Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Wielding a sledgehammer

In the end I had to go for the sledgehammer approach: re-install Windows as opposed to repairing it.

The advantage of that approach would be the recreation of a ‘clean’ hard drive and a system registry unaffected by the countless installations and un-installations of software spanning several years. The disadvantage, of course, would be the loss of data and the need to reinstall all the software I use. Like every other IT person I know, I’ve never been good at backing up my data, so I had to try my best to back it up before wiping my hard drive clean.

I went out and bought a whole lot of blank DVDs and got started with sifting out the dross (lots of porn!) and backing up the important stuff.

Well, that was the idea but my noble attempts were thwarted by my DVD-writer persistently refusing to complete the writing process to disk. The same happened if I tried to write to CD. I started contemplating the awful fate of losing everything, including treasured pics (not porn!), documents, music and more. Knowing that I have a CD that contains the really vital stuff (my various CVs, novel ideas, recipe book, lots of pics, etc), I knew that going down that route would not be a total disaster, just a really major one.

I’m glad the decision to go for broke happened really late on Tuesday night when I was ready to drop with tiredness as it stopped me from doing it there and then. The few hours of sleep that followed, followed by a few hours of work (yeah, right!) gave me time in which I could contemplate my decision with a bit more clarity.

Get an external hard drive!

And so I did.

Today I have a ‘clean’ hard drive with an innocent (is that the opposite of not corrupt?) operating system with most of my important programs reinstalled. I also have an external hard drive with almost all of the crap I’ve been accumulating for several years.

Anyone want to trade some porn?


Blogger Caroline said...

Glad you are back and full of new thunder and with all your old thunder saved too.

12:54 pm  
Blogger whatalotoffun said...

Glad you up and running again and glad you did not loose all the OLD goodies and your porn. We got a external hard drive too we get movies and shit on it every week and store all my goodies on there to so if anything have to happen to my harddrive at least all my treaserable things are safe I will cry my eyes out if I have to loose anything of it

1:17 pm  
Anonymous xmichra said...

At least you are back! I am terrible for not backing things up. I should really get an external hard drive. hmm.. mothers day is near... hehe.

1:38 pm  
Blogger Alan said...

Thought that you never looked at porn ? Yiu sly old dog !

1:44 pm  
Blogger rhino75 said...

And what a great excuse for that Thor cover :)) Good to have you back.

2:20 pm  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

It's good to know that I have been missed even if it wasn't for that long.

I wish it had been Thor and his hammer that sorted me out rather than me and my wits. :-)

3:00 pm  
Anonymous patita said...

Didn't know you went for the muscly blondes! More of a Submariner girl myself :)

4:15 pm  
Blogger Phidoux said...

Glad that you're back!

10:32 pm  
Blogger Rob7534 said...

Abso-frikken-loutly! I want all the porn pics you got of "Bear-ish" men please!

9:22 am  
Blogger Terri said...

Ah, my favourite thing: a clean, newly-installed system. You know, of course, that between bits & bobs of downloaded stuff, spyware, adware and all of that it's going to be all messed up in no time again.
But for now, enjoy :)

1:07 pm  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

Patita: I don’t really go for them – far prefer slimmer sorts, whether blonde or not. What do you mean by a Submariner girl?

Phidoux: glad you’re glad that I’m back.

Rob: um, I don’t think I have any of those!

Terri: yes, I know, paradise never retains its innocence for long.

2:12 pm  
Blogger Alan said...

Sub-Mariner is a very old Marvel cartoon charater. Dark hair Greek/Italian olive skin And spock pointy ears. Swam well. Could hold his breath for a long time and that may have had a bearing on why she liked him !!!

2:22 pm  
Anonymous patita said...

He had little wings on his ankles too! :)

Lots of lovely pictures here:

5:28 pm  
Blogger ChittyChittyBangBang! said...

A clean hard drive is just an invitation to get all the clutter back... :).
It must feel good though, especially after what you have been through in the past few days.

8:43 am  
Blogger angel said...

oooh, i am SO guilty of not backing up enough... when my bosses bought me a new hard drive it was a mad rush to get everything i wanted to keep off my existing one!

1:38 pm  
Blogger Ancient Clown said...

Actually I've been 'walkabout' so haven't had much time to do more than quickly post, o.k. the comments and sign out. I was going to recommend a 'data stick' (traveller), you can get ones that hold over 1 gig of info. But I see you've solved things...I'm not in the need of any porn at the moment though...thanks anyway.
your hubmle servant,
Ancient Clown

10:40 pm  

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