posted on Sep, 3 2003 @ 04:41 PM
One thing I've picked up over the years is that when you buy a new computer, especially if it comes from a large company like Dell or Gateway etc,
you should uninstall all the garbage that they throw in with your machine, and set it up to be optimized for your use. After this is done (but before
you install anything supplemental) use Symantec's Ghost program to creat an image of your hard drive. You can do this onto a couple of CD's (PM me
for directions if needed). That will be very helpful because that way when things get screwed up on your system, which happens all the time, you will
be able to just go back to that image with all your system files working perfectly. Keep in mind, this isn't really meant for data purposes, so if
you create an image and then download 10gig of mp3's those aren't going to be there. The purpose of ghosting is to be able to literally return the
computer to the state it began in, as though nothing ever changed. It's extremely effective for me at work.
(Partition your HD, keep system files on C, data on D, and you'll be good to go)
I do it at work at least once a year and my system runs like a charm.