Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

[GEEK] Half a million files. Oy.

Y'know, I remember my first hard drive: a boat anchor that held five meg. At the time, it seemed enormous, but it occurs to me that I knew pretty much all of the files on it.

Well, I just installed our latest backup solution: a Maxtor One Touch hard drive -- not perfect, but better than most home options. In the course of the initial backup, Norton noticed a couple of files sitting in the recycle bin that had virii in them; just to be safe, I cleaned the bin and reran a full system scan.

Sheesh. My C drive, which isn't a third full, has over five hundred thousand files on it. There are entire deep directory trees whose purpose is completely unknown to me. The old-fashioned programmer in me is really rather disturbed by that: I'm the kind of person who likes to understand my systems right down to the assembly level, and the notion that I have only the most tenuous grasp on the contents of my home computer is unsettling...

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