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  1. In a long list of entries (eg. RAM) I can scroll down with the mouse wheel line by line, but when I scroll up one notch the list jumps up ~30 lines.

    I see the same behaviour for vertical scrolling (v1.1.132). Downward scrolling is fine, upward scrolling is coarse. Horizontal scrolling is consistent both ways.


  2. After installing CCleaner, my Vista started having problems. Programs will not open or open extremely slowly-sometimes as much as a half hour and then don't work properly. I am not an expert, so possibly I didn't install the program properly or chose improper options during setup.

    Please Help

    Woodrow have you actually run CCleaner yet or just installed it?

     

    If you haven't run it yet then as kroozer says there's nothing in the CCleaner installation that should cause a problem.

     

    If you have run it what options did you select? Did you do a registry clean and if so did you back up the entries

    when prompted?


  3. I can only assume that either the developers are unaware of data coding techniques and modern HDD technology or (more likely) that they offer these options to stop sales/use being lost to competitors, as users see them as more sophisticated offerings. Customer demand, in other words.

     

    Gutmann worked on Winchester disk technology from the early 1990's, and he had the grace to acknowledge in his 1996 paper that later disks, which everyone outside of a musuem is now using, use different coding techniques that make his overwriting patterns irrelevant. He said that 'A good scrubbing with random data will do about as well as can be expected.' But nobody reads that part of his paper. I doubt whether many people have read any part of his paper.

     

    In any event, how many users need super-secure deletion? Where are the armies of electron-scanning microsopes?

     

    I think that the Gutmann myth is so entrenched that it will not disappear voluntarily. The only way to remove it is for software vendors to stop including it as part of their products.

    As usual, I'll add my +100 to all of these comments. My highlight on the last sentence. Sadly the devs will not comment on this. They are happy for us to help other users with their products. But they are equally happy to hide away from arguments like this and let us keep repeating ourselves OVER and OVER again. Gutmann repetition.


  4. I think there's something not quite right with the way your PC is recognizing your drives. And remember I'm no technician, so have nothing solid to back that up with.

    I'd tend to agree with that - though I don't know to what extent it's likely to be the PC, or the fallibilities of the Linux rescue CD, given what I've read on the macrium forums.

     

    I can't think at the moment why your Rescue CD is only displaying your C: drive. Have you checked the boot options menu to see if your external hard drive is being picked up?

     

    Marmite has a point about the "Isolinux" appearing in the Rescue CD file tree. That's odd.

    What I should have added is that I have sometimes found that the rescue CD sometimes seems to allocate drive letters in almost a 'speculative' manner ... not necessarily the ones actually allocated when you're booted into Windows. So I think the thing is that it hasn't found the system drive at all. Just the CD, which it has decided to call C drive ... hence the ISOLINUX folder.


  5. What I find strange is that what your booted CD is browsing is, er, your booted CD, not your hard drive. I don't necessarily think it's something you're doing wrong.

     

    Try searching the macrium forums. I got a load of hits just searching for 'isolinux'. Also post there (maybe the content of your last post); you should get a reply reasonably quickly.

     

    ETA: Also one article linked to a 'how to' for creating a Bart rescue CD manually (more long-winded than with the paid-for version but gets there). There seem to be many examples of compatibility issues with the Linux CD.


  6. I would say this goes for anything not just Macrium. Discs are just not nearly as reliable as hard drives. Too much potential for things to go wrong compared to hard drives.

    And these days it's not an expensive option is it. My local HD images are also copied to an external HD, and that too is accessible via my USB boot iso.

     

    If you back up regularly then HD is a far more practical approach anyway ... unless you have a job lot of DVDs!! I'll tend to keep a recent couple of back ups locally, and an additional few on the external drive, even though the chances of wanting to go back more than one or two are very slim.


  7. Ah yes ... that thread ;)

     

    Being a few glasses of wine past my optimum mental acuity, I'll not try too much to address your points but say what works for me.

     

    At the moment, I'm almost exclusively using Macrium free (also v4.2.2525) on a netbook, which of course doesn't have an integral optical drive. So I work with images of my system drive which are backed up to another partition; and like your U drive it's a logical partition. This image also happens to be split into 4Gb chunks (not for optical media, incidentally).

     

    I use a bootable USB stick to fire up the Linux rescue iso image (which is on said USB stick). From there I can happily restore my system image ... tried and tested.

     

    ISOLINUX, btw, is the root folder within the Linux iso itself. Your booted Linux image should, as you suggest, be able to see your U partition.


  8. And, marmite, different strokes for different folks. :)

    Oh I completely agree Bill ... I wasn't dissing other people's use of System Restore Points either :)

     

    Whichever way you do it, the main thing is that people have these mechanisms in place and above all know how to use them. It's the people without any sort of back-up / recovery that are setting themselves up for a fall ;)


  9. ... and here was me thinking this was going to be a post about the java spring framework ... but I much prefer your train of thought!

     

    Sunny spring is poking through in Shropshire too :)

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