Best Way to Clone OS to A Larger Hard Drive

15 August by huang zhijuan

It’s really a pain to upgrade your OS installed hard drive, because you don’t want to reinstall your well running operating system and it needs your Windows ID and key, let alone the long time spent on it. So the best way to move your existing OS to your new and larger hard drive is to clone. Cloning can help to move all your contents on the hard drive completely to your new drive, including the operating system, files, programs and all personal settings.

How to clone OS to a larger hard drive

To clone your OS, you need a system backup tool. Here you can try Wondershare LiveBoot Boot CD, which can help to clone your entire disk or partitions that you need to backup with only 1 click.

Step1. Boot your computer from LiveBoot

Wondershare LiveBoot provides a bootable CD/USB, which gives you a totally pure environment to backup a clean operating system or all drive contents. Insert the CD or plug in the USB to your PC, start your computer and choose to boot from LiveBoot.

Step2. Begin to clone OS

After getting into the Windows, the LiveBoot will be launched automatically. Then go to “Disk Management”. Here you can see the “Clone Entire Disk” and “Clone One Partition” on the left side. If you want to clone the whole hard drive content, you can choose “Clone Entire Disk”, or you can choose “Clone One Partition” to backup the only partition where your OS installed.

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You can directly clone your old drive to your new hard drive if you can connect it to your computer with related connecting devices, or you can clone it to an external disk first, and then clone it back to your hard drive when you’ve replaced the old one with it. Just take the way convenient for you.

Also, you can choose to image your hard drive with “Disk Backup”. It can backup your hard drive content as an image file. Then you can restore it to your new hard drive.

    How to Get Back Files from Seagate External Hard Drive

    1 August by huang zhijuan

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    Help! Lost data from Seagate hard disk!

    I accidentally deleted all old  files on my Seagate external hard drive; I really need to recover those files, any good suggestion?

    As the biggest supplier of digital storage in the world, Seagate dedicates to make external hard drive with high quality and capacity for companies and ordinary people, and many people choose it. However, the Seagate external hard drive owners also can’t avoid the data loss disaster due to known and unknown reasons.

    How to perform Seagate file recovery

    The files you think they have been lost due to deleting or formatting are actually still somewhere on your disk. Because the space the files occupy is only marked as “available to reuse” and the files become invisible. With a professional Seagate data recovery, it’s very easy to get them all back. Once encountering this, what you should do at the first time is stopping write new data into your disk, or the lost data would be overwritten.

    To perform a Seagate hard drive recovery, we’d like to introduce you the Wondershare Data Recovery for Windows users, for Mac users, Wondershare Data Recovery for Mac. No matter the files are lost due to virus attack, formation, corruption, deletion or some other reasons, if they are not physically damaged, this program can help to retrieve them all quickly and safely.

    Free download the right version of data recovery, install and run it on your computer. Here let’s take the Windows version in detailed steps below.

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    Step1.  Choose the file type for recovery

    When the program launched, it goes to Wizard recovery mode as default, where you only need to answer two simple questions to perform your Seagate file recovery. The first is to choose the file type that you want to retrieve from your hard drive. BTW, if you choose the Standard Mode, you can achieve the same recovering result by choosing “Lost File Recovery”. But the Wizard mode is recommended.

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    Step2. Choose the external removable devices

    Choose the “External removable devices” as the source disk for data recovery, and continue to “Next”.

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    Note: When start scanning, check “Enable Deep Scan”, which can help you find back lost file more completely.

    Step3. Preview and recover data from Seagate

    When the scanning completes, all the recoverable files are listed in the scanning result in file types. You can preview them one by one and check those you want to recover.

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    Tips:

    1. Before recovering, you can use the “Filter” to search your important file’s name to find it out if there are lots of files scanned out. It can save you much time.
    2. When save recovered files, remember to save them on your computer hard drive or another external removable device, but not the Seagate hard drive where you lost your data, for safe considering.

      How to Automatically Backup Hard Drive in Windows XP

      29 July by huang zhijuan

      Why need to backup hard drive in Windows XP?

      Many friends of mine often complain the trivial steps of making hard drive backup, which leads to their inconvenience to backup hard drive and eventually, they don’t have up-to-date backups to restore when problems occur.

