My whole life crashed on me again.
No, my wife is safe and she’s still enjoying her weekend at Batu Pahat, and I still have a job and aspirations and family and stuff.
It’s only, the single piece of fragile hardware that I depend for almost everything in my life has given way. I have no one to blame, it’s my indecisive actions that led to this.
My 2nd hard disk drive failed to be start :’(
All my life’s work, my identity, my collections, etc. in it, now awaits the rescue of either the supernatural, or data recoverers. I’m still hoping the former will happen before I picked up the phone.
All because of my “excellent” choice of Seagate Barracuda, not 1 but 2 _exactly_ similar models with _exactly_ the same firmware problem.
The only good news in all these was that, while rummaging through the pile of hardware receipts I learned that I bought the drive on 13 September 08, and it comes with 5 year warranty, which buys me 1 more year in case I really need to activate the warranty.
But warranties doesn’t give data.
It was already setup the smart way – RAID and all. 2 500GB disk storing 500GB of data.
Last year this happened, and by some weird luck, after replacing the power component and randomly pushing cables in and out of slots, I managed to get ONE of the disk to boot.
That must have been the greatest hint that I need to get everything out and move to a new set of RAID. I half heartedly started searching for a NAS, but the search didn’t get anywhere, and I forgotten about it after a while.
Night after night I simply clicked away the warning that my RAID broke.
I even knew the problem about this 7200.11 HDD bricking itself by locking itself up. And I even found the firmware upgrade I needed to do to the disk to prevent this from happening. What more, the last tragedy gave me a chance to fix the surviving disk.
And I passed it up!
How many other things in my life needs fixing, and generating huge amounts of warnings, and yet I’m sitting on it, to one day watch it blow at my face?
A lonely night to reflect. I hope you can reflect as well, if not, at least do a backup. My idiotic backups are done on the same disk different partitions (so smart for a CS grad from the greatest schools in the universe) because it was convenient.
How many other things in my life is going to break without recourse because of some unwarranted laziness on my part?
Especially I have 2 other laptops sitting around, and a paid hosting space with vast amount of unused online space!
Maybe that’s how wake up calls are given. The hard way. Maybe my life really needs fixing.
What do I need to give for the PC to work again when the sun rises tomorrow? A call to the experts.Share
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