June 24th, 2009

Pensive Kevin

Double Redundancy

Imagine my dismay when the hard drive that I'd spent so much time restoring to life earlier this week once again refused to boot. Once again, the data on it was accessible (from another machine, if you plugged it in as a non-boot disk), but it wouldn't boot, and FIXBOOT wouldn't fix the problem.

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Having to keep two extra 250GB drives around to back up a single system drive seems a bit excessive, but given my history with computers, it seems like the prudent thing to do. For all of the annoyance all of these reinstalls and clones have been, I still haven't had a significant loss of user data, although there are a couple of places where I'm sure glad Cheryl had copies of certain files or configuration settings she could send me. I may even go get another 160GB drive -- if they're still on the shelves! -- so that the backup machine is also doubly backed up.