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I had installed the program XCLONE to back up my hard drive. I removed it when I purchased ACRONIS, but the computer still stops at a ''dual boot'' type screen that asks me to select MS Windows or XCLONE. How do I get rid of the dual-boot screen so my computer just boots into Windows

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  • Roy
    Roy Jul 12, 2010

    ARE YOU AN IDIOT

    this is detailed instructions FROM MICROSOFT on how to remove operating system choices when you first boot your pc up.

    So it will remove the dual boot option.WHICH WAS EXACTLY WHAT YOU ASKED FOR

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Should I remove Windows Vista on my Compaq Presario Laptop? It is installed as OE but I amm told Microsoft does not support it anymore


For the past few upgrade cycles I have upgraded by purchasing the best value new computers with the OS installed. I connect the old computers to the new via a home network. The newest has Win-7 and is much faster, however, the learning curve is steep getting all the old stuff to work. So for some stuff I still rely on the older machine. This has given me the best results.I still use Vista and XP, but if you feel compelled to upgrade do to security reason I would follow the following outline.
  1. Back up on an external USB drive all important documents. You must do this if not Murphy's rules will apply and it can be a train wreck!!
  2. Down load Acronis from Western Digital website. Make a Boot disk.
  3. Create a clone copy of your master C:/ drive on an external USB drive.
  4. Purchase a same or larger internal PC master C: drive "It must be a Western Digital for the free version of Acronis to work"
  5. Replace current drive with new.
  6. Using Acronis boot disk boot up and connect USB drive
  7. Clone new drive from USB with vista OS using the Acronis boot disk and confirm all is well
  8. You now have a way to go back. Your original drive still has the Vista OS with all your Junk and the new drive should have the same.
  9. Using the new drive go to the Microsoft website and go for OS seven. Keep your clone copy of the vista OS on the USB drive in case the seven blows-up during install.
  10. Retain the original C: drive with the vista OS in case you get into difficulty with the new drive.(mark the drive with date etc)
I have successfully done this for computers and keep a drive loaded with a known good OS for the day it all goes bad.

Sync-toy is the backup program that I use to keep everything up to date.

Hope this helps?

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I Have a Toshiba , that the BOOTMGR is missing,...


This could be a very complicated repair. You should try some easy solutions first. A missing bootmgr means your computer cannot find the start up files on the hard drive. So maybe the hard drive is loose. Open up the computer and check the hard drive cables. Also check the Bio start up to be sure it is booting to the hard drive.
You can also try connection your hard drive to another computer and running disk repair from Windows or other hard drive repair programs.

Do you have any recovery or restore disks? try those.

You can try to install the trial version of http://www.acronis.com/en-us/personal/disk-manager/#additional-features
On a computer and add your problem hard drive to it and try to fix.
Acronis support is great. You can ask them if any of their programs will rebuild your bootmgr file.

Else you need Windows disks. You don't need yours, just any that are the same version as what is on your computer. It is safe to borrow from a friend.
Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation CD/DVD
Boot from Windows Vista installation disc, select language and keyboard or input method, click Next and choose to Repair your computer. Then you will need to select the operating system that you want to repair. In the System Recovery Options dialog box click Command Prompt and type the following:
Bootrec.exe /FixMbr
Bootrec.exe /FixBoot

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How to change the hard drive that contains the operational system in an Acer EasyStore H341 server?


Transfer an Operating System to a New Hard Drive


When replacing an old hard drive, a process known as cloning is the easiest and most thorough method for transferring data between the old and new hard drives.


A cloning utility takes a snapshot of your current hard drive and then re-creates that snapshot on your new hard drive.


The process clones everything, including the operating system, installed applications, settings and personal files.


Create a system restore disk so that you can return your system to its previous condition if an error occurs.


You can use a backup and restore utility provided with your operating system, or find one for free or for purchase on the Internet.


Many cloning utilities can also create system restore disks.


Shut down the computer and remove power.


Physically install the new hard drive.


Restore power and boot up the computer.

Ensure that your operating system recognizes that the new hard drive has been installed.


Pick the cloning utility that works best for you. (See Below for some options.)

http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy


http://www.clonezilla.org/


http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

All freeware


http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage


http://www.symantec.com/norton/ghost

Purchase


Base your decision on your operating system and the cost and complexity of the utility.


Install and launch the cloning utility on your old hard drive.

Follow the instructions included with the cloning utility.


Keep the old hard drive as a backup, or reformat it for additional storage space.


Cloning a Notebook Hard Drive


Create a system restore disk so that you can return your system to its previous condition if an error occurs.


You can use a backup and restore utility provided with your operating system, or find one for free or for purchase on the Internet.


Many cloning utilities can also create system restore disks.


Pick the cloning utility that best fits your needs. (See Above for some options.)


Base your decision on your operating system, the cost and complexity of the utility, and whether the utility can clone notebook hard drives using bootable media, such as CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs or flash drives.


Install and launch the cloning utility on your old hard drive.

Follow the instructions included with the cloning utility.


Keep the old drive as a backup in case the new hard drive fails.


or
Copy an OS to Another Hard Drive


Copying an OS or operating system to another hard drive can serve several functions.

Some simply want to move their current operating environment to a new PC, while others are replacing an old system hard drive with a newer one and want to avoid the hassle of updating and reinstalling.


The process of copying your operating system to another hard drive is a very easy one, in fact, and can be accomplished by anyone with nothing more than some software and some time.


Install Acronis True Image and launch it from its installation icon.

