Long-needed upgrade

NEC DVD ReWriter drive on left, Belkin USB 7-port hub on right.

This afternoon I gave my PC a minor upgrade, having been meaning to do it for ages. Gone is my faithful 2.4x (speed) Pioneer DVD ReWriter, now replaced with a much faster 16x NEC Dual-Layer; and similarly, my 5-port Belkin USB 1.1 hub has been replaced with a stackable 7-port model, also by Belkin.

This left me no excuse but to perform a quick (long-needed) backup of My Documents, which took a spritely 5 minutes instead of nearly half-an-hour per disc. Have you backed-up recently?

The DVD ReWriter is being donated to my Mum’s PC, which I’m currently rebuilding (new case, DVD-RW, new 40GB HDD to supplement the 20GB model already there, Windows XP Home), and the USB hub … well, I’m not sure quite yet. It’s been relegated to the Big Boy’s Box of Interesting Things™ under my desk, until I have decided.

After I’ve got my book chapters safely posted to Hodder, and have returned from the SEC youth camp in August, I have a new Seagate 300 GB hard drive to install in this (my main) machine. It will replace one of my current 120 GB drives.

But that will involve a complete system backup and long needed reinstallation of Windows XP Professional.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 47 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot.

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