On Wed, 25 Aug 2010 22:12:38 -0500, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
It's obvious you don't know how to maintain your system. The system
I'm on right now has not been re-installed in almost 6 years, and it
is still working just fine - and it gets pretty heavy use.
The world doesn't have to be perfect, and what's politics got to do
Simple fact. Nothing is perfect, but the computing industry would be
far worse off without Microsoft (or any other company with the
critical mass to establish and , to a degree, enforce standards.
ASSuming you have not lost the driver disk for the motherboard, and
the network interface. If you need to get on the internet to get the
chipset drivers and network drivers you are pretty much screwed.
Catch 22 anyone???
I think you are making this harder than necessary. If you have the OS or
OEM reinstall disk, that is all you need. That is all I used with a new HD.
Typically the generic drivers on those disks work good enough to start.
That's what I mean by the "motherboard disk" Not all machines are like
"the dell from hell" that comes with a restore disk. Some still come
with driver disks and a more or less generic Windows install disk.
They are MUCH better, because you can do several different types of
repair installs without loosing any data, or having to reinstall
software. With a "restore disk" all you can do is return the machine
to "as shipped"
Yeah, I did not have a restore disk to restore to shipped condition. I did
not get all the crap that was originally shipped when I installed a new HD
and reinstalled the OS. I did have all the driver disks also but those were
not necessary, I simply went straight to the internet and down loaded and
installed the latest drivers.
And I could have simply reinstalled over the current old HD data and
programs had I not put in a new larger HD.
There are fairly cheap utilities that copy a hard disk's contents to a new
larger hard drive, so reinstalling everything isn't necessary. Of course
you lose the catharsis of reinstalling, but if the old drive worked and is
just too small, or if you want a real good image, then this is the way to
I'm smiling at how complex things have gotten.
Other than an Images directory that gets copied to a CD every time an
update is made, all my important stuff are basically text files that
get copied to a 2 gig flash drive using "Xcopy" everytime a file is
Love that DOS 2.0.
Be a cold day if that flash drive gets full, but just in case, have a
2nd one fired up and ready to go.
Can still give youi a list of cancelled checks from the mid '80s.
I did images too but those don't always play well when changing brands and
sizes of HD's depending on which imaging software you use. And seriousely
It was less trouble to reinstall everything, and I have probably 50-60
programs, than to do images periodically. Now I simply back up my data.
I can only go back to early 87. ;~) did you ever of Dollars & Sence?
Great DOS financial program. IMHO it took Quicken about 15 years to catch
up to that program.
Started with T/Maker which was written in CP/M and 64K limitations
which was updated to T/Masster and DOS 2.0.
They knew how to write code back then.
Can create database files that 20 years can't be duplicated.
Almost every thing I do are database type files.
Spread sheets suck IMHO.
Can do hex edit as well as desktop publishing.
Never found a need for another program.
No ONE backup solution is perfect, or will cover all bases of a
desirable data backup plan, but for the average computer user who
learned how to spell "computer" in the last twenty years, a remote
"cloud" backup solution is absolutely one of the best methods of "data
insurance" available today, and at an excellent price.
It also fulfills two of the most important elements of data security,
real time backup, and offsite data storage.
At most upload speeds, it may take a while to effect, and data recovery
may take much longer than more traditional media, but it should be
there, safely offsite, to retrieve, despite the time element.
Just consider it as cheap "insurance", used in combination with other
back up methods, and its value should be obvious.
We've been using Carbonite on Juanita's Mac now for about a year
(unfortunately, they don't have a linux client, so I'm stuck using a USB
drive for backup on my computer). It really is cheap insurance for off-site
backup. It took about 2 weeks for the first upload to complete. Now, it's
simply doing incrementals and those go fast.
There is never a situation where having more rounds is a disadvantage
Besides Carbonite, I still back up to a local hard drive using xcopy and
Window's Scheduler every night.
An extra bit of back up peace-of-mind for less than $60 a year is hard
to beat, and has other benefits.
There have been a number of times recently when I needed to email
someone a file that was on my laptop, and being out of the office, was
able to do so from my Blackberry using Carbonite's app, and with the
same ease as if I'd been sitting at my laptop.
That ability alone has been worth the $5/month.
Biggest gripe from the instant gratification bunch seems to be the time
it takes to totally restore data from the "cloud" ... that is something
that does not concern me in the least as long as I can immediately
access those few important files that would, in most catastrophic data
losses, be gone forever.
I discovered Dropbox. It is a manual program in that you must copy files
into a "My Dropbox" folder but it only copies what is in that folder. All
encripted and automatic once the files hit that folder. Limit of 2GB so you
only want to put important files in there. Price is right, free, integrates
well with Directory Opus, iPhone application, access fron any other computer
etc, and no blue screed of death so far. ;~)
Bottom line is that except for the fact you have been able to save the
data files, you are still setting on "GO".
You don't have a clue whether it is a software or a hardware problem.
To me a puter is a tool not a toy I fiddle with when it screws up.
That colors the response below.
If it were me I'd FDISK the hard drive, then grab the box and head
down to the computer repair store and swab existing box for a rebuilt
box or buy a new one.
You already have all the accessories so out of pocket cost should not
be too bad.
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