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In Praise of Clonezilla

Jan 24, 2011, 20:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by J.A. Watson)

"To really understand this article, you have to understand how things work around our house. It's pretty simple - I am forbidden, under penalty of grievous bodily harm, from touching my partner's computer unless I am specifically asked to do so. It is a rather old HP desktop, which we got second-hand through a friend (thanks again Ueli, it's still working great), and it does exactly what she wants. It is running Windows XP, which bothers me a bit, but did I mention that it does exactly what she wants, she knows exactly how to use it, and if I attempt to change or "improve" anything on it I am likely to lose some vital bodily parts? In all honesty, seeing what people have gone through with "updates" to Windows Vista, Windows 7, MS Office 2007 and MS Office 2010, it would be difficult to argue that her attitude is wrong, or that it has not paid off by saving her a massive amount of lost time over the past four or five years, and what, exactly has she missed out on?

"Anyway, she recently asked me to take a look at it, because it was complaining about low disk space. I checked, and sure enough it had something silly like 400 MB of free space. I looked a little deeper, and saw that it had a 40 GB IDE disk drive! Yikes! Yes, you read that right."

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