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, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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