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Author Topic: What do you usually forget to backup?  (Read 3311 times)

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What do you usually forget to backup?
« on: August 30, 2008, 10:09:53 AM »
Since I am gonna reinstall windows today, I need to backup. I have backed everything that I think I'll need up. But then it hit me, what did I forget to backup?

What do you guys usually forget to backup?
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Re: What do you usually forget to backup?
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2008, 10:46:50 AM »
Customized Windows fonts and colors (Desktop -> Properties). Then I can never remember whether I was using Verdana or Tahoma, 8 or 9 pt, or exactly what RGB values I was using for window background, and whatever I try, it doesn't look right anymore until I get used to it again :)

And I always zip up the whole Windows and Program Files folders to keep for a while in case an application decides it's missing a DLL. Doesn't happen nearly as often as it used to under Win95, but I still keep those zip files for a few months after a reinstall.

Oh, and a manual backup of selected registry keys, to easily restore licenses and settings for various apps.

Other than that, nothing really. It usually takes me the better part of the day to make a manual backup of everything I need to keep, on top of the automated backup archives. Reinstall comes on the following day.


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Re: What do you usually forget to backup?
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2008, 01:07:31 PM »
Similar things to which tranglos refers, program customizations.
  • Settings for favourite editors etc.
  • Home-grown actions for such programs as Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.
  • If you install software into one location, it's a good idea to take a directory of its contents. Quite often, on a new machine, I realize that I've forgotten to install utility x; that usually happens 3 minutes after I desperately NEED to use utility x to meet my deadline.

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Re: What do you usually forget to backup?
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2008, 05:39:49 AM »
slightly off-topic but this lifehacker blog post offers a tip that purportedly can save one from re-activation after reinstalling WinXP by saving a certain file. might be a good time to test the claim.

just noticed, this tip isn't necessary for those reinstalling from the original CD.

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http://lifehacker.co...ctivating-windows-xp

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Re: What do you usually forget to backup?
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2008, 07:31:55 AM »
Word templates such as normal.dot

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Re: What do you usually forget to backup?
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2008, 11:59:56 AM »
Usually, I forget everything, so I just copy the entire Windows installation (including all the software) to the other hard drive :D. I have to design a backup strategy...

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Re: What do you usually forget to backup?
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2008, 01:03:01 PM »
I usually use DriveImageXML after backing up stuff, just to be on the safe side. Dunno how many images I have lying around now :P. This post reminds me I should take the time to dig out those various custom MSN emoticons from the backup images.
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Re: What do you usually forget to backup?
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2008, 05:05:31 PM »
Be sure to back up your Hamachi information if you use Hamachi, as there is no way to recover your account otherwise.

Also, be sure to backup your game saves and other program data that's stored in tricky places like Application Data etc.