826 - Update
Monday, January 25, 2010
-Reinstalled XP
-Formatted the wrong partition so either lost all music files or all films A-L
-50-50 odds of ether of the above, and I like those odds
-MOBO Internet hardware needs drivers on missing CD
-Downloaded drivers not working
-Posting from Lenovo netbook

Overall pretty happy with results
Ballin BSD status
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Monday, January 25, 2010  
  • At 1/26/10, 4:28 AM, Blogger Arjan said…

    that just sucks. A friend of mine's external harddrive crashed, he lost like 90% of his music..he said he felt a bit dead inside.
    500gigs of music and tv series etc.
    He hópes the manufacturer could get some stuff back..but probably not.

  • At 1/26/10, 4:26 PM, Blogger R2K said…

    Actually it is all my fault so no one to blame, and even if I do lose the music it wont be the worst thing:

    I can recover most of it due to the advanced state of torrents these days: it took me 10 years to build 120 gigs of music and I bet I could recreate most of that in a month or two with Vuze (Azureus aka Bear Share aka Scour aka Napster.)

    However there are some unique recordings or other such things that I can never get back, again if the music was lost. If the films were lost, no biggy at all.

    I did back up the music in an archive (I locked a dozen HDDs in a metal case) so some stuff could be recovered that way as well.

    You know, this is the price you pay to be a hacker like me.

  • At 1/26/10, 5:30 PM, Blogger Arjan said…

    hmm I don't know if 'blame' or not being careful enough or something alike helps much or is relevant. Of course it isn't the worst..your still alive and healthy (unless you got that virus ;)

    Hmm those locked away hdd's sound like a plan though. You'd probably have to check in a decade if you can still read them out, the price of technology killing itself.

    I know torrents make it easy to get stuff back, I wouldn't be scared to lose the movies either, but I sure know that I wouldn't be able to get all my music back if only because I wouldn't know every track I've got.

  • At 1/26/10, 6:28 PM, Blogger thimscool said…

    The hard drives locked in a case is actually not a very good idea. The data integrity over time is pretty good, but the problem is that the motors can seize if they are not run every few months. Then you would have to send for data recovery which gets very expensive.

    The best way to go for static archiving is DVD's, stored in jewel cases (not sleeves), in a dark, dry, cool place. But really the only way to go long term is dynamic archiving.

    Or get one of these... yum.

  • At 1/27/10, 2:13 AM, Blogger Arjan said…

    I clicked around a bit but what do they cost?

  • At 1/27/10, 9:21 AM, Blogger R2K said…

    Nice stuff : ) 50 year media life!

    Considering I just purchased a 2 GB micro SD card for $7, and it is about the size of a bean, I think solid state memory will be the thing in only a few years.

    I still predict that storage will eventually become a direct motherboard component that looks quite a bit like ram, and will run nearly as fast. That is crucial if we are to constantly increase data rates.

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