Over in college cafe @ yuku (which is now part of tapatalk), I just finished posting this:
July 10, 2017, 6:20am, in another board, I posted the following: Computer geeks, keep everything in perspective :) Even though viri, malware, human error, software failure, hardware failure can delete your hard-drive contents, remember... Brothers and Sisters of Abraham: For the children of The [OT & NT Bible] Book -- If you are His, He will never delete you from His Book of Life. For the children of The [Koran/Quran] Book -- if you are Allah's, Allah will remember you and your deeds. (**) For the children of The [Holy Scriptures] Book -- if you are The Eternal's, He will remember you and your deeds. (**)
Now and then, I recommend we pause from hardware, software, computing successes & failures, computing good times & bad, etc. and simply meditate upon, reflect on, your life, your family, your values, and upon The Life That Is Yet To Come.
(**) Keep in mind that college cafe, like any public community college, is made up of folks from many walks of life. We, here, know that soon enough the King of kings and the Lord of lords will return and [re][make] all things True.
Last Edit: May 23, 2018 13:07:01 GMT -5 by rolandjs
For those interested in what I am currently doing :)
Each laptop has two dedicated usb external platter-driven pancake-sized hard-drive. The laptop staying at home has its two HDs locked in the small home safe.
The laptop that travels with me from school to school: -- one HD was locked in a small home safe -- the other HD was in my rolling briefcase Presently, both HDs are now locked in the home safe, they only come out during backup or restore operations. No more lingering, the backups or restores are done quickly and efficiently - then returned to the safe.
Now, also, the traveling laptop has two designated 12GB flash drives for "sneaker-netting" folders and files between the two laptops. -- one FD stays in the desk drawer (that might change to being stored in the small safe) -- the other FD travels in my back pocket. What has changed is that I plug in the FD, quickly get done what I need to get done, no more leave-it-in-all-classtime, and it gets put into a "car key pouch". I know where that pouch is at all times, whether in the house or at school in my back pocket.
The quite small safe holds very little, some paper originals and the backup HDs.
You do routine backups of your OS and Data partitions onto external media, correct? If not, patch not until you have restorable backups. If yes, patch away (is my guess), and if everything concerning the game as well as your other normal operations work just fine, backup again. It's possible that bleepingcomputer.com's XP forum might have a guru or two in there that can advise you, in case I'm wrong about my guess.
Last Edit: Jan 18, 2018 14:05:18 GMT -5 by rolandjs
If there is no DOS command box icon, or, the run command box is not present, then you can copy and paste the following into a text file:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\CommandPrompt] @=”Command Prompt:” [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\CommandPrompt\Command] @=”cmd.exe /k cd %1?
Rename CmdPrompt.txt to CmdPrompt.reg. Double click on and accept usage of CmdPrompt.reg -- that will give you the context-menu right-click followed with the left click on "command prompt here" access to a DOS command box anywhere within explorer.exe, on its left-side or right-side pane -- depending upon which Windows version/edition.
Last Edit: Jan 18, 2018 14:00:53 GMT -5 by rolandjs
There being two forks in the road, hardware and software. Hitting hardware for a moment, do you notice if the laptop is hot in one corner or just very warm? If it is hot, I recommend a usb-powered external cooling fan assembly (one giant fan or two twin fans). I have one for each of my two laptops - always. Hitting software, I recommend downloading, installing, using MiniToolBox and Piriform's Speccy. Keep the logs on your hard-drive, it's best to create a Logs directory and move all logs into that directory rather than on your Desktop. Don't publish any part of any log unless specifically asked. What you are looking for is: -- background running programs and utilities Knowing what background programs, utilities are running, you can check most of their settings and see if one or more programs or utilities are too assertive in their monitoring, scanning and logging. Other than the usb external cooling fan assembly strong recommendation, I might be totally missing the mark concerning software. We shall see.
I just now saw this, I'm trying to remember if Index services have to be on. I'd like you to try something: FileSeeker, the free version. If it also fails, we might have a big problem within explorer.exe operations. sourceforge.net/projects/fileseeker/ FileHippo is ok to use.
I hope you have been making routine full images of your OS and Data partitions onto external media before this set of problems began happening. I'm wondering if it is time to check the hard-drive health with the manufacturer's suggested utilities.
I just now saw this; I have no answer; I will listen in and learn alongside OP the solution set from others here. Meanwhile, OP might want to also post a similar thread over in sevenforums.com -- if OP does, simply admit you're wanting help because so far -- no answers, yet.
