"Oh, the Humanity!"
What else does a feller need to say?
Regular backup seemed like a good idea, and I was within two weeks of being current.
That was with Microsoft's Live OneCare. Easy stuff.
Then I restored files. Again, easy stuff. I had almost all of my Cary, NC, photos intact and almost all of my real estate files. And I learned another lesson. OneCare's Express Backup just adds the most recent changed files, but does not update and remove the stuff that I have deleted. So all the junk that I had deleted came back. Jeeze, in duplicate. ??? So I deleted most of it again.
Full backups, routinely done, will be the "wave of my future."
Of course, being under warranty, I went through Dell support, and they twice told me my hard drive was fine. I restored after reloading factory-setting functionality. That meant I had to delete AOL, AOL, AOL, Earthlink, Netzero, QuickBooks, WordPerfect12, McAfee(particularly irritating). I did all that TWICE (well, 2 1/2 times).
Only THEN did Dell Support agree that the drive was bad.
Which is what I told them on my first call, a few days earlier. "I have a hard drive problem."
Things are tough all over. In the greater scheme of tough things, this rates a pretty low score on the old "Tough-O-Meter." I miss the time I have lost on this mess as much as anything.
Oh, well. Time for breakfast. I haven't lost my appetite... I guess that's in my BIOS, not on my HDD.