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    Default Catastrophic Failure

    Had my hard drive take a dump on me this afternoon, I really hope I can recover my data. After I rebuilt my machine about 6 months ago I pulled everything off of my external backup so I could reorganize stuff - never got around to it.

    In the course of getting things straightened out I somehow managed to fry the power supply - I mean I actually fried it; sizzle, puff of smoke and a smell that the wife shortly started to yell at me about.

    Also realized my wife accidentally threw my debit card out. Hasn't been a good day.



    Let this be a reminder for all of you - back your stuff up!!!
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    Ah, sorry to hear about all of that, tomorrow will be better.

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    Eh, I've got some work to do this weekend so tomorrow won't really be better. I've got to either recover my cad or borrow the bosses cad for a job that is supposed to be done on Monday. Right now I don't have word or excel either which I need.
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    Too bad, but at least you are making me ( and I think others) too, smile with that avatar, I love that one. It is just too funny. Right now, it makes me want a glass of OJ.

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    Just remember, somewhere an orange gave up it's short life for that glass of OJ.
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    I'm backing up mine as we speak....for the first time in 2 years.

    I hate doing backups. I have at least 40 gig to put over and it takes so long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    I'm backing up mine as we speak....for the first time in 2 years.

    I hate doing backups. I have at least 40 gig to put over and it takes so long.
    I have used in the past a program called Second Copy, it's inexpensive and does it on schedule. Unlike most free programs it only backs up new and updated info in the set range, once it does its first copy the rest happen relatively quickly.

    Getting back my data from my old hard drive is a little beyond my skill, I'm going to ask a friend to take a look at it this week.
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    I have a spare 160g hard drive in my PC that I use for backups
    Its an automated incremental backup - only changed files
    I also backup to CD/DVD's
    I want to add another external Network drive for storage & backup
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    Quote Originally Posted by FloridaOrange View Post
    ... sizzle, puff of smoke .....!!!

    It is not well known that all electronic devices are built with a smoke chamber locked inside. If you do something which unlocks the chamber and allows the smoke to escape, the device can no longer function.


    For a couple of years, I have subscribed to Carbonite, on line backup. It works continuously in the background, and has saved my butt once already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave View Post
    I have a spare 160g hard drive in my PC that I use for backups
    Its an automated incremental backup - only changed files
    I also backup to CD/DVD's
    I want to add another external Network drive for storage & backup
    I have on-board RAID but it sucks. I meant to add on a dedicated RAID controller but like everything else it remained a thought rather than an actual task.

    External drives are soooo cheap these days.
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    Yeah, my wife's PC I setup using the on-board raid, (2) 160g drives
    My system has the ability, but I need to add another 500g drive & then re-install everything
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    Is it an ASUS board? I just haven't had luck with 3 computers and the ASUS RAID.
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    It's actually a Dell, not sure who makes their MB
    The last system I built had the ASUS Raid, sold that one
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    In the old days there was something called Norton Ghost that would create an image of your drive (even the software and the settings).

    Vista put a nail in the coffin for that one for me.

    So now I just backup my user files and software. If things ever go real bad it will be a lot of work getting things back.

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    You just need a newer version of Ghost
    $70 & yer back in biz
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