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How to safeguard contents while laptop being serviced?
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NancyLynn
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Apr 7, 2006

It is time to send my Dell Inspiron 5150 for servicing and upgrading.

I've never done this before. I can simply delete files that are older than 12 months, I suppose, but what of other things, TMs and the like? Will they be safe? If not, what do I do with them? Can I transfer them all to the hard drive of my desktop (which I haven't used for translation since 2004).?

What about my dongle-less Trados 6.5.5?

I've read past threads on Ghost and the like, but I'm afraid I don't know much about it - I guess now is the baptism by fire.

Can anyone guide me as to what steps I need to take to safeguard my files and programs in this case? Does anyone have experience with Dell?

Thanks!
Nancy


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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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About deleting files in Windows Apr 7, 2006

Hi Nancy and all,

please take into account, that by "deleting" files in Windows you DO NOT delete them (unless you use for deleting special software "Safe Delete" of like, which is not free), deleting files in Windows means you just delete the file names from FAT (File Allocation Table - you can compare that to deleting chapter headers from Index in a book). The chapters (files) themselves are still there (until Windows overwrites them, which, AFAIK, happens only when you are running short of disk space) and can perfectly well be seen/read via, say, Linux. I'm not a specialist in that myself, but at least that's the geneal idea.

And some more questions- I don't quite get what you mean by "servicing your computer"? Changing oil?
All other servicing you can do yourself- virtually all that is needed is regular defragmenting of hard drives- that can be done by Windows inbuilt defragmenter (open My Computer, right click on HDD in question, choose Properties- Tools- Defragment) (but Windows defragmenter is not very good) or special software (say, O&O Defrag- can be set to automatic upkeeping of your computer HDDs in order, but is shareware). What else- running Antivirus and removing possible accumulated spyware (no special soft needed for the later, if you have decant Antivirus, it should include that option). Checking HDDs- open My Computer, right click on HDD in question, choose Properties- Tools- Check Now. You'll get a return that Windows cannot do it right away, but it will do it next time you restart the computer. Agree and restart it.

Actually that's all, I cannot imagine anything else any service shop can do to your computer. Ah, yes, they can remove the dust...

Oh yes- upgrading- Start-All Programs- Windows Update (situated on left upper region of the list that will open). You have to be online and manually agree to all when prompted- and that's about it.

Uldis

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NancyLynn
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Hi Uldis Apr 7, 2006

About servicing and upgrading - I mean cleaning the guts of the machine and adding memory.

I called Dell and asked them how best to approach the cleaning task, and the fellow said, you have a service agreement, why not just send it and let the pros do it, it's free

Nancy


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xxxBrandis
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a USB external disc should do it Apr 7, 2006

You get these in various sizes, they are good for fast backup of working files and you can export your desktop settings, favorites and cookies etc., And you can compress the files on the external disc, save space or take an image. Best Brandis

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Elisabeth Toda-v.Galen  Identity Verified
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PartitionMagic Apr 8, 2006

NancyLynn wrote:

It is time to send my Dell Inspiron 5150 for servicing and upgrading.

Can anyone guide me as to what steps I need to take to safeguard my files and programs in this case? Does anyone have experience with Dell?

Thanks!
Nancy


Hi Nancy

You have a service contract, ofcourse you should use it.

If you don't intend to change the hard drive, have you considered PartitionMagic or some other programme of that kind ?

They let you create a second partition where you drop all you want to keep. You can then even reinstall Windows completely to have a nice clean machine. Once you have yr machine back, you reinstall all yr programmes, of which you have kept the .exe on yr "T" drive. All your files are there as well.

I had a Dell 5150, which I changed last year. I created a directory named "T" (like translation), dropped all my personal settings, files, email DB and .exes. On my "C" drive I virtually had only Windows left.... All the icons on my desktop were shortcuts pointing to "T".

As for my new computer, I also created an extra drive, as well as on my laptop.

I don't know whether programmes like PartitionMagic are free or not, I humbly admit that mine is a pirate my brother passed on to me.... a very long time ago.

Elisabeth


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Mulyadi Subali  Identity Verified
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back up your data Apr 21, 2006

NancyLynn wrote:

About servicing and upgrading - I mean cleaning the guts of the machine and adding memory.

I called Dell and asked them how best to approach the cleaning task, and the fellow said, you have a service agreement, why not just send it and let the pros do it, it's free

Nancy


adding extra memory is pretty easy, but cleaning inside of your laptop is a different story. i agree with sending it to dell for cleaning.
as far as data safety, why not backing them up in external harddisk? if they're not that big, you can even use usb flashdisk.


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NancyLynn
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Thanks Mulyadi Apr 22, 2006

I have a desktop computer, is that what you mean by external hard disk? How would I transfer all the data from the laptop to the desktop? Sorry if this is an elementary question, I agree with all the techie translators out there, I need to know how my equipment works - and this is my first baby step to knowledge.

Thanks!
Nancy


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Mulyadi Subali  Identity Verified
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external hd Apr 25, 2006

NancyLynn wrote:

I have a desktop computer, is that what you mean by external hard disk? How would I transfer all the data from the laptop to the desktop? Sorry if this is an elementary question, I agree with all the techie translators out there, I need to know how my equipment works - and this is my first baby step to knowledge.

Thanks!
Nancy


hi nancy. if the harddisk space on your desktop computer is enough, then you can backup your laptop's data there.
to transfer the data, you have to link the two computers. you can use cross ethernet cable. then make a network using the 'network setup wizard', if you're using windows xp.
actually, what i meant as external harddisk is desktop/laptop harddisk with casing, such as this: http://insidecomputer.com/images/enclosures/3.5_silver_01.jpg, which can be connected to any computer through usb. it is pretty handy, as it doesn't need special arrangement. just plug the usb connecter to your computer, then start backing up.
backing up can be carried out through simple copying or using special backup software/program, such as nero backitup etc.


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Once again, a picture is worth a thousand words Apr 25, 2006

Thanks for the crystal-clear instructions as well. I now know what I have to do.

Nancy


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