Need to copy drivers before reformat

Posted on 2006-05-17
Last Modified: 2008-01-16
I've got a Windows 2000 PC that needs to be reformatted and OS re-installed.  It's got some specialized PCI cards in it to run some medical equipment, so I'm sure Win 2000 will not automatically recognize these and install them.  How do I locate the driver files now before I wipe it out so that I can copy these and then re-install on the new system?
Question by:maharlika
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    by:Will Szymkowski
    Hello there,

    theres a few places

    Drivers-download-667.html" target="_blank" onclick="return openNew(this.href);">

    this program will backup all your drivers and you can even put them on a CAB file right on your windows CD

    Failing that you can always copy your C:/WINNT/SYSTEM32/DRIVERS folder

    where most of the drivers are kept

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    I'm sure someone will eventually tell you how to go through manually and backup the files you need, but if you want it done automatically, I would suggest Driver Magician.  It will back up all of your drivers to a folder you can then burn to CD.  Format/reinstall and when it comes time to reinstall your PCI device drivers, point it to the folder on the CD.

    This program is shareware with a 29.95 option to buy but you can use it for 15 days for free.

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    Hi you can also use driverguide toolkit from  it has a trial but it works great

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    Driver Magician is an easy-to-use and powerful tool that helps you to back up device driver files of your computer and install them quickly when you reinstall operation system after system crash or at times you think you should restore them from backup.
    Moreover, Driver Magician can backup and restore more items such as my document folder, fonts folder, registry, Internet Explorer favorite folder, Outlook Express mail file folder, Outlook Express mail rule, Outlook Express mail accounts and Outlook Express address book etc.
    You can download it at:
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    If you run some kind of specialised equipment through these cards, you might want to check out if there is special software associated with the setup - such software may include all drivers etc required. If the cards are SCSI host adapters or other I/O cards, you should get the drivers from the manufacturer.
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    Another way would be to see what make and model these cards are from device manager and download the drivers yourself ,as sometimes these backup programs don´t work so well.
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    I really recommend you installing the drivers manually. Harder way but the most reliable way.

    BUT Back up your drivers folder C:/WINNT/SYSTEM32/DRIVERS , use one of the tools above ( whichever is easier to you ) and if you fail to find a spesific driver bring it back up. All of the above utilities are capable of it. Most secure way :)

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