During the time I was fighting with my hard drive issues I decided it was probably time to try and clean off the 60GB drive in my laptop as well. I fired up the Control Panel and got to the Add/Remove Programs and started scanning the list of applications I’ve decided I don’t use frequently enough to have them installed all the time or I’m just so frustrated with they’ve got to go.
The first programs in the latter group were everything from Apple. I uninstalled iTunes, Safari, Quicktime and Apple Software Update applications. That cleared quite a bit of space from my drive as well as the ever persistent regular iTunes updates of 60MB+ files.
The interesting or odd thing that I found when uninstalling iTunes was that it asked me to stop Outlook from running so it could complete the uninstall. Outlook? Really? Does iTunes and Outlook share operating files? Is there some sort of Outlook integration with iTunes that I’m not aware?
Now sometimes I’ll rely on the Windows Add/Remove programs tools to get rid applications I don’t want. But I’ve always found and used Revo Uninstaller as well. I’ve found that it usually does a good job of making sure all files are removed including directories that are now empty. Revo also has a feature of checking the registry entries and removing offending orphaned files as well. I’m wondering if Revo may have accidentally deleted stuff it shouldn’t have.
After one of the restarts needed after deleting a program I tried to check my email. Windows couldn’t find the executable that the shortcut was referring too. NOT A GOOD THING TO SEE!
After a few different attempts to figure out what had happened with Outlook, I decided to do another safe shutdown and restart. That didn’t work so I began investigating some other options. After trying to start a few different programs and random errors occurring, I decided this was pretty serious and should probably just do a System Restore and try again.
I first attempted to grab a System Restore point a little before my last uninstall but it wouldn’t restore. I then chose another one with the same outcome, two more restore points later with no luck and I decided to jump back to my last restore point available from last week. That restore point worked, but it still didn’t fix the errors I was experiencing. In fact, it seems every time I go to start another program I see more and more errors.
What do you do when your backup harddrive fails, then System Restore doesn’t restore your system as expected? This week has been yet another reminder to me that I have not thought through or planned out a back-up strategy that really works for me. What’s your back-up strategy?