Save yourself some headaches and backup your machine PC!
What PC component is the most likely to fail? I don't have any statistics to back this up but I am pretty certain that this component is one with moving parts. Keyboard, mouse, CD-ROM.....all of these can be replaced easily. But what about the hard disk drive?
What would happen to your production schedule if the hard disk drive in your machine's PC crashed? Do you have the media required to reinstall whatever version of Windows is on your machine's PC? Every Busellato ships with a copy of Windows but I would guess that less than 1/2 of these copies are kept in a safe place after the machine is installed. If you can put your hands on a copy of Windows that will work for your machine you would also need the machine control software. Do you know where that is?? Normally it is kept with the Windows CD. Finally, if you are lucky enough to have the Windows AND machine control software, do you have a set of custom disks to restore all the tooling and parameters that are specific to your machine as it is used today?
Even with all of these pieces available and up-to-date, it will take (at best) 2 to 3 hours and probably a couple of conversations with a technician to restore.
Why not save yourself some trouble and headaches and create an image or complete backup for the hard disk drive while the machine is running properly. With a backup on hand, it will likely take longer to buy the replacement disk drive than it will to recover the image or backup. These restorations may be as short as 15 minutes with a Windows 98 or Windows NT backup, a little longer for Windows 2000 and up to an hour for Windows XP. That is a much quicker than finding all the disks, buying new equipment, getting it loaded, etc. etc. and the machine should perform just as it did when the backup was made.
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