So I can't easily restore my computer.
MS in it's infinite wisdom reads that the firmware is different and
won't restore. NICE!!!
So back to building from scratch. I can get the files back, it will
restore that part.
The disk from the old computer is gone, it would not read it in the new
computer. What I might do is stick the new disk in the old computer and
see if using a monitor I can get it booted. If so, I might try restoring
to that computer and move it back to the new computer.
All this will have to wait until I get back from my sons graduation
Monday or Tuesday.
What kind of backup do you have? I have put a new disk in a external
housing connected to a usb port and restored a complete disk to it
using an Acronis backup which was on another external disk. In other
words would clone a new disk from the backup files. This was a few
years back and I no longer use Acronis because of other issues.
They've thrown a new curve into the game now on new computers - EFI
(not electronic fuel injection - extensible firmware Interface) which
is part and parcel of the Globaly Unit IDentifier (GUID) standard and
GPT (GUID Partition Table) spec that allows you to excede 2tb per
I've found I can clone a complete drive with certain software (run
from bootable CD or stick) but I have not been able to image
partitions and restore them with any of 5 or 6 products I have tried.
Will try to image the complete drive and see what happens.
The EFI and system (c:) partitions alone just will NOT restore.
FWIW I save and back up data only and on a different drive. I back that
data up on the cloud.
I used to subscribe to the notion of having an image but stepping back
and looking at that I finally decided that I would rather spend the day
and a half reinstalling the software on a clean disk, minus all the
broken links, lost temp files, corrupt what ever, and so on.
Keeping your data on a separate disk relieves you from having to pick
and choose what to back up, no program files mixed in. Backing only the
data disk up to the cloud cuts down on what gets backed up.
If you keep a copy of all your program install software on your data
disk also you can quickly reinstall the programs on the new/newly
cleaned primary drive that the OS resides on.
On 5/23/2014 7:25 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Well It is encrypted and password protected and anything can happen at
any time with any one anywhere.
Perhaps the best bet is to have 4 or 5 copies at different locations.
But for my money and security a site that specializes in keeping copies
of your data is probably much more of a good back up plan than keeping
your data in house.
Yea like Clare says.
I don't trust anyone. I know what these clowns do... I'm in the business.
They talk the security game, but so many times they have holes that a
big oil tanker could come through.
The business usually has security in mind, but it's the people below
that create bypasses because they don't like jumping through hoops every
I could explain one of the biggest ways I have seen, but I don't wish to
describe it here. It's a back door that I often see someone put in so
they don't have to go through a process.. But it creates a huge hole..
Trust.. Trust no one with your data.
I keep a thumb drive in the safe deposit box.. but even that is
outdated. I also keep an external in the safe deposit box.. And that IS
always way out of date.
The most important backup is one that is accessible. So I keep one at
It will be 26 years in August that I've been heavily involved in the
computer business and I've learned there is no such thing as "computer
security". The only secure computer is one that is not connected to
ANYTHING else. The only secure data backup is one you have FULL
control over, and then it is only as secure as you make it.
There is also no such thing as a bulletproof backup. Test any backup
before you trust it. Then find another method of backing up and prove
it works too. When you have 2 you can trust - use them both. at least
one copy of your data with each method.
On 5/23/2014 10:14 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Did any one mention bullet proof. I have already mentioned to hell with
trying to keep a copy of the OS, as it becomes more corrupt with each
day of use. I really do not want a copy of that.
And, My data is located in two different places, some in 3, on site and
off site. I can live with that.
BTW, I do not do MS updates for the very reason. While I was on XP, my
internet stopped working after an MS update. Could not get it working
doing normal troubleshooting.
I had to do a GHOST restore.
Stopped all updates for a while.
This was the second time that something really went bad from an MS
update. The first was even worse, but I can't remember what it was.
Now, I pick and chose what I need. BUT they are off.
Half the stuff MS pushes as critical are not.
It's a matter of knowing what is and what is not. Not all security flaws
are critical, if you don't use the components.
For me I don't use IE or Outlook.
Every onces in a while I go through read the list, figure out what I
need and don't and install the individual updates.
And yes your computer gets slower and slower with automatic updates. Not
so much picking and chosing... A little, but much less noticeable.
On 5/23/2014 10:14 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Don't believe that for a millisecond, like the key to your front door,
security is relative. Nothing is, or ever has been, absolutely secure.
There is no such thing security, connected or not.
There is indeed an ability to do an "air-gap hack", readily available
and in use:
NSA's ANT division is capable of, and has implanted surveillance
hardware and software in almost every piece of computer hardware, from
USB plugs, to hard drives, to serial ports, plugs, mice, keyboards, etc,
that will provide air-gap bridging from a totally unconnected computer.
DAGS "COTTONMOUTH-I" for starters:
Now you have done it, some here may shave to start memorizing their data
and not use a computer at all for total security. ;~)
As you have said, it is all relative. The only true way to be secure is
to never place your thoughts anywhere other than in you head. Don't use
a recorder, computer, telephone, paper, etc., if you have something to hide.
But for the rest of us that don't have a photographic memory, what I
said originally works for me. And yes it had been implemented, and used
to replace the primary drive recently with out hours/years of preparing
for that. Life is way too short for me to be worried about hiding
something that really really is not likely to be viewed in a way that
will cause me problems, if it were ever to be viewed unknowingly.
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