Everybody's dead Dave
My computer's hard drive is no more. It is a dead hard drive. It ceases to function.
It died last Friday night and it refuses to let me get my files off it.
Since I am not willing (or indeed able) to pay £700+ for a professional data recovery of the drive this is a summary of the situation:
Not too bad:
- Operating System annihilated. Well I needed to re-install anyway and I just love re-installing Windows (or at least it seems that way).
- All website works-in-progress wiped. Fortunately given the nature of web work, most of it was backed up on the Dreamhost web server ?
- Entire mp3 collection wiped. I have a year-old backup of this so could be worse. It's given me a good reason to re-encode my CDs in .ogg format instead though.
- Games directory annihilated. Most can be re-installed no problem, but lost the FF7 saves that I made to help research for ffseven.com.
- Applications installs / hardware drivers / Windows updates etc. lost (and backups a bit too old to be of use). It's amazing just how much I need to install to have a computer that I can actually use:
- Serial numbers for certain programs (eg. UltraEdit, mIRC) lost.
- Some nostalgic stuff (eg. old DOS programs that I wrote in Pascal 6 years ago, photos, screenshots of early versions of Voidwars) lost.
- Local e-mail archive lost. This archive contained all e-mails received over the past 2 years. No backup.
- Everything I'm having to re-download I'm having to do over a 56k modem.
So if you're wondering why I haven't done the export of the Galactic Report from the Voidwars dev game yet, now you know why.