Making Win7 backup without booting completely

March 29, 2011 at 20:04:31
Specs: Windows 7, Unknown
Well my computer , toshiba series L455-S5975 OS: windows 7, began having issues, bluescreen wouldn't boot and so on, and i wanted to know if it was possible to backup my harddrive to an external HD without it booting up to the login screen. Like somewhere in repair console or maybe the f8 settings? Maybe bios settings. I'm not a scientist but I know my way around computers except for this lol. Much appreciated for any help.

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#1
March 29, 2011 at 21:34:27
You can access you hard drive to do a manual back up to an external drive (copy/paste, uncompressed so Windows can later access them) by putting in a live Linux DVD and booting to it (not installing) and then accessing your drive from there. You can easily download the needed ISO image to burn the disk for free in many Linux distributions, just Google it. Back up only your files since if a repair does not work, you will need to reinstall the programs anyway after Windows.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
March 29, 2011 at 21:44:06
Well crap I was hoping it was easier lol. I don't have another computer to utilize. I can boot my computer to the login screen and login but when I reboot it tells me failure imminent backup drive immediately and replace hard drive once it gets to the login I enter p/w and it very very slowly logs in, I've waited about 20 minutes for it to allow me to go into start menu to access backup options but it wouldn't load fully and I'm worried it won't ever load fully for me to back it up.

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#3
March 29, 2011 at 22:27:05
download a linux boot disk, to usb or disk, boot your computer from the linux disk (its all free) you will then be able to copy all your files.
or put the drive in an external case and connect to another computer to copy files.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#4
March 30, 2011 at 03:14:06
If you can't download a live CD, maybe you can go into Safe Mode (F8 immediately at the BIOS splashscreen) and copy files there, or even Safe Mode, Command Line only, and use the copy command. If your data is valuable, do not play around, even if you have to take the disk out and slave it to another machine to suck the data out. With the reliability of disks these days, full backups are essential.

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#5
March 30, 2011 at 09:10:38
I will try to get into safe mode and do it from there. The cmd line do you know what it is? I won't get an external hd till I get my check in a couple days so I'll have to wait till then.

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#6
March 30, 2011 at 09:29:33
copy /?

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#7
March 30, 2011 at 09:33:06
Like I said I'll try it when I get my external and I'll let you know how it goes. Hopefully it will let me

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