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InvisibleJohn
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well shit
    #3851240 - 03/01/05 11:34 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

this is just a warning to those who use external hdd's for backup. i bought a external hdd because i wanted to format my computer to remove sp2 and the other clutter so i backed up my music (27,000+ files), photos, movies, programs i 'lost' the cd's for, and various other things on my external drive. popped in the recovery disk and formatted the drive. after it was done i open up my external drive to find the message "recovery partition, altering these files blah blah" and that it read as a 4g drive when it was really much larger than that. for some FUCKING reason the computer decided to format both the internal AND external drives :frown: and made my external drive a recovery partition. i never thought to unplug the drive (usb) before formatting but who the fuck would think it would make an external hdd a recovery partition as well! i know there's a lot of recovery programs out there but i don't want to pay and all the "free" ones i've found are out of date :frown: anyway careful formatting your drive with an external drive plugged in :stoned:


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InvisibleVvellum
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Re: well shit [Re: John]
    #3851379 - 03/01/05 12:22 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

dvd burners are pretty cheap these days.


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Re: well shit [Re: John]
    #3851468 - 03/01/05 12:45 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Microsoft is well known for messing with other drives and partitions when installing windows.  I believe it is done intentionally to try and wipe out dual boot systems.  For example, when you run fdisk on a drive, and it says 'checking drive integrety' or whatever... it is actually writing a single byte of data to every single sector on the drive... not the partition, THE DRIVE.  This means if you use microsoft fdisk to work on a drive that has valid partitions, the data will become corrupt on the valid partitions... but only 1 byte in 512 will be corrupt...

Thanks for the warning on the external drives.  I hadn't known about that specific problem.  Knowing microsoft, it doesn't surprise me.  :frown:


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InvisibleJohn
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Re: well shit [Re: Vvellum]
    #3851675 - 03/01/05 01:32 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

i have a dvd burner just an external drive is nicer imo as it's a lot quicker and you don't have to keep buying disks when you change stuff or get new files (music especially, can't really keep it organized as easy with multiple dvd's) i have about 20g of stuff on dvds that got wiped out. then i got the external drive as i can transfer 20+ gigs in the time it takes to burn 4.7 and it's free after an inital investment.

seuss, i'm getting linux as i type. getting sick of windows shit, the main reason i formatted the drive to begin with was to get rid of sp2 and there various other "updates"


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InvisibleJim
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Re: well shit [Re: John]
    #3851726 - 03/01/05 01:47 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

One of the screens should have been what partitions you wanted to delete, BUT, you might have had your hdd set up like a virtual drive to your c:/ . 

I have a HP DVD Writer 630e.  It is slow as hell because me computer doesn't have USB 2.0 :frown: .


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Re: well shit [Re: Jim]
    #3851942 - 03/01/05 02:30 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

have you touched the drive since then? I might be able to get you a program if you haven't touched the drive too much yet.


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InvisibleJohn
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Re: well shit [Re: lackobreath]
    #3852135 - 03/01/05 03:04 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

nah i haven't touched the drive at all. i've been looking for a prog but everyone i've found the, uh yeah, dosn't work any more. if you could find something that'd be awesome :stoned:


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InvisibleJohn
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Re: well shit [Re: Jim]
    #3852163 - 03/01/05 03:08 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

after backing up all my stuff to the external hdd i put the recovery disk in and restarted, my comp is always set to boot optical drive first, then hdd and that's it. it just asked if i wanted to do complete format or smart system recovery or something like that, i hit complete format and it went to work, never asked what partition or anything. i never setup the external drive, it's just plug and play. it dosn't have a disk or anything.


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Re: well shit [Re: John]
    #3852582 - 03/01/05 04:39 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

I have a recovery program that i use on my external 20GB hard drive... It's packed in a 1.3MB rar file. pm me with some kind of info on how i can get it to you, and i'll get it to you. just keep in mind it takes a long time to scan my 20GB drive on usb2.0...like maybe 20-30 minutes.


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InvisibleVvellum
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Re: well shit [Re: John]
    #3853199 - 03/01/05 06:28 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

I use dvd-r to back up personal files (images, etc.) and application installers/profiles - I can put everything onto 3 dvd-rs. I'm not too worried about app. installers though because I can get most anything through just downloading - and there are usually updated versions. I dont really use too many cracked applications (only nero and macromedia studio) and just use opensource stuff out there (like firefox or openoffice or filezilla). I also keep a mirror backup of such files on a separate partition on my harddrive.

for my music (about 30 gigs), I keep everything on an external harddrive as well as my iRiver h340. I also have a few dvd-r backups of my music, but I only update these two or three times a year.

basically, my backups have backups  :wink:


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Re: well shit [Re: Vvellum]
    #3853345 - 03/01/05 06:52 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

yeah i'm starting to learn that, if/when i get my shit back i'm gonna keep it on 3 hdds so at any time (formatting ect) i'll at least have 2 more copies. i'm also posting using knoppix now trying to start learning linux as i have a new computer on it's way and am planning on leaving this a windows box for my roomates and me if i need it and run linux on my new computer :smile:


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InvisibleVvellum
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Re: well shit [Re: John]
    #3854418 - 03/01/05 11:05 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

yeah, linux is good. I dual-boot myself.


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