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I hope I know what I'm doing here. Please tell me if I'm not

by dlbeswick / February 7, 2006 11:07 PM PST

I have a homebuilt 1.7 P4 with 1024 in memory and two 80GB hard drives operating on XP Pro. My OS has become very unstable and no amount of tweaking seems to help. If I change the settings, sometimes they take and sometimes they don't. I can't set a restore point and none of the controls are acting like they should. What I'd like to do is reload XP Pro on a new hard drive and here's how I propose to do that. I purchased a 250GB WD Caviar drive. I have about 14 GB of photos and files on my main drive, along with the OS and application programs, and about 50 GB of music on the second drive. I intend to transfer all the document and photo files from HD1 to HD2, then remove HD1 and substitute the new caviar drive for HD1, boot from the OS disc and reload the OS. I know I'll have to download SP2 and all my application software but I don't really know how to retain all my bookmarks from IE6 and Firefox and I'm not sure where to put the jumpers, if anywhere, so I'd appreciate any advice on how to do that. Once done, I'll transfer all of the document and music files to the new HD and use HD2 as a backup. Have I got this right?? Any advice would be very much appreciated.

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Sounds good...
by John.Wilkinson / February 8, 2006 2:27 AM PST

Just make sure that when you put the photos on drive 2, and everything on the Caviar, that you copy and paste, then verify the entegrity of the files before continuing...don't want to lose anything.
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For jumper settings, click here to go to the WD website and check out the how-to. You should find the diagrams helpful.
continuing...don't want to lose anything.
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Now, to transfer your bookmarks and favorites you'll need to copy and paste the respective files to their new location on the Caviar. The locations are:

IE: C:\Documents and Settings\username\Favorites

Firefox: C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\random characters.default

(NOTE: The "random characters" are used as a security precaution makeing it more difficult for a hacker to find your personal info, so it's different for installation.)

For IE, copy and paste all of the files in the folder...every favorite is stored individually.

For Firefox, you'll need to install Firefox on the Caviar first. Next, make sure Firefox is closed, go to the profile folder, delete the default files bookmarks.html and bookmarks.bak (all favorites are stores in a single file, with the BAK being a backup), then paste in the two files from your old hard drive before launching Firefox to make sure it took.

Hope this helps,
John

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by vixenk / February 8, 2006 2:35 AM PST
In reply to: Sounds good...

Something that you might find helpful in backing up and restoring your Firefox settings is a utility called MozBackup, which will not only save your bookmarks but also any themes/extensions you have installed.

You can download it here: http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com/

I've used it on backing up and restoring Firefox versions .8 - 1.5.0.1 without any problems. Happy

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Thank You Also
by dlbeswick / February 8, 2006 8:49 AM PST
In reply to: re:

Your info will be most helpful. Thank you very much

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Thank You
by dlbeswick / February 8, 2006 8:48 AM PST
In reply to: Sounds good...

I really appreciate the reply and thank you very much. I'll do as you say.

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