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Ok, I guess it's high time I wrote about my recent catastrophes. I've been too busy fixing shit and pining over it to bother writing down. And if I'd have written about it at the time, it would have just gone something like *cry* *cry* *cry* anyway. Now I'm recovered enough to where I can look back and chuckle about it somewhat.

First, my KVM switch died. Which started a chain of very bad reactions. I couldn't use my keyboard or mouse, so I logged in remotely from my other machine and shut the main one down. Well, actually I ran "shutdown -r now" which is supposed to *reboot* however for some odd reason it didn't it just turned off. Normally that wouldn't be a problem except I've been having bad problems with my motherboard for the past year, it's been getting worse and worse about not wanting to power up if it ever goes off. So I just leave it on all the time and problem solved.

Since I couldn't restart it having no keyboard I had to turn the power off. Usually after about 50-100 tries I can get it to power back on, but this time I tried the entire night (several thousand times) and got nothing... only a few minor movements by the fan but it never started.

So I went to bed thinking... ok, no problem I'll just take all my drives out and transfer them into my other computer and order a new motherboard if I still want to have two. Ok... then came the really bad part, although this is getting long so I'm going to try to continue this in another post. I haven't figured out how to do the whole (continue) thing in livejournal yet so I'll just follow up with a comment.

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spoonless
Jan. 22nd, 2003 06:52 pm (UTC)
continuing the story...
So then in the morning I took my 3 hard drives out one by one and transferred them to my working computer. But when I put the main one in and power it up it just goes "clunk... clunk... clunk.... whiiir" and spins back down. The bios won't detect it so I try it several more times, nothing. Then I examine the drive: apparently as I was pulling it out of the first case (it's in a nice convenient sliding thingy) a solenoid coil on the circuit board had been broken off. It was hanging by two leads (out of 4). This was obviously the problem, so I tried pushing it back to how it was thinking maybe I could temporarily get the leads touching again while I booted up. But then the other 2 leads snapped off too. The whole thing is so tiny, there's no way I could solder it without getting solder all over everything around it. Heck, you can barely see the leads without a magnifying glass.

Then, I found out the backup I thought I did about 6 months ago was really 14 months ago! So I've lost everything for the past 14 months. That was the main drive out of the 3, the other two really didn't have much important on them. So I've gotten the backup restored and now I'm up and running again but with data from a year ago. And tonight I've been bidding on an identical model of my same harddrive (Quantum Fireball) on Ebay, hoping that when I get it I can take the controller board off of the new drive and put it on the old one. A few hours ago it was at $12 but I keep getting outbid by some guy and now it's up to $30 (plus $9 shipping) which is far more than the value of the drive (it's only 15gigs). Data recovery is around a thousand dollars, or maybe $600 if you find some place really cheap so I don't mind paying for the new drive, but the problem is I still don't know if it'll work. I found several accounts on the internet of people saying there's a good chance it will corrupt everything on the drive as you're booting up. But still others say they did it and it worked fine. Who do I believe??? It's crazy. I never realized I'd gotten this dependant on computers.

Anyway, the auction ends at midnight so I need to decide real quick how high I want to go. There's a good chance I won't be able to find the same drive again for a while, if at all.
spoonless
Jan. 22nd, 2003 07:00 pm (UTC)
The thing that's kind of good, though about these types of life disastors is they really put things in perspective. These last few days I've gotten things way more organized than I ever would have before. Moving everything to a new computer was something I should have done a long time ago, and reinstalling the OS caused me to upgrade and clean a lot of stuff up. Not having any of my notes caused me to forget what I was supposed to do this week, and not having people's phone #'s or email caused me to find resourceful ways of contacting people (via friend-of-friend's etc.). There were a few things I was supposed to do like call some colleges that I forgot to do because my todo list was destroyed, and I didn't buy the right stuff at the grocery store yesterday because my shopping list is gone... which caused me to run out of stuff I shouldn't have run out of... but it's gotten me to think, and to be more independant. I'm used to living my life somewhat on autopilot, I don't ever have to remember anything because my computer remembers it for me. So in a way, this experience was very good for me. I think I learned a valuable lesson about backing up too :)
fermina
Feb. 1st, 2003 06:54 pm (UTC)
That blows.

And to cut an entry, the tag is: *lj-cut*, obviously replacing * with < and >.
spoonless
Feb. 1st, 2003 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip! I've been trying to figure that out for a while.
fermina
Feb. 1st, 2003 09:38 pm (UTC)
Re:
Anytime.
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