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Topic # 83089 10-May-2011 13:23 Send private message

So yesterday, after having dinner (Casserole...yum), I started up my laptop as normal, but I got this freaking annoying message;



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Windows Activiation
An un-authorized change was made to windows. Windows has discovered a change that will result in limited functionality. Use the link below to fine out how to fix windows.





So I followed that link, which took me to a Windows validation page, this 'validation' was 'interrupted' and couldn't continue. So I rang HP and they made me take out the battery, unplug the power cable, and hold the power button down for 30seconds. Then I start up the laptop, and go into the Bios and run a Hard Drive and Memory test.

HP said if you get error message 302,303 or 304, the hard drive is about to die.

Well I didn't get any error message, and the test completed fine, and the computer started up like normal once rebooted (except for the date reverting back to 2008).

So this morning, I start it back up and the same freaking message appears. I get around this by repeating the steps, minus the hard drive test.

Now I want to know, is their a program that can take an exact mirror of my hard drive, so when I buy a new one, I don't need to go through and re-install everything like drivers, software and more importantly, the operating system?




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  Reply # 467569 10-May-2011 14:09 Send private message

Acronis will do it for you. But... You have to find out what's causing the activation message, and that's not the hard drive "dying".





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  Reply # 467575 10-May-2011 14:24 Send private message

Macrium Reflect has a free version that should do what you need
http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp

Do you have a large external USB drive? You'll need somewhere to store the image that's not the drive you're imaging.

After you create the disk image make sure you read up on creating a boot cd or bootable USB and the restore process.


Also agree with Maurico, do a backup then find the root cause of the issue before taking any drastic action.

A full scan with malwarebytes would be high on my list 
http://www.malwarebytes.org 

Also run some disk drive diagnostic tools
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-hd-health-monitoring-and-diagnostic-programs.htm



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  Reply # 467610 10-May-2011 15:39 Send private message

Thanks for the replies guy.  I do have a 500gb external drive, which i've already backed up all 'My Documents' which has all the data files I want saved.

I did a Malware scan before but it didn't find anything :(   I've also done a windows update.

I posted a message on the microsoft support forum, and ran a windows diagnostic tool and posted the results.

I'll try that link you posted Ragnor and see what it has to show.




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  Reply # 469147 14-May-2011 19:44 Send private message

DriveImageXML is what I use to back up a system drive. Free and small.

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  Reply # 471504 20-May-2011 11:53 Send private message

I use and always suggest shadow protect as you can boot from a cd and do a full restore or mount the image and only take what you need, also supports virtual boot to have you up and running in no time

i have used it on desktops and servers and never had a problem, it is complete hardware independent as well

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