Computer memory is like writing love letters in the sand.

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Posted by Victor ( on December 02, 2001 at 09:08:05:

In Reply to: It think things are okay. I really don't understand what posted by Charlie on December 02, 2001 at 00:16:16:

Hit a little wave or get some wind and it's gone, you have to make backups of your data. Data is such things as a word processor document or photos you are saving. You can always reload the programs and operating system responsible for generating this data because they come in the form of floppies or CD Roms.

Only makes sense to back up your data on CD Roms or even floppies. A virus is designed to mess up all the files on your hard drive, if you didn't have a hard drive, you wouldn't have virus problems.

Good programming keeps the operating system separate from the data and one thing we are not getting is good programming. MS integrated the OS with a registry and it's the registry that is your data peculiar to whatever you have on your machine. Loose your registry, and you are dead. You can use a program like Norton's Ghost to completely back up your entire HD unto a CD ROM. If your computer gets a virus, you format all drives back to zero, then reload the good contents from your backup and are back in business.

Hard drives today have a metal particle embedded glass disk that spins at about 7,000 rpm with a magnetizing head floating above that barely manetizes very tiny segments of this disk. Not nearly as good as writing love letters in the sand. Far better to burn this data into a CD Rom, the CD rom can only be used once, but are cheap enough like a first class postage stamp. 1.5 GB of data can be compressed and stored on one CD ROM. Hope this makes more sense.

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