The Great Disk Failure of July 2006

Posted on July 13th, 2006 @ 18:44
Filed Under Miscellaneous, Reflections, Writing | 5 Comments

Time for another update, but not a happy one, I’m afraid.

One day, I’ll learn. Oh, yes, I swear it: one day, I’ll learn to make backups more regularly when it comes to my “unachieved” data, instead of stupidly dwelling in that odd pefectionism of mine that causes me to burn a CD/DVD only when I can fill it “for good”. Too bad if I end up with trash CDs, or CDs made unreadable by too much rewriting: from now on, I really need to change a couple things regarding all of this.

One of my hard disks died two weeks ago. The big one, of course, where I stored all my unachieved designs, drawings and writings, and where I used to park the footage for my videos, during those periods I was into video editing. It had warned me, poor thing, through very disturbing noises, but what I didn’t know was that it’d die in my arms on the very moment I’d start performing the needed backup, after the mandatory realization of “uh-oh, this time it seems really sick”. Aye, Murphy rules this world. Nevertheless, for once, I’d have liked a little less chaos in what is called my existence.

To tell about my disgust is the least I can do. I don’t care much for the video footage, since I can extract it again, but the unachieved and now lost artworks are daggers repeatedly thrusted in my ego. Yes, yes, I had backups. Alright. Dating back to several weeks or even several months ago. What pains me in particular is the loss of the edited version of my NaNovel (given how I loved editing it, I won’t do THIS again soon * sighs *), the latest version of the Wall of Silence (the few changes in it, I can rewrite and am doing so, though), and the previous attempts for the latter story. No matter how many times I try to persuade myself that it’s a fresh start, without these leashes hindering my Inner Editor, this is still a blow dealt directly to my heart.

Not everything is lost: we’re trying to resurrect the HDD, for long enough, at least, to perform a hard copy… However, I prefer not nurture too many illusions here–the fall would only be harder.

Ah, yes. One day, I’ll learn…

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5 Responses to “The Great Disk Failure of July 2006”

  1. Benjamin Solah on July 18th, 2006 4:29 am

    I’m so sorry for that. It’s always a pain to get yourself started again. But, you’ve reminded me to back up myself.

  2. Yzabel on July 19th, 2006 8:02 pm

    Heh, and now I’ve also reminded myself to backup… but it’s too late!I’ve been able to recover some files, in the end. I must say that lots of these are quite the useless ones – I got back some RPG character sheets I had found on the ‘net, but all my original drawings are lost… Ah well, it’s still way better than nothing, isn’t it! (Also got back old copies of what used to be te “first volume” of WoS; good memories, there.)

  3. Fredcq on July 20th, 2006 7:22 pm

    I lost my Nanonovel too so I know your pain. The file just became unreadable for some reason. The worst part was that all of my back ups were corrupt too!

  4. Yzabel on July 20th, 2006 8:52 pm

    That must suck even more… What kind of software does that?

  5. Fredcq on July 22nd, 2006 1:15 pm

    I think that I might have had a virus. I tried several file recovery programs and none of them could bring the file back.

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