Replaced laptop hard-drive and set it up like I want. -- past tense title for an presently on-going project :)
I'm cobbling together the first two beginning posts from my college cafe thread into this thread. This thread, which only exists in one other place, will rise or fall on its own. I hope to gain from the knowledge and experiences of others in this place.
Replaced laptop hard-drive and set it up precisely like I want it set up.
I wanted my hybrid 2TB int HD to have exactly the same partitions, in the same order, with basically the same names as my earlier 1TB HD.
I'm almost finished with getting the job done the way I want it done; even restoring images onto a larger HD had its challenges; by far the most challenging has been to get rid of "volunteer" un-allocated partition(s) "corn" that immediately followed each restore; still working on this.
I will post more details in successive posts -- If anyone is interested in further details. Absolutely feel free to ask questions, make comments; and of course, absolutely add your insights, ideas, practices.
Roughly, what I had and what I want: the following partitions -- System Reserved, S03[xxx]C, S03[xxx]D, and four tiny 250MB partitions for testing my several un-delete/data recovery utilities. Windows 7 Professional, MBR-headed HD.
S03[xxx]C, following a failed attempt to merge a tiny partition "above" it, become an un-allocated, un-formatted partition. MiniTool Partition Magic version 9 probably would have recovered it, however, I would have lost S03[xxx]D in the process. Since restoring C is much faster than restoring D, I cancelled. Rebooted Macrium Reflect, and once again, in the process of restoring S03[xxx]C, and leaving my earlier-restored S03[xxx]D alive and well.
Some time ago, a similar thing happened. At that time, I first backed up partition A before recovering partition B. Then, restored partition A, thus ending up with both partitions alive and well. This is the short version of losing both partitions and recovering both partitions. Both Macrium Reflect (or Image for Windows) and MiniTool Partition Magic version 9 have their respective places. Of course, you should use tools of your choosing -- I'm just giving bits and pieces of my experiences.
I think, very likely, I will end up simply accepting any further instances of teeny-tiny slivers of un-allocated/un-formatted partitions and moving on.
Last Edit: Nov 4, 2017 21:59:05 GMT -5 by rolandjs
Data Recovery using DRPs on test folders within test partitions
** This project has morphed into four partition: FAT16, FT32, 2 NTFS. I have not been wildly successful. I plan to do more practice on this before the 2ndComing. If the 2ndComing arrives before this project starts up again or before this project successfully concludes -- it won't matter anymore :) **
I'm starting this thread here to gather experiences from others who have attempted and succeeded in data recovery.
This topic is not at all important or exciting -- until one needs to recover critical or important folders & files accidentally deleted or quick-formatted. I remember one poster somewhere on the 'Net indicating s/he "tried everything" with several data recovery programs -- which lead me to believe that what was displayed on the monitor did not match end-user expectations.
(The topic title reflects 11/2015 changes)
Wanting to presently being very efficient and effective with, and someday tutorialize how to use, the various tools within just six data recovery programs (or utilities), set up 4 1GB test partitions, formatted and named Fat16, Fat32, NTFS, (Un)(Delete).
After setting up the 4 test partitions, after full-formatting same, copied the test folders from my d-partition onto said test partitions -- each 1GB partition having two folders with selected files, 1 normal folder in which the files themselves have been deleted, 1 folder of which I simply deleted. The selected files have various extensions such as: mp3, mp4, zip, htm, doc, txt, etc. I named the two folders Undeleted Folder and Deleted Folder.
From the beginning I'm used Acronis Disk Director to create the test partitions, I used Windows 7 Professional 64 bit NTFS to create the test folders and for copying the already-existing files into said folders. Essentially, W7Pro is the Windows being used by the six DPs. If there are any read/write engines built into the high-end DPs, I'll try to mention them as I use them.
I changed one partition into DeletedPartition and added one more into the soup: FormattedPartition.
I "converted" the contents in all partitions into: 1DeletedFiles (folder), 2Deleted Folder, 3DeletedFilesAndFolder, 4FormattedFolder -- to represent the most common problems that lead to either a folder/file restore from a previous backup or onward to data recovery (ranging from Whew!GotEmBack! all the way to HoleyMoley100Steps!).
Data Recovery using 6 Data Recovery Programs on 4 Test Partitions
I simply had to choose what programs and utilities to use, out of so many great choices!, I settled on:
Piriform Recova, Wise Data Recovery, MiniTool Power Data Recovery, Restorer Ultimate, Steller and R-Studio.
