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    New Install

    I will soon be changing Hard Drives and doing a new install. Which file holds the username/password information for all the secure sites I have visited?

    Also Is there a site that gives pointers about saving files or tips that are useful?

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    Re: New Install

    Your best bet would be some sort of imaging software, like Drive Image or Norton Ghost. Note that the first release of Drive Image 4 is not compatible with Me (or Win2k). Might seem like a lot to lay out for this one use, but it's also one of the easiest ways to do regular backups. And of course, yo do back up regularly, don't you? <img src=/S/angel.gif border=0 alt=angel width=15 height=21>
    Alternatively, mwbackup will do the job, but not as easy. As well as all your personal files, you want to back up the Cookies folder in C:WindowsCookies, if you want sites to remember you. Don't know where the passwords are stored, though. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
    Since you are changing hardware, check the Hard Drive settings in Device Manager. As long as your driver is shown as generic IDE, there should be no problem swapping it and then putting your ghosted image onto the new drive; but don't change any other hardware before booting up on your new hard drive. And of course, make sure that all important personal/business files are safely backed up on removable media! <img src=/S/disk.gif border=0 alt=disk width=15 height=15>
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    Re: New Install

    I disagree. Imaging can save all installed software and settings (computer image) as ONE FILE, and can be restored on the computer with THE SAME HARDWARE CONFIGURATION. SimonP wants to change hard drive (I assume, to bigger one) and make a new installation. This is no way to extract individual file from the image (not in current versions, at least), and imaging miss the goal. What he needs - to save the User Profile. For Microsoft Office (2000 and XP) there is a utility called User Profile Manager. For Windows ME, it's possible to save accessibility settings to a file (http://www.microsoft.com/enable/trai...settings-u.htm). All user profiles are in the Documents and Settings folder, and it's really a huge one. To save it, you must have a CD burner.

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    Re: New Install

    We have successfully used the Norton Ghost software at work to move the data from one HD, size x, to another HD, size x or size x+y (ie the same size or larger).

    I personally haven't done this process, but the other techs in my department do it on a regular basis.

    Hope this helps out...
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    Re: New Install

    But be aware that if you are using Nortion's System Works you will need to remove and reinstall it. You may find that any other "Disk" type of program MAY give you problems.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: New Install

    Thanks for the responses, but......

    I want to take the opportunity for a clear out. The system is Win 98 then Win 98 Se then Win ME with no end of install / uninstall of applications.

    Simply using Ghost or similar will make life easy in some respects but will still leave loads of remnants around.

    Simon

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    Re: New Install

    Since most hard drives use the same generic IDE driver, there is no problem as long as this is the only hardware change. The BIOS may detect that the HDD has changed and ask for the change to be confirmed before booting into Windows, but there shouldn't be any problems otherwise.

    Drive Image 4 will allow extraction of individual files/folders from image from a seperate Windows program supplied.
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    Re: New Install

    Useful tip. Hadn't thought of that, but I can see how problems might arise - images within images!
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