OK, here comes the lecture....
A good imaging program will prevent this pain in the future. I use Acronis True Image myself (about $50 US), but there are other freeware versions available on the web.
With a disk image saved, you can hose your system all day long - then in 20 minutes you can reset it to where it was at the point where you made the image.
With some creative imaging techniques, some creative partitioning, and scheduled backups you can actually be back to the state that you were at before the crash occurred with minimal fuss and bother.
FYI - one of the first things that I do when setting up a new system (with more than 1 partition or drive) is to point the My Documents folder to another drive. Then, when imaged, that drive includes the "pointer" to My Documents on another drive - so I'm able to access my data without having to restore a backup (presuming that the partition/drive with My Documents on it is OK).
I also make an image with all of my "base" programs installed, that way I can function immediately after restoring the image. These include Firefox (with the profile stored in My Documents), Thunderbird (with the profile stored in My Documents), and MailwasherPro (the settings are saved in the registry). This keeps me from having to resetup all my profiles and accounts.
Edited by usasma, 24 January 2007 - 07:58 AM.
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