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    How much of your hard drives are filled with quilting related information???
    Patterns, pictures, any and all saved information????
    My brother swears that if I don't slow down, I will need to purchase an additional hard drive for just my quilting stuff :oops: :roll:
    Is it sooo wrong to want to have everything I find interesting at my finger tips??? Yes, I do bookmark...but it is just not the same...and then trying to sort through my bookmarks is a chore in itself :roll: Same thing with transferring info to discs....I want it and I want to look at the info NOW :lol: :lol: :lol: not later after sorting through 20 discs for that elusive pattern or picture :x :lol:
    I have asked him to take a closer look....help me delete some unused programs....free up some more space....and help big sis be able to feed her addiction a little longer on this ol' computer :wink: 8) 8)

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    I pdf everything (especially patterns and "how-to's") and save them on my computer. Then I back everything up to an external hard drive, just in case!

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    I have tons saved in my computer, not to mention all that I print off! I go through quite a bit of paper and ink! lol!!!! :lol: :lol:

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    I don't have many quilt related things on my computer. I keep pics of the quilts I have made on photobucket and a external hard drive. My patterns are in binders that I keep on a shelf. I have EQ5 loaded but I don't use it that much. I use graph paper and colored pencils more than EQ5.

    I have a lot of embroidery designs stored on my computer but they don't take up that much space.

    Just get an external hard drive and keep it near your computer and just plug it up when you want see your quilt related things.

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    My brother told me it would be cheaper for me to subscribe to this online service that automatically backs everything up for $50 a year....seems to think it would be cheaper in the long run for me....I think he was being sarcastic :? ....or...maybe not :lol: :lol: :lol:
    I do worry about crashes and losing my stuff....I have all the pictures on discs and important business stuff.... :wink:

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    Amma, I'm right there with you. My husband ( a true computer geek) is looking at adding an additional hard drive because of my quilting programs, pictures, patterns, etc. I, for one, don't think it's a bad thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diana Rainer
    I have tons saved in my computer, not to mention all that I print off! I go through quite a bit of paper and ink! lol!!!! :lol: :lol:
    Hey!!! ya want to go in on some stock with these companies with me??? I have lots printed out too :roll: :oops: :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky
    Amma, I'm right there with you. My husband ( a true computer geek) is looking at adding an additional hard drive because of my quilting programs, pictures, patterns, etc. I, for one, don't think it's a bad thing.
    Thank you!!! I will be showing my brother this thread....He MUST be shown/taught that this is not a mere hobby or luxury....It is a NECESSITY :wink: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: I can only hope that when he remarries it will be to a quilter...I will gain a quilting friend and I will have him already broke in for her on the "ways" of a quilter :wink: 8) 8) 8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Quote Originally Posted by Diana Rainer
    I have tons saved in my computer, not to mention all that I print off! I go through quite a bit of paper and ink! lol!!!! :lol: :lol:
    Hey!!! ya want to go in on some stock with these companies with me??? I have lots printed out too :roll: :oops: :lol: :lol:
    Ought to, shouldn't we? lol!!!!! :D

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    I go through lots of paper and ink too. Have a big pile I need to put in 3 ring binders. My son who is into computers would probably cringe with all the quilting stuff I have saved. Not too computer literate here - guess I should put some on CD. Maybe my daughter will help me when she comes this summer.

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    I bought a 4 gig flash drive for saving my ME downloads It was only $14.00 ans I don't have to worry about losing them.

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    You mean there is a limit on how much quilting stuff I can save?
    Oh my!!!
    I guess I had better have a talk with my son! :wink:

    My biggest thing is pictures! I have too manly pictures of quilts that I want to make!

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    I have stuff saved on my computer, too, and lots of printouts so I can flip through them easily. Unfortunately I haven't got them in binders like I planned, but they are lined up on a shelf with quilt patterns and books.

    My friend says she saves all her embroidery designs and so forth on an external hard drive. When there is a hurricane and we have to evacuate like we have the last couple of years, she just takes that with her. I think she also has pictures saved on the hard drive. My husband uses an online backup since he needs to be sure he doesn't lose anything for business. He is happy with it and talked about adding it for my computer, but so far we haven't done that. :D

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    Download Cute pdf and that will let you save any any webpage as a pdf file. I save all the files at box.net until I get ready to print something out or send to a flash drive. This way it's not clogging up my computer. Also I use Google bookmarks. It sorts my bookmarks and has a description of what is on each. I dont' have to save quilt, fun, or blog bookmarks on my computer. I only save personal bookmarks or sensitive sites like insurance/bank/bills/ on my computer. http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp

    http://www.box.net



    http://www.google.com/bookmarks/

    I save all digital and scanned pictures at photobucket website.

    For everyfile on my computer I have carbonite. If my computer crashes everything that was on it will be downloaded to any computer anytime. If you have a lot of files, it's worth having carbonite protection.

    Oh, with box.net you can share any file or send it by email to anyone. It sure saves me a lot of time attaching a file to email.

