I'd shrug and go buy a mac, not the most efficient method, but it'd keep me happy/sane
It has happened to me before, more than once actually, first time was just data loss, so i re-installed windows downloaded an IRC client and i was happy for 5 minutes.
Second time the drive managed to corrupt beyond repair, so I managed to swap it (30gb) for a new 40gb drive
I would laugh, take out the 100+ CDrs that I have containing everything I have, mainly my music and photographs, all that matters, and if those were to dissapear, I would laugh still, and open my fire resistant safe ( no kidding ) and take out the 2nd backup CDr set I have there, and a small HDD with windows on it, a backup in case primary fails.
Originally posted by Nick M I would laugh, take out the 100+ CDrs that I have containing everything I have, mainly my music and photographs, all that matters, and if those were to dissapear, I would laugh still, and open my fire resistant safe ( no kidding ) and take out the 2nd backup CDr set I have there, and a small HDD with windows on it, a backup in case primary fails.
I've been lucky so far. I've had failures like this twice before: once in 1995 with a FAT drive on Windows 95 and the other just recently on my NTFS backup hard drive. With the FAT drive, I lost maybe about 10% of what I could have lost. All I had to do then was pop in my boot disk and manually copy stuff. I had to know the actual paths in DOS, because a "dir" command would lead to a lock-up when it would list the amount of "free space" on the drive. After enough grappling, this is when I picked up my philosophy on a second hard drive for all of your data that can't be replaced...
...but then it was my second hard drive that crashed less than a month ago! But this time it was even simpler than the last time, and I didn't lose anything. I just bought a recovery program, and transferred all my data onto my system drive. Then, once I installed my new drive, I transferred it all back. This time, I learned never to accept a refurbished drive (lasted a little over a year, although I did get it for free).
lucky you Zedric.. the last time i format my drive(just the main partition and reinstall XP) my sister insisted on helping me with it. So i let her do so. I was watching her doing it and just in the installation blue screen (where we select a partition to install the OS) she wrongly selected my backup partition and luckily i was fast enough to prevent her from pressing the button for quick format using NTFS file system.
Phew...That was close and that was the first and the last time i let my sister touch those important stuff and that's include BIOS where i set a administrator password for it.
well I really need to make another backup, maybe I should do that today....humm. But I do have a S.M.A.R.T. drive monitor. Not sure how well that really works. It is built into my bios. But yea, I would ticked if it died right now........I think I will go and make that backup.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS