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Old 09-04-2007, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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I'm glad all is well now.

To all the others, I followed his thread over on the ASAP forum he joined to watch his progress. They did him right. Liz
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Old 09-07-2007, 02:24 AM
 
Location: California
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One other nice way to avoid issues is to do a full system wipe and reinstall from time to time. Granted it takes a good 2-6 hours depending on how much software you have... but here's some ideas on how to protect yourself.

Keep all of your software installation discs somewhere safe, and remember where they are

Buy an external hard drive to back up key data (You should do this anyways, hard drives do fry, and it's often very expensive to retrieve data)

If you do the two above, it's quite easy to follow instructions on reformatting a drive and starting fresh. I do this once a year, and it's really just house cleaning. I lose a ton of crap I forgot I had and never use, and my machine pretty much doubles in speed everytime... Constant use just seems to bog a machine down, especially if you like installing all kinds of software.
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Old 09-07-2007, 07:47 AM
 
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Buy an external hard drive to back up key data (You should do this anyways, hard drives do fry, and it's often very expensive to retrieve data)
Also comes in handy for other reasons.

My laptop decided to die. The left hinge started coming apart and was working it's way up the screen. Thankfully it's still under warranty. I do have an external. So all I had to back up were a few pieces of data (my IE bookmarks, trillian logs,) cause the rest of my data was already on my external.

Another good reason to have the external especially in areas that experience natural disasters such as hurricanes is that you can grab the external and leave the rest of the computer behind and still have all your key data. Liz
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