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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:24 PM
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Poll question: Another C.G. Computer Poll.
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 01:44 PM by Crazy Guggenheim
How often do you totally backup your system format the disk and reinstall the software?

Note:

I recommend every six months for heavy users. Nine at most, for medium. At least once a year for light.

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:31 PM
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1. Do the bump .....
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:34 PM
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2. I believe in steady maintenance with the right tools, and very selective
installation of software
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:40 PM
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3. Do how often do you *do it*?
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:41 PM
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5. when i buy a new system
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:43 PM
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6. I mean how often do you back up the system and reinstall the software?
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:08 PM
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17. I back up my files, and leave the software
I have too much software to be installing over and over again
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:20 PM
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24. That's all you should do. Don't back up the programs!
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miss_kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:41 PM
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4. I couldn't vote
I used to do it every 3-4 months. I had a small amount of info on the box...then I found the dj mix site and got broadband. And Flashgot. And Firefox. And extra protection. There are signs I need to write zeros and reload-I just can't spend mass time doing the back up. I was going to get and external hard drive, but I am sort of (read: extremely) strapped for $$$.

My box has not been reloaded since the end of Feb, 2004. And it was reloaded 3-4 times betwen Christmas eve 2003 and then :grr:
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:47 PM
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7. You can schedule backups while you''re sleeping. Then over the
period of, say a few days, you;ll have all your backups and you can format and reinstall. It *saves time*.
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miss_kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:53 PM
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8. How's that done?
:)
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:58 PM
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12. Go though the task scheduler in the comtrol panel. Or
PM me.
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miss_kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:09 PM
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19. yeah the task scheduler WAS broken
I have disabled the HID which was supposed to be the cure, but THAT was supposed to cure other shit too, like my stand by prob. And it didn't.
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:12 PM
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20. Oh ok .......
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miss_kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:15 PM
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21. Well live updates is working again
I think Norton screws shit up. So does Zone Alarm, which I also run. I think when I DO reload, I use Kerio and something else...
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:19 PM
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23. Norton does slow things up. Are you running Zone Alarm and
Norton AV/Firewall?
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miss_kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:34 PM
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30. I think so
It's NAV 2005, which I think comes with a firewall, which was not my intention. But my ZA stopped at 4.0, because when I downloaded 5.0, it trashed my NVidia, WMP and ZA .dll files, which took me about 3 days to figure out. ZA denied it when I sent them the obligatory WTF! nastygram, then 2 weeks later, I got a form email inviting me to try again.

The NAV worm protection update thinger does not work, although it did for the first few months after I updated. I did everything the Symantec site said to do, and there's two hours I'll never get back. This shit blows-it does freaky shit a lot-like the one file scan it did when I came out of standby this morning (manual standby-it doesn't always go into standby by itself). Or the "You need to register!" BS it did a couple of weeks ago... :grr:

I just look at this crap as 'The Work-Around Challenge'

:P
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:54 PM
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9. why would you reinstall software?
Really bored?
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:56 PM
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10. It makes everything run like it was new.
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:57 PM
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11. i didnt know you could tell the difference
:shrug:
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:58 PM
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13. Yes you can .......
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:02 PM
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14. interesting
I have noticed the loading of Mozilla fall from 3.9 seconds to 4.2123 seconds in the past 8 months. Maybe you are on to something. ;)
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:03 PM
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15. HOLY SHIT! IT COULD BE A VIRUS!!
J/K
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:06 PM
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16. GOOD LORD NO!
In all seriousness, when I download mp3s or videos or something, I usually burn it to CD.
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:09 PM
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18. Good idea.
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Az Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:20 PM
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25. There are other ways to bump performance without having to do that
Yeah, if you system is streamlined reload is faster. But like I said below. As you approach a terabyte it becomes less efficient to do a reload.
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:24 PM
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26. Maybe. But with all that data one has to "take more care of it" for
fragmentation, etc.
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Chicken Girl Donating Member (116 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:48 PM
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34. isn't that what defragmenting is for? nt
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:52 PM
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35. Yes. And Welcome to DU!
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:28 PM
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28. a terabyte?????
What on earth do you have loaded?
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Az Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:19 PM
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22. I have over half a terabyte of data on my system
Not happening.
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khashka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:26 PM
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27. Used to do it every few months
but haven't bothered for over a year.

CG is a nerd and I want a kitten thread!

Khash.
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:29 PM
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29. OK ........
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khashka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:41 PM
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31. I already got in trouble for that one
I was gonna blame you for providing the link in the first place but was too busy defending myself against accusations of being a kitten killer and perplexingly a promoter of neocon values....

Khash.
(I'm still boycotting the yaks and will reconvert you to the true faith)
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:08 PM
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32. Batch files ......
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:26 PM
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33. Thanks Everyone!
:grouphug:
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