Computer Update

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Well, Mike asked for an update on my computer, Herbie, so here it goes. This may get technical, and for that I am sorry.

The other day, I misspoke and said that Herbie is dead. I guess that is a little untrue. Let’s just say he has a bad case of amnesia. Basically, one of his hard drives is severely messed up, and is making a clicking noise. I have tried mounting the hard drive in another computer, booting up with Windows XP floppies, and burning incense. None have worked.

Last night, on advice from Mike, I attempted to boot the computer using Linux (Knoppix in particular). Basically all I had to do was put the CD (downloaded for free from the Internet) in the drive, make sure my computer’s bios was set to boot from the CD drive, and Knoppix would load Linux directly from CD without worrying about my hard drives. The hope was that Linux would be able to “see” my hard drives and I would be able to copy the data to a USB drive or anything else.

Was I successful? Kinda. Knoppix did indeed boot up and I was able to play around in there. I have to saw it was pretty cool, though it is slow. That is understandable, though, since it has to run directly from CD. I was able to see one of my hard drives, which is also nice, since I think I have a little bit of data on there that is worth saving. Unfortunately, I was unable to see my main hard drive, the one that contains all of my pictures. I will still tinker with this, but at this point it doesn’t look good. In the meantime, I have a query out to a data recovery service to see how much that would cost. In the future, I will make sure to backup my backup’s backups.

On a separate note, all of these computer issues are happening at the same time I am upgrading a server at work from SQL Server 2000 to 2005, which although not too bad, is still not without its own hiccups. Basically, I feel like computers hate me right now. Except for Herbie 2, who really, really loves me.

Update

Our saga continues. After some research and consultation with co-workers, I am going to put my hard drive in the freezer.  Yep, you heard me correctly.  I guess it is a documented “hack” that you can put a hard drive in a freezer to temporarily revive it.  So, I will put it in the freezer, boot with Knoppix, and hope for the best. We will see.