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    first of all, unless it's his computer or you asked for his opinion, tell dear brother to mind his own business.

    second, your computer will let you know when you have too much.

    third, backing up to CDs or DVDs is a pain. backup to external hard drive - as suggested by some of the others - is the way to go. it's in two places. it'll load faster from your internal drive so it's convenient. should anything go wrong with either drive, you have the second copy to restore the duplication.

    fourth, there is no such thing as too much unless you have a bazillion copies of the same things cluttering up and causing you confusion.

    fifth ... and this is just my preference ... i only print what i need when i want to use it. when i'm done with the paper, i shred and recycle. i am a total slob and already have waaaaaaaay too much clutter without adding notebooks to the load. in fact, as i look around, i see i've lost my whole kitchen and dining area again. and the bulldozer is in the shop. :roll: :shock: :lol:

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    I wish I knew how to save all this stuff to my hard drive. I bookmark as you all say, but also mentioned, it takes forever to find what you are looking for, so I have binders of pictures I want to save. I have tried transfering them to CD's but they don't show up, I have tried to put them in microsoft program but can't figure out how to do it. So ink printer and ink and ink and ink for me. But I would love to find a way to put them on the hard drive. I have plenty on both of my computers, so no fear there. And if they crashed, well I could back them up if I got them on hard drive. I am not a computer geek, lucky to find the on button, and its easy to book mark from our service. So everything is there and we never lose it because it is with our service. So if anyone could tell me, I sure would appreciate it. Thanks

    Rita

    And thanks for listening to me pratter on. :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    I bought a 4 gig flash drive for saving my ME downloads It was only $14.00 ans I don't have to worry about losing them.
    Thanks, what an awesome idea!! I just went to amazon.com and purchased an 8 GB Sandisk for only $25.40!! That should take care of me for the rest of forever!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    first of all, unless it's his computer or you asked for his opinion, tell dear brother to mind his own business.

    second, your computer will let you know when you have too much.

    third, backing up to CDs or DVDs is a pain. backup to external hard drive - as suggested by some of the others - is the way to go. it's in two places. it'll load faster from your internal drive so it's convenient. should anything go wrong with either drive, you have the second copy to restore the duplication.

    fourth, there is no such thing as too much unless you have a bazillion copies of the same things cluttering up and causing you confusion.

    fifth ... and this is just my preference ... i only print what i need when i want to use it. when i'm done with the paper, i shred and recycle. i am a total slob and already have waaaaaaaay too much clutter without adding notebooks to the load. in fact, as i look around, i see i've lost my whole kitchen and dining area again. and the bulldozer is in the shop. :roll: :shock: :lol:
    Dear brother is my resident computer helper!!! :D His advice is totally solicited!!! He periodically helps me with keeping it up and running smoothly!! 8) My computer started running slower and it's his opinion much to my dismay that I am using to much ram/memory something or other (all i hear is gobbly words when he starts talking computer lingo) so I know that I need to do something different.

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    I go into performance and maintenance
    and under there it says free up hard disk space and I use that, this is all that I know how to do for it.



    Patricia, how does it let you know?

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    I am so glad that there are others here with the same questions and the same thirst for anything quilting....and then I too am a ME junkie....maybe a separate storage device just for them....no way can I ever embroider them all out....but you just never know when one of them is going to be "the" perfect design!!!
    I guess I will have to go shopping for an external hard drive or look harder into the online services. I'm leaning more towards online, incase of fire or theft, I can have a copy that is safe in cyberspace....or maybe both....I am thinking better safe than sorry :roll: :wink: :lol:
    I started out only printing out "THE ONE"S" and now that pile is so big that I will never get around to doing all of them either!!! :roll: :lol:
    Am I just hopeless???Naw... I say, that as long as my mind keeps twirling around patterns, the math, planning, plotting....I am doing my best to keep my mind exercised and staving off dementia...just what the experts are recommending :wink: 8) 8) 8)

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    Loretta keeping my hard drive clean like that would be the same as trying to keep my kitchen floor clean with 50 kids tracking in and out all day, LMBO I swept things up several times a day and only mopped once in the evening....my computer gets a good cleanup a few times a year....I guess I am just not a real tidy person!!! :roll: :lol:

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    I'm with you, Amma, I just can't stick to a system that well. I like your theory about keeping our brains working! :D I am actually the most knowledgeable about computers in my house, but there is a lot to know. It helps to have someone to rely on when the computer decides to get really slow. :roll: I'm thinking in terms of the external hard drive, too. :D :D

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    My brother retired, 20 years Navy, computer specialist....should have mentioned that before as I am very proud of him!!! :D 8) :mrgreen: :D

    Sooo you can see why I lean on him heavily with my computer woes... :lol: :lol: :lol:

    But maybe when he gets here in a couple of weeks I should video the look on his face when he sits down and turns on my computer.
    First off the look of sheer horror and disbelief at the amount of "clutter" (his words not mine) on my desktop. Hey!!! It's all good stuff!!! :roll: :roll: :roll:

    Then he starts peeking at the stuff that is still totally foreign to me...ram/memory/gigamathings and such :oops: :oops:

    Next are my folders and by now I am ROTFLMBO at the look on his face, total shock that I can jumble everything to this extent in such a short time...short time??? It took me 3-4 months to do this!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Now I am offering to cook or go for take out....WHATEVER he wants while he sits there and performs his magic using all of the skills taught to him in the 20 years he was in the military..........anything to get out of his space and not have to face him...as I am still going to be on the floor laughing like a hyena if I stay in the room :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    And yet, he keeps coming back each time to bail me out. What a great guy, my brother 8) 8) 8)

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    I bought an external hard drive with my last computer, we almost lost everything at one time and decided it was worth the investment, I would have hated losing all the pictures I take.
    And when we got the new computer, everything is still there without having to transfer. Get the hard drive anyway, you will be glad you did.

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    My husband says if I live to be 300 and made a different block every single day until I die, I would still have blocks on the computer and also printed out.LOL

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