A quick review of some things. Long ago, us old timers heard of and used terms such as FAT (File Allocation Tables) and DIRectories which were stored right after Boot Sector on Track Zero. FAT and DIR are part of the main post office to the houses, i.e. the folders and files on the magnetic media. I'm not concerned with CDs and DVDs at this time.
Using an anology that can be snapped like a rubber band if stretched too far: You and your family are the contents within your house, a specific file. The post office knows your street address number and your family name. When a file is simply deleted, the main post office no longer has your (beginning) house number nor the first letter of your family name. If the whole block (a folder) is deleted, although the main post office probably no longer has the stuff mentioned earlier, however, if you're lucky, a sub-station just might have the needed numbers and first letters (along with the whole names) for that block (folder). Any over-written file, regardless of how or with what the file was over-written with: the people in the house are removed, and often the house itself is in shambles to some degree.
At this time, I cannot visualize how NTFS is structured, and how it keeps the first address and the name of folders and files. Maybe my use of DMDE will help me discover and visualize this process. I used DMDE's Disk Editor to attempt to locate my FAT16 test partition's Track Zero and its FAT and DIR structure -- didn't recognize it. Using Windows 7 Pro to create, format, write folders & files onto a FAT16 partition probably not the same as using Windows for Workgroup 3.11?
FAT16 partition, Piriform Recover appeared to give a very easy to work with, understandable, screen of recoverable files within Undeleted Folder. Had to head for home, later, will check and see if all or only half of the files were listed.
Wise Data Recovery, while the recovery menu was very easy to work with, it was a little bit "muddy:" half the recoverable files had their correct names, the other half of the recoverable files had manufactered names.
For the beginner, Piriform Recova seems easier to use, has much less geek-assigned file-names, whether FAT16, FAT32 or NTFS. Wise was much friendlier in my NTFS partition. Piriform Recova did not enter in adv-mode for me today (I had to task-break it); maybe will try again later.
MiniTool and Restorer, in FAT16 partition, operate much like Piriform Recova, very few files are missing their first character, most have full names listed. I suspect the same will be true for FAT32. Both, in the NTFS partition, listed only a few files. Not sure why yet. Will find out later in deeper tests.
Steller and R-Studio early-bird menu items revealed the same listing as the aforementioned others for FAT16, and I suspect will do so for FAT32.
Steller's Preview works really well. R-Studio's Preview often coughs up the View and Edit mode rather than the Preview.
Both of these, within the NTFS partition, only listed a few files. Again, not sure why, maybe can find out later in deeper tests.
** Unless somebody want them, I will not be listing the keystrokes, buttons, etc. to click, push, etc. at this point. **
Hitting an unexpected snag in my backup via cloning operations on my two computers containing a 2nd internal HD,
realizing the project is just too big to handle; and realizing it's time to make things easier to focus via "rifling" rather than "shotgunning"
-- cut down on the number of test files to 14; only 14 files will go into each of the four test folders in each of the three test partitions
-- eliminated the FAT16 and FAT32 test partitions (thus only three remain; NTFS, Formatted & Deleted)
-- eliminated FormattedFolder, since that old ZeroOutFAT&DIR utility no longer is used, may no longer exist
-- have reCreated but not yet "acted upon" the FormattedPartition and DeletedPartition
(now, the cloning works just fine)
My present and future focus will be on: learning to become profficient with my designated six data recovery programs, from EZ-recovery
all the way, eventually, before the 2ndComing, to Green Beret level cluster-by-cluster, sector-by-sector, byte-by-byte recoveries.
I've been using Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) as the OS. All my partitions, OS (C), data (D), test partitions: NTFS 4KB/default.
Mozilla Firefox & Thunderbird, eM Client, msIE, Google Chrome backup & "migrating"
If one routinely backs up certain directories of the abovementioned programs,
one can "migrate" one or more of the above from "The Best Home or Base Computer" to other computers.
Before any copying or migrating attempts are made, ensure the programs on source & target computers are not running, not active.
It's best that the above programs already exist in good working order on target computers.
For copying/migrating, I've used FreeFileSync set to Mirror source onto target successfully.
[By successfully, I mean what the FreeFileSync does.]
I've had the best results with Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird, very good results with eM Client.
Results have been mixed bags [being blessed and being blessed out] for msIE and Google Chrome browsers.
For this writing, I use the terms migrate, migrating when the words sync, syncing are just as accurate if not more so.
Let me do the easiest one first. Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird are the easiest to change or repair via copying/migrating.
