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Harddrive Death

weather: mostly cloudy
outside: 21.3°C
mood: nonchalant
Harddrive failure is imminent. Must back up stuff. It might already be too late, but we'll see.

I have all my music and data (installers for various tools and apps, license keys, LJ backups, miscellaneous web work) in one gob, so I just copied everything to a share on userinfoHusband Guy's machine last night while I still could.

For the things that kinda live all over the place, I have:

  • Master password file (password protected file of all my passwords, snail mail addresses for important people, etc.)
  • /etc/hosts (blocked sites)
  • Mozilla bookmarks
  • Mozilla hostperm.1 (blocked cookie, blocked image, etc. sites)
  • Mozilla Mail settings (home e-mail account, bride@shaw.ca)
  • IE Favorites (I haven't touched IE in a long time, but just in case)
  • Semagic registry keys (macros, settings, window and panel docking positions, etc)
  • IM contacts and conversation logs
  • puTTY sessions and settings (registry keys)
  • FTP sites, usernames and passwords
  • Wallpapers that are placed in C:\WinNT as BMPs — *phew* I'd forgotten about these, but I managed to get it booted up and working long enough for me to get them out.
  • Custom edits to XML icon def files for a Trillian 3 Pro skin to support Invisible Mode in AIM.

I don't have soft copies of e-mail addresses and contact info. I won't use address book software, it's too easy for viruses to plow through and spam each and every record. I either remember them or I'd know how to find them.

I have several options now.

  1. Not replace my machine at all. We could just merge the best of the hardware from the Husband's and my machines and share from now on. He's usually on my Brother-In-Law's desktop playing WoW anyway. This would be the cheapest choice.

  2. Spend a few hundred dollars to get a new harddrive and then it would be business as usual.

  3. Get a skookum new laptop and give the monitor to my parents. It's much bigger than their current one.

I'm leaning towards C.

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chenpion
Jun. 30th, 2005 02:10 am (UTC)
o.O
"Harddrive failure is imminent."

How do you know this? Does it scream?
bride
Jun. 30th, 2005 04:17 am (UTC)
Re: o.O
I suppose in a manner of speaking, it does =) The harddrive has been making weird whiny noises off and on. It once spontaneously reboot itself. When it came back up, the display was all shifted and the monitor's frequency setting got popped to a different one that made the screen flicker.

And when I rebooted it again, it said it needed to check the integrity of one of the drives. Only, it froze at 50-some-odd percent and stopped.

Reboot again, only to find that it was having trouble recognizing the harddrive. I had to cold boot several more times before it finally detected it properly and got back to the "check integrity" thing, to which I cancelled the integrity check against recommendations.

That was last night. So, I immediately backed up everything. Today, it froze on me again and it's been having a harder time booting up, it's going to different BIOS screens and blue error screens.
chenpion
Jun. 30th, 2005 04:25 am (UTC)
Aha!
I've been wondering about that.

Friends have told me that too much BitTorrent kills hard disks, but there's never been any explanation as to what sort of warning comes up when your hard disk is about to go belly up.

Interesting!

At least you got warning beforehand =)

Personally, I'd go with getting a new (bigger!) hard disk.
bride
Jun. 30th, 2005 04:35 am (UTC)
Re: Aha!
Hmm... I've never used BitTorrent, but I thought it was just a download client. I can't see how that, in itself, would kill harddrives. I could maybe understand if they meant it in a sarcastic way. If you're downloading a lot, you're doing a lot of disk I/O, so that puts extra wear and tear on the movable parts of your harddrive.

But that's not to say that downloading a lot via any other means won't do the same... =P
mcbloom
Jun. 30th, 2005 02:17 am (UTC)
Definitely C. The hardware gods will respect your monitor sacrifice, and because it is a laptop, and could be dropped at any moment, you will likely back it up more conscientiously.

I picked up an Averatec incidentally from Futureshop a few months ago that slays for 1k.

:)
bride
Jun. 30th, 2005 04:18 am (UTC)
Is that the one Izzy was peering at? =)
mcbloom
Jun. 30th, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC)
Oh no, that's my old portege, which Di inherited when I bought my averatec. Its great on power and quite light.
There's a sister model which has a substantial screen which is equally impressive for comparable money.

:)
bride
Jun. 30th, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC)
4.4 pounds. Wow...

@set me impressed
sophia
Jun. 30th, 2005 02:51 am (UTC)
b or c..sharing is sad

harddrives don't cost a few hundred!

how big are u thinking?
bride
Jun. 30th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
Sharing isn't too bad.

Heh, maybe that's why I'm always coming in under budget... because I always way overestimate the cost of everything =D It's at least CAD$100.00+ though.
kaseido
Jun. 30th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
(A) - ohh no no no... *bad* idea in a 2-geek household, no matter what!

Even if you're not a psychotic settings customizer like me -
bride
Jun. 30th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
Eh? You can have separate user settings in Windows... but, yeah, I would like to have my own physical machine as well. =)
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