Discussion in 'Computer Science & Culture' started by Athelwulf, Jun 18, 2006.
i tried that once, didn't work. but i tried it using my cd burner and nero.
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I had to install stuff off a CD that came with the mouse.
You almost never have to install software for a mouse unless it is some fancy 5 button mouse, and you can't program the extra buttons through Windows.
If you want to make an exact copy of your hard drive, there are numerous software utils that will do it. Almost every piece of burning software I've seen has that feature built in. Just search google. Or you could always put the hard drive into your regular computer, and copy everything into a new directory.
viruses - hmmm....
just go to as many porn sites as you can. Also search for keygens for all the popular software you can think of. A start would be www dot astalavista dot com (I don't want to encourage any illegal or dangerous activity by making a real link), and then choose one of the search sites that don't specify "clean."
Just be aware that computer viruses can spread to humans through direct sexual contact - so don't try anything funny!
You mean it's a bad idea to have sex with the DVD drive?
mice sometimes come with software but i have never ever installed software for a mouse for windows.
are you sure the software wasn't a dos mouse driver?
a mouse will not work in dos without a driver. as far as that goes it won't work in windows either but windows has its own mouse drivers built in.
you cannot do a copy of the c: drive while in windows, it's impossible because the swap file is in use as are numerous other files. the only way i know of is by using dos to copy everything to a new folder. but that will only give you a copy, it will not enable you to boot from the c drive, even if you copied everything back to it.
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Would it be a copy that could be exactly copied onto a blank harddrive, or a partition, and could be fully bootable and functional as if the OS hadn't moved around at all?
Will simply visiting them work?
I'll start on it as soon as I figure out what a keygen is.
What exactly do you take me for, sir – a computersexual?
Hmm... And I suppose backing up the data is pointless if you don't planning on keeping the original OS on the computer?
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you said you had winme on there now
if you plan on putting xp on it then 95% or more of the files will be useless
if you plan on putting winme or earlier on it then i would backup the important stuff like diaries and msoffice docs things of that sort
also any games that you installed and set prefs for and saved games
Perhaps saying "the original OS on the computer" wasn't the best wording... What I meant was, you couldn't do a back-up and then put that back-up onto a blank harddrive, right?
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XP would fill up about a third of your drive. It wouldn't be too happy with 128 megs of RAM, tho.
The process of saving an exact copy of a hard drive (the way you mean) is commonly referred to as "ghosting" or to create a ghost image.
The one problem I've seen with creating a ghost image is that the PC you install the copy onto needs to have pretty much the EXACT same motherboard as the pc it was copied from, or it will have errors.
The times where I've seen ghosting used the most is when the IT guy has to install an OS for 50 employees, and the entire office is equipped with the exact same model computer.
**Edit** never mind. there is a way to do this combined with a program called "Sysprep" .
the first part was answered by domesticated om
one app. that i forgot about is norton ghost
it will ghost a exact copy including the boot sector structure onto another hard drive. a word of caution the ones i seen it tried on would sometimes boot and sometimes not. when it did boot it would not run windows properly
yes xp will fit on a 4GB partition
I got XP installed on a 2gig drive. It's not hard, you just do not get everything.
That's why I suggested putting into his other computer, so that nothing was loaded, because he wouuld be running XP at that point. But I guess you're right about not being able to create a bootable hard disk after being copied back over. I didn't think of things like the boot sector and things like that.
The Nero software I have installed has an option for ghosting a hard drive. I think almost every CD burning software has this feature.
That's right. When I had an OEM PC and I couldn't run the Windows setup disc on a non-HP computer, I ghosted my drive, and then all the drivers for components on the old motherboard were wrong. I had to basically reinstall drivers for everything - the chipset, the onboard graphics, the sound card, and weird things that I didn't even know required drivers. The point is, it can be done if you are persistent and you really know what you are doing, but it's probably not a good idea to copy the ghost image to a different computer.
Ah I remember the good old days when mice had balls.
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