Backup to an external hard drive without a floppy drive
Can you help me with this problem. i backup my hard drive of my dell laptop to an external hard drive and it has an error message at the end of it that says "the asr diskette was not created. you will not be able to restore an asr backup without the system information stored on this diskette. please refer to online help for further assistance." Can i use a CD drive in place of a disc drive and if so how do i let my computer know this change?
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Re: backup to an external hard drive without a floppy...
I believe you would prefer a DVD as the article I referenced earlier said a CD was too small (I made the same mistake before I reread it). It would seem that whatever drive letter the DVD example E:\ is would be used in the name of the file like the example E:\jan30-03.bkf and when the application was complete insert a DVD in the drive and tell windows to burn the content.
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Reformatting the hard drive of a computer is sometimes an unavoidable task. Whether you're an IT professional or a private user, there are times when the hard drive has to be totally wiped. These reasons range from reallocating a computer to another user, selling it or donating it, installing a larger internal hard drive or even just to eradicate some flaky behavior. Unless the computer is ancient, reformatting a Dell laptop is a moderately easy process.
1. Damaged hard drive is a reason to reformat Back up
any data on the PC that you plan on saving. This can be accomplished by
using burnable CDs or DVDs, attaching an external hard drive, using an
online backup process or hooking up to the corporate backup server.
2Older flavors of Windows include a bootable floppy
Set the boot order on the
laptop. This tells the computer the order that it looks for a bootable
disc. The default is the C: drive, but this can be changed by holding
down the Delete key while booting the computer. If you're using a
floppy, which is common with early versions of Windows, select the A:
drive. If you're using the CD or DVD, then select that drive (usually
the D: drive) by using the up and down arrow keys. Save your preference
3A software restore CD
Insert the media (floppy or
CD/DVD) into the computer, and then reboot. Select reformat and install,
which will erase all the data on the drive and install a fresh copy of
42.5-inch internal hard drive
Keep an eye on the process, as
earlier versions of Windows often require manual intervention such as
selecting options, or pressing the Enter key at certain times. More
recent versions of Windows are typically autorun.
5Disk image utility
Follow the prompts during the
installation and after rebooting it. Use the restore CD to install any
additional drivers and utilities. Run the Windows updates, and if you're
planning on keeping the computer (or assigning it to another user),
then install any necessary applications and data files, and configure
the preferences, email and printers.
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Go to start and click on accesories then under system tools or in the acsesories panel you will se something that says systemp backup or backup, click that then follow the steps to do a TOTAL BACKUP to the letter of your drive. My recomendation to you is to make a folder on your external hard drive to store the backup.
well first off you should not use teh same external hard drive for both dell and mac! and for it to work on a dell you need to go to disc utility in the applications folder and click on you external hard drive and go to the last pannel which is called restore and put in the given info and it shall work!