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backing up a Windoz system.

Not to get too far off topic, but people are bound to ask computer people for help with these doggone things.  Besides ad-aware, I like Spybot S&D, HijackThis!, and CWS-Shredder.  I've also heard that SSI does wonderful things.  google for ssisetup.exe for more info.

Usually I walk away thinking, "That never would have happened if you were just running a unixish os."


"--- begin copied/edited message from David Kramer ---"
> Jerry Feldman wrote:
> > Every night I back up my wife's Windows system by mounting it and then
> > rsync it to one of my drives. However, I continuously get the "too many
> > open files" message in the log. This bothered me for a while, so I used
> > other things, like cp and even wrote my own, and my testing was
> > performed with virtually nothing running on the Windows system and in
> > run level 3 on my system.  It appears that the problem is not that there
> > are too many open files from the standpoint of the backup application,
> > but it has something to do with the way the SMBFS is mounted and caches.
> > (BTW: It has nothing to do with energy saving). For the most part, the
> > files seem to be in tact. 
> If I were in your shoes, I would install a free ssh on it, like putty, and use 
> scp to do it.  I also see that there are Windows versions of unison and rsync
> > IMHO, the best way to perform a backup is to have an agent running on
> > the system being backed up, but I'm not going to buy Legato or some
> > other commercial system. I was wondering if anyone else had seen this
> > problem. I'm using a 2.4.21 system. I might run a test with a 2.6 system
> > depending on some of the feedback. 
> > 
> > Another interesting issue cropped up with my wife's system. It appears
> > to be running more slowly although I have verified that is is not
> In my experience, Windows "Just Does That" after a few years; not sure why. 
> But in addition to viruses, you should also install anti-spyware on it, like 
> ad-aware.  Maybe there are spybots running on it.  Norton won't catch them 
> because they're not viruses.
> > infected, but Norton Disk Dr. keeps restarting even after I have deleted
> > virtually everything from the task manager. Scandisk runs fine through
> > its normal checks, but when going the surface test, it restarts. I would
> > run partition Magic on it, but for some reason, it will not boot the
> > floppy before the HD regardless of what I set in the BIOS, but It does
> > boot a Linux CD (about half the time). I don't have an aversion to
> > reinstalling ME, except that reinstalling all my wife's applications is
> > a real pain. (BTW: the system does not need defragging). 
> Have you tried memtest86?
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