      Many people still use Windows XP now, and it will take a couple of years for Windows 7 to take the place of XP. So how to timely and automatically backup hard drive in Windows XP has confused so many people; they have to give up backup and restore, the fastest way to remove computer problems.

      How to backup hard drive in Windows XP automatically?

      In this article, we are going to talk about how to automatically backup hard drive in Windows XP, so that you are able to do a restore freely without worrying data loss or work being interrupted.

      First we need a system resotore software, for example: Wondershare Time Shuttle. It has many wonderful features and here we mainly talk about how to backup hard drive in Windows XP automatically with this wonderful system restore software.

      The biggest reason that Time Shuttle is recommended is that it can backup hard drives in less than 5 seconds, no matter how large the data size is on your drive. Besides, this system restore programneeds only a little system resource. Thus, the instant and little consuming make no interrupt to your work, no reboot, temporary down, and you don’t need to spare mind to remember when to backup hard drive. Backup hard drive on Window XP

      The picture above shows the schedule tasks Time Shuttle can carry out. It can automatically backup your hard drive daily, weekly, monthly and on specified time point. It also has an event trigger and can take a snapshot before running setup.exe program, effectively prevent malware attack to your computer.

      The silent work mode and schedule tasks ensure fluent automatic hard drive backup in Windows XP and you can always have your backup up-to-date, containing all data you have changed on your computer. Next time when you are confronted with a virus, system crash and any problem, don’t hesitate to use restore, and your problems will soon be gone!

        What Should You Back Up?

        24 July by huang zhijuan

        What Should You Back Up?

        When you’re backing up your files, there’s no reason to make a backup of every single thing on your hard drive-in fact, it would be a huge waste of space to back up your Windows folder if you have to reinstall the whole system in order to restore the backups again. Here’s a couple of pointers to help you choose what you really need to back up, and what you don’t:

        • Your entire Users folder: either at C:\Users\Username for Windows 7 or Vista, or C:\Documents and Settings\ for Windows XP. This folder should contain all of your documents, settings, etc.
        • Your Data Folders: If you’ve created other data on your hard drives, you should include those as well.

        What you don’t need to back up?

        • Your Program Files Folder: There’s simply no reason to back up your installed applications when they all have to be re-installed if you had to restore your machine. It’s a waste of space to do so.
        • Your Windows Folder: The only real good reason to back up your Windows folder is just in case you can’t find the same drivers again. Get a bootable LiveBoot CD/USB, which contains the startup files that can be used to boot your Windows.

        Best Backup Strategy: Combo

        Your best bet is to combine a number of different methods into your backup strategy.

        • Create a System Image: Use one of the many system restore tools to create a complete image of your PC, which will protect you in case of a catastrophic system failure. You’ll want to back this up to your external drive.
        • Use a Backup Tool: Just pick one, any one, and start using it. Back up your data to an external drive, another PC, or anywhere else. Just make sure you don’t delete the data from the primary PC.
        • Use an Online Backup for Important Files: Even though you are backing up to an external drive, you might want to start using something like Dropbox or Mozy to back up your most important files.

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          How to Copy Windows 7 from One Hard Drive to Another

          22 July by huang zhijuan

          Need help copying windows 7 from old hard drive to new one!

          I have an old IDE hard drive and it has windows 7 installed on it i need to move it to my new SATA hard drive. I want to move windows 7 to my new hard drive, and I’ve heard that using a hard drive Windows 7 copying tool seems very easy. Is there any one to recommend? Thanks in advance.

          Yes, there are many such tools describing that it can copy or backup your whole disk from one to another, but you need to be careful that some of them only help to back up your normal data, not system files, as system files can not be simply moved. Here is my recommendation: Wondershare WinSuite 2012. This software can help you copy your whole disk or partiion from one disk to another, including the intact Windows. After the Windows 7 copying, you still can boot your computer with the new hard drive.

          After purchasing the software, you’ll get a download link from Wondershare. Download and install it on your computer, and then follow the steps below to do what you need.

