FD-ISR just saved this new user

Discussion in 'FirstDefense-ISR Forum' started by hjbyram, Aug 15, 2007.

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  1. hjbyram

    hjbyram Registered Member

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    OMG - just installed some Microsoft updates on my Primary Snapshot & now when I reboot, my PC is trashed -- can't access anything due to message saying can't find path & I might not have permissions, etc. And nothing shows in Task Manager, either.

    So booted into my Secondary snapshot and all is well again. Since I anchored My Documents, I didn't lose a very important registration doc I needed & had saved in My Documents. Just lost some unimportant emails is all.

    I am so impressed. But can I fix my Primary Snapshot is the question. But do I care because within seconds my PC was up & running due to this ingenious software. I'm off to create a copy of this working snapshot just in case I trash this one next.
     
  2. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

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    Join the club. You might also want to consider an archive or two.

    All you need to do to fix the primary is boot to the secondary and do a copy/update from source=secondary and destination = primary. Primary snapshot will be good as new.
     
  3. maddawgz

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    gr8 huH!!!!!!!
     
  4. Huupi

    Huupi Registered Member

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    Like Pete said, at the moment it's your only option,so make you yourself more secure by making archives on another drive,and backup your documents and all anchored data !
     
  5. ErikAlbert

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    hjbyram,
    Congrats, now you learned in practice how good FDISR really is.
    We have quite a few horror stories in this forum, where FDISR was the hero.
    I agree of course with the advices given in this thread.
    As I said before : FDISR is a troubleshooter in deeds. That is something else than a help in words, you don't understand. :)
     
  6. Huupi

    Huupi Registered Member

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    I learned quite some things at my recovery from disaster,but in the darkest night FDISR was like a Lighthouse were all ends meet!
     
  7. ErikAlbert

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    Since I have my frozen snapshot, I fix 99% of my problems, often caused by installing new software, with a simple reboot.
    Of course you can also fix these problem with a rollback snapshot/archive, but a frozen snapshot is automatic and I like to have it easy.
    I expect that Returnil will do the same, once I use it in September.

    I don't like to spend my time on fixing problems, that is only good for users, who are really interested in solving all kinds of problems.
     
  8. hjbyram

    hjbyram Registered Member

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    I will need to read up on the frozen snapshot - I am still mastering the basics.

    However, now that this happened, I have realized some things. I am running ShadowProtect as well, so do have full images if it gets to that. But I don't have any partitions yet. However, I have 2 internal drives.

    Can I do this: Move the My Documents & my Mail folders to the 2nd internal drive. Is this difficult to do? (I think I recall seeing instructions out on Microsoft for changing the location of My Documents.)
     
  9. Peter2150

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    Yes you can, but why. If you use FDISR very frequently, and take reasonably frequent images, you shouldn't have a problem.

    As most here know, I use one partition, no data anchoring and don't have an issue. My data doesn't thought consist of big photo, or video type stuff.

    I do use a sync program to additionally make copies of the data off disk.

    Pete
     
  10. starfish_001

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    Yes it is eaasy - I have a O/S disk , and serveral data disks. Anchoring data is not required then - all my snapshots point to my real data on a diffferent disk.


    I prefer this because

    • I have a simple image of my basic OS - basically static and a number of FD snapshots and some FD archives on a separate disk.

      Imaging a drive with a number of snapshots and loads of data - results in loads of large images
    • Data is imaged as required
     
  11. ErikAlbert

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    hjbyram,
    I didn't even move "My Documents" to my data partition. I created my own folders.
    My system partition looks like a normal partition, only the folder "My Documents" is EMPTY.

    Each decent software has folder SETTINGS, that allow you to store your output-documents anywhere.
    So these softwares are EASY for separating your data from system.

    The only more difficult part is your browser and email-program. I only know how to do this for Firefox and Thunderbird.

    A few months ago, I decided not to do this anymore for Firefox. I store my bookmarks via "del.icio.us".
    The reason was that Firefox is a browser and browsers are source of infections. My frozen snapshot removes these infections during reboot.

    Thunderbird is also a source of infections, but I don't open any spam-email, I just remove them. So Thunderbird is always empty, except non-spam emails.
    All my non-spam current emails are stored on my data partition, so I can't lose them, including my email-address-book.
    If I want to keep a serious email, I store it in a Word Document along with other information.
     
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  12. Huupi

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    As a photographer,i have no media on my disk,everything offline but to organize my pictures the databases of my archive/indexing applications only exeed already 9 gig. So i put these stuff among others on a second partition and use a simple backup app. [KR] to backup these data to an ext. drive.So i image only C: with nothing of personal on it.With FDISR i only anchor my desktop which i frequently backup[KR also] to the same external drive.I am thinking about to put all my pers. data on a second int. drive or an ext. drive and repartitioning it back to one big C:,but even then you have to backup these ext.or int. drives to stay secure.So the thinking goes on.
     
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