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Posted by joeabbott on November 19, 2009

Well, I’m in.

Or “on” or “installed” or whatever. I finally have my computer back.

I finally targetted my 1 TB backup drive as the main unit and the installation succeeded. Looks like I have a bad drive. I haven’t fiddled with it too much, just installed all the patches, put on a few must-have programs, and tried avoiding any problems. I failed to change the BIOS settings for the main system drive at first and that caused some boot issues but I sorted it out (all my bad) and now things are working fine. I turn it on, it boots up, I do some stuff, and when I shut down I’m not afraid. Novelty.

I have a bit of cleanup work yet to do. I don’t trust my former system drive … but it’s showing up as healthy, chkdsk seems to think it’s OK, and I’d hate to just toss out a workable 350 GB drive. It could have just been that Windows was trying to pull files from a bad sector or something and I didn’t have the formatting tools to avoid the bad drive space. That said, I noticed I could get a drive this size from Fry’s for $35. Still, as a fella who uses coupons, $35 seems like a wasteful thing to part with if it’s OK.

And, that means I’m using a terrabyte system drive. Seems a bit, I don’t know, unnecessary? Excessive? Wasteful? Bottom line, I’d prefer to have about a 350 GB system drive and a large backup drive. Now, at a minimum, I need to go out and get a backup drive.

But, as I said, I’m in. <phew>.

I posted the last of my Australia\New Zealand pictures. (but, Joe, didn’t you take that trip in 2008?) Yes, yes I did. And yeah, I’m just getting around to posting them now. I also have a ton of climbing picts to post but that shouldn’t be as many. And, I need to go through and annotate the pictures. So, lots to do but will start chipping away.

Fortunately I have next week off and will have a lot of time to work on woodworking and my computer.


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