Technical Difficulties

I have no idea what star I was born under, but seems like it must have been hit by a meteor in the last 24 hours.  It’s been that unlucky.

Yesterday afternoon about 2 p.m., the hard drive in my laptop inexplicably died.  No funny noises, no warning signs, no blue screens of death… one minute it was working fine, and the next, it insisted that it didn’t have a hard drive at all.  At 4:30 (after getting back from getting Gamma’s drivers license) I called Dell — purveyors of the most awesome, idiot-proof warranty in the business — and they agreed to ship me a new HDD asap.  It arrived sometime before 10:30 this morning, as it was on my front porch when I returned from running errands.

I’ve been in the process of rebuilding it for the last four hours.  I’ve located most of my software CD’s, though I may have to re-purchase a few things that I’d bought via download.  I might have some of it on the backup drive, but unfortunately, one of the CD’s I can’t locate contains the software to run my backup/restore system.

I’ve lost a good bit of work, and a whole lot of personal stuff (pictures, family tree back to the 1600’s, etc.), but I’ll survive.  I can reconstruct most of it.  If nothing else, I’ve cleaned a lot of extraneous junk off my system.

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If that wasn’t enough, yesterday’s post came up blank, except for the title.  No idea what was going on there, but I’ve reconstructed it as best I can remember.  It was probably because I wrote it from HWTFM’s old lappy, which has considerable problems of its own.

4 Responses to “Technical Difficulties”

  1. on 16 Jul 2008 at 3:49 pm Joel

    You should buy an external hard drive (they’re pretty cheap) and back up to it weekly.

  2. on 16 Jul 2008 at 3:53 pm deichmans

    Agree w Joel – less than $1/GB. I have a 150GB external w “StorageSync” backup software to do periodic “incremental backups” of my Vista \Users\ folder (instead of “full backups” each time, “incremental” only copies changed files since last backup).

    On your downloaded software: check your “Account” at the online vendor. Many will have a record of your downloads, and a link to re-download software you’ve purchased (since you’re not the only one to lose an HDD :-).

  3. on 16 Jul 2008 at 4:41 pm Netmom

    I have an external HDD, and have backed up to it regularly in the past. Unfortunately, I used it to back up Hubby’s machine a couple of months ago (when he had to replace his HDD), but we haven’t been able to find the CD with the backup software to restore his.

    Not wanting to overwrite the backup of his machine, I haven’t backed mine up since. Maybe I still have a backup there, but since I can’t find the CD, I can’t restore from it at this point.

    Now, I too am in need of the CD to install the restore software. It’s called “retrospect express HD,” in case anyone is willing to loan me a copy!

  4. on 22 Jul 2008 at 6:15 pm Eddie

    My daughter had a nice experience with Dell when one of her cats knocked off her new laptop from a cabinet and it broke the cover away from the hinges connecting it to the main part of the computer. Repair was extremely fast and the Indian or Asian background Dell tech folks were very nice and helpful.
    I surely hope she doesn’t experience a hard drive failure like you had though. That is SO much of a headache. Hope you’ve got things back to normal now.

    Wish I could help you on the restore software, but I can’t.

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