After my newsletter article >ATIH Rescues Me, I received a request for further explanation from JNC:
At the very end, you make the following statement which went over my head. Kindly explain.
"I’ve gotten out of my old habit of storing my programs and data anywhere but C:. This experience has convinced me, again, that I really should consider that again."
I liked today’s cartoon. I can relate to that.
One of the things I learned long ago was to store the operating system on C: but almost nothing else. That way, if something goes wrong and I have to restore C:, I haven’t lost much of anything.
That way, my data is on D: and my programs are on D:. C: has Windows, the Windows Registry and a few programs that won’t install elsewhere.
The Windows Registry won’t have many changes in routine usage of the computer. Sure, it will retain the last known position and size of windows, but that’s not a problem. I could restore a 6-month-old C: of Windows and the Registry, and all I’d have to do to get up to date would be to do my Windows updates.
On the other hand, if my data is stored on C:, the way Microsoft seems to want us to do it, and my only solution is to wipe the drive and reinstall, or to reinstall from a True Image image backup, I will have lost whatever changes I made to the data since the backup that I restored.
Hopefully, I would remember to copy that data before reinstalling/reformatting, but perhaps the problem is that the hard drive died and the data isn’t easily recoverable?
There are companies that specialize in recovering hard drive data, including to the point of clean rooms and moving disk platters from one drive into another similar model, but that gets into real expense!
I thought I was going to have to restore a 6-month-old C:, but that didn’t worry me much, since my wife stored her real data on other partitions (other drive letters).
Fortunately, in this case, I had installed Acronis True Image Home 2009 on her computer and done a system backup.
Either I had set ATIH, or it had defaulted, to updating the system backup once a week. I got lucky and had a backup that was only 2 days old. Hurray!