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Poll: How do you prepare yourself for a computer crash?
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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other Oct 28, 2011

I have 2 PCs running versions of Windows XP, only one of which has Open Office since one client now insists on it for some jobs.

I keep all my client folders and TMs etc in a large folder called WORK. I back that up from my main PC onto a pendrive and can then load it onto my backup PC and a recently-acquired laptop with the latest bane of my life, yes folks, Windows - delete expletive -7.

I haven't really used the newby much, although am on it now still in bed, as I have guests sleeping in my "office" (i. e. my living room) and don't want to wake them up just yet...


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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I pray it won't happen! Oct 28, 2011

But just in case, I have a CAT installed on my laptop, fully updated, with backups of my important TMs. I back up project TMs on a chip if there is more than a few hours' work on them.

Sooner or later, my present computer will give up or become obsolete, but if I am lucky my IT man will replace it first, and we can plan the transition. But for as long as possible, if it ain't broke, don't fix it is my motto!


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David Wright  Identity Verified
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My neighbour Oct 28, 2011

is a computer wizard who can rescue most anything (and I back up when I have anything big going plus my accounts) otherwise no real need.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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I have Oct 28, 2011

2 computers and 2 laptops with everything identically installed. Also have a backup dive for the worst case. This has happened and the time invested in getting everything sorted out was mor expensive than just having a couple of backup computers as, sods law, it always happens when you dont really need it.

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Teresa Borges
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I have Oct 28, 2011

2 computers and 1 laptop with everything identically installed and interconnected.

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Jessica Noyes  Identity Verified
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Cloud Oct 28, 2011

I pay $50 a year to have my computer backed up automatically by an on-line program called Carbonite. Twice now my computer has crashed and all my files were accessible immediately and seamlessly on the family computer, including Wordfast. I did have to reinstall Acrobat Pro, but everything else worked just the same. I spent this past winter working and traveling in Peru and it gave me great peace of mind to know that in case of losing my precious laptop I could access my files from any Internet cafe.

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DianeGM  Identity Verified
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Hardware based ... Oct 28, 2011

I have 2 laptops in addition to my desktop and back-up frequently on external drive.
I have learned to back-up indepdendently and dilligent through bitter experience.
We have frequent power-cuts due to our location and nowadays my data loss in nil or minimum

Though on my next hardware replacement/upgrade which I am planning around the end of the year I might progress to outsource to an online solution - seems much more elegant!


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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Not really a problem Oct 28, 2011

Ever since I switched to Mac in 2007 I haven't had any computer crashes or any significant problems with my computer (MacBook Pro). I do have another MacBook in case anything happens, though, and I have all my stuff backed up on flash drives.

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Darío  Identity Verified
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Macs don't crash Oct 28, 2011



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xxxwonita
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If anything can go wrong, Oct 28, 2011

Darío wrote:


it will...


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Darío  Identity Verified
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Maybe... Oct 28, 2011

But it's been more than 20 years now and I'm still waiting for one of my Macs to crash.

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Textklick  Identity Verified
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Live and learn Oct 28, 2011

After many years of trouble-free motoring, I recently got hit by a so-called 'drive-by': some foul program that lurks on the net and completely fouls up your system.

You cannot get in to perform usual commands like 'System Restore' etc. Of course, I had my data safely backed up to a remote drive, but the bottom line here for the actual system was either buy a new computer (faster, bigger) or go back and do a factory default XP restore, wiping the HD.

Having taken advice, I opted for the latter and have now reloaded all my applications (keep all those activation codes in a safe place)

What I did not know was that you can effectively 'photograph' your system and store that image to a remote drive to facilitate recovery of the whole disk as was. This will of course need updating now and again.

Here's the program that I used - or rather have used in the meantime! http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx Strongly recommended!

P.S. BTW, it's amazing how much disk space you regain by simply reinstalling Windows.


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Heike Kurtz  Identity Verified
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Backup - thoroughly Oct 28, 2011

I am working in a small network where all my data are stored on a server with mirrored HDs that runs a full backup (using the backup tool that comes with Windows) on an external HD every night. This server has no internet connection (viruses!).

My desktop computer has all the software, a firewall, an antivirus application and an internet connection, but no data.

Should my desktop computer crash fatally or get infested, I format the HD (or buy a new computer), reinstall the software, plug it into the network and go on working. If my server crashes, I do the same (or buy a new one, as needed), copy the data from the external HD and go on working. Hassle, but no disaster. Every now and then, when I feel like I need extra security, I put the external HD on a shelf at my mother's house and plug the old one from her shelf to my server. But the backup there may be months old, so it is only a very last lifeline.


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Heike Kurtz  Identity Verified
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Oh yes, Macs do crash Oct 28, 2011

Darío wrote:




As a former SysOp of a Mac network, let me tell you that they do (not always the Mac's fault...). Much less often than PCs though. And in most cases, all you have to do is reboot.

[Bearbeitet am 2011-10-28 12:06 GMT]


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