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Backing Up :-)
My hard drive made a weird clicking sound, so just in case I did a full backup of Ubuntu.

Course, it's Linux, so I just enter one line at the terminal and sit back!

Every file zipped along into a compressed .tgz file on my external hard drive, maintaining permissions and everything.

If my hard drive ever died, I could replace it and unzip the backup file onto the new one, with every last file and installed program working without a single thing left to reinstall or tweak.

And, the backup file is only 2.5 GB. It packed around 15.5 GB into that.

So now, I'm safe to abuse my hard drive without worry.

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Posted : Thursday, 26 July 2007, 03:15

I'm currently in the processing of setting up a file server at home for that same purpose. One can never have enough disk space, either.

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Posted : Thursday, 26 July 2007, 04:02
power mousey

yeah, I plan to get a new external hard drive.

although, I've had my Maxtor 40 gig external for over
5 years. I still have my old Iomega Zip drive too.

Best Buy Hard Drives

Posted : Thursday, 26 July 2007, 17:36

iv got a hard drive with XP on it, its 40 gigs i think, and its not dead but its dieing. you turn on the computer and windows will either A. Start and then give you the blue screen of death a little later B. not start at all! after you get the blue screen the computer will no longer recognize the hard drive so you have to use a bootable disc. and then 12 hours later it will come back from the dead only to have the whole thing happen again! i think i should get a new hard drive, but mabey thats being a little drastic...

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Posted : Thursday, 26 July 2007, 21:48

PowerMousey: Best Buy?

Newegg is cheaper and much more reliable.

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Posted : Friday, 27 July 2007, 04:10
power mousey

yeah, you're right Nolan.

I should check out I mean Newwgg.
Used to be Egghead when they had the brick
and mortar stores.

I'll check them out too. Like now.

power mousey

Posted : Friday, 27 July 2007, 08:27

Eeek, my hard drive started clicking again today

Though, admittedly, it always seems to happen when I'm downloading something at 250KB/sec, so maybe I need to slow down my Internet!

|edit| Mind you, this is a very fast drive, so I shouldn't really have trouble. |edit|

Posted : Friday, 27 July 2007, 23:57
power mousey


my AOL snail chugs on the average of
1.5 to about 5 KB/sec for downloading.

Things speed up a little with downloading
cause I also have the Amazing Down intenet downloader
booster. Its not Booster Gold...but it speeds up
my downloads a little bit.

I know...I know. I need some kind of Broadband or DSL.
Especially now too. With all these videos and media
resources to download.

Posted : Saturday, 28 July 2007, 05:14

Ouch, 5KB/sec!

But usually, I don't get the full 250KB/sec - just sometimes when I'm lucky with a fast Torrent.

I'm trying to download some rare tracks of Rage Against the Machine playing live, but I'm getting 2 KB/sec tops now

Cheers bro

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