          Steps of copying Windows 7 from one disk to another

          Step1. Launch the Windows 7 copying software

          Run the software on your computer, and go to the “Disk Management” menu. Then you’ll get the interface below. If you want to copy the whole disk, choose “Clone Entire Disk”, if you only want to copy the Windows 7 partition, choose “Clone One Partition”, and you’ll be guide to the second step.

          copy windows 7

          Step2. Choose the source disk (partition)

          Here take the whole disk as an example. Choose the disk where your Windows 7 is placed as the source disk. Click “next” to continue.

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          Step3. Select the destination disk (partition)

          Next, select the destination disk where you’re going to copy Windows 7 to. By the way, the space of the destination disk must be larger than the source one, or your Windows 7 copying will fail.

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          Step4. Start to copy Windows 7

          Before the Windows 7 copying begins, make sure that you don’t have important data saved on the destination disk. The Windows copying will overwrite all data on it. The whole Windows 7 copying process takes you a few seconds. After that, you’ll get a “Successfully cloned” message. That’s to say, you’ve done the Windows 7 copying work successfully.

          how to copy windows 7

          If you plan to only clone a partition, you can choose the “Clone A Partition” before the first step above, then the left steps as similar as the steps of cloning an entire disk. It’s really a painless job. Try it by yourself now!

            How to create a recovery disk for windows xp

            19 July by huang zhijuan
            Windows XP is an operating system that comes with numerous full system recovery features. This fact lets the XP users to easily create the re-installation and recovery disks for Windows XP. A recovery disk for Windows XP is pretty useful for restoring the software, files and settings of the computer, just the way they were at the installation time of the computer operating system. This very fact is very beneficial for various computer hardware problems like system failure, computer virus infestation, hard drive malfunction and numerous other problems that might be slowing down the computer. You can easily make the Windows XP recovery disk, with a few precautionary measures. Let’s find out more.

            How to Make a Windows XP Recovery Disk

            If you want to make the recovery disk for Windows XP Home Edition, then it is important for you to remember that it might not be equipped with the Backup Utility and hence you need to create it first.

            Create Backup Utility for a Home Edition
            First of all, insert the Windows XP Home Edition disk in your DVD/CD drive and then go to “My Computer”. Now open the Windows XP disk folder and run the backup utility installer. For that, click open VALUEADD > MSFT and then double click on “Ntbackup.msi.”, which is the Backup Utility installation wizard. Once it completes the backup installation, click the “Finish” tab. You have now successfully installed the backup utility, which is the basic step of making the disk.

            Create a Windows XP Recovery Disk
            After successfully creating the backup utility for Windows XP, you need to open it by clicking on “”Start Menu” > “All Programs” > “Accessories” > “System Tools” > “Backup” > “Advanced Mode”. Then click on the “Advanced backup Wizard” and then press “Next”. This will navigate you to a page with the message – “What to Backup”. Make sure you select the “Backup Everything on This Computer” option and then click on “Next” tab. Lastly, insert a blank disk in the DVD/CD drive and select your option from the available options list. Then press “Next”, in order to initialize the process of making the disk.

            How to Download a Windows XP Recovery Disk

            You can follow the above mentioned steps to create the recovery disk for Windows XP or you can download one from the official website of Microsoft for free. These ready to install recovery disks come with almost all the computer software files that can assist you for rebuilding the hard drive of your PC. To do that, place a formatted floppy drive in the Menu and press “OK”. After the download gets complete, remove the floppy and insert in the floppy drive of the computer for which you need it. Then “Shut Down” the computer and “Turn on” the computer again. It will now automatically start up by running on the recovery disk that you downloaded. With help of it, you can reinstall Windows XP.

            You can install Windows XP through a USB as well. All in all, it is important to make the backup utility before you make the Windows XP recovery disk. Making the recovery disk is one of the easiest of computer repair task and hope it turns out much easier with help of this article!

              How to Recover Windows XP from Freezing

              17 July by huang zhijuan

              Windows XP issues, I need my data intact!

              I have to use the windows xp home edition recovery cd as my system is totally messed up. I also need to re-install the drivers and utilities from cd.
              If I do this will I lose any important files, documents, emails etc.? I use Microsoft Office 2003.
              I cant even start it in safe mode, the screen comes up but then it freezes and I can’t access anything. 

              Thanks for you help in advance.

