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[How to] Swapping Video Cards
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Acronis True image cloning your boot disk to a separate hard drive is the cat's pajamas. Complete snapshot of your current boot drive. Put the backup drive on a shelf, and just plug it back in and you're completely back where you were. No muss, no fuss, no recovery software needed. Raid may complicate the issue.

You can actually get free acronis when you buy some brands of hard drive.

Clonezilla should let you do the same thing, but the one time I tried it years ago, it looked like it worked, but the cloned disk didn't boot. I got lazy and didn't bother to diagnose it.

To state the bleedingly obvious, do a system restore point before messing with anything.
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(02-06-2015, 04:18 PM)archangle Wrote: Acronis True image cloning your boot disk to a separate hard drive is the cat's pajamas. Complete snapshot of your current boot drive. Put the backup drive on a shelf, and just plug it back in and you're completely back where you were. No muss, no fuss, no recovery software needed. Raid may complicate the issue.

You can actually get free acronis when you buy some brands of hard drive.

Clonezilla should let you do the same thing, but the one time I tried it years ago, it looked like it worked, but the cloned disk didn't boot. I got lazy and didn't bother to diagnose it.

To state the bleedingly obvious, do a system restore point before messing with anything.

I think I have a license for acronis. Came with one or more of the SSDs I bought.
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Well, it turned out to be an all day event; with plenty of cussing.
I even had to modify some sheet metal because of the cheap was Dell uses a bracket to hold cards in slots.

The driver delete did not go well. I ended up rolling back the system with restore.
I was then able to load new drivers using the CD that came with the GPU.

I don't have any zombie drivers loading into memory. But, I do have some orphaned folders and files on my HDD.
Too risky to delete them; so, let it be.
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#14
I found Glary Utilities to be an effective free tool for getting rid of orphaned stuff and registry entries. They won't add any malware or unwanted programs, and it's a good way to clean up temp files and check your startup queue.
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#15
Mongo,

If you want to check out the orphaned folders and their effects, try renaming them - add -old to the end of the name and see what happens. If everything still works, you most likely can rearrange the electrons - aka delete. If there is an issue, drop the -old from the name and try again.

This was standard practice when I was working in tech support.

Homer
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(02-13-2015, 02:54 PM)Homerec130 Wrote: Mongo,

If you want to check out the orphaned folders and their effects, try renaming them - add -old to the end of the name and see what happens. If everything still works, you most likely can rearrange the electrons - aka delete. If there is an issue, drop the -old from the name and try again.

This was standard practice when I was working in tech support.

Homer

Thanks Homer. Keep on collecting ELINT/SIGINT.
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#17
Mongo,

The unit's mottos were "Cease buzzer, my a$$" (which means stop jam); "Jam Until Impact" and finally "In jam, no one can hear you scream"

Squadron training shop had the first one in Latin on the wall.

Homer

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