My Hard Drive crapped out; however,dodged a bullet, and have
My Geek is located kitty cornered across the parking lot which is
solid 7 iron.
Was on puter Saturday afternoon (12/27/14) when suddenly "BANG", a
mechanical groan and the monitor goes dark.
Windows XP attempts to restart but with no avail.
Unplug all cables from the case, throw case on my shoulder and start
toward the geek.
Geek plugs cables into case and begins running chkdsk.
It's now about 6:00 PM and it is obvious these diagnostics are going
to take awhile, so geek says he will call me.
I'm in choke city since almost everything including the phones (Magic
is handled on the puter.
I get a call from geek about 12:00 PM on Sunday (12/28/14) saying that
the hard drive needs to be replaced, the existing data needs to be
recovered then loaded into new drive.
He quotes a price and if I accept, he can be finished by 3:00 PM.
Such a deal, let me know when you are done and the case is ready
for pick up.
I had a bucket full of rabbit's feet this weekend and used them all
starting with the fact that the geek gave up his Saturday evening and
day Sunday to repair my puter.
Normally they close at 5:00 PM on Saturday and are closed all day
Now for the luck.
The geek was able to recover ALL my data including programs.
I had the same thing happen in 1994 when I left the puter on 24/7
since I was using puter as a FAX.
Was told that the failure in 1994 was due to running hard drive on a
continuous duty cycle and that technology had changed and when the
new puter would be in idle mode the hard drive would also be at idle.
Turns out that is not true.
When the puter is in idle mode, the hard drive is still spinning, so
SFWIW, the drive that just died was placed in service in 05/08 and
died 12/14, or 6-1/2 years .
Not all that time was spent with puter on; however, 15-18 hours/day
would be more typical.
As this day closes, am back up and running and consider myself to
be very lucky.