hard disk backup

January 19, 2010 at 09:36:35
Specs: Windows XP, CPU
Since my ssyetem completely down ,i need to take a back of the hard disk.pls advse me how do i do that

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January 19, 2010 at 09:49:46
You say your system is down. So does this mean it will not turn on and boot in any way or that Windows Crashes? If your system will turn on then you will need either a Windows Bootable or Linux Bootable CD.

If you still have your Windows XP CD then boot from it to the Recovery Console. You just press R when it prompts you. This will boot you to a command prompt "C:>". Plug in an external drive like a Bookself Drive or Flash Drive large enough to hold your files. You may have to see which drive letter it mounted to but most probably the "E:" drive because your CD-ROM will be the "D:" drive. To test this type..


and look at the contents of the drive to make sure it is your removable drive. If not then do the same process for G:.

Once you found the drive type...

xcopy "c:\documents and settings\*.*" e: /e /a

The E: is your destination drive. It might be easier with Linux but then you need to a ISO burning software and a Linux ISO of your choosing...


In either case you will need to have a high level of computer knowledge and if you are not comfortable with doing this I recommend you get someone who is.

P.S. if your system will not even turn on then you will need to remove your drive from the computer and stick it in another computer that will boot. (If it is an IDE drive then you will need to set the Slave Jumper on the back of the drive first.) Then the drive will show up as an E: drive on that computer and you can copy the contents of the "Documents and Settings" folder.


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