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Old 05-19-2005, 04:08 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by xsquiggy
Other than saving all my saved files on CD/R discs (which I haven't done), what systems are available to back up the hard drive info? Should I get one of those USB plug in hard drives and save everything twice, once on my computer and once on the USB drive? I really dont want to lose all the stuff on this drive (business records, etc.)
IOmega makes zip drives that use disks which hold upto 750meg each on them. nice that you can always buy more disks to add additional storage and you can save and delete info over and over again. If the drive fails the info is on the disk so no big deal. Just another option.

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Old 05-19-2005, 05:31 PM   #17
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Do you hear anynoise from the disk drive at all? If you put your hand on it, can you feel it spinning?

More than a few times, I have been able to get a failed disk to boot again by; removing the HD. Checking connectors for obvious damage or dust/dirt. Then, reinstall and try boot.

If the computer is anywhere abnormally cold, you might want to warm the drive up a bit before installing, maybe give a it few good whacks with your hand. Not real hard, just enough to get the spindle moving if it happens to be stuck or binding.

And also get a good backup of your stuff. Most computers suck, and they do eventually fail.

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Old 05-19-2005, 06:54 PM   #18
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The USB or network drive is not a bad way to go. Some have a a backup function built in them. Or a DVD-R can be another option. Good luck.
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