None of the computers I was referring to, in general, are mine. They
either belong to someone else, or misc parts and pieces I assemble into
a working system that I donate. "Parts and pieces" does not mean a hard
drive from here, mobo from there, power supply from who knows where, it
means a complete CPU, keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc.
Then, I install usable software, free versions. For awhile, I was using
Libre Office, but have switched to the free version of Kingsoft Office.
Irfanview, Nitro PDF Reader to avoid Adobe Reader and gain a PDF
printer driver, Ccleaner, MSE for AV software, Malwarebytes, VideoLAN,
Recuva, Defraggler, Ccleaner, and EaseUS Partition Master. I partition
the HD, making the 2nd partition for data only. Also, redirect My
Documents to the data partition.
Sometimes Firefox, sometimes not. If it is XP, I install Folder Size and
the MS Print Directory batch file using the downloadable .msi file.
If the system belongs to someone, I will put their software on, provided
they have legal copies.
As for backups on my Windows machines, real and virtual, none at the
moment. My XP installs, 2 ea, maybe get an hour's use a week at most
combined. The Vista (2 ea) and Win7 Home Premium even less.
I have been wanting to experiment with back up software. To this end,
I have just ordered some small IDE drives which I will put in USB
enclosures to experiment with. Only the Win7 unit has drive storage
greater that 500GB total, and that unit needs a new HD anyway. So, if
it goes belly up, I could care less. <grin>
As for this Mac, OS X has Time Machine, and I have left its scheduling at
the factory defaults, and backups are done automatically. It does the
Mac. For this version of OS X, it does not not allow me to add my 2
external USB drives. I do not know if newer versions will allow that.
I do not like the way Time Machine handles backups, but I have not taken
the time to find something different.
I have never had to restore from a backup, but have used the backup to
retrieve an old file I deleted from the Mac HD. I have had to reinstall
OS X a couple of times, but due to operator error (read stupidity!
LOL), and I chose to reinstall rather than use the Time Machine backup.
In my case, I treat this Mac the way I do my Windows computers, I have
data partitions and no new data is being downloaded and/or saved by me
to the boot partition. Everything goes to the data partition. So,
if/when I do an OS reinstall, I have no data to get off the C:\ drive.
I should ad a caveat here. One of the XP installs, and one of the Vista
installs, are virtual machines installed in my Mac.
Mac OS X 10.6.8