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My new strategy for keeping my computer alive

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by OM2, Dec 20, 2010.

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  1. OM2

    OM2 Thread Starter

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    I've got a new foolproof way of keeping my computer alive - so that it NEVER EVER comes to a grinding halt!

    1.
    Start with a clean install - no viruses, no program, no nothing else
    Keep a backup of this

    2.
    Install necessary programs
    Keep a backup of this

    3.
    Keep ALL data in a separate drive - AND be VERY VERY religious about doing this!
    Never store data on my c drive

    4.
    Every month - just reinstall everything from step 2
    Allow windows to make updates BEFORE doing anything + make an incremental backup immediately

    5.
    If I need to install a new program - I got back to step 2, install new program and then make an incremental backup

    6.
    If absolutely necessary... go back to step 1

    I have acronis image home

    Is my plan bullet proof?

    I'm the most careful user in the world!! I am sooo careul about not installing anything malicious or anything else
    STILL... I have found my (originally super fast) laptop come to a grinding halt and a painful experience to use
    Antivirus free as

    Or is there a better way to do things!?
    What does the rest of the world do? I mean: what do the rest of expert IT users do who know what they're doing do?

    Thanks! :)


    OM
     
  2. Noyb

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    Build your next HDD ... Before you need It ...
    With a fresh install .. Get it updated and configured the way you like it ..
    and make an Acronis Backup Image.

    Disc 1 and Disc 6 are fresh installs in Waiting .. all I have to do is Boot to a new computer ..
    or Swap a HDD with one of my Externals.

    I Never make an Incremental backup .. all restores are a brand new system
     

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    my machine is a laptop - i assume u r referring to a pc?

    what u suggest means a lot of overkill and doing work that may not be needed (or maybe that should be WILL be needed!)
    i think it's the same amount of overkill as what i have suggested for my solution

    a lot of time wasted to stop D day ever coming

    honestly: i'm thinking of moving to the other side of the grass - mac world
    i've had a mac before and just didn't like it

    i hate those mac people - they (allegedly) have no idea of what pain feels like - losing a pc or laptop because its died
    yes: i do know of people whos hard drive have crashed and they've had to reinstall everything - but that's only a few
    the rest of them live years with their machines :(
     
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    Instead of Increments ..
    I cannot boot to the HDD in my External ... But I can write to the desktop.
    There are some data files on my desktop .. That I can keep updated ..
    And place updated Address Books .. Favs .. etc.
    Any new program .. I can also copy the installer file to the desk top.

    The next time I swap Drives .. It will need some updating .. But all the files to do it with are on the desktop.
    I update .. And quickly make a new Full Backup Image.

    Later, when I'm sure there's nothing on the old System that I need ..
    I rewrite the system partition from the Acronis Image
     
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    Yes .. a Desktop .. But I could install a Laptop HDD in my External enclosure.
    I don't really think this is more work .. Just more hardware.

    Several years ago, I bought a snow Blower .. And it didn't snow for 3 years.
    How's that for insurance :D

    There's only two Types of Computers made nowadays
    Those that have crashed or got corrupted .. and those that will ..
    which do you have ???
     
  6. valis

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    just an observation; no plan is bulletproof. :)

    I've got a mirrored external drive that has all my data on my internal drive. I also have a second mirrored external drive that I synch monthly with both. The second external resides at work, the first external at home. If the home blows up, I still have my data stored on my external at work. Vice versa works as well.

    However, if both blow up, I'm hosed.

    But that's about as much back-up security as I wish to entail, so that works for me.

    However, NOTHING is bulletproof. Remember the Law of Dropped Buttered Toast. ;)
     
  7. OM2

    OM2 Thread Starter

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    thanks for the replies guys
    the law of dropped buttered toast is that it WILL land on the buttered side?

    did u know of a 'student' 5 second rule as well?
    it goes something like this: u can still eat something u dropped on the floor as long as u pick it up in 5 seconds - as it won't get dirty in that time
    (a student rule - because most are poor and impoverished)
    lol
     
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