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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-10-2006, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Who thinks formatting your hard drive is fun ?

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It sucks... all the time you have to spend to get the system back to where we each like to keep it..




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i love how much better your cpu works afterwards though.
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Look into Norton Ghost.

Format your hard drive, install your must-have applications, then make a Ghost image of your drive.

Then, when it comes time to do that again, you simply restore the ghost image. It takes roughly 15-20 minutes to restore a Ghost image, versus hours to manually re-install all that stuff.

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Look into Norton Ghost.

Format your hard drive, install your must-have applications, then make a Ghost image of your drive.

Then, when it comes time to do that again, you simply restore the ghost image. It takes roughly 15-20 minutes to restore a Ghost image, versus hours to manually re-install all that stuff.

I have Norton Ghost since we bought the Dell in October...I hope it works like they say...
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lol norton is .bad but ghost is an actual decent program good idea

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i love how much better your cpu works afterwards though.

but yeah its a pain reinstalling all the aps

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Who thinks formatting your hard drive is fun ?

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Look into Norton Ghost.

Format your hard drive, install your must-have applications, then make a Ghost image of your drive.

Then, when it comes time to do that again, you simply restore the ghost image. It takes roughly 15-20 minutes to restore a Ghost image, versus hours to manually re-install all that stuff.
I need to reformat my laptop. I'm NOT looking forward to it, but I'll buy Ghost before I do it.

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the norton series of firewalls mainly are horrible, they block everything and anything mainyl the things you want to use and it is an act of god to get it running properly even then it might feel like calling your printer a virus and lock it down

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Ghost is the only Norton application I use.

I do use Symantec Anti-Virus corporate edition. It's great. I love the bare-bones interface and small footprint.

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I don't mind formatting at all. I have it down to a science now though. I format mine every month or two. I keep a lot of my main stuff on seperate hard drives from my OS hard drive, those I don't format very often.

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I don't mind formatting at all. I have it down to a science now though. I format mine every month or two. I keep a lot of my main stuff on seperate hard drives from my OS hard drive, those I don't format very often.
Trip that's one of the best ways to do it... I take it a step futher by Keep plenty of spare drives around with a base image of what I want, then just I switch them out when I need to....Saves so much time...
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Trip that's one of the best ways to do it... I take it a step futher by Keep plenty of spare drives around with a base image of what I want, then just I switch them out when I need to....Saves so much time...
Not really, because you still have to image the drive, you just move the time you spent to one day instead of over time. Plus, you still don't get the driver updates or other updates and you still have to put that time in.

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Updates are a given.. there will always be updates to download... generally I image 5 to 10 drives at a time and stack them on the desk, with the number the of additional (deparment specific) applications we use, I hate having to spend 4 hours to just get to a basic load... and then have to add more. As you know Ghost is a useful tool, these days...
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I don't mind formatting at all. I have it down to a science now though. I format mine every month or two. I keep a lot of my main stuff on seperate hard drives from my OS hard drive, those I don't format very often.
That's a great idea and what I would do if I had a desktop. Only have one hard drive on laptop, though.

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Updates are a given.. there will always be updates to download... generally I image 5 to 10 drives at a time and stack them on the desk, with the number the of additional (deparment specific) applications we use, I hate having to spend 4 hours to just get to a basic load... and then have to add more. As you know Ghost is a useful tool, these days...
Yeah, if I did this at work I wouldn't give a sh*t about making sure everyone's drivers and other progs were the super duper up to date files. I would just make sure the sh*t worked. I have 6 drives that I use currently (7 if you count the drive that barely see the light of day, you got to keep somethings off the net ) and most of them have different things I like to store on them. All in all I got about 1.4 terabytes to work with, wanting to get more though. I store a lot of TV shows, movies, and homemade videos. That's what eats up a lot of my memory.

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That's a great idea and what I would do if I had a desktop. Only have one hard drive on laptop, though.
Get an external hard drive very handy

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Get an external hard drive very handy
yeah I have 2 of those, they come in really handy for taking them to work or on business trips. That reminds me, I have a 8th drive that is a laptop hard drive that I use for my work laptop. So when I go on business trips, I can remove the company hard drive and use my hard drive to surf in the hotel without worry of corrupting my company hard drive or them spying on my surfing habits.

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