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8. Network Maintenance Annoyances > BACKING UP INFORMATION

BACKING UP INFORMATION

BACKING UP ENTIRE DRIVES ISN’T NECESSARY

The Annoyance:

With three computers on our network, finding a way to back up all those hard drives is becoming a financial problem. I thought about buying another computer with two enormous hard drives just to hold the backups.

The Fix:

Why do you need to back up the entire drive? You have the CDs for the installed software, so you can reinstall all the programs if you have to replace the hard drive or the computer. Restoring the entire drive doesn’t work unless you’ve also backed up the registry (millions and millions of bytes). Just back up the data—that’s the only priceless, irreplaceable stuff on the drive.

Tip

If you’re using software you downloaded from a web site, copy the original download file to a CD.


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