A link is provided below for the Acronis free 15-day trial.


http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/download/trueimage/


http://www.feyrer.de/g4u/

Support free software or g4u WILL die!


http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp

Macrium has a free also pay options


Click the "Utilities" button from the left menu bar.


Click the "Clone Disk" button from the right pane of the main program window.

This will cause a dialog box to appear.


Click the "Next" button on the bottom-right corner of the dialog box.


Select the disk with the operating system you wish to copy from the drive list and click the "Next" button.


This will begin an examination of your hard disk that will finish in a few minutes.


Select the destination disk from the hard drive list and click the "Next" button.


Choose the "As-is" option for how you would like to handle your partitions.


This option merely lets you decide whether to keep all partitions on the drive or copy just the data onto one blank partition on the new drive.


Click the "Finish" button, and Acronis will prompt you that your system needs to be restarted to begin the cloning process.


The restart will happen automatically when you click the "Finish" button.


Allow the computer to restart, and Acronis will launch prior to the operating system and begin the cloning procedure.


This process may take several minutes to several hours, depending on the size of the operating system and whether there are any installed applications.


Restart you computer once again after Acronis has completed the cloning procedure.

The software will notify you when the cloning has finished.


Boot into your operating system and use your new operating system installation as normal. You may now remove your old operating system drive or format it as you desire.


Hope this helps.









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My Dell PC scan says that my Samsung SP2504C hard drive is about to fail and should be replaced. Is this something I can do?


Replacing the hard drive involves the following process:
  1. Turn off and unplug the computer
  2. Remove the two screws from the left panel (facing the front of the tower)
  3. Slide the left panel back and to the left to remove it
  4. Unplug both power and data from the hard drive
  5. Unscrew the hard drive (You may need also remove the right panel to get to additional screws)
  6. Slide hard drive out
  7. Slide in new hard drive.
  8. Screw in new hard drive in approximately the same fashion as previous hard drive was screwed in
  9. Plug in power and data
  10. Re-install panel
  11. Plug computer in and boot

However, if this is your main or only hard drive, you will need to install your Operating system and all of your software and files from scratch. It may be possible to preserve them, but that's often risky and requires a bit more work. If this is your main hard drive, you probably want to consult an expert on having the old drive contents moved to the new drive.
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Added iomega quick protect to automatically do back ups - it keeps crashing my computer


Software causing Hardware Fault, it's getting more and more common. Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling the software?
This is out of context and of noones recommendation other than my own but I would recommend using "Macrium Reflect" for backups as it will create images of the entire hard drive or just parts and pieces, whatever you select and once setup will do it at whichever intervals you prefer (daily, weekly, monthly). It can backup to remote locations or onto a local hard drive and is fairly easy to use.
Now back onto the main question:
Try this;
1. Uninstall the application
2. Locate teh folder it was in if it's still there and delete it.
3. Reinstall the Application
4. Configure it to backup to a hard drive (Not the same drive as the Operating System)
Please do tell me if any of this was helpful and if not I will do my best to help further.

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No factory restore program will not system restore after i brought it in to get virus our at powersource computers it never worked the same again


sounds like the repair place you took it to removed the repair partition. not to confuse you but this means that you no longer have the restore partition on your hard drive. i had the similar problem on purpose. i freed up the extra space on my hard drive after upgrading to windows 7. thus i got Acronis home and made a backup and enabled the boot option with that program which brings up a message at boot/startup giving me the option to restore my computer.....for more information on how to do this you can buy the program and call them after your purchase and ask them to guide you through the process. the website is http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/index.html

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Backup of hard drive


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Norton will allow you to schedule "incremental backups" as often as you like. I have mine set for every night at 1AM.

The biggest reason to use this system is if your C: drive fails, you can use Norton Ghost to completely restore your system from the backup image on a new harddrive and be up and running as if nothing happened within a few hours. No installing applcations, settings or anything. It's wonderful!

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I can't get out of try and decide. When I tried


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Cloned hard drive wont boot up


sir,
Check with bios settings. also check the cable if sata activate at bios. need to check bios itself.

Thanks Good Luck
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Lost recovery dist for sony vaio pcv-rx500


Hi,
I had an RX540 and I can tell you absolutely that you have NO options other than hopefully finding it in the classifieds. Sony is rigid about not only programs but also hardware that originally came with it.

You didnt mention you were having any problems right now so I assume all is up and running well? If so, I recommend 'ACRONIS TRUE IMAGE' its a back up program of my choice that lets you back up the entire operating system or just programs and you can back it up by making restore disk sets or simply cloning the whole drive to another drive. There are other programs that do this but I have tried a few and many times when you back up programs they will restore ok but then ask you for serial numbers. ACRONIS has only done that with one program that I have seen.

So simply..
search for a program that auto-copies all your serial numbers OR mark them down yourself and make some restore discs using Acronis or something similar.

I would also suggest cleaning any old files etc off your drive and running a scandisk and defrag before you do the back ups.(for good quality and speed)

When you back up.. back up the entire operating system AND all the programs.
If you only select operating system, all you will have is windoze.
In the future you can totally foul your windoze and simply boot to the Acronis recovery cd and the back ups ON CD and it will restore your computer.

Or.. do what I do. Once you have everything perfect, simply clone the entire drive to another drive and if it ever messes up just swap out the hard drive like changing a light bulb.*s* (always save your serials.)
By the way, a hard drive needs to be about 1/3 empty to work well and fast because there are windows memory and swap file issues. So free up some space for good performance ok ?

I hope this was helpful. good luck.*s*

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