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Ifyouonlywantto installon your hard driveas backup,cdis not needed.justsetthe hard diskjumpertoslaveforIDEhard disk.Ifyou areusingSATAhard disk,noneed tosetjumpers,justinsertthe cableand thensetthebiossetuphard diskasa secondhard drive(ifnecessary)
<p>1. Use of pre-installed backup tools. Many computers have a
backup software installed when you buy (including Time Machine backup and
restore for Mac or Windows). These tools are designed to transfer files to
various media they create on the computer hard drive or external hard drive,
you can prevent a total loss of data is performed. When you open the utility,
follow the onscreen instructions to complete the backup. <br />
<p>2. Back up important files on a USB stick or Memory Stick.
Insert the stick into a USB port on your computer. Drag the selected files to
the disk icon on the desktop (Mac) or PC (Windows) will appear. Flash drives
and memory sticks are very mobile and can be stored in small spaces such as
basements. Although they generally do not have a capacity of more than a few
gigabytes (GB), they are large enough to store your important files. <br />
<p>3. Enter an external hard drive. These external hard drives
usually have a very large capacity and can therefore keep most or all files on
a disk. Connect the external hard drive via a USB port. You can drag and drop
files on your hard disk or use it as a means of backup using a backup utility
installed. <br />
<p>4. Burn your important files on a CD-R or DVD-R. an entire
hard disk backup can be many slices, so this option is ideal if you want large
media files or documents for easy access later. Insert the CD into the CD-ROM
and follow the instructions on the screen (for Windows and Mac) to back up and
store files. <br />
<p>5. Upload files for storage in the cloud. Services in the
Internet cloud storage (like Mozy and drop-down box) are great ways to backup
files to the internet access from any Internet enabled device. Important files
with sensitive information may only be attached to a back-up cloud services
such as Mozy. Clouds, Drop box is ideal for backing up photos, videos and other
files less sensitive.<br />
You'll have to purchase the XP software, set your computer to boot from cd (in the cmos settings), put the disk in the cd and restart you computer. When the screen comes up to "...hit any key to boot from cd" hit any key. The system will boot to the XP cd and will allow you to delete the old partition, reformat your drive, and install XP. Next go to www.acer.com and download your drivers. Finally install your programs and data on to your hard drive. Have fun!
NOTE: Make absolutely sure that you backup the programs and data that you want to keep before starting the XP install!
Last time this happened to me, I had to reformat and reinstall windows. I tried all those modes, and I even tried the windows repair. None of that worked, I just did a complete new install. All of the data will be lost, if you do this.
My advice, if you need some of the data on that hard drive, you need to hook the drive up to another computer and backup what you need.
Or buy another hard drive, install windows on the new drive. Now slave the old and backup the data.