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Happy birthday to me.. oh. ahem. Sorry about that.

We got new upgrades for our computers, as my attempt last weekend resulted in two ram chips getting destroyed by my motherboard. They arrived yesterday, we popped them in, and woohoo, amd athlon speedy goodness. Everything was going beautifully until I booted into windows and went to my D: drive to start restoring from my backups. (D is my secondary hard drive) There was no data there. It showed 7 of 8 gigs used, but there were no items showing. Scratching my head (and feeling a little panicky, since 2 or 3 of those gigs was artwork in progress), we poked and prodded some more. Rebooted, no fix. Tried checking the MS Knowledge Base. Hrm. Something about Fat32 being corrupt. Okay, let's try fixing that! Replace Fat32, and viola.. there are files. 8 thousand little 'Recovered File Fragment' files. We tried converting to NTFS. No dice. We postulated on possible ways to see if the data was recoverable.. changing file extensions to see if it would run, ect ect.

This morning, Roho pointed out that he had made a backup of my art folders back in January, so I went ahead and formatted the drive this morning and started over.

Some data is going to take me a lot of time and effort to replace. My quicken files are gone, my checkbook that I used for budgeting is gone, all of my debt repayment records are gone..

Fortunately my email is on another computer, but I lost my copy of PS5.. all of my old websites that I kept around for nostalgia and html reference..

The good news is, the computer runs like a dream. It's speedy and beautiful. I just don't know what it is about the damned thing that says that every time I try to upgrade it, something has to happen.


Least it's Thursday. Just two more days of work to get through.


(and I would like to note that I am not depressed or angsty. I'm pissed at myself for not utilizing my CDRW and doing real backups of important information. One day I'll learn.)


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Mar. 6th, 2003 07:06 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday! I hope that you have something surprising and fun that makes you ecstatic happen to you today.
Mar. 6th, 2003 07:24 am (UTC)
I can offer a little help - I got a package in the mail yesterday. I'll be happy to scan it for you and email the image. I wish you hadn't formatted the drive, rather had tried Norton Utilities first because it does a good job of putting all the fragments back together into good files again.

Then image is lovely; great job! I wasnt' expecting to get it matted and in the mail - I was expecting a file in the mail. Anyone considering a commission, talk to Kestral here! :)
Mar. 6th, 2003 07:38 am (UTC)
Happy happy birthday!
Mar. 6th, 2003 07:47 am (UTC)
Bappy Hirthday!!! *hug*

And thanks for the hug last night. :)
Mar. 6th, 2003 08:32 am (UTC)
Giving sexy ratties hugs is my specialty. ;)

Thanks guys! *tight hugs*
Mar. 6th, 2003 08:49 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, Kestral. Hope you're doing okay.
Mar. 6th, 2003 01:26 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday. :) I'm sorry about your files. A shame, sometimes we forget to do simple stuff like backing up. Surprisingly, I still have files from 1996. ^^;;

Hey, are you available to do the ten user pic commission right now? Or will you wait until the doctor tells you what's up with your health?
Mar. 6th, 2003 01:30 pm (UTC)
Let me whittle my backlog down a litttttle bit more, then I'd be delighted to. :)
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