Absolutely I separate my data from my OS as much as is possible and do indeed use imaging software when altering your system or adding new software. There is nothing more conforting then knowing you can restore your system in five minutes or less. Anytime I am doing a major update or alteration I do it on a freshly re imaged PC just to sure there are no conflicts that have been introduced with a minor alteration. If the upgrade checks out as stable it can then become the new base image or an alternate image (Disk space is still cheap) ________________________________ From: loop.pool [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Sunday, August 01, 2004 8:08 AM To: LOOPERS DELIGHT (posting) Subject: looping observations Just a little devils advocacy from the dark side (PC land): As soon as you get your system up and running (without connecting to the internet yet)................ add your internet connectivity (if you can only afford the one computer for both audio and music----I've never really been able to afford two at once until recently) and IMMEDIATELY make a GHOST with the program Norton GHOST (by Symantec). This makes a perfect image of your operating system drive which you store on your D (or secondary harddrive). Retain this ghost and call it VIRGIN GHOST. Then once a week make a new GHOST if your system is running really well (certainly after you have added new hardware that runs well for a couple of days). As you make new ghosts, erase your secondary ghosts but always keep your VIRGIN GHOST intact (and off of your C drive). Now, no matter what ill strikes your vulnerable PC (and they are vulnerable unlike Macs) , voila!!!! you are no more than 5 minutes away from a completely great working, virus free machine. It's really not that difficult. The PC also forces one (because of security issues) to back up with great regularity. We should do that anyway, right? The PCs are also so much cheaper than the equivalent Macs that it's not a big deal to invest in a really good program to keep your system virus free, adware and spyware free (these latter two are really scarier than viruses to me). My brother has an excellent suite that does everything. I think it's called Panda. I use Norton Anti Virus and System Mechanic 4. Never open attachments unless the person who sends it discusses exactly what it is. Do these things and your new PC will run like a charm. Mine does. Now, make so much money with your next self recorded Looping CD that you can buy a dual processor G5 and that rompin' stompin' PC with hyperthreading technology............wireless network 'em up and then you won't have to ever again take sides in the Mac/PC debate..............lol........ ...........a looper can dream can't he?