Sunday, September 17, 2006


Subject: Urgent hard disk crisis!
Posted on: 16-Sep-06 17:21

I accidentally used a raw floppy copy program and raw copied a floppy onto my hard disk, and it has re-written the hard disk binary and it thinks its a floppy disk as it says it as 1430 something KB etc. is there any fix for this? Or do I have to re-format? eeeek help!

Many Thanks,
Subject: Re: Urgent hard disk crisis!
Posted on: 16-Sep-06 17:45

I suspect you will have to reformat, and then restore your most recent backup.

Subject: Re: Urgent hard disk crisis!
Posted on: 16-Sep-06 17:51
I really hope not, I haven't backed up this week yet and some very important files lie on it, the situation is as follows ...

Many Thanks,

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

We Laugh At Our Clients

We do!

Client: "You know how you've been encouraging me to do those backups?"

: "Yes"

Client: "Well I'd like to get started as soon as possible. This morning, if you could come over right away."

Consultant: "OK. We'll sit down and map out a plan".

: "No, I don't want to plan, I want to get it done, before lunch if possible. Our system crashed last night, and I want one of those backups made so that we can get back all of our data and get back into business after lunch.

Consultant: (laughs)

Friday, September 08, 2006

A Simple Test

Here’s something you can do right now to learn about your own computer. And it won’t change anything at all on your copmputer; it’s what we call a “read-only” test:

Use the Start, Run at the bottom left corner of your screen and type “Command” without the quotes. Confirm.

A Gool Old DOS window will open up. Yayaaay!

At that DOS prompt, type the following command and press enter:
xcopy c:\*.* a: /a /s /l
Watch it run.

When it finishes you’ll see a summary like this (my screen shot indicates that 20818 files are waiting to be backed up)

Now to be sure that indicates a great many Windows and Program files, but it gives you some idea of what’s waiting to be lost.

Or you could use the DIR command:
dir c:\*.* /aa /s
and get results like this: