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The motherboard in my computer is bad.. since i cannot turn the computer on..i want to externally backup my hard drive before i send it to get repaired.how do i go about doing that..is ther an easy way to remove the hard drive and back it up?

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Remove the drive..take it to a local computer geek and let them do it..usually will run you around 100 or so..

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My hp desktop says internal hard disk not found how do i reset my drive


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<p>The computer systems are based on the memory and storing information. However, as the crash of a computer system, causing loss of data, all previously stored information. All computer systems, servers and personal computers, users can backup storage disks to store and to store information - in case of system failure. Creating a backup system is completely dependent on the operating system on the computer. <br /> <p><br /> <p>1. Press Start. Select "Control Panel". <br /> <p><br /> <p>2. Connect your external hard drive on the computer begin transmitting and storing files on your external hard drive. <br /> <p><br /> <p>3. Click on "maintenance". Choose Save and Restore. " <br /> <p><br /> <p>4. Choose your external hard drive and choose "Configure a backup." A wizard will appear and give you further instructions. While the setup wizard, you can schedule backups, and select where your backup files to save. Under Windows, the recommended storage for backing up files and programs on an external hard drive. <br /> <p><br /> <p>5. Show your stored files by choosing "System and Maintenance" and select "Backup and Restore". On the menu, select "Find files" or "Search" folder to the contents of your backup view. Because Windows will automatically create backup files when it is supplied, you can check or change the scheduled backup for "Schedule backup" to monitor the dates and times for the safety of a system. <br />

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This error can occur during a system recovery, and choosing the backup option to an external hard drive. The recovery might stop responding, and an Error 1002 message displays.To resolve the error, follow these steps:
  1. After the error message displays, turn off the computer.
  2. Disconnect the external hard disk drive.The backup is still useable.
  3. To continue the system recovery, restart the computer.
  4. Press F11 repeatedly at startup.
  5. Select Advanced Options , and then select System Recovery .
  6. When given the choice, choose to continue without a backup.
  7. After system recovery is complete, restore files from the external hard disk drive.

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Backing up system


The easiest way to backup your system is to go to your local computer/electronics store and pickup an external hard drive. If you don't plan to back up a ton of info, then you could use a large flash drive and manually copy the files over. Most external hard drives will come with backup software. If it were me, I would just disconnect the hard drive before I installed the processor. Once installed, power on the computer with the hardrive disconnected. If the computer is able to load the BIOS and displays something like "Boot device not detected" or something to that effect, then your probably good, because if you did it wrong or the processor was bad, then the computer wouldn't turn on at all.

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You may have an external hard drive you want to use for more than just document backup.
In this situation, you can install an operating system onto your external hard drive. By doing so, you will be able to run your external hard drive as a fully functional operating system.
If your primary hard drive ever crashes, you will have a backup option unavailable to those who simply use their external hard drives as file and document backup.

1) Plug your external Hard Drive into your Computer using the USB cable. Insert the installation disk for your Operating System into the CD/DVD Drive. Turn on or restart your Computer.

2) Boot from the installation disk. You may have to press a key once prompted to boot from the installation disk.

3) Accept the license terms and conditions. Read through these carefully if you wish to understand your legal rights as a user. If you disagree with these terms and conditions, you may want to purchase a different Operating System.

4) Choose your destination drive. Your external Hard Drive will likely be the E: or F: drive. By default, the C: will represent your main Hard Drive and the D: will usually represent your CD/DVD Drive.

5) Begin the installation. Your external Hard Drive will install the Operating System. You will now be able to run that Operating System off of your external hard drive.


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on Sep 03, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Low local disk space


get a external usb hard drive.you cant do anything to a computer like this chap its going to cost u a little someing.i hope this help u

Jul 18, 2009 | Compaq Evo D300 PC Desktop

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My LaCIe external hard drive will not open - I get a message saying that the disc is not ready and there may be a drawer open as though it is a DVD ROM - I have tried it on 3 diff computers and the message...


I am not really sure where to start here because I am a little confused about your setup here. It seems you made a great choice to keep Windows and your data on separate drives. Your primary hard drive is a really fast SATA Raptor drive, which is great, but I would never use an external hard drive for general everyday data storage. Many will probably disagree with what I have to say, but external hard drives should really be used only for temporary backup. I would never suggest using an external hard drive as your only copy of your data or for regular everyday use. There are several reasons for this:
1. External Hard drives are generally slower than Internal Drives.
2. Many of them come preformatted with Fat32, so you are limited to files no larger then 4gig.
3. They are more likely to fail because they are normally subjected to a greater likelihood of accidental bumping or dropping.
4. Many external drive enclosures are not properly cooled for continuous usage and thus lead to premature failure.
5. You often have no idea what brand of hard drive is actually inside the enclosure.

Don’t get me wrong, external hard drives are wonderful and I use them all the time. I have three LaCie 160 gig drives myself that I use all the time for temporary backup, but I rotate them so that I have 3 consecutive backups and would never use them (not just Lacie but any external drive) as my only backup or as a primary data drive. And yes, I have had to replace a few of them due to failure.

So to address your specific questions:

What went wrong?
1. Bad Cable - Well it is probably unlikely, but I would first try another USB cable just to make sure the cable is not damaged.
2. Power Supply - Try another power supply if you have or can borrow one.
3. Controller Failed – The Controller inside the Lacie has failed.
4. Drive Failure – The Hard Disk inside the Lacie has failed. Drives typically have an average 5 year lifespan, some last longer and some can fail much sooner. Unfortunately, you rarely have any warning, thus the need for backups.

Nov 05, 2008 | LaCie PC Desktops

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