My main computer workstation at home was been getting progressively erratic in the two weeks. I tried to diagnose the problem in the usual ways: making sure the hard disk was okay, running memory tests, checking for viruses or other malware, upgrading drivers and firmware, flash the BIOS, and run the built-in Windows OS utilities, like the driver verifier and system repair and restore. I was anxious to write a few Gibberish posts, most notably doing the required editing to the video interview I conducted with illustrator Robert Dickson.
In retrospect, I should have pulled the drive out, installed Windows on a fresh drive, and then pulled the data from the bad drive over.
Instead, trying to fix my Windows installation just led to more and more problems, which culminated in the corruption of my user directory. That directory contained almost all of my documents and video files. When I finish with files they go onto my file server, which becomes mirrored to my backup file server. However in the case of my draft posts and the footage from the interview with Dickson as well as some training footage I shot last weekend.
Posts are going to be a little slow while I try to recover from the supernova. I’m reinstalling all of my programs and will try to reclaim the data from my first hard drive. However, based on my initial work yesterday and this morning I am not sure how much can be recovered.