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Yastreb
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 10:38 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I recently went through a minor crisis when my computer had a major crisis and I spent a few days thinking that I'd lost a couple of years of baits, stories, pix and so on. Fortunately a friend helped me out and apart from needing two hard drives, all was fine and good...

NOT.

This morning my secondary drive (containing most of my personal files) just went away. The hardware is still there, but the computer doesn't see it! Luckily I have all bar the last ten days or so backed up, but it's still annoying!

I think I need a new computer... recommendations, anyone?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 10:49 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Start with this...

http://www.runtime.org/dixml.htm

http://lifehacker.com/software/feature/hot-image-your-pcs-hard-drive-with-driveimage-xml-326086.php

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 11:44 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Sorry for your situation Yastreb. I had my laptop start to go flaky on me just before Christmas - pieces missing on stored photos, video files suddenly unopenable, so I know how stressful it can be. But in my case, as the failure was partial and gradual I was able to get a new Dell desktop and transfer 99.9% of my old stuff intact. And then restore the damaged photos from a backup (wasn't too fussed about the downloaded vids).

Never did find out what was going wrong - HDD checks out 100% with Spinrite 6 and I thrashed the memory with Memtest86+ with no errors. I plan to reformat the HDD and install Ubuntu as a trial.

Doesn't help you though, apart from sympathy. Crying or Very sad

And thanks for the links Frank. Bookmarked for future reference.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 11:47 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Well it all depends. What do you use the computer for? If you just use it for internet browsing, media playback, baiting, the occasional Photoshop and other things, I recommend something moderate, like a Intel E4500 (2.2 GHz dual-core processor) with 1GB of RAM and about 160 GB of HDD space. If you do more demanding tasks, then make that 2 GB RAM, and throw in a 128MB video card, preferably NVIDIA in the 7 or 8 series. If you play 3D commercial games, then I fully recommend you grab the 8600 GT, which is 256 MB and plays most games today on high detail with medium res and a 250 GB HDD.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 11:57 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

This is why I like to build my own PCs. I can hand pick the pieces and go for quality brands instead of the lowest price to increase profit margins. I've had 1 motherboard go bad over the years and it was still within ASUS's 3 year warranty period and they made good on their word and had it back to me in about 10 days. I'm writing this post on it now.

As for components, Ex is said it pretty well. It all depends on what you use it for. If you can wait until Feb or Apr (forget which) Intel is supposed to roll out some new fast chips, which makes the current ones (which still run great) even cheaper. While I am an AMD guy (using socket 939 still) I would steer you towards Intel as they currently better than the equiv AMD chip.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 8:41 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

This is what I use to image my drives:
http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/index.htm
The above advice is good, depends on what you are going to use it for.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:07 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Depends on how much you want to spend, if money's no object go for an Intel Core2Quad, 2 Crossfired ATI HD3800 Graphics Cards and as much RAM as you can fit in with 2x 1TB hard drives in a RAID setup.
If you don't want to spend an obscene amount then an Intel Core2Duo, 2GHz+, an ATI HD2900 with 2 GB RAM and a 500 GB Hard drive.
Don't touch AMD processors as although cheaper then Intel, at the moment they are miles behind in performance.
Always back up important data, I never used to as I thought it was a waste of time until 2 years ago when my hard drive blew and I lost a couple of hundred gigs of stuff.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:50 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thats a lot of money to be spent Rodus, lol.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:10 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

@Ex - Ah, but Rodus is loaded. He has an Orange Name. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:15 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

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