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den942

New Member
Please give me a break and no sarcasm. Since this problem occurred in November, I've been in an ER three times, a hospital twice, a nursing home three times, and had two emergency surgeries. So I have not done much on a computer recently. Getting this done right will keep me from losing my daughter's wedding pictures. So it is important
to me.
My desktop running Windows 8.1 had a major crash. The C:\ drive became inaccessible. I think I have a rather current back up on a hard drive that was in the PC at the time.
I bought a new hard drive. As I understand it, I have to reinstall Windows 8.1 to be able to restore the back up.
Should I have only one hard drive installed when I start?
How much do I have to reinstall?
Can the backup be accessed from the installation disk before Windows 8.1 is installed?
After everything is done, is there a reliable, successful way to upgrade to Windows 10?
Any useful help would be greatly appreciated...
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP

TechnoMage

Active Member
Power User
Well, I'm really sorry for both your personal health problems and your computer problem.
I do need to ask you though, what program did you use for the backup and how much of the C: drive did you back up?
The perfect backup is one that can be used to restore the entire C: drive. And, you should be able to boot up the PC with some removable media, like a CD, Flash Drive or some other media that can be used to boot up your pc and run the Restore of your backup.
If you didn't do that kind of backup, then the process of getting your stuff back, can get real sketchy.

And if your backup is several years old, which so often happens, you could still be in trouble.

Please fill in the blanks.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Case
    Pac-Man Case
    Keyboard
    HP Professional
    Mouse
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

den942

New Member
Well, I'm really sorry for both your personal health problems and your computer problem.
I do need to ask you though, what program did you use for the backup and how much of the C: drive did you back up?
The perfect backup is one that can be used to restore the entire C: drive. And, you should be able to boot up the PC with some removable media, like a CD, Flash Drive or some other media that can be used to boot up your pc and run the Restore of your backup.
If you didn't do that kind of backup, then the process of getting your stuff back, can get real sketchy.

And if your backup is several years old, which so often happens, you could still be in trouble.

Please fill in the blanks.
The backup was made in October and the crash was in November. Although I am not 100% sure, I think it was a backup of the whole C:\ partition to another hard drive that was in the computer. I had three hard drives installed. One had four partitions and two had two partitions. It was set up to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP

den942

New Member
The backup was made in October and the crash was in November. Although I am not 100% sure, I think it was a backup of the whole C:\ partition to another hard drive that was in the computer. I had three hard drives installed. One had four partitions and two had two partitions. It was set up to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
Forgot to add that the backup was made with Windows 8.1.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP

TechnoMage

Active Member
Power User
OMG! I can think of nothing worse, than a Windows backup made from within Windows. Arggg!

I never liked or trusted MS backups, so for 25 years, I've used only the "Ghost" backup/restore program. It only runs in DOS, so it's totally independent from Windows (any version).

I hope that someone with Windows Backup expertise will come along to help you.
Good luck!
TM :cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Case
    Pac-Man Case
    Keyboard
    HP Professional
    Mouse
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

den942

New Member
OMG! I can think of nothing worse, than a Windows backup made from within Windows. Arggg!

I never liked or trusted MS backups, so for 25 years, I've used only the "Ghost" backup/restore program. It only runs in DOS, so it's totally independent from Windows (any version).

I hope that someone with Windows Backup expertise will come along to help you.
Good luck!
TM :cool:
Thanks….
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP

TechnoMage

Active Member
Power User
I wish I had your PC here, on my repair bench. I've spent my working years solving problems and fixing things that are broke. But just off hand, I'm not familiar with Windows Backup enough to tell you how to solve your problem, without even seeing it myself.
I'm sorry. Still waiting for a Windows Backup expert to respond.
TM :cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Case
    Pac-Man Case
    Keyboard
    HP Professional
    Mouse
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64
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