Finally, now that I have a 2 TiB external hard disk drive, I can start making regular, complete backups of my dear laptop. With rsnapshot fully setup after experimenting for a while using Bluecore’s own internal hard disk as target, a full copy of all major filesystems, and a partial copy of my
/home — filtering useless crap for now, to avoid including caches and such — as of this writing the system is being backed up. Considering that it resides within a 250 GiB hard disk, of which 28 GiB are allocated for the preinstalled copy of Windows Vista, this couldn’t have been a better investment.
The next logical step is backing up Greycore and Blackcore’s hard disk contents, in particular the latter since its hard disk is already dying, and many blocks near the end of the drive are unusable.
After finishing Bluecore’s backup, I intend to send it to technical support if possible, to solve the issues with the noisy fan, partially stuck touchpad buttons, excess of dirt and lint inside the case and beneath the keyboard, loose screen panel articulation, … so yeah. And I also need a new, better battery (although the current one got better!). I’d probably consider just replacing the whole damn thing, if it weren’t that I already feel comfortable using it, and that we recently invested money on a laptop for my father — which happens to be completely useless, but whatever.
Besides, I didn’t buy an extra 2 GiB RAM module to throw it away with the laptop.
(Granted, I could just use Bluecore as a backup laptop by itself, but really, it’s hard to get rid of it since I’ve had better experiences with it than Greycore, despite all the problems derived from using AMD/ATI hardware.)
I’m also considering relocating and resizing partitions since my current configuration isn’t really optimal anymore, now that I have an use for those 250 GiB.