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  1. Hello all, I posted a few days ago about getting a larger and faster HD for this Dell Inspiron 5150. I bought the Hitachi TK100 (I think that is the model) but it is a 100 gig, 7200 rpm, ATA-6, IDE drive. Replacing with an unknown brand, 60 gig, 5400 rpm, ATA-5, IDE drive. I need more space and speed for running Libronix which is a digital library program for Bibles and other religous books. It is a very sophisticated program and uses a lot of juice. I am loaded to the max with ram at 2 gigs. It will be arriving tomorrow and I would like to know what I need to do to prepare. I have gotten responses on how to remove the old and replace the new in the caddy so I pray that will go without incident. I am wondering once that is done and I install the HD in here, what steps should I follow. Beforehand I will back up the drive onto one of my externals, I was going to copy that catalog fine onto a cd. What should I do first, second, third, etc. once the drive is in?? Can I boot from that catalog disk? Do I need to first install windows from the disk that came with the computer? Do I do a restore, duplicate, etc from the backup (running Retro 7.5). I want the computer to be exactly as it was before I switched hard drives with no partitons in it. I also want Retrospect to recognize the new larger space (someone said that may be an issue). I think that is all I need to know. Not much eh I sure would appreciate any help and advice that anyone has who has done this or know how to do it. I am a bit nervous. My original HD did crash on this machine and I managed to get it retored exactly as it was but that was a while back and I don't remember what all I did. I could not make the CD when I first installed Retrospect for some reason but I did print out the disaster recovery instructions. This however, would not be treated as a disaster recovery would it? Thanks in advance and I hope I receive a lot of responses to print out and have handy. God Bless, Mike
  2. Hello all, I posted a few days ago about getting a larger and faster HD for this Dell Inspiron 5150. I bought the Hitachi TK100 (I think that is the model) but it is a 100 gig, 7200 rpm, ATA-6, IDE drive. Replacing with an unknown brand, 60 gig, 5400 rpm, ATA-5, IDE drive. I need more space and speed for running Libronix which is a digital library program for Bibles and other religous books. It is a very sophisticated program and uses a lot of juice. I am loaded to the max with ram at 2 gigs. It will be arriving tomorrow and I would like to know what I need to do to prepare. I have gotten responses on how to remove the old and replace the new in the caddy so I pray that will go without incident. I am wondering once that is done and I install the HD in here, what steps should I follow. Beforehand I will back up the drive onto one of my externals, I was going to copy that catalog fine onto a cd. What should I do first, second, third, etc. once the drive is in?? Can I boot from that catalog disk? Do I need to first install windows from the disk that came with the computer? Do I do a restore, duplicate, etc from the backup (running Retro 7.5). I want the computer to be exactly as it was before I switched hard drives with no partitons in it. I also want Retrospect to recognize the new larger space (someone said that may be an issue). I think that is all I need to know. Not much eh I sure would appreciate any help and advice that anyone has who has done this or know how to do it. I am a bit nervous. My original HD did crash on this machine and I managed to get it retored exactly as it was but that was a while back and I don't remember what all I did. I could not make the CD when I first installed Retrospect for some reason but I did print out the disaster recovery instructions. This however, would not be treated as a disaster recovery would it? Thanks in advance and I hope I receive a lot of responses to print out and have handy. God Bless, Mike
  3. Hello all, As stated above, I am using 7.5 to make complete backups of my entire HD twice a week. This is on a Dell Inspiron Laptop with a 60 gig HD. I have bought a new 100gig, 7200 rpm Hitachi internal HD that should be here by the end of next week. What I would like to do is take everything on this HD and transfer it all to the new, blank HD. I have been looking through the manual and just keep getting more and more confused. I was warned by one person to make sure that since I am going to a larger HD, that 7.5 won't limit my HD space to the 60 I have on this one. I do not have any partitions on this drive and plan on using none on the new drive. Can anyone walk me through the process. I am running XP Home with all the service packs and updates and would like to preserve all of that. I have numerous security programs and a password storage program that I would like to remain intact as well. I guess what I want to do is dublicate all the data on this drive to the new drive and have all the extra space left for adding to in the future. I use a Bible Library program called Libronix and I have thousands of Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries and other books in it. I have it all on this drive so I can take all the data with me where ever I go. Again, if anyone can advise me how to start this off (I mean I even have to put the new drive in the old caddy so I am really starting from scratch here) and get it copied exactly. I had another HD on this computer that crashed about a year ago and I did manage to get all my data back onto this one but I can't exactly remember how and that was an emergency restore (disaster recovery) I think. I also do not have the CD that you are supposed to make when you first install the program. For some reason it would not work and I just got the writtien instructions so I guess I will be beginning with the Windows disk that came with the computer. From there, where do I go???????? Please help if you can or point me to an article that can help me out. I thank you with all my heart in advance. Peace, Mike
  4. africanhut

