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Accesing data from old hard drives. deleting some material leaving oper sys in tack. to be used as new backk up

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Just plug the old hard drive into your new system insuring that the setting of the jumpers on the old harddrive are set to slave. then when you boot up your system your operating sustem will detect the old harddrive and then you can access if in the my computer folder. In order to keep the the operating system working in the old harddrive do not delete any system files just delete the data you copied in to the harddrive, to be safe do not delete anything in the windows folder in the old harddrive

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I was following online instructions to change the format on my external to FAT32 for PS3. " if the file system type is 'NTFS" right click and select "Delete Partition or Delete...


Probably not ... FAT32 (File Allocation Table - 32 (bit)) is an older method (Upgrade of FAT16) than NTFS (New Technology File System) which was introduced on 'professional' machines that came with the NTFS, so called NT4 (following Windows 3.11 ) operating system.

Anytime you delete the material on your drive, it can be recovered. Cheaply is not a word typIcally used in this process. Typically, what one hears when taking about hard drives and files it MAKE SURE YOU MAKE A BACK UP.

Oct 27, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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How to delete Microsoft Windows, how to remove Windows


In this tech article I will go over how to remove Microsoft Windows or revert to a previous version of Windows. Why would you want to delete Windows? You may want to remove Windows because you do not like that version you have installed, or maybe you want a different operating system like Linux.

In my method I will not focus on data backup and recovery. If you wish to backup your data, you can do so. After installation of your operating system you can restore the data from backup.

Install fresh operating system
This method is the easiest and I would say least problematic. This will format(wipe) your hard drive and install a clean operating system. No files will be saved or transferred in this method. So be sure to backup any important data you wish to save as it will be deleted during this method.

1)You will need the operating system media. The operating system you wish to install can be on a DVD or USB flash drive for example.

2)Insert the media and reboot the computer.

3)As the computer is booting up, you will see some options come up during the boot process(very briefly). One of these options will be for your BIOS. It may say press f11 for bios, or DEL for settings. What we want to do is go into the computer BIOS and change the boot order.

4) Once in the BIOS, change your boot order so the operating system media is booted first. For example, if you have your new operating system on a USB flash drive, then you want to make sure the USB flash drive is first in the boot order list.

5)Once you make the boot order changes, exit out of BIOS saving your settings. When your computer reboots again it will boot to the media you selected.

6)Depending on what operating system you had installed before, you may get different options. You may get options to perform a recovery and or to just do a fresh install. We want to make sure you do a fresh install. This will format(wipe) the hard drive and install the operating system you wish to use. The hard drive will be formatted and the operating system installed. Once installed, you will go over settings basic computer settings like language, time, computer name and internet connectivity. This varies depending on the operating system you are using. Be sure to follow the on screen prompts.


If you installed Windows 7 over an older version of Windows
In this method you can revert Windows 7 to a previous version of Windows. The Windows 7 installation will have created a Windows.old folder that contains your previous operating system and personal files. This Windows.old folder is in the root of the Windows partition. Reverting does not keep any current files or settings so beware. Your computer will be reverted to its previous state before Windows 7 was installed.

The following tech article from Microsoft will go over the process to revert Windows 7 to a previous version of Windows that was installed.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971760

The following tech article from Microsoft will go over how to do this process with Windows XP.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303661


Wipe hard drive securely
If you want to truly erase data you will need to use software utilities to do this. Deleting data on your computer or reformatting your hard drive will not completely erase the data. There are numerous software programs out there you can use, free and costly.

A free tool you can use to erase your hard drive is KillDisk. You can click the link below to visit the site and download the software.
http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm


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My book has filled up and does not have any space to copy the hard drive. How do I delete old data to make room for the new data?


Well if you don't need the data that is on the book you could format the hard drive, but just remember that once you format the hard drive all the data in it will be permanently lost! So you might want to go through everything that you have in the book before formatting it, you might just want to delete all the data that is no longer necessary!!