              Usually, to reinstall Windows can effectively solve lots of system issues, and it’s also quite easy to keep your documents intact. You only need to back them up before you reinstall the operating system. However, it doesn’t work here, because the computer obviously can’t be booted up, and you can’t access to the system, which means you can’t back up anything from the computer. That reinstallation is not work doesn’t say you can’t get your Window back to normal and keep data intact. Windows XP recovery can do it. You don’t need Windows reinstallation now, but a Windows XP system recovery.

              How to perform Windows XP recovery to get things back to normal?

              To recover your Windows XP system, you need a Windows XP recovery disk, which can help to boot up your computer and fix issues that cause your Windows crash. Generally,  the recovery disk is a bootable CD or USB drive to boot your computer with a built-in pre-installation environment, then you can work on your computer as under the system installed by your own to fix Windows issues.

              If you do not have a disk recovery for Windows XP, then the Wondershare LiveBoot CD 2012 can be a good option, which has been used by thousands of Windows users encountering Windows crash issues such as blue screen, black screen, screen freezed, and other system error messages. This boot CD/USB fix them all successfully. It’s worth trying.

              Step1. Burn bootable CD/USB drive

              When downloading the program, the first thing you need to do is to create a bootable CD or USB with it. Don’t take this as a tough job. You are only supposed to prepare a blank CD disc or USB drive. Insert them to the computer and run the program, it just takes you one step to burn a bootable CD or create a bootable USB drive. Never mind the burner, there is a built-in one in the program.

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              Step2. Boot your computer from Boot CD/USB

              Insert the created bootable CD or USB drive to the computer, start and choose to boot it from LiveBoot. At the beginning of the start, press F12 to set the computer booting from USB or CD-ROM, then you will get this boot menu.

              windows xp recovery disk

              Step3. Start Windows XP recovery

              When accessing to the boot environment, find LiveBoot and go to the “Windows Recovery”. Generally, the reason that causes Windows refuse to boot up has something to do with the boot crash or loading crash. You can find solutions here by checking the symptoms that your computer reflects. All the solutions here are matched with clear step guides. Just follow to recover your Windows XP.

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              After the Windows XP recovery, you can get out oft the bootable disc or USB and restart your computer normally. Then you’ll find that you can access your Windows smoothly and all data are intact.

              Note: Don’t forget to make backups for important files regularly to avoid this happening again.

                How to Split Partition without Data Loss

                12 July by huang zhijuan

                The term “partition” is both a verb and a noun. When you partition a hard drive, you physically split several sections on the hard drive; each of these sections is called a partition. A partition defines a specific area of a hard drive. Sometimes people may want to split partition windows 7/XP due to different reasons.

                Why Need to Split Partition?

                Split partition is very convenient if you have more partitions to store various kinds of data, includes photos, videos or personal working files etc. Some users have Windows 7 installed in their computer with only two partitions, and the second partition is very large. Now they want to have three partitions.

                It also might be a common problem for most users because when they purchase the new computer and there is only one partition. It is not safe to have system programs and personal data in one partition, because you may possible need to reinstall the system when your computer is under virus attack, and lose those personal data after install the system again. If you have two or more partitions, you won’t have such kind of problem.

                How to Split Partition without Data Loss?

                “I want to split the partition but the problem is I have some data in that partition?”

                Is it possible to split the partition without losing data? The Disk Management in Wondershare WinSuite 2012 is safe and reliable to split partitions, what’s more, it also have functions like creating, deleting, hiding, formatting, merging, resizing and converting partitions etc.

                Run on the Disk Management to split partitions, here choose the “Partition Genius” in the main interface of “Disk Management”.

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                Step 1: Select the resize partition wizard

                After entering the Partition Genius, there are different partition wizards for your choice. Select “Resize Partition Wizard”, which allows you to split partitions.

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                Step 2: Choose a partition

                Choose your designated partition from the list or block area on the main screen. Then go to “Next”.

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                Step 3: Set the partition space

                Set the partition size here. You can enter the size number you want into the box, or just drag the yellow circle to enlarge or shrink the space of the partition.

