June 8 2008

Hard Drive Failure

Dell Vostro 1500Well, the Dell Vostro 1500 I got in late April had something go wrong with the hard drive on Wednesday, and it is completely fraked.

I went home on Wednesday afternoon to do some work, turned it on and was greeted by a blue screen of death. After several attempts, I couldn’t even get it to boot into safe mode, so I called Dell support for some help. They couldn’t have been nicer, and tried everything under the sun to get me up and running, but the final conclusion was that it was a physical error and hopeless. They expressed me a new hard drive that arrived on Thursday, and I was back up and running.

I took the old hard drive to a local tech company, and they couldn’t get the drive to do anything, so all my data was lost. Luckily this isn’t my primary computer and what was lost was fairly trivial stuff, but still a huge pain in my behind to set up a computer from scratch again so soon after having done it.

The most disappointing thing was that just two days before I had signed up with a new off-site backup service, and I was in the early stages of backing the entire system up. I’m a bit concerned since this happened only 2 days into the process that it might be to blame, so I am just foregoing installing that again and will ignore what ever was saved. I am not going to name the service since I can’t be sure that it was the cause, but I had never used them before, so I will give them the benefit of the doubt and not disparage their name on this blog.

So, now I’m stuck. I tried installing another off-site companies software, and it wouldn’t properly install. DocSyncer, which I’ve used to back up documents to Google Docs, is calling it quits on June 20th, so that won’t even be an option for me. I’ve always been nervous about backing up stuff to a hard drive in my house because if there is a fire, I’m still out of luck, so I’m not sure what to do at this point.

How does everyone else back up their files? Do you do it locally, or do you do it off-site?

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