    Can not burn disaster Recovery iso

    Hey man, I feel your pain. I was trying to do the same thing and finally figured that out. My big problem was with getting the file on my local disk. It seems my Dell notebook comes with a disk that you can use to completely re-install Windows XP Home, but (and it is a big but), you cannot read any files from it. It show it full of data under explorer but you cannot see a single file. I used the I386 folder that was already on my HD to try and created the .iso file but it would not compress the data and I kept getting an error that the file was too big for the CD. I went and chatted with the people at Dantz (which is a nice feature I must say and the person who helped me tried very hard to help. After about 90 minutes I had a list of instructions about a mile long that I had to try to read off of the disk. Previously I had called everyone I could think of who had a computer looking for an actual Windows XP disk. They were either no running that version of Windows or had Dells like me and had the same disk. To shorter this up, I waited for the email of my transcript from my chat session to arrive and began going through the steps. Well, the first step did not work. I was to insert the Dell disk and press the F12 key and then get a certain screen. I got nothing but I kept putting the disk back in and hitting the key. Once while I was continually hitting the key, I noticed a new screen and amazingly, it showed all the files on the disk. I very quickly start the disaster recovery process while that window was open, copied the .sif file and bingo............it all work well and I have my disk. While I was right in the middle of this, my neighbor called me (I had left him a message about the operating system disk) and told me he had the disk and I told him if what I was now doing did not work, I would be over to get the disk. I guess the moral of the story is, if you know anyone who has a Dell (and maybe a lot of companies are doing this now?), they can put in their system disk, keep hitting the F12 key while the disk is spinning, and hopefully, get to the folder. I have not run an incremental backup yet (will do on Monday...this is just on my home computer but I still need it backed up) so I hope all goes well then. Thanks for reading if you got this far and God bless, Mike
  5. africanhut

    Will 7.0 work with my Maxtor One Touch II

    Thanks so much. I decided to open it all up and go for it and am currently backing up my other drives. Everything seems to be working very well at the moment. Glad to hear that someone else is using it. Is it necessary to get any of the updates off the web?? Thanks again very much, In His Grip, Mike
  6. africanhut

    Will 7.0 work with my Maxtor One Touch II

    Please will someone respond to my post. I see all these other posts with answers and all I need is a yes or no. Please, please, if you help, do so. I have this box sitting here and need to know if I should open it or send it back??? Thanks in advance In His Grip, Mike
  7. Hello, I have a Maxtor One Touch II 200GB and am sick and tired of playing around with the Express HD software. I cannot delete retore points, I have to keep uninstalling and re-installing the software. Can I use the new 7.0 on this drive. When I went to the link posted above, this is the note that I found: <<<Hard Disk Drive/Removable Note: All Hard Disk Drives and Removable Media Drives are fully supported (excluding Floppy Disk Drives).>>>> This led me to believe that it would be compatable with my drive. I bought the software and it is due to arrive tomorrow. Should I open the package and install it or what?? I hate to spend $100 and then not have it work. If anyone can help with an answer tonight, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance and God bless, Mike
  8. africanhut

    Retrospect 7 for Windows Released

    Hello, I have a Maxtor One Touch II 200GB and am sick and tired of playing around with the Express HD software. I cannot delete retore points, I have to keep uninstalling and re-installing the software. Can I use the new 7.0 on this drive. When I went to the link posted above, this is the note that I found: <<<Hard Disk Drive/Removable Note: All Hard Disk Drives and Removable Media Drives are fully supported (excluding Floppy Disk Drives).>>>> This led me to believe that it would be compatable with my drive. I bought the software and it is due to arrive tomorrow. Should I open the package and install it or what?? I hate to spend $100 and then not have it work. If anyone can help with an answer tonight, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance and God bless, Mike
  9. Hello, I posted the other day about not being about to delete restore points using the Express HD software. I got no responses so I tried to uninstall everything and reinstall. I have a Maxtor OneTouch II 200GB drive by the way. I reinstalled everything and it then seemed to delete the restore points (they had error in them so I wanted to take them off) and then if said it was << reclaiming disk space>> then an error came up about this <<tbuffer.cpp-373>> and would I like to send a report to Dantz. I clicked yes, it went away and came back about 10 seconds later. I just kept coming and coming and would not stop. If is not a file because I search all my drives and the CD and it did not show up. I have no clue what it is/was. Since I did not want this error popping up all day long, I decided to do another uninstall/reinstall the software and reconnect the hard drive. I then go the exact same message. By this time I was going nuts so I uninstalled the Express HD and from reading some posts, I head that a version 6 was on the CD so I installed that. I don't like the software (I like things simple as this was supposed to be!!) but it did back up my hard drives. Seems to work in a totally different way. I also downloaded the update to that version and installed that sucessfully. Today, my computer will not recognize the drive!! What the heck is going on here. I go into device manager and it says it is working properly but there is no information from it. Something is really wrong. I shut down the drive, pulled out the USB cable, and reinserted it..............nothing changed. I restarted the computer twice.........nothing changed. If anyone out there can please direct me as to what to do next I would greatly appreciate it. I am ready to take the whole thing back to Besy Buy and try another brand (except I have all of my ipod music on the drive and don't want to lose it). Please help if you can. Thanks in advance. mike
  10. I bought the Maxtor OneTouch II yesterday and all went well with the installation. I needed space for music and photos. I have a 60GB iPod and if it ever crashes, I don't want to spend a week putting all my CDs back on it. I also needed a back up for this laptop as well. It came with Express HD version 1.0.196. I have been reading through some of these posts and cannot seem to find the info I need. My problem is that I cannot manually delete any restore points. It deletes them on the interface but when I start it up again, they are right back where they were?? I want to delete them because they have the yellow icon and had problems which I fixed. Any advice on how to get the points to stay off? I appreciate it very much. Thanks and God bless, Mike
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