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Ext User(Leon Myerson)
25-05-2007, 07:33 AM
I made a backup of a system prior to converting the disk from FAT32, to NTFS
under XP SP2. I'm a little unclear now, if I blow away everything on this
system, re-partition and format the hard drive, how will I connect to the
backup.

When I made the backup, I used a tape drive on another computer. I shared
the entire C: drive of the computer to be saved, giving the Everyone group
full control, and mapped the share as a drive on the tape machine. Then I
told Backup on the tape computer to backup (and verify) that entire mapped
drive. This did save everything on the first computer, right?

So how will I re-connect to the tape computer once everything's blown away.
Do I make some kind of bootable floppy or something that will let the tape
computer map the drive again for a Restore? I can't just re-install Windows,
since I only have an Upgrade CD, not the full version, and upgrade won't run
without a Windows OS already present.

Other question, since the backup was made while the first computer was still
FAT32, do I have to format the new partition as FAT32, or can I use NTFS and
save the later conversion step?

Ext User(DL)
25-05-2007, 09:13 AM
Whether the backup was an Image backup that would enable a full system
restore or simply a file backup might depend on the backup app you used, and
or the options selected for the process.
For a full system image backup that you can restore to a 'blank' PC a
dedicated Imaging App is better, eg TrueImage or Ghost etc
TrueImage, which I use, can restore an Image using the bootable TrueImage cd
It doesnt make any difference with FAT / NTFS

Presumably you are replacing the hd?

"Leon Myerson" <LeonMyerson@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:D3624896-EBCC-4949-BC3A-5F2BBFE1B475@microsoft.com...
> I made a backup of a system prior to converting the disk from FAT32, to
NTFS
> under XP SP2. I'm a little unclear now, if I blow away everything on this
> system, re-partition and format the hard drive, how will I connect to the
> backup.
>
> When I made the backup, I used a tape drive on another computer. I shared
> the entire C: drive of the computer to be saved, giving the Everyone group
> full control, and mapped the share as a drive on the tape machine. Then I
> told Backup on the tape computer to backup (and verify) that entire mapped
> drive. This did save everything on the first computer, right?
>
> So how will I re-connect to the tape computer once everything's blown
away.
> Do I make some kind of bootable floppy or something that will let the tape
> computer map the drive again for a Restore? I can't just re-install
Windows,
> since I only have an Upgrade CD, not the full version, and upgrade won't
run
> without a Windows OS already present.
>
> Other question, since the backup was made while the first computer was
still
> FAT32, do I have to format the new partition as FAT32, or can I use NTFS
and
> save the later conversion step?

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