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save data during system recovery

By scan4me2002 ·
I have to do a complete system recovery, not a system restore.
The system is as follows:
compaq presario
windows xp home edition version 2002
service pack 1
1.20 GHz
512 MB of RAM
Drives A-3.5 FLOPPY C&amp PARTITIONED 20 GIG hardrive E-cd-rw F-cd-rw
Is there a way to save the data, pictures, zipped programs. etc on the
G hardrive while a system recovery is done then retrieve it after everything is reloaded on drives
C&amp from the recovery CD
It should be possible but I have no idea how to do it. MAX-BLAST PLUS II was used to install the second 40 GIG hardrive the first time. My associate who is microsoft certified said he thought I could reaccess the data without reistalling the second hardrive as long as the files were the same format ie
If the 40 gig is not reinstalled using max blast will Windows recognize drive G&H by searching the hardware?
I hope you can respond with appropriate information.
thank you very much Daniel
my e-mail addess is

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by willcomp In reply to save data during system r ...

Although a recovery should not affect anything but the C drive, I would disconnect the second hard disk (40GB) until recovery is finished to be safe.

XP should recognize the drive without any problems when you reconnect it after recovery is finished.


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by wlbowers In reply to save data during system r ...

As long as the 40 gig was not installed using a drive overlay you should not have any problems.

You have two options.

1. Use a recovery software that works from dos. The G: drive is a system device and you should be avaible to save files to it. If the recovery software is not CD friendly the drive letter might be different.

2. Install the drive as a slave on a different machine. Using software such as PC Inspector File Recovery, You should be able to do the same as above.

Good Luck Lee

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