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#1 DaChew

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 09:05 AM

Sooner or later most new users find themselves up a creek without a paddle, they've never bothered to read their manual or help files on doing a system restore, some didn't get restore disks, some lose them or throw them away. On some computers you have to burn your own. Since most factory computer restores wipe the hard drive, all data is lost.

Are you prepared for the "worst case" scenario?
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Posted 08 March 2008 - 09:09 AM

At work, most customers who have lost data are eager to protect their systems in the future.

But how long will this last? That's the benefit of automated backup solutions - but then who'll check them to make sure they're working?
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Posted 08 March 2008 - 12:01 PM

I will have to commend microsoft for the new feature in vista sp1

create a Windows Vista Recovery Disc
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Posted 08 March 2008 - 07:04 PM

I'm about as prepared, as I can be.
I use Acronis to image my HDD.
I have one copy on a separate partition, one on a external drive, and 2 burned to disc, one of which is stored at my Dad's house, in another city.
I use Cobian, to backup my personal files to an external drive, every day, then once a week I'll burn the most recent copy, to a disc.
Besides the original installation disc, I have 2 slipstreamed copies, one of which is also stored at my Dad's house.
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Posted 08 March 2008 - 07:23 PM

LOL...that's prepared :thumbsup:.

I just do several things:

a. Although I have two systems, I only backup one. One system is used primarily for video-editing and there is nothing on that boot drive which can not easily just be reinstalled. All the files hwich would be edit-fodder are on different, separate hard drives used only for storage.

b. The other system is the daily workhorse and I backup approximately once every two weeks on it. There is no real reason for me to backup more frequently because I can live with losing two weeks of additions which I may have made.

I have the backups maintained again on a hard drive which is distinct from the boot drive and I can access those files individually or en masse anytime I want to. The most crucial items on this system are: Favorites (including a large number of links I use for this and other forums). My email account files are maintained/stored on a different hard drive and all the other things that some generally throw into My Computer...are stored elsewhere.

I use a total of about 9 hard drives with two desktops, with probably 5/6 normally connected to one or the other system.

Oh yeah...I have my various licenses written down and sorted by whatever system it belongs to (I have 9 OEM licenses in my name, some for systems of friends).

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 08:49 PM

I asked the last person that had me look at their computer, where were the recovery disks and I get a blank stare. Peoples responses range from "it's in the closet somewhere" to "the dog ate it". I must admit that I procrastinate at backing up. I bought Acronis over a month ago and just installed it today
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Posted 08 March 2008 - 08:56 PM

At work we tell 'em - if you don't have the recovery disks, call the manufacturer and order them. They're a lot cheaper than buying a copy of XP and then trying to find all the drivers!
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