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  1. Thanks Derek, I'll do a proper burn with that program. I'm uncertain about this rewriteable DVD anyway and may find a non-rewriteable DVD just as an extra copy since it looks like the ISO may be scarce. One question, tho, I have made a copy of the ISO on my D drive, that questionable DVD, and on my Toshiba backup for safe keeping. I checked all of them and those copies all verified. But I made a copy of the same ISO file on a different USB stick, and it did not match when I tried to verify. Any ideas as to why this is so? The stick is NTFS too, so that isn't it....
  2. Hi Derek. Thanks for your continuing help. ISO filename is correct. I checked it with winmd5 and the MD5SUM matched. The program made no mention of SHA1 or CRC32. I've never burned to a DVD before but found a DVD-RAM 4.7 GB rewriteable cheap and bought it. I dragged the ISO onto it, not using a program to burn it. Is that okay? I verified the ISO with winmd5 program. One thing I don't understand about installing from a DVD ISO: Is the ISO all you need to install windows? I ask this because Plan B on the memory stick had a program, I think it was called Rufus, that worked with the ISO. I understand how to change boot order to a DVD, but does windows just start installing directly from the ISO and only the ISO or do I need another program like Rufus for a DVD ISO install? Thanks for looking for XP for me.
  3. #1 will do #2 One ASUS hard drive running win 7, two partitions, no "tools" option under right click. #4 done #5 I deleted backup files. no one mentioned they had any value in this situation. Want me to backup again? uncertain as to difference between the manual backup I did(and deleted) and factory recovery files? also ignorant of the difference between backup and recovery files.
  4. Derek, or anyone, know where to download a clean ISO of Windows XP? Specifically XP Pro 2002 Service Pack 3 32 bit. I have a valid key, just lost the CD. I have an older machine that has worse issues.
  5. Thanks, hazelnut. I think the win backup problem is solved. That sure is buggy and poorly designed MS software.
  6. Ok. Thanks. I tried this stick ISO install on the usb 2.0 toshiba. Windows setup replied that it could not install Windows 7 onto a USB device. There was an option to load a driver, but not even sure that was relevant to the USB issue. On another matter, on my bad hard drive, I setup a windows backup to backup automatically every week on my d: partition before I realized it was all one bad hard drive with 2 partitions. How do I stop this? I don't want windows to backup automatically, or even at all at this point. There seems to be no options or settings to stop this useless backup activity. Any ideas?
  7. Okay, Derek, I do have electric cutouts about once every few months or more during bad weather(like this winter.) My house is 75 years old and some of the wiring is that old. My triplex(electric line to the pole) is old and patched. I do have a UPS but that doesn't always keep it running. I've looked very closely and I am unable to determine my motherboard model # on the board or in BIOS. It may be? N13219 or D33005 but I don't know. My "American Megatrends" ASUS BIOS is out of date. I have version 0261 and there is a version 0407 out. I do not know how to update the BIOS and not certain I want to if there's a chance of me losing this computer doing it. All I have now is a bad hard drive and don't need anything else mucked up. I have an Essentio Series consumer desktop PC model CM5571 running Win 7 64 bit. Here is the link to the BIOS upgrades and utilities: http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&p=14&s=11&m=CM5571&os=&hashedid=6lfzXPQRwPjUYpUW I did not do a flash utility upgrade. I've heard bad stories over the years and am wary. Derek said in post #63: "I think as a test, he should disconnect the internal drive, connect the second Toshiba that he has been using for cloning, plug in the USB stick with the Windows ISO, boot it, and do an installation to the external drive." If you can flesh this out a bit more I am ready to do it as I have installed OS before but not from an ISO stick. But if you think I should safely upgrade my BIOS first, I am ready to do that too with help. p.s: I went to "American Megatrends" website and they had a motherboard identification utility but it doesn't run on 64-bit. Are there general utilities out there that can identify my motherboard? I tried several of these utilities, including an online utility at Intel.com, and they all identified the motherboard model # as CM5571. But I cannot find that model listed in ASUS' motherboard support.