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Dently deleted pre loaded files on my memorex 2GB travel drive what can i do


you could download and install an undelete program there are many of these which are totally free to use once you have finished just uninstall it or you could just leave it on your hard drive

http://majorgeeks.com/Free_File_Recovery_d6792.html
Free File Recovery is a small and easy to use application that will help you to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital cameraclip_image001.gifmemory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted from your iPod, or by bugs, crashes and viruses!

here is another yould use if you have no luck with the first

http://majorgeeks.com/FreeUndelete_d4407.html
FreeUndelete restores deleted files, including those removed from Windows Recycle Bin. In case of accidental removal of files on a NTFS (1.0 and 2.0) (default for Windows Vista , XP, 2000 and NT), FAT32, FAT16 or FAT12 file systems this is the utility to help.
Supported file systems:
NTFS 1.0, NTFS 2.0, FAT12, FAT16 and FAT32
The recovered files are saved into a new user-selected location to prevent overwriting the deleted files on the original media. hope this helps



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I recently bought a Toshiba Satalite laptop to replace the one I dropped which was also a Toshiba Satalite. I had taken out the old hard drive and installed it in the new one but now it wont do anything...


Yes it does matter. XP was configured for the old Toshiba and this will only work if both Toshiba laptops are exactly the same model.
To get your new Toshiba operating, put the new hard drive with the Vista operating system back in the Toshiba laptop.
To transfer your data from the old hard drive, purchase a USB adapter hard drive case and place the old hard drive inside this case. This will then be an external USB hard drive.
Plug this USB hard drive into the new Toshiba's USB port and it will detect it as an external storage/hard drive. You can then open the various folders and files and copy the data files to your new Toshiba.
To free up disk space on this USB hard drive, delete the Windows folder, Program Files folder and other folders that are no longer needed.
Use this hard drive as a backup hard drive etc.

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How do I erase all info on my computer I am getting a new computer and am donating old one, do not want any personal info left on computer


You need to format the hard drive(s).

Right click on the hard drive in 'My Computer' and select 'Format'. This will erase all data on the hard drive. Note, however, that this will also remove the operating system (Windows?) and make the computer inoperable until a fresh operating system is installed.

If you wish to leave the operating system intact you will need to delete all your data folders and files and then empty the recycle bin. This method is not as secure as a format, as the files will actually still exist but only recoverable with specialist software.

Jul 01, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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I have a PC Dell Dimension 2400 with a hard 40 GB


Basically when you install a new boot drive you need to install Windows operating system on the new hard drive, also the device drivers (eg video, audio, modem, LAN etc), your programs and data. The reason programs has to be installed is because the installation process copied DLL files to the System folders and makes changes to the registry.
You can only copy your data onto the new hard disk.
To avoid copying your data to the new hard drive, you can set up the old hard drive as second hard drive (ie. slave drive), if you delete the redundant folders and leave only the data folders then you have an adddition 40Gb of disk space.

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All my usb ports are not working when i connect any pen drives or external hard disk or bluetooth deice my computer doesn't read them what should i do?


Plese make sure that your USB port is enabled in BIOS Mode,

if it is enabled make this steps....


Download USB Driver files....

usbehci.sys
usbport.sys
usbhub.sys
usbui.dll
usbccgp.sys
usbohci.sys

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New hard drive on old e-machine. "No operating sys"


First of all did you install an operating system on your HD like windows or linux, copied doesn't work really good, take out the old HD for the new one and install the operating system. You can always afterward copy your old data on the new one
To enter into Bios puch "del" "F2" "F5" and "F8" simultanously (depend on the bios) when in bios go in BOOT menu with left or right arrow. then go down on the new hard drive and put it on top of the list, usully with F5 and F6 (how to use the menu is describe on the right), then press F10 and "Y" (yes) to accept the modification...
good luck

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Data Recovery


Ok,Download software for recover your data from Memory Card, Phone, HDD or any other Storage Device ----
Download from the following link ------

http://www.dasofts.com/software/3675-recover-my-files-3.98-build-6218.html


Note- this software is works only with windows operating system so, connect your Memory Card, Phone, HDD or any other Storage Device to computer to recover data.



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