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  1. Dennis reminded me to post my results about restoring image to new HD..so here it is... I restored Macrium images to new HD. OS and everything were restored 100% and booted fine.. no need for factory CD.. So image restored to New HD and booted fine as Macrium was designed to do... But same effort failed before too...so go figure !!! Anyway, Dennis thought forum might benefit from my experiment..hope it helped. Tiger
  2. Dennis: That sounds logical...Thanks for all the help. Tiger
  3. Alan: I think you are starting to beat a dead horse. There are many options in life and we are free to choose as we wish based on what we find as facts. Also, some of us are not as qualified as you and we simply want quick and easy options. Personally, I really don't wanna know how image/clone works in detail. It gives me a headache and I have other interest that occupies me. Thus I trust experts like you..I am grateful, don't get me wrong. Because I asked, now I know my options. I am grateful for forum members who can give me technical help when I ask since I don't keep up with fine details. Tiger
  4. Again...when images and clones work..life is good. BUT when 1% of time (for whatever the reason) it doesn't work, then what ??? $20 for Factory disc is a good insurance. I think the uncertainly enters when HD is changed. When one makes image/clone files, nobody REALLY REALLY knows IF it will work 100% of time.. even sellers will not stand 100%. I trust image files, and used them several times. But having factory disc (only had to buy one factory disc out of 12 laptops in last 5+yrs) makes me sleep better. It has been fun learning session for me...Thanks to all Tiger
  5. I tried both Macrium and Easeus boot CD. Both worked before without a failure. I thought maybe it's the computer, but boots fine with old HD. I am trying to restore image on a new HD when this happened. (no, i don't think new HD has anything todo with error..it booted fine with new HD before..many times)
  6. Has anyone seem "NTLDR is missing" error when trying to boot from CD ?? I have never seen this error before. Boot CD always worked. Normally F12 or ESC gets me to boot order, choose CD/DVD then computer boots from CD. Any ideas ??
  7. Thanks Dennis... I think people are missing the essence of my question...thus never answered yes or no. I respect and really appreciate all the inputs..Just like anything in life certain things I trust to experts and weekend interest groups, I simply benefit from and TRUST their experiences. Of course factory disc will not restore programs and data installed, but if image/clone does not restore OS then well....screwed !!!! So why take the chance. For $20, it seems like a good insurance to me. The ULTIMATE (100%) protection for HD crash or changing HD for whatever the reason seems to be Factory Recovery disc, and NOT image/clone. Sure image/clone will sometimes restore, but not 100% sure. I think most of us never experienced the ULTIMATE failed situation (HD dead, hardware conflicts, etc), so my kind of question draws many "opinion" replies. I was not really interested in details of how image/clone works, or what Macrium or other programs does. (sure nice to know) Consider my question like a buying a car, I just wanna drive a good solid car,,don't really care to know the detail..but I do need to know how to put gas and change oil, etc... So the final analysis for me, based on the discussion, is PAY extra $20 and be 100% sure just in case ????
  8. Thanks all for the comments. My expertise on this subject is very elementary and I simply must trust what has been posted. When all is said and done, simple question still persists... Do I need Factory recovery disc ???? Yes or no. I just tried to restore Macrium and Easeus image onto NEW HD (same size and larger HD than original). Two failed and one succeeded. I have no idea why or why not. I don't know about Clone ??? So for my money, I will pay extra $20 or so for Factory recovery disc...just in case (???)
  9. So isn't Clone file same size as the HD size.. 80GB HD Clone file size will be 80GB ?? 250GB HD is 250GB file ?? No matter how little of space is uaed by actual data?? Thus no need for Factory Recovery disc ?? When buying used computers, Factory Recovery disc isn't included and costs $20. Also, what Miray program for Clone ?? Freeware ?? Thanks
  10. The question was raised about Macrium Reflect Image and dead HD..then CLone issue too... Say..HD is dead. Can you restore Marcrium Image to NEW HD (different brand and/or different size..smaller or larger) ??? I don't think this is possible. So Clone question comes up. (Macrium does NOT do Clone) IF I made a Clone file then I can restore Clone file onto NEW HD...Am I correct ?? Now Image files are smaller than Clone. My 80GB HD with 20GB data..image file is only 16GB. But Clone maybe entire 80GB in file size. Also, (correct me if I am wrong)...Image or Clone is the content of entire HD, so it is same as using Factory Recovery disc plus extra datas..including OS. Therefore no need for factory recovery disc at all... Is this correct ?? I think so. Thanks, Tiger
  11. Dennis: You are the greatest.. I should've searched first. I got lazy. It looks like I answered my own question. I faintly remembered the solution, but ?? Thanks, Tiger
  12. I am using Firefox 3.6. When I try to access forum topic (any forums), I get a block of black screen covering top 80% of screen. See attached file for a screen shot. this only happens on Firefox. When I use Chrome, everything is fine and no block of black screen is shown. I uninstalled firefox then re-installed. Same problem. Any ideas for solutions?? This happened a year ago, but I forgot the solution. Thanks, Tiger
  13. It's a free world, so do whatever makes you happy.. BUT for my money, I would low level format from DOS..just one pass. We've uncovered plenty of "deleted" and formatted over files from HDs. I know it takes more time, but it's worth the effort FIRST time. Doing from DOS eliminates anything effect from OS (XP, Visat or Win &)..not that one expect any issues,,just in case. Like I said, we've "relived" dead HDs too which means low level also "fixes" any unknown issues as well. You guys can argue all you want (and probably 99% right), but why not be 100% correct and start fresh. Cheers!!! I am moving on.. Tiger
  14. Use Active Kill Disk for low level format...one pass of 1s and 0s... I have done this many times to supposely DEAD HDs and saved my friends muchos $$$. It takes LONG times.. 100GB took 8 hrs ??? so 320 GB..24 hrs ?? Boot it in DOS and forget about it for a day...Then initialize and format. Good luck !!
