Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Backing up a crufty Dell laptop

My dad has finally retired his aging Dell Inspiron 1100, replacing it with a new shiny model. I migrated all his data across using the fantastic free (as in beer) and not free (as in speech)XXCOPY. I didn't have time to install rsync and sshd on both machines which is how I would have done it properly. Still XXCOPY did the trick.



I'm left with his old laptop to clear down as it is heading to his stepson. In an ideal world, I would blitz the hard disk, reinstall OEM Windows XP Home and use the licence key on the bottom. I suspect that won't work though as the Dell licence key won't work with my OEM XP Home disk. Sigh. So I'm left to clear the system down as best I can, defrag the disk and remove the unnecessary applications.



I used Ploplinux to copy the HDD contents onto an external USB disk, just in case I missed something in the XXCOPYing.



Things to try:


  • See if a system restore utility on dad's laptop.

  • I might have a play with the Dell product key on the bottom of dad's laptop with an OEM install and see if it gets anywhere. I'll try on a kemu image and see what happens.



What a tangled mess Microsoft weave.

1 comment:

Matt said...

"In an ideal world, I would blitz the hard disk, reinstall OEM Windows XP Home"

Should that not be

"In an ideal world, I would blitz the hard disk, and stick Ubuntu on it"? ;)