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    Panarus biarmicus Moderator (Sports) SmartWombat's Avatar
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    Dead Desktop

    I replaced the drives after the last failure.
    And it's died again :cryin:
    So the machine is going to the dump.
    It's not even good for parts.

    So I've lost my main editing machine and the Lightroom database.
    Only the C: drive is gone, so that's a lesson not to let Lightroom put its data on the C: drive !

    I'll probably have photos of a computer being axed for the 24 hours :mad2:

    Oh sorry John, the D: drive was used for photos.
    Work was on the C: drive in "My Documents" which is now "error enumerating folder structure"
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    Re: Dead Desktop

    OUCH. Sorry to hear of your disaster Paul. With digital images now, it's so critical to have backups and redundancy. I'm thinking toasted IDE or SATA controller/ fried mobo on your PC. Also, hard drive failures are not uncommon these days. I remember when drives were immortal compared to the high speed, high capacity drives of recent years. Looking back on my experience, I'd say 3 out of 5 drives have failed me for the last 6 years. That's why I run 4 drives in my pc, plus one external drive, and backups to cd/dvd media for the last 6 years now. I've upgraded my drive capacities at least 3 times that I can remember during that time, and at least half the drives I've replaced failed shortly after I gave them away to friends and staff, so now I make it a policy to warn any recipients of my old drives to have a good backup protocol. It cost one of my partners $1400 to retrieve data from one of my old drives that I gave to him, and my treatment coordinator suffered the same mishap a year after I built her a computer from my spare parts and old harddrives.
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    Re: Dead Desktop

    I run 6 external IDE drives on USB for archive.
    Two internal SATA drives, one for O/S and one for data.
    I replaced the 200G with 300G last time it failed (overheating) and fitted extra fans.
    I have one of the old 200G that works, which I cause as a temporary system drive to boot the old system.
    I have a USB widget that will take a bare IDE, ATA or SATA drive (2.5" laptop or 3.5" desktop) and make the bare drie work with anything - PC or MAC.

    So I can put the good 300G D: drive into the new machine and run the trashed C: drive on the USB: to try to recover data ...

    Sometimess a little geekiness is useful.
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    Re: Dead Desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by SmartWombat
    ... I'll probably have photos of a computer being axed for the 24 hours ...
    Reminds me of a cartoon I saw once: A monitor on the desk with a keyboard smashed through the screen, and a disgruntled user walking away. The caption read something like, "Joe disproves the old adage that you cannot harm a computer with a keyboard input."
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    Wow. I thought I was the ultimate archive neurotic. There's always someone higher up :-)
    Glad to hear that your data is safe.
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    Re: Dead Desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by SmartWombat
    I run 6 external IDE drives on USB for archive.
    Two internal SATA drives, one for O/S and one for data.
    I replaced the 200G with 300G last time it failed (overheating) and fitted extra fans.
    I have one of the old 200G that works, which I cause as a temporary system drive to boot the old system.
    I have a USB widget that will take a bare IDE, ATA or SATA drive (2.5" laptop or 3.5" desktop) and make the bare drie work with anything - PC or MAC.

    So I can put the good 300G D: drive into the new machine and run the trashed C: drive on the USB: to try to recover data ...

    Sometimess a little geekiness is useful.
    Heh, no doubt. I'm running five drives of dubious reliability now - one dies, boot it from another. I sure hope they stop making crap soon!
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    Re: Dead Desktop

    Lessons for Windows users:
    1) Never, ever, store your images on the windows system drive.
    2) If you can't put a second drive in the case, buy an external drive.
    3) BACKUP the system drive.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lionheart
    Wow. I thought I was the ultimate archive neurotic. There's always someone higher up :-)
    It comes in many kinds ...
    Backup level 1: XS Drive II 80GB in my pocket, just press the COPY button to read a CF or SD card
    Backup level 2: copy of XS Drive II onto my laptop HD - up to 40GB
    Backup level 3: burn all .CR2 files to DVD each night
    Backup level 4: copy all .CR2 files to desktop machine drive D: 300GB
    Backup level 5: copy all files from Desktop D: to external USB HD
    Backup level 5a: copy files to my wife's D: drive across the LAN because she never uses it.
    to come:
    Backup level 6: copy all external USB drives to 3TB NAS (Raid 5, 2TB usable)

    Note that backup level 2 is temporary because the XS Drive II is bigger than the laptop drive (oops).
    From my visit to PMA, the XS Drive II is going to be replaced with a Hyperdrive SPACE.
    Also note backup level 5a only continues until I get caught.

    Backup level 7 may be to use Lightroom managed files on the D: drive.
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