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Mon, May. 29th, 2006, 10:20 am
That was interesting

So, I accidentally start World of Warcraft twice - just the launcher, not the full on game itself. Graphics card says "OMFG! NO!". The hard disk, on the same power supply cable says "Oh, you're having a problem? better tell the power management system". The power management system says "Eh... lets.. switch you both off". Graphics card says "Phew! Thanks power management!" Hard disk says "BZZT! GURK!".

Turns out, what "BZZT! GURK!" means is "Actually, I was in the middle of doing something - some automated disk maintenance of a defrag nature you *jerk*". Needless to say, the hard disk is in need of several hours of therapy and while it may walk again it is likely to suffer 100% amnesia. It therefore also goes without saying that at least forty gigs of what was on the drive was not backed up. Fingers crossed one of these tools I'm looking at can actually get the damned stuff back.

Mon, May. 29th, 2006 09:33 am (UTC)

Why does this only seem to happen to you?

Mon, May. 29th, 2006 09:35 am (UTC)

I honestly have no frigging idea. I bought a new chair yesterday, it is a good chair, I like it, it is comfortable. Maybe I was too happy about the chair and Universe decided to put me back in my place.

Still, the flipside is that it happens so often and I never seem to learn from it that I can't really get angry about it and I'm sort of used to it so if I *do* have to format, it isn't the end of the world - I'll be pissed about the savegames to be sure but nothing big.
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Mon, May. 29th, 2006 10:05 am (UTC)

Well, the odds for recovery are pretty decent and like I said, I won't be heartbroken if it doesn't happen. Maybe this time I'll learn that backups are my friend and that if the DVD Burner isn't working then I should find somewhere else to put it all until I bother my hole fixing it.

Mon, May. 29th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)

I laughed out loud when I read that. If it's any consolation, I was laughing not at your pain but at the hilarious way you phrased your pain. That helps, right? I hope you get it all back.

Mon, May. 29th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC)

Wait 'till I get to the bit where I explain my efforts to "fix" it so far. Euthanasia might be the best bet at this stage but if I can extract that kidne.... folder.. before I pull the trigger then so much the better. At least now Windows sees the disk again and agrees that it exists.
Now all I have to do is hope that in persuading the disk that it contains a partition that I have not put those files beyond reach. One level of deletion and fuckery is one thing, two is quite another.