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Quit fooling around with wonky hard drives

by rae2_2 / January 20, 2006 2:18 AM PST

Unless you've got a lot more time than money, my advice is to ditch ANY HD, no matter how new, that still gives problems after a thorough wipe and reformat. (Use Acronis products... Drive Cleanser and Partition Expert if you want a trouble free experience.)

Just how much of your life are you willing to waste arguing with an old HD that still may be unreliable after all your recovery efforts when, for $50, you can buy a brand new HD with warranty?

Give the old drive to someone you don't like.

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But first
by VAPCMD / January 20, 2006 11:00 AM PST

Get yourself a good system to backup your PC. Setup the drive or drives to logically separate your OS and APPs from your data.

If my system won't boot or blue screens....I can get an image file of the entire drive C: from drive D:( the second partion on drive 0) that can put a good working image back in 15 minutes and I'll loose nothing except the blue screen. If for any reason I have to wipe out every thing on C:, all my irreplaceable data is on D: and actually it's also on a second hard disk (drive 1) in the system.

PS..If your system is setup correctly....you won't need Partition Expert or Drive Cleanser.....Acronis True Image or something like it...YES.

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I agree re backups
by rae2_2 / January 20, 2006 12:59 PM PST
In reply to: But first

Acronis Partition Expert is not an essential tool to redo a HD but I find it comforting to be able to boot from a NON-Microsoft Windows program to assure myself the drive is in A1 condition and ready for Windows to do its worst with it.

I've tried a dozen or more backup schemes over the years. All have drawbacks and some had major flaws. Remember spending hours backing up to TAPE only to find it wouldn't restore when you needed it?

With today's systems, it's not uncommon for a C: drive (OS and programs only) to reach 10-20 Gigabytes in size. The only affordable, reliable and sensible way to back it up is to IMAGE it to another drive or to DVDs.

Acronis TrueImage is, in my opinion, the absolute BEST program to use to accomplish this. I've used it at least once per week for years and it's NEVER failed to either image the drive, or restore it when I needed it. In fact, I've turned off Windows System Restore saving disk space and CPU overhead. Don't need it with perfect Acronis images available. What more could you ask?

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Agree ...
by VAPCMD / January 20, 2006 1:41 PM PST
In reply to: I agree re backups

I've had great success with Ghost 2003 (based on MS-DOS vs. PC-DOS). Being able to create and restore image files from a single floppy is nothing short of a mini-miracle.

All my systems have two hdds and I further backup the images to external HDDs just in case.

I bought Drive Image and True Image but was so pleased with Ghost I never really tried them under fire. Wanted to keep up to date...so I did pick up TI 9.0. So far so good ....didn't much care for the 7 or 8 floppies if you go that route. Bootable CD worked as advertised too. Just doesn't seem as fast as Ghost

Too bad more folks don't pay attention to backup but guess they don't become believers until the crisis arrives...as I always say....it's not if it fails but when it fails. Better to be prepared for the common contingencies.

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