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    Copying drivers

    My friend's XP computer no longer boots due to corruption in Windows.

    I've put the hard drive in an enclosure and copied the files he needs.

    Is there a way to also copy the drivers that are loaded to make the Windows re-install go easier?

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    I don't believe so unless the PC the enclosure is connected to also has the exact same hardware, and even then perhaps not. An easier way would be to download the required drivers from the manufacturer's site to, say, a flash drive that can be plugged in when the Windows reinstall is complete.
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    I agree, the best way to do it would be to download all new [updated] drivers from the manufacturers website.
    It also may be possible to fish for them in the "C" directory, sometimes drivers place themselves there.

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    Did you try a repair install on the PC that no longer boots?

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    I just fixed another PC, this past week, with an old favorite boot failure.
    The PC (Windows XP) would start to boot, then reset and start over....on and on till you shut off the power.
    Likewise in Safe Mode. The boot sector was hozed, so the PC would not boot at all, into any mode.

    The Fix:

    Remove the hard drive and slave it to another PC running windows (any version will do) then run Chkdsk /f /r
    on that errant drive. About 95 times out of 100, that will fix the drive, so it will boot properly.
    I've done it so many times now, I've given up counting.

    Some other things you can do while that drive is slaved, is run Anti-Virus and Anti-spyware software against it and clean out the garbage. Heck, even do a defrag, so when you put it back in its own case, it runs GOOD.

    I hope that helps Someone, Somewhere.

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    PS: on topic..... there is actually a program that will save all your windows drivers to a folder on your HD. That folder can easily be copied to a CD or flash drive, for permanent storage.
    But, that has to be done while Windows is still running properly, not after it's crashed.
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    Dr. Who, good information but if a simple Chkdsk /f /r will fix it, why not just boot into the recovery console with a Windows install disk or a recovery disk and run it from there?

    Jerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWho View Post
    PS: on topic..... there is actually a program that will save all your windows drivers to a folder on your HD. That folder can easily be copied to a CD or flash drive, for permanent storage.
    But, that has to be done while Windows is still running properly, not after it's crashed.
    Hey Doc, would you mind listing the app. This could be very handy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    Dr. Who, good information but if a simple Chkdsk /f /r will fix it, why not just boot into the recovery console with a Windows install disk or a recovery disk and run it from there?

    Jerry
    You're assuming that every computer has one of those Recovery consoles. That is absolutely NOT TRUE.
    Locally built PC's don't have it and PC's that have had a new hard drive installed, after a HD crash, don't have it either.
    Even PC's from some major brands don't have it either. Boot disk? What world do you live in?
    Not the real world, for sure.

    So I try not to suggest things that will only work on just a few possible PC's, but will work on EVERY PC. Eh?
    That's the practical world I live in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    Hey Doc, would you mind listing the app. This could be very handy.
    I'd be happy to. But I don't remember which one is was. It's one of those "Drivers" programs.
    You know, one of those programs that tell you that you need 40 drivers updated, but will only update them after you pay for the program. Sound familiar?
    I guess a Google for driver backup programs would probably ferret it out. Eh?

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    It's DriverMax, and some others too.

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    Thank you!
    I couldn't remember that name to save my butt.
    I've really had it with those driver programs though. They tell you that you need all these various drivers and program updates, but then hold you up for $49 (usually) before they will actually do anything.
    The drivers you might really need are FREE from the Hardware Manufacturers web site.

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    And there are some programs that claim to be able to copy drivers from a non-bootable machine, but I can't find one that I am willing to trust, without at least a testimonial from someone that has experience with this feature.

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    Here's one that I located, says it works on a non bootable computer, using a Live CD. I have not tested it yet.

    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/double-driver.html

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    I think this one claims to be able to do unbootable systems too, most likely through the command line options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vincenzo View Post
    Here's one that I located, says it works on a non bootable computer, using a Live CD. I have not tested it yet.

    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/double-driver.html
    It's even free! I suppose you are going to try it. Please let us know if it does what it says because, if it does, it is one tool likely to be very useful.

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