too?


thanks!
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25 Jul 2018   #17
cedar

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Oh and how do I boot from the disk?
Any special tricks?
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25 Jul 2018   #18
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Put the disk on the ODD and start the computer.
See if it boot from the DVD. If it doesn't, restart, enter BIOS and change boot order to the ODD.
Restart.
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25 Jul 2018   #19
cedar

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I'm in.
Just trying to figure out which drives to back up.
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25 Jul 2018   #20
cedar

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Funny the computer showed a "c" and an "e" drive with the external hd showing up as drive h.
But the cmd only finds directories "d" and "i"(the ex hd).
Must be a partition with both c and e showing up under d.


Anyway I'm backing up now.
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