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  1. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    log1c The Underwriter

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    Interesting little write up. Thanks for sharing!
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    Too bad Voyager will fade into Deep Space noise before encountering Planet X The Ninth Planet.
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    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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  5. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    Sigh. Right after posting this, my HDD, probably power surge induced, combined with CCleaner not understanding winten well combined to create a disaster, so that I had no explorer or cmd.exe in my system32 folder. Days of frustration, learning all the limits of reset and reinstall, and cloning, et al, and using Task Manager's Run New Task -> Browse box as an ersatz file manager, by which I was able to rescue the important stuff, finally. I lost my firefox profile, and my thunderbird profile was thrown back in time to 2009.

    I'm slowly getting things sorted out AGAIN, and have another HDD to which to back up image files properly. NEVER AGAIN!

    My brain is still fizzing with furystration (frustrated fury and furious frustration), and all my games are gone AGAIN. I don't think I'll bother to reinstall them either.

    Dese lasta few mont's have been-a berry berry not-GOOD to me! ;)
  6. JZL

    JZL Ministry of Whack

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    When you get it good again make an Acronis or Paragon image.

    I tried recently to make an Acronis image of my Winten computer, but the HDD is partitioned weird. It's a 1TB spinnner, and it's got an 11GB recovery partition (the original Win 7), a 2GB "System" partition, and the rest, ~ 987GB, is the "Windows" partition. It was the last one I was trying to archive, but it's too facking big I guess and it was taking forever. There isn't actually much data on it, so I didn't think the size would matter that much, but apparently so. Maybe I should just archive the one called "System", but it isn't visible from within Winten itself (neither is the Recovery partition, but that's common)

    Ideas?
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    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    Clean install, format the entire drive.
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    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    Basically what I was forced to do. Twice. I also got to learn all about using Diskpart to change uniqueid, which I wish I'd learned a bit earlier than I did. That would have saved me from using the task manager ersatz file transfer kludge... All I can say is, my brain wasn't working at it's best just then. For some reason...

    Having learned my lesson, (and learned how cheap HDDs have gotten! Less than $50 for a 1 Tbyte WD blue HDD!) I've now backed up a nice little system image, moved the most important of my important data to onedrive, and turned on Firefox Sync to back up my Firefox bookmarks and settings.
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    JZL Ministry of Whack

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    I need the recovery drive to have the legal copy of Win 7 for that computer, afaik. I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but I actually bought a little computer.

    Goofus, please explain the Diskpart-uniqueid thing, and how are you liking OneDrive?
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    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    When I ran into the reset wall with my problem, I spent money I didn't have getting a new HDD (1T for less than $50! I STILL can't believe it!), I had it cloned, with the idea of fresh installing on one drive, and if everything blew up, I still had everything on the other, but of course, that means both drives have the same i.d., so that you can't mount both drives at the same time (Edit: Unless you are using them as a raid or cluster.). You can use Diskpart to change the uniqueid of one (the non-boot) drive, so you can mount both drives. I googled it, and found good step-by-step guides on how to use diskpart. If I'd found out about diskpart BEFORE all my circumlocutions, I would have been able to do things much more easily. Silly me.

    After I got the fresh install done, and changed the uniqueid of the unmounted drive with diskpart, then forced that drive online in disk management, I rescued everything that was left to be rescued, then used diskpart's "clean" command to just blow away everything on the non-boot drive, then I just initialized the scrubbed down drive as a GPT drive in disk management, and made it one whopping huge simple primary partition. This drive is now my disk image and backup storage disk, so if another storm or rogue utility/driver eats my OS again, I'll just be able to restore from the image that is working now, and restore any backed up files that have changed from that time. (barring disaster happening WHILE I'm making a disk image, that is...) I'm pleasantly surprised at how fast the disk image creation is, from SATA to SATA

    For onedrive, I'm just using it as storage for the important documents that I absolutely must not lose. In windows 10 (and 8.x), onedrive is just another folder in explorer, so this is super easy.
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  11. hans5849

    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    If you already upgraded it to Win 10 you should be able to clean install it, or if you have the Win 7 SN you can enter that into the product key for Win 10 provided you're using the 1511 build or newer install (see creating your own Win 10 install USB using media creation tool).
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    Ah OK. I kept all the Winten install files and moved them out of the way after the upgrade, and have the Win 7 serial number, so that should be doable, and this was done within the last month so it should be a new enough build. I could probably Acronis my Win 7 recovery partition just to try to be safe I guess.

    Actually, I could just keep the recovery partition and delete and/or resize the other two, and just install Winten fresh on whatever I decide on? On a 1 TB drive, an 11 gig partition is no big deal, really.