then you can get to your data and back it up. Make sure that the data IS indeed on the back up drive. Assuming that the back up drive is USB, you can test that you have your data backed up by plugging that drive into another computer and see if the data is all there.
Once you have that done, you can reinstall windows from your original disks, or reformat, or get a new regular hard drive, etc. You will need to reinstall all your software. No way to "back that up."
My Windows XP Media Center 2002 froze. I soon found that each time I restarted my PC, while windows was loading (or soon after) windows would and still freezes completely?
Yes, I am another poor soul that waited too long and am kicking myself hard for not backing-up my data before this.
I've tried everything I know (which isn't much) with no luck. The good news I suppose, is that my PC still works in safe mode.
My PC will soon be three years old and for some time now I very much wanted to start a hard drive library. I figure this way I can safely back-up and keep at least three copies of my most precious photos, videos, files, folders etc.
I am wondering now If it is possible to kill two birds with one stone (so to speak). If I start my hard drive library now by putting together the first external hard drive complete with a good fan and a good 1TB hard drive.
IS IT POSSIBLE:
a.)To move all my most important stuff off my PC onto the external hard drive?
b.) To format my PC disk, buy and install Windows 7 premium, Then move what files, folders and etc. I want back onto my newly formated PC?
c.) To do a complete back-up followed by regular scheduled back-ups.
What would you do if you were stupid and waited too long to protect your info like me?
If any of this plan is possible, impossible or un-necessary in anyway, please please let me know what you would do. I need and welcome all the advice I can get. Any additional questions? Please don't hesitate to ask.
My PC Info:
Windows XP Media Center 2002
160GB SERIAL ATA,7200 RPM,DIM,P 3.5IN,1.44MB,FD,MG WD-HAWK
Processor, 80547, PENTIUM D SMITHFIELD FOR DESKTOPS..., 820 SKT-T, Male