  8. Hi all. I haven't given up yet. In an administrator command prompt, I ran "sfc /scannow Verification 100% complete. Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations. I also ran chkdsk on both the C: and D: drive labels(WIN7 & DATA.) The reults were lengthy, but this might be relevant: "0 KB in bad sectors" & "Windows has checked the file system and found no problems." on both partitions. The only thing I did not understand was: "WARNING! F parameter not specified. Running CHKDSK in read-only mode. And I do not know how to run CHKDSK for the Unallocated and the Recovery partitions. In Windows Disk Management program, all 3 partitions are showing a Status of Healthy(except for unallocated(no status.)) Recovery(no label) status Healthy(Primary Partition) 8GB. DATA(D:) status Healthy(Primary Partition) 550.90 GB. WIN7(C:) status Healthy(System, Boot, Page File, Active, Crash Dump, Primary Partition) 280 GB. The only odd thing I noticed that the RECOVERY partition did not indicate a "File System" status. The other 2 partitions reported as NTFS. I realize now my original post was misleading, confused and paranoid. But could it be possible that Ccleaner deleted or corrupted SMART detection somehow? If so, how did that start affecting my SMART BIOS boot error? If not, I will continue on the path to recovery in these posts. Does any of that make sense? p.s: My external Toshibas are USB 2.0 manufactured 1/2010. p.s.s: In Acronis Drive Monitor, under SMART parameters tab: Read Error Rate,58102680,113,6,OK Spin-Up Time,0,96,0,OK Start/Stop Count,164,100,20,OK Attribute Name, Raw Value, Value, Threshold, Status Reallocated Sectors Count,4158,1,36,Fail Seek Error Rate,99863916,79,30,OK Power-On Hours (POH),32545,63,0,OK Spin Retry Count,0,100,97,OK Power Cycle Count,165,100,20,OK SATA Downshift Error Count,0,100,0,OK End-to-End error,0,100,99,OK Reported Uncorrectable Errors,2,98,0,OK Command Timeout,2,100,0,OK High Fly Writes,1,99,0,OK Airflow Temperature,589299745,67,45,OK Temperature,77309411361,33,0,OK Hardware ECC Recovered,58102680,42,0,OK Current Pending Sector Count,0,100,0,OK Uncorrectable Sector Count,0,100,0,OK UltraDMA CRC Error Count,0,200,0,OK Head Flying Hours,125434519912628,100,0,OK Total LBAs Written,1843318067,100,0,OK Total LBAs Read,3723921684,100,0,OK On right click, there is an option to Ignore parameter or to Reset default settings.
  9. My boot with the bad hard drive has been consistent. At the beginning of the boot, the SMART detects the bad drive. I have to press the F1 button to continue. Windows always starts fine.
  10. The Recovery portion is there and appears as the same GB size. BIOS is fine. The Toshiba boots to the Microsoft "Starting Windows" screen with the animated logo but goes no further.(computer restarts before logo animation is fully finished) The Toshiba does this with the bad hard drive unplugged. So I would say the Toshiba is bootable. The Toshiba does this whether or not the Recovery partition was cloned along with C: partition. I'll try the Advanced Settings u mentioned.
  11. Hi Derek. I've tried every option in Macrium to no avail. I even tried a different freeware cloning program but it wasn't as good as Macrium. The only thing I haven't tried are the "Advanced Options" in Macrium. I don't understand those. Any ideas?
  12. Okay, I'm confused now. Do I do the Intelligent/verify that is the default or forensic? I understood everything else. I'm a little fatigued. I think you are saying do Intelligent/Verify.
  13. Plan A is not working out yet. I tried cloning the bad drive twice and both times it wouldn't boot past the windows startup screen. The computer just restarted before the full win logo shows and before I put in my password. Oddly, after cloning, the c: drive partition, the used part, is a slightly lesser size than what macrium reads: c: partition on bad drive 51.69 GB used space, clone drive reads 41.90 GB used space. I'm fairly certain I did everything according to the macrium instructions.
  14. Okay. Plan B is completed and tested. Thanks everyone. Plan A question: Do I need to shrink C partition to allow for the Recovery partition to fit on the external HD? MBR Disk 1 931.51 GB 1. RECOVERY (none) NTFS Primary 5.65 of 8.01 GB 2. Win7 (C:) NTFS Active 50.60 of 297 GB 3. Completely blank 75.61 GB (created when I shrank C:) 4. DATA (D:) NTFS Primary 252.83 of 550.90 GB
  15. Okay. Plan B is looking good. I dl the ISO file by using the new link and the firefox add-on. I used Rufus to install it on the stick. This is where I'm unclear on how to test it. Do you mean for me to reboot and test the iso stick that way? Or do you just mean for me to run the "Setup.exe" on the stick in windows? I did that and it seemed to work. Wanted me to run it and so I pressed the red X to stop it. Is that what u mean by testing it? Also, can I put other non-related files on this stick now or should I just get another stick for that?
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