|Why a 2nd drive or a 2nd partition is important.
He has, as I do, much mail of a technical or business nature that's stored in Outlook, so it's not just disposable "chat" mail.
Actually, since his was a Desktop, I put his data on a completely separate physical D drive, not possible with a Laptop.
Having a 2nd drive on a PC is actually better for these reasons.At first, I used to keep my "working" data on the C drive, and then back up to the D drive, but then I realized that was bass ackwards. Rather, keep my data on D and back up to C. Then once in a while -- only for the truly paranoid or those who have seen many people gnash their teeth and tear out their hair over lost data -- back up to a network drive and/or to some free online storage like Yahoo's Briefcase (after encrypting in Winzip w a password) and/or burn to a CD periodically.
(Or at least a few floppy disk for small files, if you don't have a burner. Floppys are about 10¢ and worth every penny for reliability, if you know what I mean.)
The only thing that took a little extra time was configuring the Outlook
Express Address Book for the 2nd drive.
IF you don't understand the importance and
what I mean, the normal way PCs are all set up is when you
need to re-format and re-install, you lose everything and have to start
I also save a few registry settings to the D drive, for any customizations,
including the location of his "mail store", which saves you all the painstaking
configuration stuff. Just Right-Click and select Merge, and all your old
settings are restored, the ones that we remember to back up anyhow.
For my friend's PC, I actually saved a GHOST image of his first drive to the 2nd drive, AFTER Windows, Office, and all his base apps were installed. That means it can be restored in 15 minutes just like I left it, saving hours of work. Requires a DOS-based boot disk and (aka Windows 98 Startup Disk), and acquiring a legal copy of the Norton GHOST program (or maybe borrowing GHOST on a floppy disk if you know someone who doesn't mind illegally lending you their disk).
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