It has been almost one month since I began the process of reinstalling or rebuilding my Toshiba M200 from the recovery disk. I've been operating in good shape since the process was completed and now I'm ready to take the final step in the process.
That final step is to make a clone of the M200 using Apricorn's EZ Bus system. Up until this point I have kept the clone of the previous system alive in case something didn't work properly or I forgot something along the way. To keep me from going all the way back during the process, I've made images using Norton Ghost along the way. Again, I use a double redundancy for this kind of backup/disaster recovery process.
There were really only a couple of casualties along the way due to poor planning on my part. Griffin Technologies the maker of iTrip and other iPod accessories stores the data for radio stations under a directory in the Programs directory and not in the My Documents tree. A quick trip to the clone allowed me to copy that data over seamlessly.
The second faux pas, was just my bone headiness. I forgot to record my Skype name (which is in a different pattern than I usually use for such things) and had a devil of a time trying to figure that out. Thanks to Marc Orchant for coming to the rescue. All is well on that front now.
By the way, it does seem a little odd that Skype can't give help a user who forgot his/her user name if you have the rest of your account info. Curious.
So, I'll blast the old clone into bits and create the new one, finally declaring this reinstall a success.