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Old June 29th, 2018, 12:55 PM
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Re Install Operating System?

My computer is 7 years old and i'm terrified of the day it inevitably dies.
I'm looking at paid service to back up the hard drive.

The computer came with Windows 7 pre-installed.

If the drive fails, will an online backup service be able to restore the Operating System to a new drive?

company I am considering is idrive.

My drive is one TB.
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Old June 29th, 2018, 03:49 PM
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I would not pay anyone, especially these on line companies, you would have to give them access to your computer. Also read the reviews for IDrive, it is slow and the reviews are not good.



You can get a external hard drive and back it up yourself it is not that hard.


A hard drive is in a case that plugs into your USB port of the computer, you can IMAGE your hard drive to the external one in case you ever have to reinstall everything. The cost for the drive and encloser is less than a year of IDrive.


Here is just one example:
https://www.amazon.com/External-USB3...16865953&psc=1


You have a 1TB drive but can't imagine it is full, to determine what size external drive you have.


Click twice on [Computer] and find the PC’s ‘C:’ drive. Right click on the ‘C:’ drive (see ‘A’ below) to display a properties menu. Choose [Properties] at the bottom of the list (see ‘B’ below) to display the screen at right were the disk details and size are listed at ‘C’.




https://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-HDTB4...nal+hard+drive


Just need to shop around.
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Old June 29th, 2018, 03:56 PM
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https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/4241...-in-windows-7/


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Old June 29th, 2018, 05:02 PM
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I would not pay anyone, especially these on line companies, you would have to give them access to your computer. Also read the reviews for IDrive, it is slow and the reviews are not good.



You can get a external hard drive and back it up yourself it is not that hard.


A hard drive is in a case that plugs into your USB port of the computer, you can IMAGE your hard drive to the external one in case you ever have to reinstall everything. The cost for the drive and encloser is less than a year of IDrive.


Here is just one example:
https://www.amazon.com/External-USB3...16865953&psc=1


You have a 1TB drive but can't imagine it is full, to determine what size external drive you have.


Click twice on [Computer] and find the PC’s ‘C:’ drive. Right click on the ‘C:’ drive (see ‘A’ below) to display a properties menu. Choose [Properties] at the bottom of the list (see ‘B’ below) to display the screen at right were the disk details and size are listed at ‘C’.




https://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-HDTB4...nal+hard+drive


Just need to shop around.

Thank you very much.

My MAIN concern is preserving my rights to the Operating System, which is pre installed on the current computer.

As for Idrive, it is just one option. They offer a year of backup for
$15.

A physical hard drive, external, is more like $60.

That's okay, as I expect to need one eventually.

I'm just low on money and trying to save my computer.

My one Terrabyte internal drive is something like 90% full.

I have zero clue what is on it.

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Old June 29th, 2018, 10:03 PM
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90% of 1TB, you must have a bunch of pictures, video's on it.


Don't know where you are seeing that percentage. In Windows 7:


From the Start menu right click on the Computer Icon then choose MANAGE from the menu.


This will bring up the computer Management Window, (Manage1)



Click on Disk Management, which appears in the left hand under the heading storage, (Manage 2)



Now you will see a list of your drives: (Manage3)


Under your C: drive what dos it show??
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File Type: jpg Manage1.JPG (48.2 KB, 1 views)
File Type: jpg mange2.JPG (38.1 KB, 1 views)
File Type: jpg Manage3.JPG (60.7 KB, 2 views)
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Old June 30th, 2018, 03:08 AM
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Thank you


HP Recovery (D) capacity 12.91 gb free 1.55 gb
OS (C) capacity 918.50 gb free 60.97 gb
SUD2 (E) capacity 527 mb free 0 mb
System.. capacity 100 mb free 70 mb


All status show "healthy"



My main concern is saving the Windows 7 Operating system which came preinstalled.



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