Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Oh the horror...

The hard drive on my computer died on Monday.  The computer had been acting wonky for a couple of days before, and I knew I needed to investigate, and even realising I need to back EVERYTHING up.  However, I had a wedding to attend on Sunday, and didn't have time to work on it.

After the long drive to and from the wedding I had completely forgotten about the problem.  While I was trying to check my email on Monday, it decides to die on me, or more to the point, run check disk, and then not work.  I was unaware at the time that the hard drive was indeed dead, so I tried a system restore, when that didn't work I gave up for the day, stressed out, and headed to a bar to watch the Texas Rangers play, intending to work on the problem when I get home.

After I get home, I try customer support, but it's late, so I have to wait until the morning to call.  When I do reach "customer support", I tell him whats going on.  He tells me that it's not a software issue but a hardware issue, and that my computer is no longer under warranty.  Hhhhmmm... I'm beginning to wonder if the extended warranty would have been a good thing?  Oh well... I ask him if it's the hard drive and he said yes. He wants to transfer me to sales, but I say no thank you.

At this point I realise that all my files are toast.  I knew they would be after I attempted a system restore, but the sheer amount of stuff I lost didn't hit me until after I got off the phone.

Well, after that I look at the pile of computers and decide to piece together a machine so I can at least check my email, etc.  Well, eventually I get one to work, and I have some computer capability.  Not what I had before, and this "Frankenstein Machine" is slooooooow, but it works, and is better than nothing.  Do what you can, with what you have, until you get something better.  Otherwise you get nothing done.  This is one of my personal credos.

Yes, I should have been more diligent in backing stuff up, and I should have dealt with the problem as soon as possible, but my hard drive was probably doomed anyway.  I've never had a hard drive die before.  It's really annoying, and I'm trying to not let it get me down.  This is going to eat into my game book buying fund, which isn't that big to begin with.  UGH.


  1. Been there! Not all that long ago.

  2. Serious condolences. I've had a few die under me. They have an expected lifespan of something like seven years, and that's been the case since the early '90s, near as I can tell.

  3. I've been doing some research using the library computers, and I think my hard drive may not be dead. I now have some things I can try, and hopefully one of them will work.