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    Well Brett, I just have one thing to say about Magnetic tape. Magnet! Or even a Magnetic field. Normaly backups are good for only a few months anyways. Because the data gets updated and then a new disc is used anyways. Especialy if its a CD-R. Most folks data gets outdated before 2 years anyways. And if many folks do put something on long term storage then by the time they have to use it again the info is still out dated. If I look at a disk and the date on it is over a 6 months old, I rarely even stick it in to see whats on it because I know I have a newer backup. Tapes wear out by reading and writing the tapes. Ever wear out a cassette tape? I have. I have never worn out a CD or DVD. If you want to get technical about it the ultimate storage would be a jumpdrive of a few gig size. Because they will not wear out or degrade, and mag fields, to my knoledge, are not affected by mag fields, but even those can crash. I do not agree with that IBM guy because tapes are adiquated equipment. Tapes IMO are about the worst thing you could store something on because of Magnets. They are good for people doing illegal things with software because a high power electro magnet can wipe out a tape backup. Plus they are slow to access. so I never even contimplated buying one. NEVER. Again I I make backups so offten that they never get older than 6 months anyways so I will stick with CD-R and shred them as I make new ones. I am the type of person that if I haven't used it in over a year its more than likely useless to me now. So why would I want to store a disk with data, that will be outdated in 2 years anyways, for 30 to 100 years?
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    Well Brendhan thats what I do make a backup and put it up. Untill I make a new one. No need to mess with a backup its just in case the HD crashes and cannot be recovered or the bearings go out or something creepy happens to the PC I have a hard backup that is not affected by mag fields or whatnot.
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    Quote[/b] (Gawd_oOo @ Mar. 21 2006,8:35)]
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    Quote[/b] ]You shouldn't be prompted for any activation for hardware upgrades unless you reinstalled windows as a part of it.
    - incorrect - Part of the serial number from the processor, memory, Video card, I think one other component as well, are included in the activation process. It is also verified on every start up. If one has changed or something is added it will rerequest activation. (If I am remembering correctly 2 or 3 changes can be made before it asks you to re activate)
    Like JBL said, changing your components won't result in having to reactivate. At least it's never been the case with me. (Though you are right about that)
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    Quote[/b] (Understudy @ Mar. 22 2006,11:34)]At the risk of offending just about everyone. The average pc user is not to bright when it comes to the inside working of their pc. They want the pretty surface and no concern about the important stuff inside. Just like the way many of them deal with cars.
    You're so right about that. I don't consider anyone a PC guru until they've built their own PC.
    They say if you play a Microsoft CD backwards, you hear satanic messages. Thats nothing, cause if you play it forwards, it installs Windows.

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    Quote[/b] (JB_OrchidGuy @ Mar. 23 2006,5:42)]If you want to get technical about it the ultimate storage would be a jumpdrive of a few gig size. Because they will not wear out or degrade, and mag fields, to my knoledge, are not affected by mag fields, but even those can crash.
    While flash memory can be really good due to its life and durability, you hit major issues with the number of read/write cycles they can withstand. I've never killed a drive that way nor has it ever happened to anyone I know but I'm aware of it as a risk. I wouldn't trust something which is known to have a limeted lifetime determined by how often it is used.

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    Quote[/b] ]Like all flash memory devices, flash drives can sustain only a limited number of write/erase cycles before failure. In normal use, mid-range flash drives currently on the market will support several million cycles, although write operations will gradually slow as the device ages.
    Especially when you run into the largest sized drives for backing up substantial amounts of stuff, you're risking putting it on the drive and never being able to take it off if the drive has gone through enough cycles. Granted, this could probably be resolved by buying a new drive and using it only as a backup, but flash memory is not without risks when used as a backup. That having been said... its probably your best bet .

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    Quote[/b] (Amateur_Expert @ Mar. 23 2006,7:51)]
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    Quote[/b] (Understudy @ Mar. 22 2006,11:34)]At the risk of offending just about everyone. The average pc user is not to bright when it comes to the inside working of their pc. They want the pretty surface and no concern about the important stuff inside. Just like the way many of them deal with cars.
    You're so right about that. I don't consider anyone a PC guru until they've built their own PC.
    I don't consider myself a PC guru, but I did put this PC together. I'd have to relearn everything again to build another one, as a lot has changed in the last 2+ years since I built it. I'd have to look inside to even remember what I put in there.

    As for using a memory stick for back up, the biggest problem I would have is misplacing it.
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    Memory keys can only withstand so many read/write cycles? Thats ahyuking nice to know.

    Ad-aware and Spybot are good? I hear all negatvies about them, i used them and loved them but a few of my friends who "know alot about software" said they cause more problems than they fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]You're so right about that. I don't consider anyone a PC guru until they've built their own PC.
    Really? That's just when I star to consider them experienced contortionists. >_>

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    Quote[/b] ]Ad-aware and Spybot are good? I hear all negatvies about them, i used them and loved them but a few of my friends who "know alot about software" said they cause more problems than they fix.
    I've had all good experience with both programs. Ad Aware never seems to target anything that if deleted can't be fixed. I mean, you could potentially have to reinstall java or a plugin if you delete something wrong using Hijack this, but that's about the extent of the damage I could potentially conceive in terms of hardware or software damage.

    The most damage I could see these programs may do is allowing people to live with the problem. It's a temporary fix that doesn't necessarily teach people how to avoid spy/adware, just how to kill it. Eh, I figure it's a lot better that life without progs like 'em! I remeber registry-diving when certain things went haywire :tear:.
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