On Jan 20, 8:13 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I should have mentioned that a rep. at Norton sent me the Ghost FREE
because I had been unable to get GoBack to work. She explained that
Ghost had replaced GoBack. (Now I can't get GoBack to shut the hell
up; every time I boot up, it's there, asking if I want to reinstall
it. I can't get rid of it through Control Panel Add/Remove Programs.
It comes up with "error 1327, invalid Drive F". (My Ext. HD varies
between E and F depending what else is running.) That's when I
contacted Norton in despair, and they sent me the Ghost. Wish there
was a computer silver stake I could drive through the heart of GoBack
-- like they used to do with vampires -- bury them at a crossroads and
drive a silver stake through their hearts. <g> )
You have received some very good advice from three or four people.
Deep sixing Norton AV using an uninstall utility from their website
should be number one on your priority list. I will never allow McAfee
AV or Norton AV on any computer of mine ever again. I use Avast FREE
and it has performed well for years but there are others just as good.
If you choose to ignore most of the suggestions, that is your
prerogative but would be a mistake IMHO.
Buy more memory. Buy more memory. Buy more memory. This is wayyyy too
little. Everything wants more memory these days, FF in particular.
Then upgrade your main HD or move virtual memory and and as much else
to another drive. 40GB is too small these days.
Oh, and buy more memory. Or turn off the flaming alert and learn to live
with a slowed down computer because it is using the swap file.
Buy more memory. In this case Norton is right, computer memory is too low.
Did I forget to mention buying more memory?
PS. You need more memory.
So move personal stuff to the 160 GB drive.
1. Norton is invasive
2. Norton is not all that good at its job
3. Norton costs $$
You aren't getting it. You CANNOT add memory to a HD.
Memory = RAM = solid state chip(s)
IOW, memory (RAM) and hard drives are two different things.
Yes. It has nothing to do with the Norton AV.
XP has a backup function but if you are using XP Home you will have to
install it from your XP disc. This article explains how to do it...
and this one explains how to use it...
Is it any good? Don't know, never used it.
There are many backup/imaging programs some free, many not. My preference
is for Paragon...
Answers in no particular order:
* GHOST is a separate application program and has no connection to, nor
requirement of, any other Symantec product. You may use GHOST independently
of anything else.
* The size of your hard disk is completely independent of the size of your
on-board memory (RAM). The two do not depend on one another in any way. The
larger your RAM (memory), the less the computer will have to use the hard
drive to roll things in and out, but other than that you can have enormous
memory and a small hard drive or vice-versa without either being the wiser.
* The hard drive is not memory; it is a filing cabinet. As another poster
said, memory (or RAM) is the surface of your desk - where you do your work.
You can have a large desk and no filing cabinet (i.e., smart phones), or a
huge filing cabinet and a small workspace, viz: "Cloud Computing."
* When you buy a new, larger, hard drive it will come with cloning software.
That is, you install the new drive (you'll need a screwdriver, nothing else)
and run the included cloning software. In a bit, the new hard drive is ready
to become your system drive. You can take out the old one. You now have a
Terabyte drive with 97% free space (i.e., 968Mbytes). Not only that, it will
be more than ten times faster than your external drive.
* The mayor of Washington once said: "If you ignore the homicides,
Washington is a safe place to live." Likewise with Norton. If you ignore its
large footprint and drain on the system's resources, it's a perfectly
adequate system. If it didn't cost nothin'.
Avast, AVG, and Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) are far, far better
replacements inasmuch as they're FREE!
On Thu, 20 Jan 2011 19:50:54 -0800 (PST), Higgs Boson
First off, these are general thoughts and might not fit you situation.
I don't have a clear idea on what you want in terms of backups.
Do you have a 2nd internal hard drive?
40GB is plenty for your system drive if you use it for that and don't
load it up with non-system/non-app data.
By "system" I mean your OS and the applications you use.
Not movies, pics and other stuff that load up a drive.
Those should go on a second drive, and why I ask if you have one.
Your external drive is probably USB, which is much slower.
Good for backing up data though.
XP with many apps attached probably won't go much past 5-10 GB.
There are "special" apps that take more, but unless you have them
they're not a concern.
If you go to Win7 you're talking about 30GB.
But then you might be talking about going to a new box, and you don't
have to if XP is working for you.
Bottom line is for what I'm going to recommend if we get into backing
up your *system* is you want a second internal HD.
160GB will do fine.
I haven't priced drives in a while so that's your call.
You probably have PATA controllers on your box, so you need a PATA
I agee with them. Free AVG and free ZoneAlarm is what I use.
Others will argue for others.
If getting rid of the Norton Suite clears up your memory problem,
don't bother with more memory.
Anybody else is welcome to tell you otherwise and how to do it.
Memory is the mem chips and virtual memory files on your HD.
The hard drive memory is more correctly called "virtual" memory.
If you haven't messed with the XP virtual memory settings you're
Getting rid of the Norton Suite should fix your memory issues.
If it doesn't we can talk then.
Nothing in XP creates an image file like Ghost does.
Win7 does better, but has holes, so I use Ghost.
Last time I used Ghost that came with a Symantec suite I had the
option to just install Ghost, which is what I did.
Only reason I bought that was for Ghost - System Works I think it was
You use "advanced" install and pay attention to what boxes get ticked.
But I'm not telling to use Ghost because I don't know your goals.
You already got good advice about clearing up your memory problem.
For that get rid of the entire Norton suite and install the free
Watch the install check boxes there too or you'll get their browser
toolbars and maybe other crap installed.
Drive manufacturers have programs to let you do that. If you buy a "retail"
drive it is usually included. If not, you can download it from the
manufacturer's site. It will involve a bit more than pushing a button
though, you need to be able to install the new drive as per instructions,
copy old drive to it using the program and following its instructions, then
move new drive to old drive's channel.
If your mobo will do SATA, the Western Digital Caviar Black is a nice drive
(fast & 5 year warranty). A 500GB one can be had for $59.95 at Newegg.
Partitioning a drive doesn't require skill, merely an understanding of what
you are doing - derived from browsing - and a program do do it. The
advantage is that the OS and installed programs can be kept on a relatively
small partition which can be imaged quickly; things that seldom need backing
up - music, videos, etc - can be kept on other drives.
??? I posted a long reply yesterday w/all the required info, plus a
list of questions. It didn't show up, so I posted THIS reply, and
THAT didn't go through either.
Later today I will try again w/the original post. Just didn't want
people thinking I was neglecting the matter.
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