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Bad Month for Hard Drives

(Fri Sep 10 17:09:12 2010)

Remember how I worked on a few hard drives recently? I guess it's that kind of month

Monday, I tried to turn on my work laptop, and... no boot drive found. After a day of trying to get it to work, I ended up (re)installing KUbuntu on a PC I had laying around (yes, I collect computers like felt collects lint; they come in handy!), and got to use my recently exercised knowledge to quickly and efficiently back up the data on the drive. By which I mean I waited for two days while ddrescue slowly chewed through holes and errors, of course. Luckily, I was able to recover all but 1.71 MB of the 80 GB drive; I might have been able to do more, but decided it wasn't worth the time.

At that point, my hard drive was toast, so my laptop was out of commission. With a bit of wrangling and careful word choice, I managed to net an external hard drive and put KUbuntu on that - which is what I'm now using on my desktop. Sweet! :-D

So, as far as getting things done, this week was a complete wash. I've helped some coworkers, and I've managed to read through a little code, but other than that... nothing. On the other hand, I've got Linux on my work laptop - major win. It might not stay, especially when IT tries to push an update to it (that'll be a bit awkward), but it's good for now. When the time comes, I'll deal with it; until then, I am more than happy with what I've got. And the fact that I can remote desktop into my virtual machine that I'm doing work on anyway is just icing on the cake! :-D

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