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    I know you have heard it before but backup early and OFTEN.

    After four years of loading and removing stuff on the hard drive my computer has given me three weeks of fits. I finally bit the bullet and had the C: drive reformated and Windows XP re-installed.

    It has taken almost three days of on and off work to reload all my regularly used software but because I do regular back-up the only thing I lost was November emails. And if I look hard enough I can probably find them.

    Yes, backing up is a PITA until the machine crashes (and it will!!!) then it will seem like gravy.
    Errol Groff

    New England Model Engineering Society
    http://neme-s.org/

    YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/GroffErrol?feature=mhee

  • #2
    Yes, back up you My Documents and any other files.

    If you have the XP disc you can format and reinstall the operating system yourself. You really need to have the XP disc anyway. Formating and installing XP is not hard at all, just as easy as installing your programs.
    It's only ink and paper

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    • #3
      I suggest a complete disk image backup once in a while

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      • #4
        Errol. I just went through the same dance with my laptop. Total reformat and reload. Like you I had everything backed up. At todays prices you can get an external backup 300gig hard drive for around $100.00. They are well worth it.
        Ernie (VE7ERN)

        May the wind be always at your back

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        • #5
          On having your OS disks. I got an HP computer several years ago that had the operating system pre-installed and a backup partition for recovery. However I could never find a way to get any other backup or help from them. The motherboard finally curled up its toes so I replaced it but the backup partition only wanted the original hardware. HP had no help and wouldn't even talk to me if I replaced the motherboard so I've washed my hands from that brand. I used to like and respect them a lot and used HP way back to the 9825 desktop with the one line LED display and tape drive for OS and data. We paid something like $800 extra to get it upgraded to 64K RAM. WOW!
          .
          "People will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time they will pick themselves up and carry on" : Winston Churchill

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          • #6
            Why mess around with a tiny disk like 300 gig? You can get a Western Digital 1 terabyte USB external disk for a hundred bucks from Amazon.

            It's mind-boggling. Like TgTool, I remember when 32K memory and a 256K disk was big....
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            • #7
              I just bought a Mac Mini Server with two 500G drives and 4G ram. About the size of a desktop speaker, it's absolutely dead quiet when running. I copied the OS dvd to a 32G USB flash drive and re-installed it just for drill from that stick. Worked a treat, so I'll leave the stick plugged in. It has no DVD drive. It comes with the Server edition of OS X and so can act as a backup store for Mac clients. There's no client licensing so it would make a fine PDC for a Windows network. $999.99 plus tax.

              And I have two external USB 500G drives in the same form factor, so I have a two-tByte system, now.

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              • #8
                Between me and my wife the architec we have 100s in not 1000s of autocad, archicad, and mastercam drawings/cnc programs

                f:/ = Mirrored Drives on a RAID card in addition to the C:/drive

                I ain't loosing all the work I've put in for nothin
                Last edited by JoeFin; 12-06-2009, 09:02 PM.

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                • #9
                  I let my AV software go to hell and had no problems for 3 years.


                  dont download porn, dont use domain mail and dont download movies and hacked software.

                  If you do that you can go years with no virus crap on your computer, you wont need it at all.

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                  • #10
                    What programs do you guys use for backup?
                    Play Brutal Nature, Black Moons free to play highly realistic voxel sandbox game.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Black_Moons
                      What programs do you guys use for backup?
                      I use rsync to move my business machine data from the colo to my local data center (aka my rec room). That puts a copy of everything on disk. From there it goes to tape using tar. I have two 7-tape autochangers with DDS-4 tapes.

                      My home desktop systems get backed up to external disks using the Mac TimeMachine backup tool. Those get backed up to tape on a third tape drive.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tattoomike68
                        I let my AV software go to hell and had no problems for 3 years.


                        dont download porn, dont use domain mail and dont download movies and hacked software.

                        If you do that you can go years with no virus crap on your computer, you wont need it at all.
                        Where's the fun in that? Makes me wonder why one even has a computer!

                        Good advice though Mike.
                        But what happens when the little hamster falls off of the wheel and the hard drive stops spinning?
                        I recently bought a 500GB external hard drive for $69 cnd. and I feel a lot better now having two baskets of eggs instead of just one.
                        Last edited by Willy; 12-06-2009, 10:26 PM.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by SGW
                          Why mess around with a tiny disk like 300 gig? You can get a Western Digital 1 terabyte USB external disk for a hundred bucks from Amazon.

                          It's mind-boggling. Like TgTool, I remember when 32K memory and a 256K disk was big....
                          Costco also has a good buy on ext. HD
                          Bill in SE Idaho
                          With enough time & motivation anything can be fixed

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Black_Moons
                            What programs do you guys use for backup?
                            I just use the "Set Up" files for the RAID controller to create a mirrored drive set. Then I just use what ever software and direct all my data files to the mirrored drives. Chances of loosing both drives of the mirrored set at exactly the same time are about 20 KaZZilion to : 1.

                            500 Gegabyte Drives are what $50 - $60 bucks now days

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                            • #15
                              I use an online backup service (mozy.com). I wouldn't want to lose all my files if I had a house fire. Admittedly less likely than a drive failure, but I am extremely dependent on my files for a lot of stuff.

                              JoeFin, if you lose one drive, replace it IMMEDIATELY. If you have two drives of the same model and size, with the same usage pattern, once one goes, the other should be considered as having one foot in the grave. Preferably, replace them both.

                              -Pete
                              I just like to make stuff.

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