Restoring backup files after installing new hard drive


  • I have an old HP A1730N desktop running Vista Home Premium 32-Bit. My original 320MB hard drive failed, so I got my nephew to instal a new 2TB HD and increase RAM from 2 to 4 MB. I then managed to format the new HD and instal a clean version of Vista Home Premium 32-Bit with SP2.

    I had all my files backed up to an external USB HD. However, Vista does not recognise this external drive when I try to recover my files. Any suggestions for what to do? Thanks.

    Friday, July 19, 2013 5:13 PM


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  • (1)Have you checked your usb settings are working?
    Tips for solving problems with USB devices

    (2)if it is already listed under diskmanager (press widnows key and r key together and type diskmgmt.msc ) try to assign a drive letter..

    (3)Plug it to another computer and make sure cable and the disk is working properly

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    Sunday, August 4, 2013 10:55 AM
  • Thanks for the response to my question. I just found out that Windows Backup & Restore only backs up data files and program settings on my version of Vista. I thought it would be doing a clone or mirror of my whole drive and so should reinstall all my application programs as well as the data. So now I have my data, but have to reinstal Vista and all my application programs before I can recover the data. Words cannot describe my feelings at this turn of events, and i feel Microsoft is guilty of some questionable practices and marketing here ..... why is the complete computer backup only available on Vista Ultimate?
    Tuesday, August 13, 2013 8:48 AM