RE: How do I recover my old stuff?

Subject: RE: How do I recover my old stuff?
From: "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2010 10:44:39 -0400

Dan Goldstein wrote:

" I'm sure each Whirler has a personal 'worst possible disaster.' Mine was
that a computer was manufactured by Gateway..."

You got that right Dan. Mine was a DELL. Ironically, I just retired a
Gateway after seven years. It still worked, but was unbearably slow, and I
have two more Gateways that (knock on wood) are reliable. They are older
(more than three years) models. I don't know if I would buy a new one as
their laptops no longer offer docking stations. But, this is not about
Gateway reliability or whatever.....this is about personal disasters.

Everyone should get at least one USB external drive. They're dirt cheap and
can save your butt. I now have three, each 1TB in size allowing me to have
multiple backups of critical material. My 100 GB HD in my (my four year-old
Gateway) laptop is backed up at the end of every day to a temporary external
storage drive. The information on the temp drive is stored to the
appropriate locations in the other external drives.....AND....everything new
is copied to a DVD at the end of every month. It might sound like overkill,
but I am responsible for many documents for a number of companies. I need to
keep things organized and safe. I also have a huge (and growing) fine art
photography inventory that went digital several years ago.

I learned the hard way (as we always do) that things may go to hell in a
hand basket at any moment, but at least now, I have enough copies to create
another hand basket.

Al Geist
Technical Communicator, Help, Web Design, Video, Photography
Office/Msg: 802-872-9190
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E-mail: al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com
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