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  1. Recover when you need to, but prevention is better

    Too bad that Michael doesn't know about Gibson Research's SpinRite HDD maintenance and data recovery utility. If he'd be using it for regular maintenance, he'd have never have had the problem get so...
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    Poll: Actually, the MS Office settings are my biggest...

    Actually, the MS Office settings are my biggest concern (and an image restore does too much--my current Win7 install is old and a bit wonky). So will Windows Easy Transfer work drive-to-drive, if...
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    Poll: Thanks for taking all that time to respond, but...

    Thanks for taking all that time to respond, but please re-read my post--I don't want to use my existing Win7 install, nor do I intend to remove the existing HDD. My project is somewhat different than...
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    Poll: HDD to SSD upgrade settings migration?

    I'm running Win7 Pro x64 SP1 from a 500 GB HDD (partitioned into system/programs C: and data D:). I'm preparing to add an SSD to use as my system and programs drive, keeping the HDD for data storage....
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    Try ethernet!

    I'm with Tinto Tech in thinking that you may have a wifi connection issue. Rather than fooling around with borrowing/buying, swapping out and configuring another router, though, why not just move...
  6. Using daisy-chained routers to isolate UPnP

    On a recent episode (#387, 1/16/13) of TWiT's "Security Now" podcast, Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson discussed the following idea from a listener on how to safely use UPnP on a LAN:



    He could get...
  7. Restore points and shadow copies in Win7

    I'm guessing that you're basing your assumption about the maximum number of restore point on how XP implemented restore points (a database of information on changes to the system files, along with a...
  8. Not what I asked...

    I think that what we're having here is a failure to communicate...

    For context, here were my two questions:


    Are you using Windows Backup to make a file-by-file backup or an image backup?...
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    Manually create a restore point after updating

    I think that you're overreacting to that message--all it's telling you is that if you update FF, then run a Windows system restore before a new, post-installation restore point has been created...
  10. What kind of Windows backup? To where?

    Some questions:

    Are you using Windows Backup to make a file-by-file backup or an image backup?
    What backup storage location did you specify in your backup settings?
  11. We've covered this ground before...

    While it may not exactly sound like your issue with restore points, I'd strongly recommend that you read the Lounge thread "Daily Restore Points -- NOT" which provides a thorough treatment of how...
  12. Thread: Win 7 backup

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    What didn't work?

    In what sense did chkdsk "not work"? What switches did you use? What were the original symptoms?
  13. Thread: Win 7 backup

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    When all else fails, and you can't get to your data...

    Clint's recommendations for minding your HDD's health are all good. But what do you do when you can't read all or part of your HDD, running chkdsk hasn't solved the problem, and you have inaccessible...
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    Try PwnYouTube

    I use Freemake for everything but YouTube--it works there (or did the last time I tried it), but I much prefer the PwnYouTube bookmarklet--it's not pretty, but gives me the choice of output format...
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    "Complex" doesn't mean it's hard for an experienced user

    Y'all are highly-experienced users, as are many of the frequent contributors on this forum. Perhaps you've forgotten, however, all the steps of learning (and all the time) that got you where you are...
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    Is it really Windows x64?

    Everyone seems to be assuming that OP's system is running Vista x64, when all he said is that his system has a 64-bit processor on it. If his Windows install is x64, then Computer Properties would...
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    Goodsync +1

    I, too, have used Goodsync for years, and have been highly satisfied with the results. I like that what I have on the external HDD are exact copies of the files, not some special backup file, so that...
  18. Take a closer look at the HDD

    I, too, suspect that the problem lies in the HDD (some corruption of the user folders, I'm betting). If that's the case, reformatting the HDD won't necessarily fix that drive--if it's going bad, it's...
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    There shouldn't be backups on D:

    To expand on Clint's answer: The default Win7 installation creates what's called a "system partition" for storing the software needed to do a "system recovery" in the event that the Win7 installation...
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    Did you check the hardware?

    Even if you didn't take my suggestion of buying and running SpinRite, did you at least do what Kevin suggested?

    If so, when, and with what results?

    If not, then please try his suggestion before...
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    Try another cable?

    Yes, that probably rules out a problem with the HDD. Again, since it sounds like a data error, the next thing I'd wonder is if the USB cable you're using is faulty--perhaps with a tenuous connection...
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    Another possibility

    Another possibility is that your HDD is starting to get some weak sectors (or just started to try to use some that had been weak for some time). A weak sector (as opposed to one that's entirely gone...
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    Odd, and doesn't seem likely

    When I read your OP, my first question was whether you first started Windows Backup, then powered up your external HDD (as your post seems to imply). If that's correct, then it wouldn't surprise me...
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    Hardware involvement?

    Anyone else out there wondering if there's a hardware component involved in this issue? An inconsistently-repeating boot or shutdown failure like this sounds like it could possibly involve one or...
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    Sometimes Windows just forgets

    I've been using external USB drives for about 8-9 years now, first on an XP box and now with a new(er) Windows 7 system. Throughout that time I've noticed that Windows will occasionally (2-3 times a...
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