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August 22, 2002

Dude, you're getting a dud!

When I woke up this morning I had a feeling today was going to be another crummy one. My cold was gone but I was still running a low fever and was feeling a little nauseous.

I headed straight to the kitchen to make some espresso but on the way I heard a clicking sound coming from my office that every geek is familiar with but dreads. From it I knew right away that a hard drive in one of my computers, servers, or worst of all TiVos was dead or dying so I had to put my coffee on hold and go investigate.

The sound was coming from one of my Dell laptops (the laptop I use most often) and it had that horrid blue screen that says, "Error writing to drive C:"

From experience I immediately knew the hard drive was dead but I had to be sure. I quickly forced it to shut down, waited a few minutes, and then booted it up. The drive now sounded like it was tin can full of bolts and it was being shaken vigorously. As expected, I was presented with that damn, "Operating System not found" error message.

Hard drive failures are part of life and are to be expected so I'm not terribly upset by it. Especially since I have all the data from it thanks to my backup plan. On the other hand, if I didn't have everything backup-ed I'm sure I would have broke down crying.

Instead I was thankful I have set the computers to create images of all my drives every evening (each of the last 7 days are stored) and for added measure I also mirror my drives with an incremental backup to one of my servers, which in-turn is mirrored to an external Maxtor 3000LE Drive every evening as well.

Since this is my third hardware failure with this particular laptop since May, and because it is only a PIII 700/500MHZ I'm tempted to replace it with something newer, especially since chip prices are dropping and there are some deals to be had. I am also only able to locate the Win98SE drivers for it. Win98SE had it's day but now it's an operating system that should be avoided.

I'm sure if I was using FreeBSD or even WindowsXP Pro the HD failure never would have happened so soon. I've actually been concerned for it for awhile, as it very frequently wrote to the drive to support it's cache and didn't use the drive that efficiently.

Oh well. I better get going since I have some decisions to make. Should I buy a drive for $331 or max out a credit card? wink.gif

Posted in Product Reviews & Purchases by usrbingeek at 2002-08-22 12:48 ET (GMT-5) | 1 Comments | Permalink


How about a Mike's Hard Lemonade?

Posted by: Trish at August 23, 2002 03:36 PM

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