Last July, our
We were fortunate. The data recovery facility Best Buy used was able to retrieve the information from the failed hard drive. They had the unit for 2-3 months and from there we began the integral task of plucking the data from the temporary storage to our new hard drive.
Normally, transferring data from one computer to another is a piece of cake. That being said, you may have to clean up some crumbs before file relocation is accomplished. In our case, we discovered the file names were too long. It took us all of fall through the end of last year to carefully manipulate each file into place.
Note: Max file name cannot exceed 255 characters. You have to take into consideration this includes file directory. For example.... That being said, if you nest files within folders within folders, then you will run out of characters fast. Make what you can see as short as possible.
At the start of the year, I became heavily involved in the major over haul of how our computer's information is to be stored. I have barely scratched the surf with the tedious organizing process - renaming files (shortening length) and trashing duplicate & obsolete files.
The clean up process not only affects our Dell, but two other computers. My method at this point is work from the oldest computer to migrate those cleaned up files to the other computers. This will work beautifully, I hope, as I incorporate photo and document data from one stand-alone system to the next.
The idea is once I get all computers properly integrated, then each has its own dedicated external hard drive for routine backups. Only our newest computer will house all photos which is set for daily backups. This gives us peace of mind toward any future calamities and our data can be retrieved instantly. We are exploring other archiving options, as well for further assurance that our crucial information is preserved.
1. Traveling along the super Information Highway, what is the best site you have found on giving self-help answers to technical issues regarding computers?
2. What's the best investment (time or money or both) you have made for protecting yourself from such a huge computer fiasco like what we experienced last year?
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