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post #1 of 20
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Well I am going to dual boot xp and vista on one hard drive. Before I take action I want to backup my whole current xp with all the programs just in case if something goes wrong I can use the backup. Anyone have any suggestion on what backup software to use to backup everything I have right now?
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post #2 of 20
Norton Ghost is a great HD backup utility. Its not free, but it will make for a great investment.
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post #3 of 20
acronis true image

makes an image of the entire drive. works excellent.
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post #4 of 20
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I installed the acronis true image but I can't figure out how it works. So I do a backup and stuff and it creates some .tib file. What do I do with this file? If the event that my windows cause problems and I have to reformat how can I use that file to bring back my backed up data?
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post #5 of 20
you put the acronis disk in the drive and it xfer the image from one drive to the other.

here this is the manual for version 7 but it will give you an idea.

http://us1.download.acronis.com/pdf/...e7.0_ug.en.pdf
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post #6 of 20
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man I am in trouble. I did the acronis safe zone. It prompted me to reboot my computer. So I rebooted and know it says the file system32/hal.dll is corrupt plz reinstall. What do I do?
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post #7 of 20
try rebooting again... dunno what you did man.. did you follow the instructions ? they are pretty straight forward.
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post #8 of 20
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i followed the instructions for creating a partion on my hard disk where I can save my backups for If I ever need them. When I created the safe zone, I was prompted to reboot. I rebooted, after that when ever I try and boot up windows I get this message
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\\system32\\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.
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post #9 of 20
use you windoes cd and select repair windows
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post #10 of 20
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i am trying to repair windows but it takes me to the dos prompt and I don't know the command to copy the hal.dll file from the xp cd to the system32 folder.
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