Swap file location
My Dell Studio XPS with Win 7/64bit has performed extremely well with the page file on the system drive, set at system managed size since installed. At the time I had considered moving the page file as that was what I had done with XP following the conventional wisdom at that time.
Upon researching Win 7 I found most experts, including Fred Langa felt that this was no longer necessary as the operating system was greatly improved. After reading the previous post on this I've decided to try it, mainly to see if there's any difference in system images and backups.
Is it still beneficial to format partition as Fat32?
Does it matter if 2nd disk is faster than disk operating system is on?
How to recover data from a dead hard drive?
The 80GB HD on my old XP machine recently gave me its valedictory BSOD and is now dead as a hammer. The drive spins up just fine, but nothing I tried enabled me to boot up, as there appears to be significant damage to the boot sector.
No problem; that computer was 6 years old anyway, so it was a good reason for me to upgrade to a brand new W7 Pro machine with a 1TB HD,which I've now done.
I want to transfer the files off my old HD with my handy dandy USB3 SATA to USB adaptor, power up the old HD (and yes, it is spinning fine), and plug the adaptor's USB cable into a USB3 port on my new computer, the old HD doesn't appear as a drive in My Computer.
I can see my usual C: and D: partitions, but no other drive letter appears.
I'm assuming that this is because file sharing was off on the old HD, If I'm right, how can I enable sharing of the old C: drive, or by any othermeans get that old C: drive to appear in My Computer in W7 so I can transfer files from the old HD to the new one? Am I totally hosed, or is there a way to make the old HD visible on the new machine?
Subfolder on external drive as backup location?
There doesn't seem to be any way of specifying a subfolder on an external hard drive as a backup location - the list of backup destinations presented to me only includes top-level locations, e.g. LaCie (G. Am I missing something,
Incidentally I've already discovered that I can't make an image of my complete hard drive using Windows Backup because Dell has set up a recovery partition formatted as FAT32.
So looks like a third-party utility is required if I want to do anything more than very basic backup.
Accessing NTFS HD from DOS booted USB drive
I can boot my USD drive into DOS, and I'm looking for ways to get information off the hard drive once in DOS.
New external HD's not showing up in 'Computer' in Windows 7.
I just attached two Western Digital 'My Book' (FAT32 format, USB connect) to my computer and they seemed to install ok but they are not showing up in 'Computer' .
so I can not use them. They are however showing up in 'Devices and Printers'. Why won't 'Windows 7' give these guys a drive number so that I can use them?.
Temporarily disabling a partition
I've recently purchased an external hard drive case and a 160 GB hard drive to use for back-up and data transfer. I've made 3 partitions using the Computer Management program in Windows XP.
I was wondering if there is any way to temporarily disable a partition so that it doesn't get infected with a virus because I want to use my external HDD to transfer data from my friends' computers, but here in the dorms not everyone is as diligent in protecting their computers as I am, so many of my friends' PCs are infected.
Because I also want to use one of the partitions for back-up, I don't want to lose my data.
Plus, trying to salvage data by transferring it to my PC, then re-formatting the partition, then transferring back is such a headache! I'm not very familiar with using the Computer Management feature in Windows,
Also, now that I think about it, does anyone know if there's any way to install an anti-virus program on removable media like a USB flash drive That way the viruses could be stopped before infecting the flash drive, or also scanning the host computer off the flash drive.
Windows Easy Transfer Reports Where?
I used WET for the first time today to move a user's files from his old Vista PC to a new Win7 Home Premium PC. When the transfer completed, it showed what got transferred, what programs didn't transfer, and what programs might need to be reinstalled.
The report screens said I could look at those reports again by going to the Start|Programs menu and finding an entry for WET Reports.
I don't see that menu entry anywhere?
Easy Transfer with Belkin's cable kit
I feel like I'm wimping out by using Easy Transfer with Belkin's cable kit. Should I install my old programs on 7 before I start the transfer? Or does it matter?
Windows Easy Transfer XP Backups
I'm getting a new computer in a week and I ordered Win 7 Home Ultimate which I'll be installing. My current PC has Win XP which I religiously do a full backup every 2 weeks to a external USB HHD.between there is no partition for XP so that it would have been easy to do recovery if anything happened.
I did download the correct 32 bit Windows Easy Transfer program to my current PC.
My question is after I load Win 7 on the new PC and use my last backup for Windows Easy Transfer the files and folders (and any programs which will work) will Windows Easy Transferdisregard my XP OS and only transfer the data or will I have to painstakingly pick and choose what I want (which is everything possible).
