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It’s Been a Rough Couple of Days

Posted by Sue on December 20, 2006 in Uncategorized |

comp_crash Oh, yeah. It’s been fun. Trim the tree and singing carols kinds of fun. NOT. Monday was such a good day… followed by the first days of hell as we know it. I go to work and see a co-worker left my computer on all night. Not that big a deal. Until I go to re-boot my computer and I receive the black screen of death. The one that tells me to pick an option. You know, the list starting with “Safe Mode”. What a joke. Like there is anything safe about what we’re about to do.

Needless to say, “Safe” mode wasn’t an option. It didn’t like that or any other option on the list. It just kept re-booting. Over and over and over. The operating disks that came with my system had exceptionally scary options on it, too. Options like “formatting the hard drive”. Not a happy thought when my most recent backup was a month ago. I know, I know…don’t lecture me. Be glad it was only a month ago.

I call our home office “IT” people. I get mumbling and the number for the corporate account tech support people. Uh huh. Yeah. I’ll call them. No. I won’t let them reformat my hard drive.

Luckily, I actually got a woman I could understand. She spoke English quiet well. After dealing with tech support people in India and other foreign countries in the past, I ventured to ask. Florida. I can handle this.

To her credit, she was very good. She walked me through many, many things – not once trying to direct me to the deadly “reformat” command. We ran some different repair features – one which ended up taking a mere four hours (I have a very large hard drive). Finally, after going through the repair I was able to bring my Windows desktop back. No programs would work, but I was able to use my CD burner and my tape backup driver and I was able to back up everything I could possibly think of that hadn’t been backed up. I got home about 10 o’clock last night with a vague sense of relief knowing if the whole thing went down I now had my data available to reinstall.

This morning I was greeted by the IT people telling me if I would take my tower to a computer guru they knew (40 miles away) they and he thought my hard drive could be “ghosted” to another hard drive he had on hand. I’m game. Off I go, lighthearted optomism my passenger.
He tells me he should have it done by the end of the day. I give him my cell phone number.

Two hours later I get a call. Partition one is junk. This has created a problem with his plan. With partition one being bad, his ‘ghosting’ program won’t even start. Huh. I tell him to call the IT people. He tells me he’s got another one or two tricks up his sleeve. Yeah. I’m not holding my breath.

Another hour goes by and I get a call from the IT people. They tell me just what guru guy has said. He’s stuck. Now I have options. Do I want him to install the new hard drive, spend hours loading my information and programs onto it only to turn around next week and repeat the process when the new computer they are going to order me comes OR do I just want to wait for the new computer to come and do it once. Well… let me think… DUH.

So… I have a vacation. I’m going to be off work until next week when the new computer comes. Except for the fact that when it comes I’m going to be so busy I won’t be able to see straight, I’m kinda enjoying the fact I’m going to be off a couple extra days around Christmas. Now I just need to get some sleep.

5 Comments

  • Sally says:

    Oh that sounds rough! Do you think the coworker who left the computer on did something? Or was it just the computer’s time to die?
    I better get busy and start backing some things up, just as insurance.
    Hugs to you and enjoy your extra days off. Happy Holidays!

  • Anonymous says:

    that sounds horrific. ugh!
    try to enjoy your free days and get plenty of rest. you know the storms a coming!

  • michaelpipes says:

    Ahh, the lengths you will go for an extra day or two off. It is good you know you will pay for it after the holidays 🙂 Just kidding. Some things are just meant to be. And in the “magic” world of computers (and I say magic as in how a caveman might marvel at fire) prestidigitation can only go so far. You may as well seek aid from Jane of Proudmore to work her magic before ultimately pressing the inevitable Fdisk (computer jargon for Fthis, I’m sure) command which is the computer worlds answer to leeches and blood letting. but ultimately no one wants to spend the ginormous amount of time attemptng to recover failed data unless they are cute eye candy on a CSI show. Good luck with your new computer, may you have many, many long hours together. A message from your computer: 01001101 01100101 01110010 01110010 01111001 01000011 01101000 01110010 01101001 01110011 01110100 01101101 01100001 01110011 00100001

  • Lisa says:

    Oh, I hate computer problems. At work we call it the “red bar of death” … it is this red bar that pops across the top of the screen if our information would not take. The other morning our computers went down. That means an office full of patients to be seen, and vaccine to be given, and the inability to access their medical records. So fun to wing it. Glad you got a helpful person if Florida… thanks for my card, it arrived in the mail today… I am bad and did not get cards out this year.

  • Andy Land says:

    Many thanks for the card & the penguin gifts! Way cool.
    Merry Christmas to you!

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