August 1, 2007

I Hate Computers...

by Chris Randall

I'm going to quit this whole racket and become a shepherd or something. Major meltdown today during a minor upgrade. Lost my mobo, which entailed essentially buying an entirely new comp (mobo, RAM, power supply, video card, CPU). During the moving process, I managed to erase the RAID array containing my next album in its entirety.

Go buy Dr. Device so I can afford therapy. I now have anger management issues.



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Aug.01.2007 @ 3:33 PM

I feel your pain, having lost 3 yrs of work in the weirdest coincidence in computer karma ever.My main drive died, then a power spike proceeded to take out my b/u drive a few days later. Just use the anger and frustration to write an even better album.Yes, computers suck.

Aug.01.2007 @ 5:00 PM
All kidding aside,
I'm very sorry to hear about this disaster; I hope you can recover the data somehow.



Aug.02.2007 @ 1:49 AM
Happened to me too but it was my own fault for speedily button pressing through those "Are you sure you want to delete?" dialogs. About two years of stuff deleted. All my fault. I couldn't even blame the equipment or lightning or cats or anything. I was just stunned by my deed. It was TOO much to get mad about, I just had to forget it and move on.

Aug.02.2007 @ 4:45 PM
This has to be the 4th or 5th story I've heard about people losing important data on a RAID array because of non hard drive related component failure. It seems that RAID setups are really finicky about switching RAID controllers which are located on the mother board. I guess that mobo failure is a lot less common than HD failure, but the false sense of security that RAID gives people seems to be way out of step with reality. The whole thing seems like more of a hassle than it's worth to me, so I now just backup all of my important data regularly to an external HD. When it gets full I just buy another. Storage is cheap these days. I could care less about what happens to my OS. By the time a major catastrophe happens it's usually about time to start fresh again anyway.

That still sucks though. We've all been there. Good luck.


Aug.02.2007 @ 9:47 PM
Bad vibes, anger management - dude, somehow you managed to damage my hard drive with that attitude. Yesterday it started acting funny, so I had to make a quick switch. Luckily I already had a spare hard drive already half-loaded up with the new install, and all my data was either backed up or transferred OK from the old disk. Yikes, scary though.

One really useful thing to do with your email client is to have it keep the last ~10 days worth of messages on the server. That way if your computer dies you've got a buffer of the latest business and it also covers you for the few days since your last backup.


Aug.03.2007 @ 6:27 PM
Hey Chris,

I've been reading this site for a long time but I had to finally register so I could comment and say how sorry I am to hear about your hard drive death.

This happened to me about six months ago and I lost all of the master session files for pretty much everything I've ever done, a great deal of which was yet to be released. Infuriating!

I feel your pain.


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