- The Basics
- . Keep your System
Install CD or floppies safe, and nearby - NEVER loan them
to anyone - their ONLY purpose is to be copied or to save
- . Keep your Install
disks for additional hardware or software with your
system disks. Additional video card drivers, third party
CD drivers, modem install drivers, anything that is
critical to the operation of your computer. If you
download an update to any of these &endash; Keep a Copy
of the Installation on Floppy or Zip.
- . Have TWO copies of the
Emergancy System floppies on hand, make sure they have
been tested and they work.
- . The best protection is
to have your system folder backed up onto another hard
drive, Zip or cartridge.
- . Have another Emergancy
System floppy that has the "Startup Disk" control panel
on it, include SCSIProbe 4.3 if there is room. When the
System file is damaged on your internal harddrive, it
will begin booting... then fail. In order to Boot from
another harddrive or Zip, you will need a Emergancy
floppy with "Startup Disk" control panel to specify
- . Record your serial
numbers at the first install, write them on the inner
manual cover, the install disks and your rolodex.
- Startup Keyboard Commands to change the Startup
Disk or System Components
- NOTE: these command sets do not work with all
- Bypass startup
- Boot from CD (Late model Apples)
- NOTE:(Mac OS8 - Starting a 68040
computers from a CD-ROM using the c key depressed or
- "command-option-shift-delete" does
not work when the SCSI-ID is 5.) OR with all
- Start without Extensions
- Boot from a specific SCSI Drive.(# =
SCSI ID number).....
- NOTE: this command set does not work
with all systems.
- All hard drives and floppies die.
- Knowing this, backing up your files is obviously
Your System can decay and die.
- . Without a healthy
operating system, your computer is a paper weight.
- . After you install a
new System, take a moment, and Stuff (Stuffit Deluxe by
Aladdin Systerms) the System File AND the Finder. This
archive will allow you to easily replace the portions of
the system that most often become damaged and prevent
your hard drive from booting.
- A Stable System is your most valuable computer
- . If you have the
storage space, backing up your System Folder is an
excellent idea. Stuffing it offers another layer of
protection - stuffed archives are checked for damage and
are more damage-resistant. After a new system install,
wait for a week or so, to verify that all applications
and system components are working before creating your
System Folder Archive.
Damage to the invisible Driver
- . All storage devices,
hard drives and cartridges, have an invisible partition
that contains the instructions for finding and using the
information stored on it. This driver can be damaged by
an application or the system mistakenly writing to
- . This means that you
should record name and version number of the formatter
used to format all hard drives and cartridges. If the
hard drive is an Apple hard drive, you can use the
formatter included with all versions of the System
Software. If it is a third party hard drive, the
formatting software that comes with it is as important as
your system CD or floppies. Use it only to create copies
and NEVER loan the original disk.
. When updating your system
software, be sure to check for updates from the company
that makes the formatting software. THIS CAN BE VERY
- Preference File Damage.
- . If you customize the
default settings in a program, it may be worthwhile
backing up your preferences files. These program
fragments can become damaged and require deletion or
- Some Miscellaneous Tips
- . A viable System Folder
is your most valuable possession &endash; cherish it.
After two weeks of working with a stable System Folder,
especially an updated Operating System (7.5 to 7.6 or 7.6
to 8.1) create a backup or stuffed archive of your System
- . The System File, the
Finder, and Preferences Files are the most commonly
damaged system components. Making Stuffed Archives of
these specific System pieces can be a timesaver.