I still don't know what happened (long)
Today my computer crashed. Not just a little crash but a complete and total F U,hope you enjoyed it, what was your name again? dear john i'm gone crash. I lost everything. Not one piece of information from my old system remains. The worst part was losing all of my BMW repair photos. I think I may still have some in the camera but the bulk of them are scattered somewhere inside my computer. I am now a firm believer in having a backup set of disks for my OS. I think I may have picked up a virus lastnight but don't know for sure. The benefit of having an out of work computer guru living in my spare bedroom is that just a few hours later I am functioning again with a totally new OS and completely up to the minute virus protection. The absolute worst part about it though was not being able to get my daily roadfly fix when I needed it. I'm serious. I feel like a damn junkie. I am very appreciative of this board and its members. The fact that I'm missing 5erfest is seriously bothering me. One side benefit is that my car is probably as fully functional as it's ever been. All I really need is a new paint job and wheel repair at this point. And 850i brakes, and decked ported and polished head, and extrude honed intake, and MAF conversion, and .........<br> One foot on the gas, one on the brake, both on the floor.
The most effective way to protect against total...
...data loss is to keep your OS on a separate partition. When your computer guru rebuilt the machine I hope he used partitioning software to configure an OS partition, an Applications (Program Files) partition and a data partition. This is so easy to do. I have had the same data storage partition functioning in my old Pentium 120mhz for 8 years. My OS has blown up so many times I named it Phoenix (I honestly lost track at 35 system rebuilds about 2 years ago). I have never lost a shred of of data in all that time.
Hope this helps