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Old 11-06-2006, 05:13 PM   #21
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Hi T-Al,

Check out this link and see these OnStream tape drivers work for you. I have no experience with these drivers or the drive for that matter.

http://www.storagedrivers.com/companies/761.htm
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Re: Help! System Won't Boot
Old 11-06-2006, 05:39 PM   #22
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Hi,

Bought about 10 PC's in my life. Every 3 years throw it out buy a new one. So much for LBYM..

Just bought an IMAC. Very fast. Some issues with Quicken and hvaing to buy a MAC version of OFFICE.

Also some programs you need to look for Applications/Downloads to get them to work. But enough was enough with PC's.

If I wasn't mostly FIRE'd and was still working I'd have the time to spend working with Apple's great Tech support. Retirement is too busy and I just putter around an hour or so on it slowly figuring itout. I'm and Engineer so wht read when you click and potentially really screw tings up..

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Old 11-06-2006, 08:11 PM   #23
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I may have to just give up and buy a new computer. The tape drive just gives "device errors" after spending a few hours reading the tape.

I have a backup of the C: drive on a DVD. But I'm guessing that I couldn't just restore to the windows directory. I could restore to another location, and then copy it over using the recovery console.
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Old 11-07-2006, 07:23 AM   #24
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Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe you can upgrade to XP without losing any of your applications. Since you are hosed already and restore of a backup is your best solution, an attempt to upgrade before the restore would be a possible salvation with no downside.
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Old 11-07-2006, 09:52 AM   #25
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Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe you can upgrade to XP without losing any of your applications. Since you are hosed already and restore of a backup is your best solution, an attempt to upgrade before the restore would be a possible salvation with no downside.
Not necessarily so. DH has AutoCad 2000 and they didn't OK the upgraded OS.
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Old 11-07-2006, 12:41 PM   #26
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Thanks for the help. I'm probably going to just bite the bullet and buy a new computer with XP on it.

I've gotten the W2K system running (on it now), but only through a reinstall, which means that I have to reinstall apps. For apps that keep their settings in the registry, I need to reenter my preferences etc. I also have to track down serial numbers, updates, etc.

I'll just install enough to get this system serviceable, so it will hold me until I get a new machine.

It's ironic that I've been backing up my system daily through 2005 and weekly after that, but those backups are useless. The backup app (NTBackup) worked fine for restoring when it had the data (on disk) about the backup sets, but it fails without that information.

I also had a backup from a few days ago using Nero BackItUp, but the standalone restore system has bugs in it, and simply won't work.
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I'll just install enough to get this system serviceable, so it will hold me until I get a new machine.
I bet you'll be seeing quite the clearance markdowns in January...
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Old 11-08-2006, 06:52 AM   #28
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Re: Help! System Won't Boot

T-A

from your descriptions, I'm beginning to think you may have a dying hard drive... This leads to one set of problems after another that occur while you are thinking that a re-install is all that is necessary to get back to full operation.

To me, your existing data is the most important information you need to recover.

If nothing makes sense, consider getting a new $50 hard drive (one bigger than your existing drive) and copy your original data to the new drive. Remove the existing drive and then do a system-reinstall on that new drive.

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T-A, rather than spending $50 on a drive to put in an old PC, you should consider a new one - for example, in the latest catalogue, HP is offering a basic PC (probably better than any machine 3 years old or more) for $300, including monitor. If your drive is dying you want to get your data off it asap. Buy something cheap now to fix the issue and buy time to decide on your ideal replacement.
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Yes, I agree. I ordered a refurbished Dell 1505 laptop yesterday for a total of $639. It should be a big improvement over my current pentium 500 system.



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