Just a warning to the "it'll never happen to me" people - on Saturday my C drive failed ... no warning. Despite having access to some very clever people, the drive (and contents) were not economically recoverable.
Fortunately, I DO
have all my images and data residing on other disks backed up, so nothing irreplacable was lost, but I am faced with rebuilding the O/S and programe suite from scratch.
So point number one - have everything backed up unless you are prepared to lose it ... goes without saying perhaps, but is it everyone's highest priority when they get back from a shoot?
Assuming you have done this, and only have the programs to worry about ...
1 - Do you know where your O/S disk(s) are?
2 - Your original disks will not have the latest patches/security updates on them. Download these NOW and have them available on a CD
... repeat as necessary with each major release.
3 - Anti-virus - do you have something on disk you can install BEFORE reconnecting to the 'net? I didn't. After installing XP
and broadband software, I went to the 'net to download the AVG antivirus program ... before I could complete the download, my machine was infected by Sasser and shut down.
(and yes, I did have the XP
4 - All those nice little apps you can buy and download from the 'net - do you have the original install files? Do you have the various authorisation codes you'll need?
I'm fairly lucky - with easy access to resources at work, and the fact I manged to find all but one of my install CDs, I should get everything working as before (perhaps better - a disk crash is a great way to remove unwanted clutter
) ... but even so it will take me a few days of tedious effort.
Were I not able to lay my hands quickly on some key resources, the consequences could have been much more serious and expensive.
So, my suggestion for today is take a quick inventory of what you have on your system and check that you have all the necessary means to restore it to its present state from scratch. And look out for hidden problems - eg. if you bought a Photoshop CS
upgrade licence, you will need to pre-install an older version of PS
before reinstalling the upgrade.
Colin K. Work, Pixstel