Monday, October 27, 2008
OK, so a couple of weeks back, remember how my green laptop completely crashed and I had to do a complete restore for the SECOND TIME in like TWO MONTHS?

I had to buy a new 500 GB external hard drive to back everything up from the Dell laptop before I wiped it clean.

Now, guess what. The hard drive is broken. Making a clicking noise and not recognized by the computer.

So. Uh. Now I have to figure out how to rescue the files off of THERE.

I can't trust ANY of my computer equipment to hold on to ANYTHING. And I wish I had the money to pay someone else to do this, since I don't have the FUCKING TIME.

ETA: The clicking noise indicates that the hard drive is messed up; using an enclosure device to recover the files will not work. Which means that if I want the files, I have to pay someone hundreds of dollars to recover them for me. Which I can't do. I have pics like the Galapagos pics on my OTHER external hard drive, but other pics are now just GONE. Like the first lady whose belly pics I did. She'll have to deal with only having the pics I have on Flickr.

How am I supposed to start a business if I can't trust that anything is going to work for me?! I'm so upset today. Blah.
that really sucks :( i'm sorry.

from the perspective of someone who worked in a shop that did recovery on physically-failed harddrives, you just have to assume that your harddrive will fail and anything that's important needs to be in at least two places (HDs, CDs, flash cards, flickr, etc.). this also means that if something important is in places A and B and A fails, one needs to immediately copy it from B to C so that it's still in at least two places...

which, really, is such a pain in the ass. but it's the only way.
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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