Users [user acct] AppData Local Mozilla [for FF], Thunderbird [for the emailer]
Users [user acct] AppData Roaming Mozilla [for FF], Thunderbird [for the emailer]
Copying/migrating Program Files (x86)\Mozilla...firefox...thunderbird program directories are not necessary.
[Migrating programs directories will not replace the need to do an install.]
eM Client is the next easiest to change or repair via copying/migrating. Make sure a working copy exists on the target computer.
Users [user acct] AppData Local eM Client Toolbar -- do NOT attempt to copy/migrate this directory; attempts generate numerous errors
Users [user acct] AppData Roaming eM Client -- this directory can be successfully copied/migrated
Again, the program directory is not needed to be copied/migrated, as long as source & target versions are alike.
A difficult one to successfully change or repair via copy/migrate is msIE, Microsoft Internet Explorer.
It works much better if both source and target existing IEs are the same version.
Users [user acct] appdata local microsoft ie [meaning the directory named: internet explorer]
Users [user acct] appdata locallow microsoft ie [ditto] -- can be copied/migrated; "parallel success" not guaranteed, results sure vary
appdata roaming microsoft ie [ditto] -- can be copied/migrated; "parallel success" not guaranteed, results sure vary
Users [user acct] favorites -- this directory is the only one that behaves nicely, IE does reflect the "updated" favorites [if IE is working].
programfiles ie and program files (x86) ie program directories, 64-bit and 32-bit respectively:
While I have copied the files from a working 32bit directory into a non-working 64bit directory [or from 64 to 32], hoping to get both working before the next IE install or IE version-upgrade, repair success rate is spotty at best; gambling sometimes pays off, often no change.
Another difficult one to successfully change or repair via copy/migrate is Google Chrome. For me, failure rate is fairly high for this one.
Often one has to uninstall and reinstall GChrome via CTL-PNL Programs or something similar to Revo Uninstaller/Installer.
programfiles Google directory is empty in all my 3 computers
program files (x86) is the one that has the Google Chrome files in all my 3 computers [**]
Users [user acct] appdata local google [**]
[**] These two directories must be copied/migrated/synced during the same source to target session.
Immediate success will not happen.
This "back-door installing via copying/migrating" must be followed with a re-Installation of Google Chrome, using either online or offline EXEs.
After re-installation, make sure you can successfully login with the your primary email address that is linked to your Google Chrome.
After successfully logging in, generate tabs for:
chrome://chrome -- this will "tell" you if your Chrome can be updated
chrome://settings -- if you get a faint red box error, simply X it
chrome://extensions -- if you have used SafeScript previously, you can get back your Chrome settings stored on the Chrome server a little easier.
For those using Session Manager, if you earlier saved via Session Manager, you should now see those saved sessions and can use them.
At best, you are good to go! If not, you're in for a re-configuration of your normal Google Chrome settings, tabs, and so on.
[The above last paragraph "over-wrote" my previous ending; after having done the above upon two computers, I now know the ending.]
** This is somewhat old, I've trimmed some here, some there -- if any questions, ask :) **
Have been paying closer attention to my external USB HDs, I am much more aware that rather than ATI (Acronis) or Macrium failure -- it has been several times an explorer.exe not communing with respective external HD failure. It might be within any one particular external HD, it might be conflicting drive-letter assignments, it might be "explorer.exe and company" needs to be dropkicked or punted into better performance.
In order to maximize the idea of restorable backups, minimize the idea of failures in backup and/or restores, I've been doing the following...
Long ago, because drive letters differ when booting external media for backups & restores, I labeled all my OS partitions S0x(ddd)C, data partitions S0x(ddd)D, x being computer number (1 2 or 3), ddd being three unique digits/letters from HD ID/serial number. Each external backup/restore HD's labeled: Hitachis Kitty & Katty(*), the four Seagate HDs labeled SeaEPD, SeaBPD, SeaKIT, SeaKAT. WDE1, WDE2. At all times, I know exactly which partition is being backed up to what ext HD, what ext HD is going to restore to what partition C or D, regardless of what the drive letters are. (* - My two cats are more famous than me, on Facebook & Twitter.)
Before beginning backup routine, I plan to test explorer & ext HD operations by a quick-copy into & out of attached ext HD, if bi-direction copy fails, the backup or restore will fail, it's time to fix the explorer-ext HD relationship. If bi-direction copy succeeds, backup begins. I no longer assign drive letters to any ext HD, causes problems down the road. And, 2nd internal HD's C-partition & D-partition will no longer be drive-letter assigned.
