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June 15th, 2004
05:49 am
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Screw me ...
Just typed out a longish post. Hit "preview" then saved it. I quickly discovered that the preview screen inexplicably cancelled out my settings (it was meant to be friends-only in a community, not public in my journal!) so I locked it down. I copied the text to a BBEdit window, clicked the delete button in LJ, edited the BBEdit window's version, and got ready to repost it with the proper settings (no preview this time) --

And the computer hard-crashed.

I tried to reboot it and it said it didn't recognize the operating system. I rebooted again and it ground the hard drive for twenty minutes before nearly reaching the Finder and saying it ran out of memory. I power-cycled it and won't be touching it until tomorrow. Just in case.

... Even if I could get the computer to work (typing from the laptop with the dodgy power supply now), I didn't save that file. And of course LJ doesn't save deleted entries ...

Three hours of work up in smoke and a possibly expired computer. (The way that hard drive sounded, that may be what's dead. In which case, a few years' worth of work possibly inaccessible.)

And up until half an hour ago it had been such a nice weekend, too. :(

Current Mood: depresseddefeated
Current Music: deafening non-hard-drivey silence

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From:kistaro
Date:June 15th, 2004 06:10 am (UTC)
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I believe the best word for this would be "blecch." That really sucks. I remember when a computer I used totally failed (BIOS went bust) and I lost all my files. At least I'd printed out the last draft of my homework when it replied to power-on attempts with a sequence of interesting, but not particularly pleasant to discover, bleeps.
From:tobeskye
Date:June 15th, 2004 06:11 am (UTC)
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And I thought I was having problems 0.0 *pokes dodgy power cable*

Hope its not the hard drive, its such a pain to find all the backups (if they CAN be found) and put stuff back (if the hard drive isnt DEAD dead)

Eh, good luck anyway :D
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From:r_caton
Date:June 15th, 2004 06:41 am (UTC)
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Sympathy. That's all I got, but it is something I suppose.
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From:elynne
Date:June 15th, 2004 08:01 am (UTC)
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meh meh meh meh MEH MEH I'm sorry, hon. :( *hughug* I hope your computer is okay. In the great scheme of things, losing an LJ entry isn't that bad (I've done it often enough out of sheer boneheadedness, so I'm pretty calloused about them) - but your computer... I'll send good computer thoughts your way.
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From:kadyg
Date:June 15th, 2004 11:15 am (UTC)
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So....um....what was the post about?
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From:zon14
Date:June 15th, 2004 11:49 am (UTC)
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Oy, well there's always throw the hard drive in the freezer trick. Might let ya get at your data long enough to extract it.
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From:baphnedia
Date:June 15th, 2004 07:44 pm (UTC)
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If you can boot from another harddrive, and put your deadish one on as a slave (after an OS is happy on your master drive), you might be able to get all your documents normally.

Best of luck with it. I feel your pain.
From:raki
Date:June 16th, 2004 12:25 am (UTC)
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{hug}
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