November 15th, 2004, 16:56 PM
November 15th, 2004, 17:32 PM
By the way, since my brother suggested I reformat my computer, how do I backup everything using the Backup feature in System Tools. It only allows me to use either the D drive or F drive. I want to use CD-Rs in the E drive. I'm not sure if I have to format the CD-Rs first or if I can just drag and drop. This is getting so complicated.
November 15th, 2004, 21:12 PM
all bets are off...
I would download a program - such as Nero - and burn all your data (most likely in 'My Documents') to CD. I would steer away from the Backup utility as I dont think it's all that great.
Once you are confident that you have all your data backed up, then you can go the path of the reformat! Lot's of fun
November 15th, 2004, 21:48 PM
Thanks. My brother lent me his extra hard drive to backup all of my files. I'm now in the process of reformating. I've noticed in a lot of threads here that reformatting is the preferred option in most cases. It's a pain to do it and I wish I didn't have to, but hey... such is life.
November 16th, 2004, 00:03 AM
Old and Cranky
You chose the best backup method anyway. Let us know how the reinstall goes.
November 16th, 2004, 01:13 AM
Well. It went beautifully until I started to restore my backed up files. Now it says that I don't have access to the files after I restore them. I changed my username on my computer when I reformated it, but I don't know if that's the problem. I hope someone can help me figure this out. I'd just die if I can't restore my saved files.
November 17th, 2004, 01:17 AM
Well, I figured out how to restore my files. I had to change ownership and give myself permission to access my own files. Go figure. Just when I think I've seen it all, Microsoft goes and does something unexpected.
November 20th, 2004, 10:55 AM
Triple Platinum Member
You always have had to do that on NTFS drives because the file system keeps a record of the files access rights (access control list). If you had used FAST (files and settings transfer wizard) it would have sorted it for you and kept your desktop, dial up, networking and email settings. Now that really is MS doing something unexpected.
December 8th, 2004, 13:46 PM
How do you access FAST? How do you work it?
Originally Posted by Curio
December 8th, 2004, 20:30 PM
Just go to Start-> Programs -> Accessories- -> System Tools -> File ans system settings Transfer Wizard.
Just follow it step by step. It will walk you thru things and is easy to use.
December 8th, 2004, 20:38 PM
Windows Backup tool does not support backing up to CD-r or DVD-r.
Originally Posted by nickel