By October 8, 2012

Posts Delayed Due to Desktop Crash

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.

Hubble Crab Nebula

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.

Stay tuned.

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  1. DrFaulken says:

    First step complete — workstation is mostly back up to speed. I narrowed down what was wrong: the SSD I was using as an Intel Rapid Storage drive is messed up somehow and throws a blue screen of death error every time I try to use it.

    I’m not sure how it happened or what I can do to fix the disk, but for now it’s pulled out of my machine.

    I’ve also reattached my Windows dynamic disk (spanned) and it was super easy to import the foreign disk into my rebuilt machine. Yay!

    Next step: see if I can recover any of the data from the original hard drive. If I can’t, I’ll lose 45 minutes of interview time with Robert.

  2. Agreschn says:

    I’m going to recommend giving Recover my Files (a Windows program) a try, Doc. I’ve used it to pull data from a couple bad drives in the past and have been VERY impressed with the results. It’s $70 for one license for v5.

    I don’t remember what I paid for my copy of v4 but when you lose 50+ gigs of pictures and this program restores them all, it was totally worth it to me.

    You can download the trial and scan your drives to see if it detects the files and if it does, then you can pay the price to buy a license and actually recover them.