Windows Easy Transfer
I am trying to transfer my files and settings from old WinXP to new Win7, using Windows 7 Easy Transfer. The wizard is pretty straightforward and all went well until I clicked Transfer. I got an error message that said not enough disk space.
(It did not say which PC.) The transfer size is 32 GB, but I have 550 GB available on Win7. The XP PC has only 10 GB free, but whyshould that matter? I am using the network transfer option on my home network.
And yes, the Win7 PC is marked as the "new" computer.
NTFS HD sector number to filename.
I have a bad sector on my NTFS HD. I know the sector number range from Spinrite. How do I find out the filename or directory it is storing? This is a cd storage drive with no OS. I can copyeverything but the file or directory that has the bad sectors in it to another drive and then just add the data back from the cd to complete the process.
Creating System Image
I tried to create a System Image on my external hard drive but it says "this drive cannot not be used to store System Image because it is not formatted with NTFS" . I am a noviceuser and am not sure what NTFS is and can I change the format to NTFS ,or will it delete what I have on the drive now.
Easy Transfer: Transfer data from XP
I want to migrate my data from my old XP to my new Win7 laptop.
1) Should I install the programs (Office, Picasa) before or after the data transfer, or doesn't it make any difference?
2) Do I have to transfer everything on my list in one shot, or can I come back later and transfer additional files?
convert primary partition's filesystem
In my system's primary partition(c is in FAT32 format. so I can't install .NET on my system. Is there any command , convert to NTFS unless reinstalling my PC.
Is FAT32 data transfer to NTFS?
I have an old Maxtor hard drive that is working well and I have to recover some data from it for transfer to a new computer (the other hardware in my very old tower finally tanked). My problem is that the data partition is formatted in a FAT32 system and my only other operating system is Windows 7 Professional.
I'm able to see the drive on my new system but am only able to access the "recovery" partition created by HP when the OEM was installed.
Is there any way I can access the data from this drive using my Windows 7 system? At present, I receive the message, "this drive must be formatted" when I try to access it from Windows Explorer.
I'm assuming it is because there is a conflict between the two file systems? Oh, I havealready adjusted the switches so the hard drive acts as a slave drive.
laptop speakers echo
I originally posted this in the miscellaneous section but was advised to repost here in the Windows forum. My problem: I have a 14-month old Toshiba Satellite M55 laptop, running Windows XP Home SP2.
About a month ago, my built-in speakers (Harman/Kardon) started to echo. Every sound that now comes from these speakers has an echo to it. This is also true of any external speakers that I attach to my laptop.
My computer uses a Realtek AC97 audio device. I can not find any answers to this problem within any of the help files on my computer either. How do I rid my laptop of this maddening echo?
HP dv9000 display problems
I have a HP dv9000 the screen goes blank and wont come back on so I hooked up an external monitor which worked with some weird lines going across the screen. After a while the laptop monitor comes back on and off again.
I know its not the laptop screen the laptop sometimes feel extra hot on the bottom, could this be the cause?
DHCP shows not enabled
Windows 7 laptop connects to server, internet, and to other computers on network. Server can ping laptop and laptop can ping server. Using cmd and ipconfig /all in the laptop no ip address is shown.
How can this be since it accesses the server? DHCP enabled says no but network card controls show it is set for auto for ip and dns under v4 tcp/ip in protocols. Is there some other method of enabling DHCP in Windows 7? Since it works, maybe I should not worry about it.
Network Not Accessible
I have a Win 7 network with a desk machine wired to a Wireless Modem, and a laptop accessing it by wireless . It is a 'conventional network', rather than a 'Homegroup. It used to work fine!
Now I can see both machines in Windows Explorer from the laptop, and read/write files on the desk machine from the laptop. but from the desk machine, the network is displayed but attempting to look at either of them results in a 'Network not accessible' message.
I could accept the desk machine not being able to access the laptop if the laptop had not been shared,but it is very puzzling that the desk machine cannot even see itself
Connect a laptop to a desktop
I purchased a desktop computer for my daughter's family for Christmas. I also have purchased two laptops for
her two oldest girls. I am giving them my printer which will be connected to the desktop computer.
computers to the desktop computer and that way use the printer when they need to print a report or something? Should they save the document to a DVD and then insert the DVD into the desktop in order to print? Would that be better? It would be more steps for them.
Both laptops and the desktop are Windows 7 Home premium 64bit. The desktop is being built here in town. The laptops are ASUS.