YYYYMMDD(ext HD name)_(partition letter)_S0x -- that's the XML file and the high-compressed backup file name I use within Macrium Reflect Pro. Acronis keep its log files differently, I can name the backup file only. Hours, days, weeks, later -- I know where each backup is.
If a particular backup is really critical, I can do both a Macrium and an Acronis backup of C-(OS)-partition on each external HD.
Full [entire] drive images.
"I only do full drive back ups. Eliminates several backup steps if the drive needs restored. With selective partitions, if the full drive has to be restored it requires several separate operations." Fireberd
Even though separate OS and data partition full images have served me well, thinking it over, I realize Fireberd has a great idea, and I'm adding his idea into my present HD [hard-drive] backup routine.
Consider: a catastrophic HD failure and the HD replacement, or a catastrophic OS boot & OS operations failure and facing the need to do a complete software ReInstall. In order to restore any and all partitions onto the original or replacement HD, at least one full image of the entire internal HD containing the OS, factory recovery, OS boot, and data partitions needs to exist.
If you're not also making separate full images of OS and data partitions, stop reading, you're done.
If you are also making separate full images of OS and data partitions, if you ever have to restore the full [entire] drive image, then, afterwards, simply follow through with the separate OS and data partition restores, if such partition images are newer than your full [entire] drive image. For my purposes, In order to take less time restoring full [entire] drive and the separate OS and data partitions, I'm going to test an idea: delete all data partition's folders and files from within the full [entire] drive image.
** This is somewhat old, I've trimmed some here, some there -- if any questions, ask :) In a couple of forums long ago, I called this "Blue Water Navy Aircraft Carrier or Battleship Group Backup" -- I have long since dropped that title, the process is not that enormous! :) **
"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited
Even though viri, malware, human error, software failure, hard-ware failure can delete your hard-drive contents, remember: If you are His, He will never delete you from His Book of Life. Computer geeks, keep everything in perspective :)
Last Edit: May 23, 2018 13:01:40 GMT -5 by rolandjs
There are some real good computer geeks in here, could you post this question as a separate thread? It would stand out much better and maybe draw in somebody who works with Windows PowerShell and Firefox operations. I have no answer because I have never worked with Windows PowerShell.
Apparently, the Technology Revolution has taken front and center, replacing the Industrial Revolution! Let's hope that places like Fresh-Hope and many other similar places continue to be a Light to a dark world.
The rise in the quality of technology without a rise in the quality of human nature has led to new and quicker evils. One solution that comes to mind right now: we Christians need to be examples of using technology as wisely as possible and as God's Way as possible. We need to be examples of where both our technology and our nature is being increased in quality by Lord inside of us.
Human nature, from Adam and Eve on, from Noah on, from Agricultural/Hunting Age, Industrial Age, present age and age(s) to come, will find ways and means, technology or no technology, to do what human nature wants to do. Technology, like money, the love of it, the hungering for it, is a root of evil. Like Music, both the devil and our Lord makes use of Music, the devil for selfeshness, our Lord to save us from our sins and present us with a better tomorrow.
Last Edit: May 7, 2017 21:13:59 GMT -5 by rolandjs
Lifted from an earlier comment by me in the thread Computer Help:
Wifey and I have a small den safe where our pancake platter-clatter backup drives go, along with some non-replacable papers. Any number of portable mini-safes are available, key or combination, get whatever you're most comfortable with, keeping up with the keys or remembering a combination. There are no guarantees against theft -- keep it out of sight, don't tell others about it, daily pray for God's shielding of your house and family.
bystillwaters: Please pray for the middle east during these dangerous times... In the Name of Jesus Christ...Amen.
Apr 14, 2018 8:03:17 GMT -5
Daniel: Thank you, anna. You're very welcome.
Mar 25, 2018 8:14:38 GMT -5
anna: Daniel, I like to read the articles that you post.
Mar 22, 2018 15:02:25 GMT -5
bystillwaters: Good news Noah... We are praying for your continued Blessings in the Name of Jesus Christ... Amen.
Mar 22, 2018 5:55:19 GMT -5
noah: I just wanted to give an update. Things between my wife and I have been better. She is talking to me more and not cold and withdrawn. We are even thinking about putting our house up for sale and we are looking for a bigger one. Please continue to pray
Mar 18, 2018 20:09:42 GMT -5
noah: I just wanted to give everybody an update. Things between my wife and I have been good. She hasn't been cold and withdrawn. We are actually putting our house up for sale and we are looking for a new house. God is working on her heart I think. Please
Mar 18, 2018 20:07:53 GMT -5