CMD xcopy C to E

December 31, 2009 at 23:59:22
Specs: Windows XP
My computers bootmanager is corrupt. So i cant turn my computer on. what i can do is CMD. I thought that if i used XCOPY to copy my files onto a portable hard drive, i could just reset the computer and copy my files back to windows. Problem is, i have no idea how to XCOPY.
The hard drive will probably be E:\
All the stuff i want is on C:\Documents and Settings\Tim
Any help would be very much apreciated

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#1
January 1, 2010 at 00:07:30
Download KNOPPIX: http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/inde...

It would have to be one of the best live free bootcd you can get

Anyway then just back up your data to external USB flash drive


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#2
January 1, 2010 at 00:09:06
Does it work for windows?

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#3
January 1, 2010 at 00:13:10
Yes yes it does

Its actually Linux but ironically it can see all Windows files, including all your data ;)

You need to create the BootCd and boot from it though :)


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#4
January 1, 2010 at 01:43:47
If you plan a new windows install on another drive, may as well do that and then copy files from the old drive.

A DOS xcopy will trash some filenames. Worse, it will miss some if the path is too long.


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#5
January 1, 2010 at 01:51:26
A new install of Windows may not be able to see all protected files (or user accounts) on another drive (unless you change the permissions)

Best to just use the Knoppix BootCD


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