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Laptop Help wanted

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by SwindonSN6, May 31, 2009.

  1. SwindonSN6

    SwindonSN6 Newbie

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    Hi there,

    I have had SERIOUS problems with my laptop, and to compound it the IDIOT I took it to fix it made it even worse!!

    Now I seem to have MULTIPLE copies of files, I have 118,000 UNOPENED emails, and I dont have the last 3 months worth of emails, though they are meant to be in a file he copied onto my laptop.

    I'm just wanting to know, can anyone advise what I should do?

    My thoughts are get a new external hard drive, copy EVERYTHING onto there, and reformat my whole laptop. BUT are there any good programmes that might recover my old emails, or delet the multiple copies of files I now have. I can only seem to use the laptop in safe mode, as there is NO free space on either of the internal disks.

    THANKS for your help and advice in advance!!

    SN6
     
  2. ukescuba

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    i think they have a trial version of their software its a full working version but time limited...

    if you have enough space on your machine what i would do is set it to copy everything to a new folder and delete all duplicates...

    second copy is great for backing up websites too as it also has a built in ftp client

    on my laptop i always use partition magic to split my hardrive in to two separate drives, i use one for the os and programs (i use windows) the other i set as my my documents folder, this way if i need to reinstall my os and program files i can do without screwing around with my my docs folder...

    however there are some default files you must copy over from your c: to your my documents folder, so as to be able to restore them later... you can set secondcopy to do this for you daily though... its basically you favorites, and perhaps some of your app data from your user folder...

    for your emails do a scan for *.pst files, if you where using outlook or outlook express i believe this is the file they would be stored in... once you find them, if you have your own domain name, import them back into outlook/outlook express... then go and create a free account at google apps

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    configure your emails to use IMAP then import your emails into your new google apps account...

    i did this a couple of years ago my PST file was over 2gb, google apps gives you 7gb storage per email account, now i sync all emails across laptops, cell phones, desktop, etc to use it so now if i ever have to reformat a machine it takes approximately 2 or 3 minutes to restore my emails...

    hth
     
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  3. phpfiend

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    If you have XP or vista there should be a restore point set on your OS. Therefore you can restore it back to the state it was in before you took it to that idiot. Go to Start menu, All Programs, Accessories, System tools then I think it is something like restore or restore your system

    Then click on the option to restore to a previous point and click on the date that was before that guy getting ahold of it. Follow all prompts and let it do its thing.

    If you need more help feel free to PM.
     
  4. ukescuba

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    i dont think the restore point will reset the files back to the original place it only resets the registry...
     
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    I believe on Micr*s*fts site it states that in win xp the system restore does not effect files and can only restore deleted files if they are backed up. But at least that may solve any performance issues you may have with xp...
     
  6. SwindonSN6

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    The Hard Drive apparantly had some bad sectors, so we were not able to use this to restore from. he just copied it, multiple times it appears!! I had the OLD hard drive that he changed 3 months ago, which only had one bad sector, so he restored from this. i wanted him to use the hard drive that failed last weekend, but he made a real COCK UP of it!!
     
  7. SwindonSN6

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    THIS seems AWESOME!! I just had a look at the site. I can back up my ENTIRE laptop on there? GREAT tip with the emails as well!! I just need to route out the duplicates, and this should be ideal.

    MANY thanks for your help with this one!!
     
  8. ukescuba

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    no problem if you have any more questions just hola you know where i am! :)

    you can actually use secondcopy to backup daily too... its actually a pretty cool piece of software...

    thanks