Wielding a sledgehammer
The advantage of that approach would be the recreation of a ‘clean’ hard drive and a system registry unaffected by the countless installations and un-installations of software spanning several years. The disadvantage, of course, would be the loss of data and the need to reinstall all the software I use. Like every other IT person I know, I’ve never been good at backing up my data, so I had to try my best to back it up before wiping my hard drive clean.
I went out and bought a whole lot of blank DVDs and got started with sifting out the dross (lots of porn!) and backing up the important stuff.
Well, that was the idea but my noble attempts were thwarted by my DVD-writer persistently refusing to complete the writing process to disk. The same happened if I tried to write to CD. I started contemplating the awful fate of losing everything, including treasured pics (not porn!), documents, music and more. Knowing that I have a CD that contains the really vital stuff (my various CVs, novel ideas, recipe book, lots of pics, etc), I knew that going down that route would not be a total disaster, just a really major one.
I’m glad the decision to go for broke happened really late on Tuesday night when I was ready to drop with tiredness as it stopped me from doing it there and then. The few hours of sleep that followed, followed by a few hours of work (yeah, right!) gave me time in which I could contemplate my decision with a bit more clarity.
Get an external hard drive!
And so I did.
Today I have a ‘clean’ hard drive with an innocent (is that the opposite of not corrupt?) operating system with most of my important programs reinstalled. I also have an external hard drive with almost all of the crap I’ve been accumulating for several years.
Anyone want to trade some porn?