Computers has become
Hard drive failure
System files corrupt or
Installation of new
Upgrade to a larger hard
means starting fresh with a new or freshly formatted (erased) hard drive.
are OS Recovery, System Recovery, Restore from Drive Image, Not the same as
System restore to an earlier point.
running OS X have a utility called Time Machine. When an external hard
drive is connected, time machine can create the backup and then simplify the
recovery from a serious problem.
Of course, I
am not relating all possible problems and solutions, but I am trying to give a
good general idea about the nature of problems and the solutions available to
Reloading the computer:
WARNING: THE FORMAT PROCESS
ERASES ALL DATA ON THE HARD DRIVE.
DO NOT DO A FORMAT UNTIL YOU ARE SURE YOU HAVE BACKED UP DATA SO THAT YOU WILL
NOT BE LOSING IMPORTANT FILES.
All important files must be
copied to EXTERNAL DISK or another drive (even remote storage via the Internet).
Files not copied can
be lost forever!
If a system
reload is to be done, then you will need to find, identify, or order the
Windows, Mac or other operating system installation partition, CD's and other
previously installed software CD's, DVD's or recovery partitions before you
begin the recovery or reload process. These images or disks are needed to
reinstall the software that came with the computer or was purchased and
your documents and all your other data is your responsibility. Anecdotal
evidence says that 1 out of 3 computers may suffer complete data loss every 3
years, so I urge users to backup before problems arrive as an important
insurance against data loss.
digital cameras, email, downloads and documents may be lost forever without a
simple copy of important data backup onto external storage.
the creation of two copies of data, including but not limited to
documents, pictures, music, videos, favorites, email, account settings for email
and online hosts, and passwords. Since many different email clients are in
common use and the way users create new folders of personal data storage, there
is no simple all encompassing way to back up data, aside from drive
imaging programs or utilities like the Mac
Time Machine application. More
There is much
to learn by knowing how computers fail. Computer fail because of
spikes and brownouts
shock (physical and electrical)
related failures and of course, accidental and intentional file deletion
is that the first few times one uses the freshly reloaded computer, they will
have improved knowledge as to what makes the computer work and a better idea how
to keep it running smoothly. And, because computers are only machines, and
humans tend to use them with little patience and even a occasional bout of over
clicking, rest assured that computer reloading skills or the technical skills of
the computer support tech will be required and appreciated again and maybe again
Apple, and other software vendors will
often be required to activate
your copy of windows. Activation is the process of connecting to a Microsoft
or other software maker's server so that the software can be verified as a legal
copy of that software. This prevents illegal copies of software and failure of
the activation process may prevent needed updates, loss of functionality or the
complete loss of use of the program in question.
important to be connected to the internet at high speed, preferably cable speeds
for the restore / reload processes. Many large updates
to Windows, Mac OS, or other operating systems will be required following the
reload, and also antivirus, email, and other subscriptions will required
Also keep in
mind that the processes of software running on modern computers suggest a
minimum processor speed of about 1.5 GHz and 1 GB Ram or more for responsive
computer running. With antivirus programs filtering and delaying data flow and
using processing power and the potential for multiple programs running
simultaneously, now more than ever processor speed and memory really does
For now, rather
than reinvent the wheel, I have placed this
link to the Microsoft Site for the text of how to Install Windows XP on your
Vista and Windows 7 have similar reinstallation sequence. Reloading a Mac
Computer can be a bit easier, especially if you have a "Time Machine"
Installing or Reloading popular computer Operating Systems
How to manage .pst
files in Outllok 2002, 2003, XP, 2007.
Installing and reinstalling windows:
Reloading Windows 7:
Reloading Mac OS X
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