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    I have a second hard drive, one is empty and one is almost full?so now what do l do ?


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    It depends. Is the empty one a slave drive? Without an operating system?

    If so, you might try loading all your important data files on it. Then do the spybot, virus and what have to the whole system. That way if you trash the system delousing it, you will still have your data.

    Then physically disconnect the slave drive. Once you have wiped and reloaded the main computer and have all your protections up to date, then and only then reattach the slave drive and do a couple of deep scans to make sure you don't have any bugs hanging around waiting to re-infect you.

    I find this makes the whole wipe and reload routine fairly painless. It is still tedious mind you... but since you aren't losing anything but time, it isn't so terrible. And when you are done, you have a skippy fast happy comp.

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    I just recently experienced PC problems.

    I woke up today and no connection to the internet .... I fiddled with a few things that my non-techy self knew how, to no avail ....

    So I broke down and called tech support(gotta luv these people) and found out that their modem was busted and all I needed to do was go to one of their offices and switch the old one for a new one at no cost.

    So I get home with this thing and open it up and read the directions and proceed to set it up ... everythings hooked up correctly and I still have no internet :?

    Another call to the tech guys ...then a call to Norton 'cause it seems the firewall is blocking me somehow when it never did before :? ...then another call to my ISP tech guys followed by the problem not being solved and them giving me an 800# to Microsoft .....

    In the end, I fiddled once more with the cables and did a system restore ....FIXED!

    System Restore has saved my arse once again! :-D :smt023 :smt101

    Sorry to read of your troubles , elizabethlwrnce ....I know exactly how it feels to lose all your precious photo's and music and such, it's happened to me before .

    The best idea is to save all your stuff to something that is user friendly and will let you upload it back to your PC when it's ready.
    In fact, I need to that myself ...as the saying might go...'sting me once,shame on you.... sting me twice , shame on me' ...

    ...wish I was more PC savy and could be of some help..

    R~

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    Skippy fast happy comp?eh? ;)

    Okey Dokey then, l?ll hop away and see if l can play around with my hard slave drive. :shock:

    Who knows l may actually fix the darn thing, and if you don?t hear from me for a while?well you?ll know l?ve buggered things up .

    Much appreciated. :smt023

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    Mines an HP too .... and good luck, very good luck .... hope to see ya on the other side of the fractal core ;) :)

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    RE: Saving the Data Files

    If you have a CD- Writer - you can go to town backing up all your goodies before handing over your horse to the firing squad.

    If not an internal, An external USB writer would be a great investment. A CD writer is like a never ending unlimited hard drive and CD blanks are very inexpensive these days. You could write your heart out. If you don't have an external drive, perhaps a friend might lend you theirs for the weekend?

    A DVD+ or -R could even do more in a single swoop if you have mountains of goodies and videos.

    Nothing LEXX should ever be Lost!!


    A word about system restore:
    If a virus is saved in a system restore point, virus programs cannot get in there and have no access to getting at them. If you restore to a point where a virus was present and got saved, it will pop out of the can all over again.

    Another measure:
    Boot your computer to an antivirus bootable CD and scan before you ever go into windows. Many recent anti-virus programs come on bootable CDs. In your computer's setup, you set it to boot to a CD in the same manner it could boot to a floppy in the old days. Let the virus program scan your hardrive from the CD with nothing else in memory.

    Picture XEV from Season 2 "THE WEB" or "THE NET" stomping her boot down on the pesky intruder. Crush the damn mine critter varmint!
    The most divine of all Divine Shadows is the one cast by XEV -This I write By XEV's Divine Light!

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    my dad recomends that you go into event veiwer

    -right click on my computer, then click on manage, then click the event veiwer folder.
    after that click application, look for any errors, if there is not any there click in system, and find the error.
    once you find the error double click, it will have a link in the description, click and let it do what it wants. (tis a link to microsoft) there should be a remedy there.

    also, Kaspersky is a really good firewall and anti-virus program, i recomend it.
    More disturbing than your creepy uncle...

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    I could do it for you if you would like.

    HP's recover from a hidden drive like you said but certain things need to be done to it.

    Or you can ring me if you like PM me and i'll give you the number if your interested and can walk you though on the phone.
    Cheers

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    Sorry i meant to give you an example. Your HP must be stock, your second drive and anything else non-standard like 3D cards, sound board, WILL stop your recovery, you will get a problem like a "glue error"

    Once you have done it back to stock, you are correct F10 is the key then follow the prompt's.

    Once the restore has finished, you can reinstall the non-standed items.

    I have some HP recovery disks here depending on your model.
    Most recovery disks from HP Aust are $120.00.

    But you ONLY need these disks if your hidden partition has been deleted.

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    PM me if you like, cause i really am more than happy to help.
    Cheers

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