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Old 05-03-2007, 03:05 AM   #21
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The easiest solution to get it looking mostly the same would be to use the Files and Settings Transfer wizard. You run it once as the 'old computer' before you reinstall, then again as the 'new computer' after you reinstall. It will cover a vast majority of the windows options and even a number of third party applications and your data (though this does NOT replace a proper backup).

You would still need an external drive or network location to copy a large amount of data to however.
I've got a 250gig external HD so that shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 05-03-2007, 03:08 AM   #22
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Unless your data is backed up to an external hard drive, or burned to disc do not delete partitions or reinstall XP.

Deleting partitions will cause you lose all data on that partition.

Reinstalling XP can result in your Documents and Settings folders being deleted, meaning that Pictures, documents,etc could be lost.

How much free space do you have available on your D: drive?

You need to resize (not delete) your D drive. By resizing your D: partition you will then add that space to your C: partition.

Most partition programs (PartionMagic and the likes) cost money. A free program, but not always easy to use, is Boot-IT NG.

http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootitng.html

No matter what action you take, I would purchase an external hard drive and backup everything before doing anything involving resizing/deleting/reinstalling.

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Old 05-03-2007, 03:19 AM   #23
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I've got about 90 GB on the D drive and 155 GB on my external.
Next question is how do I back up? Just click and drag or is there more to it?

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I've got about 90 GB on the D drive and 155 GB on my external.
Next question is how do I back up? Just click and drag or is there more to it?

http://www.freebyte.com/fbbackup/

How much total data do you have to backup?

Your partitions:
C: 15GB/xx free
D: xxGB/90GB free

Fill in the xx's
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http://www.freebyte.com/fbbackup/

How much total data do you have to backup?

Your partitions:
C: 15GB/xx free
D: xxGB/90GB free

Fill in the xx's
I've got about 14.3 GB used up on the C drive but some of that data can be deleted. I just don't want the computer performance to suffer because I deleted needed files in registries and stuff like that.
Can you tell that I don't know too much about computers?.
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Old 05-03-2007, 12:14 PM   #26
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Use Partion Magic to make it one partion and it will do this with out losing any of your info.....
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I've got about 14.3 GB used up on the C drive but some of that data can be deleted. I just don't want the computer performance to suffer because I deleted needed files in registries and stuff like that.
Can you tell that I don't know too much about computers?.
There is nothing wrong with not knowing alot about computers. Hell I don't know too much about brewing!

I just want to make sure you get a good backup of your pictures/documents/thesis/etc before you proceed. That way your next post isn't something along the lines of "$&@#@& I just lost all my data!!!"

Personally I prefer two seperate partitions, because that way if I want to do a reinstall of XP all I do is move what i want to keep to the other partition, boot off the XP cd and wipe the "System" partition the whole time leaving my "Data" partition alone.

You really have two approaches to this.

1.) Backup data, resize the partitions (Resizing includes merging the D partition into the C partition)
2.) Backup data, delete all partitions and reinstall using System Restore discs.

Option #1 will be the easiest and won't require you to reinstall all your applications, email accounts,etc.

I can't count how many times people have backed up their pictures and documents, but then proceeded to forget to backup thier favorites/email files & address books/etc.

Option #2 will prolly give you a decent performance boost because you would be starting with a fresh install of XP. I haven't done a system restore on a Vaio in a couple years but if it doesn't give you the option to increase the partition sizes during reinstall Boot-IT NG would let you do it after the system restore completes.

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I'd still recommend backing up his data first. I've seen Boot-IT NG lose data before, as has Partition Magic. Messing with partitions and MBT's without a valid/verified backup is like brewing with unsterile equipment.

Sooner or later it will catch up to you.

While I'm not proud of this I have purchased an external hard drive at BestBuy, used it for my data backup, and after DBAN'ing the drive returned a week later when I was done.

Also why did you list your title and certs?
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Old 05-03-2007, 11:14 PM   #28
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If you want to get it exactly as is then your easiest solution is to buy Acronis True Image Home version. Itll run you about $50 though. It can make an exact image of your drive contents. If you choose to go this route I can walk you through it step by step but I wont waste the time typing it all out for now. If you use this program you can make the image of the C drive and save it to your external drive. Copy the contents of the D drive to the external as well (provided it all fits). Now you can boot from an XP CD to repartition the drives. Wipe out all the partitions and create one big one. Then restore your image you created and Windows will be back to how it was with different partition sizes. Then copy your data you had on D to wherever you want it to be stored. I know you said you do not have an XP CD, but you can borrow one from a friend, or I could even mail you a copy of one. As long as you do not use any one elses CD key, it is legal.

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Lots of great ideas. I will have to read these all again and decide what to do. I will probably need help when I do it.
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