Field wrote:You might want to have him consider buying a second hard drive that connects to his computer but is seperate from it for extra space and the storage critical work data.
That was the only additional thing I could think of off hand, you pretty much nailed all the things I did to my old computer when it started to slow down.
I'd recommend setting up two hard drives in a RAID configuration and have on mirror the other. This is a little easier than nightly backups onto external drives or using an FTP service to backup files off site. If one drive fails, the other is good to go. From there, it may be prudent to actually get an external firewire hard drive and have it backup at least once a week, but the RAID configuration should be sufficient.
Hard drives are getting cheaper too and a lot of times it's easier just to get an addition, huge internal drive that mirrors rather than backup to an external.
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