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                Step 4: Split partition

                After setting well the size, click to “Resize now” to split the partition. After the splitting, your hard disk will be like the one below displayed on the interface as follow.

                split partition windows xp

                Tips for splitting partition:
                1. Splitting partition may cause loss to your data, therefore data backup is recommended.
                2. Before splitting partition, check partition is also highly recommended.
                3. Splitting the partition that includes your operating system is not recommended.
                4. If Split is dimmed (unavailable) on the Partition menu, it is most likely because you are trying to split a primary partition when you have already reached the maximum four primary partitions (such as three primary partitions and one extended partition) allowed on a hard disk. You can, however, use Split on a logical partition within an extended partition. You cannot use the Split operation to convert the original partition from primary to logical or vice versa.

                  How to Make a Windows XP Boot Disk

                  8 July by huang zhijuan

                  What is a Windows XP boot disk?

                  A Windows XP boot disk is totally different from the restore disc or CD that may have been included in your computer. It allows you to boot up your computer from this disk instead of your hard drive. And you can use it to fix some issues that may arise during the lifetime of your computer. What’s the most important, it can help to boot up and fix your computer which is disable to start up. Moreover, you can create a boot CD or a boot USB drive for your Windows XP or XP Pro.

                  How to make a Windows XP boot disk

                  First of all, find a program that enables you to make it into a Windows XP boot disk. If you don’t have an option, you can have my recommendation: Wondershare LiveBoot Boot CD/USB, which allows you to create a Windows XP boot CD or USB drive.

                  After purchasing this software, you’ll get a download link and a license from Wondershare. Download and install it on a good-working computer, and then follow steps below to create a bootable CD/USB drive and solve your XP boot issue.

                  Step1. One click to make a Windows XP boot disk or USB drive

                  Launch the program on your computer, you’ll get a wizard as follow, where you can get the guide telling you how to make a bootable CD or USB drive and use them to boot up your computer. Choose “How to create LiveBoot bootable CD” or “How to create LiveBoot bootable USB drive”, according to what you have. Plug in the CD or USB drive to the computer and click the green burning button. OK. Your Windows XP boot CD or USB has been made.

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                  Step2. Boot your unbootable computer (optional)

                  After making the bootable CD or USB drive, you can use it to boot and fix your unbootable computer if you have a need. Insert the CD or USB drive to the computer and restart it. When the system begins load, press F12 to get into the Boot Device Menu. Here, select “Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive” in the menu, and you’ll get a window as follow. Click “Boot from LiveBoot” to access your computer.

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                  Step3. Fix your unbootable computer (optional)

                  It takes you a few minutes to loading into the computer. After getting in, you’ll find that Wondershare LiveBoot is running for you and the primary window is like below. You can use all of the functions that it provides to you. To fix your computer booting problem, the “Windows Recovery” is recommended at first. You only need to follow the steps it tells you to move forward.

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                  When the problem fixed, take out of the LiveBoot CD/USB drive, and restart your computer as normal. Then you’ll find that you can boot your computer successfully as normal.

                  Know more about Wondershare Liveboot 2012

                   

                    How to make a windows XP Boot CD

                    5 July by huang zhijuan

                    How to make a windows XP Boot CD

                    Most computers require a re-installation of the operating system (OS) from time to time, as it results in a smoother running PC that is not bogged down with all the things that can accumulate with months or years of consistent use. While many PC manufacturers include a Windows XP boot disc, some don’t, and even if yours did, it’s possible you’ve lost the disc or the data is damaged on it. In which case, making a Windows XP Boot CD is something you’ll want to do.

                    Instructions

                    1         Insert your CD-R into your DVD/CD-RW drive. Click the “X” when asked if you’d like to burn a disc.

                    2        Double-click the “My Computer” icon on your Desktop. Then double-click the “C:\” drive icon located within “My Computer."

                    3        Right-click the “I386” folder located within “C:\”. Select “Copy.”

                    4        Right-click on your Desktop and select “New Folder”. Right-click the folder and select “Rename.” Type in “WinXP” and hit “Enter.”

                    5        Right-click the folder you just created and select “Paste.” All the “I386” folders will then be copied over to this folder.

                    6        Download and install IMGBurn to burn the boot CD. You can do this by clicking the link in the “Resources” section and then by double-clicking the executable file that is downloaded and following the prompts to install the program.

                    7        Click the “Add Files” button and select the folder you created.

                    8       Type in “WXHOEM_EN” into the ISO 9660 field. Then click “Write.” The CD-R will start to burn and will complete the process within a half hour.