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would a memerory chip help instead of external hard drive or both

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June 14, 2013 8:22:59 AM

hi would anybody recommend putting an extra memory chip into the dell 531 that i have to help with these back up & restore problems im having or doing this along with putting in a 2nd hard drive would a sata or segate hard drive be compatible with Dell desktop inspiron 531 if so can anybody recommend any hard drives & memory chips,All help is greatly apreshated & very helpfull,sorry about the spelling,
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June 14, 2013 8:27:11 AM

what problems are you having? Hard to know what to tell you when you don't explain the problem you're having with backup and restore.
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June 14, 2013 8:30:24 AM

SATA is an interface, not a brand of HDD. Make sure you get the HDD with the proper interface to connect it to the motherboard, any good brand of HDD would do just fine. If the original HDD is 5-6 years old, replacement is highly recommended.
If by memory chip you mean RAM stick, do some research to see how much RAM does that particular model support, then get that for maximum speed of your system.
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June 14, 2013 9:48:11 AM

Yes, clarify your problem.
Meanwhile this is what you can get. If you have Windows 64 bit I can look further to see if more than 4GB is supported. When choosing RAM (memory) remember that Crucial is 99% compatible with Dell, so look at those choices, go to your favorite retailer and get those, if you think you needed, because as of now we have no clue what problem you have.
Here we go
http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=Inspi...
http://www.memorystock.com/memory/DellInspiron531.html
http://www.oempcworld.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen...
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June 16, 2013 12:37:54 PM

sorry i do really appreciate any help & advice ,its when trying to perform a back & scheduled back up my computer wont back up at all,when you go to do a back up it will say performing back up then it will fail saying there is not enough space to performer a back up or warning unable to perform back up due to catastrophic failure with a code starting in 08x00,Sorry im not the greatest at this would you recommend doing a scan to see what happens as i afraid if i do this it may not work & im unable to perform any restores as that says there is no restore point,Im sorry im unable to explain this better & understand if cant offer help,Have a nice evening a Thank you.
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June 16, 2013 1:59:42 PM

the 64 bit OS supports over 4GB, How much is tied to the OS version - Home Basic 8GB, Home Prem 16GB, Pro, Enterprise, Ultimate 192 GB
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June 18, 2013 9:14:12 AM

vulcan45 said:
sorry i do really appreciate any help & advice ,its when trying to perform a back & scheduled back up my computer wont back up at all,when you go to do a back up it will say performing back up then it will fail saying there is not enough space to performer a back up or warning unable to perform back up due to catastrophic failure with a code starting in 08x00,Sorry im not the greatest at this would you recommend doing a scan to see what happens as i afraid if i do this it may not work & im unable to perform any restores as that says there is no restore point,Im sorry im unable to explain this better & understand if cant offer help,Have a nice evening a Thank you.


Where exactly you are placing backup?
How many hard drive you have? It seems that your backup hard drive or partition is full!
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June 19, 2013 12:58:06 PM

only have the 1 hard drive,i rely appreciate your help i have the oc & recovery i can do disk clean up on the oc no problems but doing a disk clean up on recovery is not making space so i cant make a back up my restore says there is no restore point so i don't know whether to do a disk check & try & fix the problem option ? on the properties option on the recovery disk i did do a disk check for problems on my oc about 2 months ago & it took nearly an hour well over an hour to fix the problem,But it probably resurfaced.Please forgive my lack of knowledge & i wish i could explain my problem better.Have a nice evening & Thank you for taking time to try and help me,Thank you
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June 19, 2013 2:38:20 PM

vulcan45 said:
only have the 1 hard drive,i rely appreciate your help i have the oc & recovery i can do disk clean up on the oc no problems but doing a disk clean up on recovery is not making space so i cant make a back up my restore says there is no restore point so i don't know whether to do a disk check & try & fix the problem option ? on the properties option on the recovery disk i did do a disk check for problems on my oc about 2 months ago & it took nearly an hour well over an hour to fix the problem,But it probably resurfaced.Please forgive my lack of knowledge & i wish i could explain my problem better.Have a nice evening & Thank you for taking time to try and help me,Thank you


First. OK, how big is your hard drive, how many GB?
Second. How much used space and how much free space available, in GB?
Do you have old backups there, if yes how many, and what is the size of your last one (your last backup)?

It is OK, no one getting upset here, just relax and help us to help you, by providing as much information as possible.
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June 20, 2013 6:54:06 AM

RAM and hard-drive do different things, from the sound of things, you need a new hard-drive, but if the system has under 2gig of RAM you want to upgrade that as well.

A "backup" to the same drive as your files is useless, if the drive fails, you will lose the backup as well. Buy a second drive, and run your backups to that. I suggest a second internal drive or an eSATA or USB3 external if your computer has those interfaces. USB2 is pretty slow for large file transfer such as a full backup.
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June 20, 2013 6:54:08 AM

RAM and hard-drive do different things, from the sound of things, you need a new hard-drive, but if the system has under 2gig of RAM you want to upgrade that as well.

From the sound of things in your posts, you should replace the main hard-drive as well and re-install Windows on that. You don't want to keep running a hard-drive that comes up with disk errors all the time. So get 2 drives. A trick to do is find an external full size drive that is on sale, and crack the case open, remove the drive and use that. It's often cheaper than buying an internal drive on it's own. I saved about 50% just a week ago by bying a clearance 2TB external drive and taking out the drive to use as a regular internal. Newegg has some good deals on new external drives at times, check them.

A "backup" to the same drive as your files is useless, if the drive fails, you will lose the backup as well. Buy a second drive, and run your backups to that. I suggest a second internal drive or an eSATA or USB3 external if your computer has those interfaces. USB2 is pretty slow for large file transfer such as a full backup.
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