The End of the Hard Drive.
Well, if it isn't one thing, it's another.
Originally, our old CRT monitor burned out about a month ago when a lightning bolt took out the local power grid; The telephone and the rest of this computer (including the printer/scanner, the DSL modem and the speakers) were hooked up to the big surge protector, and with no leftover outlets the monitor had to settle for the cheapo surge protector hooked up to the other wall socket, so I think that's what saved the rest of the computer from following the monitor into oblivion. A brief courtship with another cheap CRT monitor followed, but we were stuck with a horrid and barely functional resolution. And after saving a few pennies we had just had the monitor replaced with this groovy 19" LCD monitor (which I'm still getting used to; The changing graphics "swim" a little due to the monitor's slower framerate, but at least it's a bazillion colors and a 1280x1024 resolution with little eyestrain now). Bye bye, old 17" CRT monitor. And take those crappy old speakers with you. :-P
Naturally, we had barely had the new monitor for a week when the slave drive (the D:\ drive) decided to make itself unreadable. So I paid the techies at CompUSA $200 to troubleshoot the computer, figure out why the hard drive died, salvage the contents of the D:\ drive and copy the contents onto DVD back-ups. So naturally the doofuses (doofi?) copied the contents of the functional C:\ drive instead. Not to mention the diagnosis. "Your D:\ drive went bad." Thank you, Captain Obvious. As if the Powermax application hadn't already told us that. This is the last time we trust our tech repairs to CompUSA, that's for sure. Overpaid idjits, one and all. Maybe I can get our money back for the DVD back-up. <.<
Considering how much had been stored on the huge, dumb slave drive, this hits us pretty hard. MP3 files? Gone, except for what had been saved on the Jerk's website or my Desktop Kazaa folder. MIDI's? Ditto. Three of the four MMOG's we subscribe to? Puzzle Pirates--small enough to save on the C:\ drive without problem--survived; City of Heroes, the Matrix Online and Second Life got derezzed. All of the wonderful screenshots taken from those three MMOG's? Erased. A bazillion game saves and the gazillion games they went to, including the Sims 2, Vampire: The Masquerade -- Bloodlines, Aliens vs. Predator 2, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind, No One Lives Forever 2, Max Payne, Mafia, American McGee's Alice, Clive Barker's Undying, Dungeon Keeper 2, Neverwinter Nights and Dungeon Siege? Poof. (Good thing Max Payne and Dungeon Siege save games to the C:\ drive; At least those should be salvageable.) The "Once More, With Feeling" musical episode of Buffy the Vamprie Slayer? Staked.
So if we want to get back to our usual routines of adding maps and Mood Music to play-by-email updates, getting killed off by Agents or supervillains, throwing knives at Cryo's house, loading game saves and beating Bloodlines/Max Payne/Wolfenstein/Alice/Undying whenever we get bored, moving the Jerk's Nord barbarian steadily towards the final showdown with Dagoth Ur, evolving my perfectly engineered family of superintellectual Sims or listening as Giles and Tara sing their world-famous duet, we'll just have to start from scratch. Download. Install. Unpack. Set up desktop icons.
So that's why there hasn't been any Widdy goodness to grace these forums for about four days. Maybe after each game is reinstalled and followed up with an hour or three of patches, everything will be back to normal.
The moral of the story: Get a DVD R/W drive and back up your hard drives often! If only we had figured that out before last Saturday....
Last edited by The Widowed; 10-05-2005 at 02:33 AM.