  15. NTFS, Like I said, I think it's a hardware issue !!! Read and write. Very Very Very minor !!! I am very surprised that I am the only one with verify failure problem with so many old computers still in service. Maybe I am the only one talking about it !!!
  16. Hi Dennis: I just found a solution to verify failure issue. Yes, I used the same external HD for same laptop. I stayed very consistent and very careful in all my steps. I know it's unusual to experience so many verification failures where some have never experienced even one. I eliminated every possible things... So, it got down to RAMs,,yes, RAMs.. I have (2) 1GB for 2GB total. I switched them between two laptops. Miracle !!! Images were verified perfectly. Even first laptop (got RAMs from laptop with failure) verified perfect. So I thought it was RAM problem, but then it worked on first laptop, so maybe it's not 100% RAM. Anyway, I think failure has something todo with hardware going bad. Everything seems to work fine for now. I had these laptops for threes years and never a problem..no future promises !!! I am happy for now. Hope this was helpful to the members!!! Tiger
  17. My bad.. I said, external HD I used for ACER verified with Compaq..I was wrong. It did not. So, I used the external HD that backed image from ACER and verified fine on Compaq. It failed. So it can not be HD issue. It must be Compaq laptop ?? What in verification process that would cause a failure that is unique to Compaq ?? Does anyone have access to Macrium forum as paid member ?? Can you ask them my question ?? Thanks, Tiger
  18. Also, even if verification failed, can I still use the image to restore ?? Sector by sector option ??
  19. I posted about this before..but something even stranger is happening. Before I get verify failure, I try again and it worked fine. If it fails again, I copy verified image from one external HD into another external HD..so far so good.. This time, two external HD images could not be verified on Compaq laptop. I tried several times..(watching games to kill time). It failed 4 times now on both external HD. I did chkdsk, still failed. I even tried Easus ToDo backu as well. It too failed at verifying on Compaq. Interestingly, no failures on Acer laptop on same external HD. So it can't be the HD ?? Is there problem with Compaq ?? It runs fine..no other problems. Both laptops are Vista, 2Gb ram, dual core, etc.. Any ides what's happening ?? Any solutions ?? Thanks, Tiger
  20. I did not mention in my question, but I am using Google Mymap. It does fair job marking my own location and notes, but I can only use marker on map and note in other place. It's better than nothing. I was hoping for something better. I am move on.
  21. Does anyone know a program that I can mark (like writing on a real map)and save ?? Another words...on paper map, I can mark and write locations (notes) and refer later. I want to do the same on computer. When I research an area or visit, I want to make notes on map so I will remember later. Any ideas?? Thanks, Tiger
  22. Fluffy: That's funny. I spoke with Paypal about this exact issue. Few things happen when $$ is transferred. Email is sent, IP address is checked for unusual IP address. Another words, it's impossible for anything to happen without you knowing about it. Even changing email on record without you knowing is impossible. As I said, I am not saying those news articles or even your Paypal experience is not real. BUT it's hard to understand !!!!HOW can it happen??? They can get ID and password but harder is actually get $$ transferred. Recently I had several unusual transactions flagged by the bank. It was me, not fraud. But bank flagged it because it was "unusual". Yes, it was annoying for me, but fraud protection worked. And yes, I was notified and aware the entire time. I think it all comes down to the owners. They opened bad emails, responded to "too good to be true" deals, not paying attention or even ignoring alerts. Anyway, I was just curious. I am ending my comments for this topic. Regards, Tiger
  23. Fuffy: If someone transferred $$ via your Paypal, then it's fraud. So I don't get when you say, illegal or fraud didn't happen in your Paypal. Am I missing something ??? Also, Paypal send email when fund is requested and fund is sent. Plus your bank can notify any transactions (if you set it up). So it's hard to imagine how one can get ripped off without you knowing about it ??? But anything is possible. My motive for posting the topic was to understand HOW others can transfer funds from your account without YOU knowing about it. Sometimes it's even hard to take money out from my own account. So many loops to go thru. It's hard to imagine. We read about it in news so it DOES happen. But HOW is it possible ?? As I said, ultimate problem was the owner doing stupid things. That doesn't need additional comments. I had several iTunes charges posted (not mine), but I was alerted immediately and resolved. This was from one of my previous purchases. But these can be reversed 100% of the time. But wiring or other large fund transfer without you knowing (or bank verifying additional security information) seem impossible. Later, Tiger
  24. Bank Fraud !!!! This morning I read an article about bank fraud via malware attached to email. http://articles.latimes.com/2010/oct/01/business/la-fi-cyber-scam-20101001 I have no doubt that funds were lost because the article said so, BUT I always wonder how the funds were actually transferred. Let me explain... So they got bank ID and password. So what?? Wire requires either in person transaction at the bank or some sort of personal information verification. Other types of fund transfers are impossible. Maybe pre-authorized Bill Pay. BUT still ??? Also, all banks offer email notification for anything from balance alert to daily limit red alert. So the question to the forum... Have anyone experienced bank fraud ?? Explain ?? Can anyone explain how the funds can actually leave once account to another without the owner knowing about it??? OR any other comments or discusssions !!! Of course, anyone opening suspicious email..well...??? It it seems to me these bank fraud stories are impossible IF the owner do not participate..i.e. open emails, answer lottery winnings, free checks..etc... Thanks, Tiger
  25. I tried many things and none worked. I resorted to just copying the good image file and copy it on another external HD. It seem that image verification failure is not very common thus no real solutions. Oh well...Life moves on... Thanks,
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