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    You have a USB plug-in card that is USB 1.1 ("old...

    You have a USB plug-in card that is USB 1.1 ("old school"). Most external drives now are USB 3.0, which is much faster than USB 2. I would replace the old card with one that has USB 3.0, particularly...
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    PamS, How can the files remain "open" if you...

    PamS, How can the files remain "open" if you close the program? Perhaps you are only closing a window associated with the program, and the program is continuing to run in the background with the...
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    For backup images, I used dedicated external...

    For backup images, I used dedicated external drives that I only connect when I need them. These little drives (the ones without power bricks) are fairly cheap now, so you could have a different one...
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    KenWA, I went through a similar exercise...

    KenWA,

    I went through a similar exercise some months back. Various software problems were occurring (much more than browser difficulties). Like you, I also keep backup images. Restoring older...
  5. This story illustrates why I don't use backup...

    This story illustrates why I don't use backup software from Microsoft. I use "Image for Windows" and "Image for DOS" from Terabyte Unlimited and make full image backups. Reliable, hard to mess up....
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    Like bbearren and RockE, I use "Image for...

    Like bbearren and RockE, I use "Image for Windows" from TeraByte Unlimited. Also like bbearren, I do only whole image backups. I store the most recent image set (for my various partitions) on a...
  7. Scanner in Kaspersky Rescue CD 10.0 crashes when encountering tbosdt

    I was trying the Kaspersky Rescue CD 10.0 as a stand-alone anti-malware tool as recommended by Fred Langa. I do like it, but recently well into a scan the scanner started mysteriously crashing. The...
  8. One thing that might be added to the list is an...

    One thing that might be added to the list is an occasional test of the RAM using memtest86 or memtest86+. These are run in "stand-alone" mode on bootable CDs or DVDs. Downloadable .iso files can be...
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