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I was introduced to computers when my parents brought home a Commodore VIC-20. (I still have one as well as a C-64).  I bought my first Intel based machine as an 8086.  I have taught IT courses at the post secondary level as well as corporate training.  I hold various CompTIA, Microsoft and Novell certifications. 

I have taught students and IT professionals the importance of maintenance on PCs as well as a good backup strategy.  I have had customers who purchased PCs from me bring them back with failed hard drives and complain that all their data is gone.

So my question is, why oh why, did I lose all my photos from the 2004 MVP summit this past weekend?  My answer?  Stupidity!!!!!

I wanted to test the latest build of XP SP2 with wireless enhancements so I had to remove RC1 first.  I usually always copy all folders that contain my personal data to my server.  No big problem as it usually works fine.  This time however, I decided to select Move in lieu of Copy.  So, guess what happens when it tries to move My Documents?  Right, it says you can't move a system folder that is required by the OS.  I chose OK and let the remaining files continue on their way to the server.

Now, in my excitement to get SP2 installed and of course the Beta1 of Whidbey, I forgot to go back and transfer the contents of My Documents.  Poof, all gone.  When did I realize it?  After the installation of all other software on the latop again.

What method do you use to beat it into your head that you must back up all data periodically?  I mean come on.  I have CD burners in every machine, except that laptop, and I have a DVD burner.  Why can I not remember to do this on a regular basis?????

Posted on Thursday, July 15, 2004 5:33 AM | Back to top


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If it was really important, than you can use data recovery softwares like Easy Recovery Pro .
Left by Tejas Patel on Jul 15, 2004 5:40 PM

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So, it can recover even after FDISK, format, OS and app installs?
Left by Gerry O'Brien on Jul 16, 2004 5:51 AM

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Not likely,

Virtual PC will save your soul dude.

Left by David Totzke on Jul 16, 2004 4:16 PM

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Hey Dave, how's it goin'??? How have things been since Seattle?

I am now using VPC for a lot of stuff. I just needed to clean that laptop up. Too clean unfortunately. :-(

I didn't think that the data recovery would work after all that. Unless of course, I bought the $1499 version. ;-)

Later Dave.



Gerry
Left by Gerry on Jul 19, 2004 6:16 AM

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