Some of you may have seen from the other site that I have been having some wee PC problems?
My trusty old laptop crashed with a complete hard disk failure. Bad sectors and tracks everywhere.
Fortunately, it is a duel disk machine and all my data [and Grandad’s] is on the other disk. However, I can’t get at it!
The only thing I can do is to reformat the faulty disk and re-install the operating system. However, the laptop came with no disks, so I have the licence, but nothing to install from. In an ideal world, Microsoft would just send me a new disk, seeing as I have already paid for the damned thing, but no – we are talking Microsoft here, and they will send a new disc, provided I buy it along with a new licence.
I bought a new laptop. It may sound a bit drastic and expensive, but Grandad’s site will pay for it, and seeing as he is the likely cause of the crash in the first place, it is only fair.
Then of course I had the problem of reinstalling all the software. That may sound simple, but each piece of software has its own settings. For example, my FTP software was configured to log into about 60 servers, each with its own settings and passwords. Luckily I had backups of the really critical settings for that, so I was able to restore it more or less intact. The same goes for my bookmarks and the like.
So far, all I have really lost that is important is my photograph collection, a load of sound files and a mountain of personal stuff. All Grandad’s mail is gone, but by business stuff is backed up onto another machine, thank God. If ever I lay my hands on a Vista DVD, then I can retrieve all the lost stuff anyway.
They tell us [whoever they are] that we should backup often. What they don’t tell us is that even with a backup, that reviving a machine, or building a new one is a complete nightmare.
Anyone got a spare copy of Windows Vista?