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So, one week ago today, I brought my car in because it was declaring in an ever-deeper voice that it had exhaust problems. Needed new muffler and tailpipe - no real surprise there *sigh*. Also wanted odd rattle on front right checked out. Broken spring in strut - ouch. Wallet pain, lost day of futzing around waiting for car to get fixed.

Today, got up, turned on computer, couldn't see my data drive. Not my C:/ boot drive - the other one, with all my info and videos and music and years of data on it. Yeah, that one. Booting to Linux CD didn't see it, BIOS didn't see it. SATA-to-USB convertor attempt to bypass device issues didn't see it. Fried. I WAS GOING TO BACK UP THIS WEEKEND. *cry* Latest backup from beginning of December. *cry* *cry* I had a whole bunch of new Tom Smith recordings and new ebooks and stuff too, as yet unbacked up. *weep*

Currently installing new drive and swearing not to let backups go so long any more. I've named the new drive "memo" as in "Take a memo to DO YOUR FRELLING BACKUPS ON TIME YOU MORON". *sigh*

Take a lesson from my woes and refresh your backups if you haven't recently.

I really really hope next Saturday doesn't bring any badness with it or I'm going to develop a complex.

And then there was Wednesday. O, how could I have forgotten thee, Wednesday past? The backed-up water in the basement, the sewage pushing to get in, held out by the precarious thin flap of our check value, the sewer guys drilling out the pipes and dripping onto the floor. The need to scrub out sewage-infested mud. No, Wednesday, I won't soon forget you.

Nor shall I forgot your late-following sister, Thursday, with the delightful surprise of the dog's having had diarrhea on the living room carpet. What fine scamps you two days were!

.... I think I'd better go lie down now.

No matter what, the coming week has got to be better, doesn't it?


edit 2: I emailed Tom Smith to ask about re-buying the music I lost at a discount, and he sent me the download links again for free! Quick - everyone go buy lots of his stuff and tell him how great he is! What a mensch! Yay!

Date: 2011-04-16 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, I hope it improves :o( I hope you didn't discover the dog's problem while walking barepawed in the dark...

My hard drive ( deep sixed this year as well. I couldn't save it, yet I haven't thrown it away. I put the bugger in three different computers and actually got one to read it it was there in the bios, but nothing available to me could coax it open.

All my Amazon music bought last year... *poof* And all I've backed up since ghosting a new drive is my tax data. I'd better get on the ball here as well!

Date: 2011-04-16 09:38 pm (UTC)
ext_74: Baron Samadai in cat form (Default)
From: [identity profile]
and this is why incremental daily backups with weekly mirroring to off-site is essential.... and possible to set up automatically under linux so you can quietly forget about it [aside from checking that it's still working occasionally.]

Date: 2011-04-17 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I so very desperately need to set this up. Maybe I could build my own data center. I hear Facebook has released their specifications! ... just need to ask Motorola to make some motherboards..

Date: 2011-04-17 08:12 pm (UTC)
ext_74: Baron Samadai in cat form (Default)
From: [identity profile]
Umm... I suspect that renting storage space would work out cheaper... and take care of aspects like mirroring and off-site back-ups to your back-ups. Heck, if you're talking personal usage, google docs works out well and that's free.

No point using an orbital cannon as a fly swatter.

Date: 2011-04-17 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sigh. I need to learn how to write humor on the Internet better!

Date: 2011-04-17 08:18 pm (UTC)
ext_74: Baron Samadai in cat form (Default)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah... the problem with that kind of humour is, it's only funny until you encounter someone who wasn't joking...

Let's put it this way, when your boss asks you to spec out building a data centre to back up the company emails, don't assume he's joking.


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