Easiest way to back up every file on a computer?

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  1. Rusket

    Rusket Mix an blend

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    I want to reformat my laptop but I have around 150-200gb of stuff that I want to keep. It would take days/weeks to go through all the folders on my computer and select the files that I wanna keep. So basically what I want to do is copy my whole harddrive onto an external harddrive and then transfer files onto my new operating system when I need them.

    What would be the easiest way to copy the whole harddrive onto my external harddive?
     
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    Ctrl+C -> Ctrl+V
     
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    miszt BASSFACE Royale

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    you can just plug in a hard-drive and drag-drop the contents from one drive to the other. this might throw up some problems with file access tho, its not neccesarly gona allow you to do it unattended (ie u might get dialogs asking stupid questions as it progresses)


    or use a dedicated backup program. choices are endless
     
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    Get yourself a copy, burn to disc, boot from disc. Take an image of the hard drive, format your computer, then once your in your fresh copy of windows, mount the image file and explore it to get all your doc's out :).
     
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    You and your fancy solutions !
     
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    jungle_fever Well-Known Member

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    take it to a shop..

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    also please change your signature gifs. the combination of those 2 is unsettling and almost a bit distressing. it feels like an assault on my eyes
     
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    Pretty dumb thing to say to be honest =P. He obviously wants to do it himself.

    And anyone that takes stuff to a shop for problems this easy deserves the absolute ripping off they will recieve.


    Also, the ctrl c + ctrl v solution may be the best for you, just copy the entire contents of C: onto an external hard drive.

    By the way, before you start transferring all your files back, virus scan all of the files fully, you dont want to introduce anything bad back onto your fresh machine.
     
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    MARKLAR International Tracksuit Salesman

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    at times like these we can look to the flintstones for help and inspiration.

    carve everything you have into stone slates. that way they will last for ever and when ur dead people will still be able to see what horrible porn you have been looking at by the binary code you have etched into the rocks
     
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    The easiest thing do would be to delete your System32 folder, then use the new System33 that would replace it as storage.

    System33 is much easier to edit.


    :teeth:
     
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  13. Rusket

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    Hey chill the fuck out people, I'm not exactly a wizz kid on computers.

    it's as easy as that? For some reason I was expecting the whole process to be complicated. Oh well cheers mate.

    just followed this suggestion and now my computer won't start, had to sign in on another computer to type this, help me plz.










    lol

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    I thought you'd finally fucked off
     
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    Safe for the neg rep whoever did that. Took me down like 20 points.. Cheeeeeers
     
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    20 points you say? Can only be a hand full of heads. When you next on stream young man?
     
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    The delightful comment of "gay" narrows it down further.

    Not sure man, possibly tomorrow night.
     
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    Drag and drop has never let me down
     
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    Yeah, if your dumping bodies.
     
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    MARKLAR International Tracksuit Salesman

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    yea i got neg rep aswell.lol
     
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  20. Rusket

    Rusket Mix an blend

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    On the bottom of my laptop is a sticker with "Windows Home Prem OA" and then it has a 25-character product key. If I get any random copy of Windows Home premium and try and install it with that product key, will it work? Or will I need a product key that's specific to that copy of the operating system?