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Fskity, fsk, fsk

Four words you don't want to see first thing in the morning on your PC

Primary master disk fail

Great- all my Nature Scientists and Sierra Cubs Camp curriculum were on my C drive, along with a lot of my pictures. Luckily I had a lot of pictures on the D drive, so maybe some are salvageable. Thank goodness I hadn't downloaded the last month's worth because I was afraid this might happen, and a lot of the ones on the C drive had been edited and uploaded to my gallery. Unfortunately, I should have updated my beerwomen website weeks ago. Now I won't be able to access putty for awhile.

Now what to do? Use the IBook to handle my needs, buy a new Dell PC through our employee program, or fix the old one?Thankfully I have the option of plenty of people to help.

*eyes IRC channel*

glad I don't have to depend on my brother inlaw to fix it. Last time he didn't get it back to me for months, and even then he didn't think to put any virus protection on it!


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Jan. 13th, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
Why not just replace the hard drive?

Mount the old hard drive onto a desktop as a slave, salvage what you can, and put a new hard drive in the PC?
Jan. 13th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
Turn the machine off and let it cool for awhile.

Pop it open and reseat the cables. (This one sounds like crap, but it works just often enough to be worth trying.)

Then try turning the machine on.

If it comes back up immediately, it may have been the cables. Back everything up anyway in case it wasn't.

If you get the error, cycle power. Repeat that a few times. I've had drives come back to life one last time that let me get data off.

After that, replace the drive.
Jan. 13th, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
Cool, Deci gave a similar suggestion.

BTW- I ran into one of our LAN managers on the elevator up to my office, and told him what happened. He asked me, "Did you call it in?"...Why, of course, to my good friends!".
Jan. 13th, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC)
BTW, if the stuff on that drive is important enough you could send it to a data recovery service. I believe they've gotten more reasonable; I think you'd be looking at a couple hundred bucks.

As for what to replace it with, I'd suggest sticking with the iBook for a while and see how that works. That may be all the computer you need, or you may decide after using it that you want a minimac instead of a PC.

BTW, with the iBook you won't need putty, since it has ssh built-in, as well as cvs. Once I'm mobile and have money to spend I'll be getting more HD space for a machine here (or building another box), and it'd be easy to set it up so you could back stuff up to that.
Jan. 13th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, and what you meant to say was

Fsckity fsck fsck fsck. :P
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