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Dec
17
comment What is it that makes some USB sticks not-bootable?
That is odd, I've never ran into this issue! I've always used diskpart and set the partition as Active and that was enough.
Dec
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Nov
11
comment Windows 7 OEM not installing
Glad you got it all sorted out. This is definitely a weird edge case. Never thought that useless nugget of info would be useful!
Nov
7
comment Windows 7 OEM not installing
You could try pulling the GFX card during install and see if it makes a difference. Also, I'd set your PC to boot from the hard drive by default, and use the manual Boot Menu (F12 or something similar) to select your USB thumb drive. That way you don't need to monkey around with rebooting and pulling out the thumb drive
Nov
7
comment Windows 7 OEM not installing
You might try packing your display drivers into your USB install. I've only seen it twice out of hundreds of computers, but it was the same problem you're describing.
Sep
17
revised Are USB hard disks less reliable for backups?
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Sep
17
comment Are USB hard disks less reliable for backups?
I suppose the context I work in (medium enterprise) makes me shy away from USB as a primary backup. I know plenty of SBs that use it, and it works perfectly fine for them. And the cost/offline nature are certainly upsides. The speed is the major drawback though. USB backups become cumbersome once data reaches a certain threshold, I'd say around 2TB. But I'm certainly not saying they shouldn't be used, just use them until you can afford/justify something better.
Sep
17
comment Are USB hard disks less reliable for backups?
I'm talking about the USB controller that the external drive plugs into. I didn't say anything about the drives being different, or being connected to the SATA bus. Drive > USB/SATA interface > USB port
Sep
17
answered Are USB hard disks less reliable for backups?
Sep
12
answered Install Windows on VMWare using USB flash drive
Jul
26
comment What PC parts can produce bright flash, and smoke, with the PC still appearing to work fine afterwards?
Good hardware will continue to work, however you may begin to notice general system instability. I had a motherboard that bulged and blew a number of caps, but still worked fine. As time went on, I kept getting more BSODs, hard drives failed to recognize, and various other strangeness. Replacing the motherboard cured all issues.
Jun
17
answered Which way can I avoid Dropbox syncing older files when restoring a CloneZilla image?
Jun
13
comment Is the Acronis Version coming with Intel SSDs working with other manufacturers SSDs?
The only setting that you may want to set when cloning from HHD to SSD is make sure you have AHCI turned on in BIOS so you get TRIM support. Nearly all new PCs for the past 5 years come with this option already enabled. You cannot easily enable AHCI after you have installed the OS either, because it expects to not use ACHI. There are hacks available to make this work, but in that scenario your better off reinstalling. AFAIK, the only thing you gain from using AHCI is TRIM support, it doesn't affect the speed of the SSD at all.
May
28
comment My motherboard will not recognize my harddrive
Are you sure that the port that you are connecting it to is enabled in the motherboard BIOS?
May
13
comment Customizing AD Users and Computers snap-in
I updated my original post with the code I used to generate the window. Hope it helps!
May
13
revised Customizing AD Users and Computers snap-in
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May
13
answered Customizing AD Users and Computers snap-in
May
13
answered Transfer windows to other hard disk
May
2
comment Is there a way to get software out of a computer running windows 4?
This is probably your best bet if the interface is RS232 or possibly Ethernet. I have previously converted a CMM inspector machine into a VM, and it communicates via serial port. Since VMs have a solid understanding of an Ethernet port, I would bet that VM conversion would work in this scenario.
Mar
20
comment Windows says “access denied” when copying files from one partition to another
To add a bit to this answer, it says access denied because the user account that owns the files exists on one XP system, and not the other. Therefore, the account you are logging in as doesn't have permission to move the files because they belong to the other XP user(even though you are both).