Hard drives and me…

I hate computers.  I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned that recently.  I really hate computers.  Yeah, it’s my job/career/way-of-bringing-home-the-bacon, but I got to a point a few years ago where they just piss me off.

This might have started around the same time I lost my data drive a few years ago.  With that one crashed hard drive I lost over seven years of data.  Pictures, movies, music, games, saved game files, resumes, other important documents, etc.  It was bad.  And of course being a typical IT person, I never backed anything up because I’m too cheap to buy an overpriced tape solution that I would rarely use.  So I went to my close friends that I regularly shared data with.

This is the point where I knew that not only did my computer hate me first, but all computers as a whole hated me.  Or maybe they just hate people.

I called my best friend and told him what I lost.  I told him I wanted to bring my rig over to copy all his stuff.  He informed me that his main data drive had also just crashed.  What?  You gotta be kidding me.  So what about our other friend?  Does he have any of our stuff?  His PC crashed too.  He had ripped his entire CD collection only a few months ago and he lost it all.  It was substantial.  To someone outside the industry, this would seem like incredibly bad luck.

Luck, my ass.  This was planned.  They were organized.  This was treason….

So I bought a new drive and scavenged what I could.  I spent months trying to sort through what I had leeched from other friends.  I am extremely obsessive when it comes to files and their being correctly named, sorted, filed and tagged as applicable.  I will spend hours at a time for weeks searching for duplicates or out-of-date data.  It’s a sickness.  I know.  But this time, I learned my lesson.  I bought a nice 500GB external drive to store everything so I wouldn’t have to rely solely on my PC.

But then I got lazy.  I started using the external drive as just another drive instead of a backup of existing data on my internal drives.  I moved all my big collections to this giant drive.  The space was bountiful and I looked upon my works and they were good.

Last night I decided to burn a 15+GB  collection to DVD.  It failed.  WTF?  OK I tried it again.  It failed.  OK so maybe it’s too much data to stream off an external drive.  It shouldn’t be with USB2.0, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt.  So I decided to copy the files to an internal drive to speed things up.  That’s when I found out why the DVD burns were failing.  I couldn’t even copy files off the hard drive.

I got angry.  I launched FileMon and saw errors in Symantec AV.  I fixed them, thinking that was the problem.  Nope.  No idea what is going on.  I can copy one 100MB file from external to internal and it takes 2 seconds just like it should.  I try copying a 30MB file the same way and it stalls and tells me it will take 30 minutes.  Obviously something is either wrong with my PC or my drive.  I upgrade my RAM to 2GB (since I was going to do it anyway) and same thing happens.  I move the external drive over to Muse‘s PC and again the same thing.  Fuck.  It’s the hard drive.  Again.

Of course now I get really angry.  Irrationally so, but it just pisses me off on so many levels.  I have 117GB of data I need to try and rescue from that drive and I have no idea if it will even be possible.  I’m taking another external from my desk at work to try and get everything copied off.  Worst case, I may try swapping the drive from my external into the case of the external from work.  Maybe it’s just the cable or electronics inside the case.  Pretty unlikely though.  It’s probably the drive.  Because computers hate me.

2 Responses to “Hard drives and me…”

  1. rev_matt_y says:

    Drive death is a monstrous pain. In theory I do regular rotating backups, and have an offsite backup of the main fileserver (though it’s generally about 2-3 months out of date). In practice I don’t remember the last time I did a FULL backup, rather than just copying the things that I am fairly sure I’ve changed recently. Photos are safe because I mirror the iPhoto library between 4 computers and burn it to DVD quarterly.

    I really do plan on being more organized about backups. Really. This time I mean it.

  2. yoshi says:

    I’m pretty sure I remember when you lost your hard drive. Of course I remember the many times I’ve lost mine. you’re not alone, and you know it. hehe.

    So now I back up all essential files onto DVD and leave it at that.

    I’ve got some imagine software, so now, instead of having to keep things on DVD, i’m ghosting my drive and doing that.

    That way if i lose something I just ghost my last known good news.

    Of course, I haven’t actually gotten around to doing it yet. I should do that soon. If you crash, then I’ll crash soon too probaly.

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