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System Crash - TGFB (can I start a new acronym?)

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by ~~Alan~~, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. ~~Alan~~

    ~~Alan~~ Flightless Bird

    So I started to boot my system and it blue screened, accusing mrtrate.sys as
    the (possible culprit). I really could not find much information about this
    and I really did not have the time or the patience to research the crash.
    It was 6 in the morning and I had to go to work.

    But! TGFB (Thank Goodness for Backups). For the past 4 years or so, I've
    been using Symantec Ghost (v10 with my XP system and v15 with my Win7
    systems). Ghost starts off by creating a full system backup and then
    differentials after that until the next cycle begins.

    In my case, I booted from the Ghost CD and performed a full restore from the
    last full and then the differentials stored on an external USB drive, and
    2.5 hours later, my system is back. The bootable CD allowed me, with a
    Command Line prompt, to copy any files created after my last backup, to a
    USB drive before the restore.

    My advise, if you have a backup solution, make sure you can restore from it
    with as little intervention or pain as possible.

    I am also a customer of Carbonite just in case my system and backup fail.

    Any tails of trials and tribualtions pertaining to recovering a failed
    system.?
     

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