# Why I detest formats

#### Georacer

Joined Nov 25, 2009
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I 've been less than active the last two days. My system hadn't been formatted since last June, and it desperately needed one.

A friend of mine got his hands on a free "malfunctioning" nVidia 8800gtx. After a short bake, it was good as new. So we tried to SLI it with my 8800gts, it being a cheaper version of 8800gtx. We had a couple of hours trying to work them in SLI mode, downloading nVidia drivers and 3rd party ones. Motherboard BIOS upgrades didn't help but add to my frustration by creating problems on the side. No luck. They see each other, but don't want to pair. I work them in parallel for now. Will try with another 8800gts some time later.

On the same time, I decided to add 4GB or RAM to the existing 2GB. I just went to the nearest store of the largest retail supplier in the country and bought myself two Corsair DDR2. Once in the system, the PC denied to boot. After a few trials I discovered that one of them was dysfunctional. It was the second time in 3 RAM purchases that this happened to me. I returned them to the service department yesterday. As I expected it, they needed 4 hours to check my application, so I had to pick them today. However, today, due to protests on the area, the service office is closed.

Not wanting to do a fresh format and then having to re-install a dozen of software in my PC, taking up several hours, setting up and configuring, I decided to use my friend's PC recovery system image, which he had already used in 4 PCs and laptops. As expected, the image refused to boot in the end, regardless of the Windows' boot disk to repair the installation. In the end I ended up having to re-install a dozen of software in my PC, taking up several hours, setting up and configuring, AFTER spending another one trying to make the image work.
I 'm taking my own image now, I refuse to go through this again.

In short, this is why I detest formats.

#### nsaspook

Joined Aug 27, 2009
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The wonders of Windows. It's system of installing applications using OS file and system library modifications makes total crash recovery a problem.

#### Georacer

Joined Nov 25, 2009
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Fair enough, but does Linux have the variety of software that Windows does? I like a little spice in my soup, even if that gives me a heavy stomach later.

#### luvv

Joined May 26, 2011
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Agree 100%

Disc cloning is the only way to go,Windows restores are unreliable to say the least.

Equally backing up drivers,registry, program files individually is a mass pain in the keister..

#### nsaspook

Joined Aug 27, 2009
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A guy that has actually played text adventures? Wow, man, you are the stuff of legends!
Get off my lawn.

#### Georacer

Joined Nov 25, 2009
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#### nsaspook

Joined Aug 27, 2009
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Where's my Sharpe. We had the source (FORTRAN 77 with extensions) for the Woods version of the game and made modifications to the code and message text to make a special "Navy" R rated version that was pretty popular with the data systems guys. I did the final checkout of a system that was being installed on ships and usually had a site commissioning party when we were done. The better the party, the more likely they got a copy of the game tape.

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#### Georacer

Joined Nov 25, 2009
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Looks like you were the man you wanted to know, in those circles.

I am a fan of all things gaming, but I admit I 've never played a text adventure. Maybe I ought to sample one someday - after I figure out how to emulate it.

#### Wendy

Joined Mar 24, 2008
22,206
I would like to pursue this sometime. I am not computer illiterate, but I've never figured out how to backup a computer in such a way if I reload a set of files it wakes up as it should. I've always figured I've left something out of the file set.

I have a house network, have since the early 1990s. Never learned to network in DOS, but my brother was good at that sort of thing.

I also have removable drive bays, so mirroring a hard drive would be possible.

I know there are a lot of options, but there seems to be a tendency to assume the users are uber stupid, or already know everything there is to know about the subject.

#### t06afre

Joined May 11, 2009
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I have used Norton ghost for this purpose. http://us.norton.com/ghost/ I sure you can free alternatives also. But from the top of head I do not know what they are named. I assume you use windows?

#### Wendy

Joined Mar 24, 2008
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At the moment, though that could change over time. I'm not fond of MS trying to force me to use their list of hardware with the newer versions of windows.

#### nsaspook

Joined Aug 27, 2009
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