Whoops there goes the hard drive

Posted: October 16, 2011 in Technology
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It wouldn’t install. No matter what I did Office 2010 was not going to cooperate with Windows 7 and no amount of swearing or fiddling with directory file permissions was going to help.  This was a rush job, as things often are in our house. My wife needed it so she could update her learning resources for a course she was teaching in two days time. By midnight however; I’d had enough of bashing my head against a brick wall and I went to bed.

The next day my wife phoned me in tears while I was at work. Office 2010 still wasn’t installed and Office 2007 which had once been there was gone as well.  I reluctantly agreed that she should take it to a fix-it man down the road. The following day the PC arrived back in the house. It had only cost 75 quid to fix which seemed a bargain.

That was until I discovered what had happened to my PC. Basically all this idiot had done was format the C drive and reinstall windows from scratch. No checking to see what was on the drive or anything, just: Format C: and then Install.

That drive had our whole life on it:  all our photos, our music collection, the company accounts, my book, my next blog post and this moron didn’t even bother to check or call or anything.  A few years ago this would have been the end of the world as we know it but because I use an on-line backup service now all my data still exists up there somewhere in the clouds. What it is though is a real pain in the arse.  There are 120 Gigabytes of data which I now have to download and restore to its rightful place on my PC and  my monthly download limit is only 50. It’s going to take a month or two to get it all back.

That is the one and only time that anyone other than me is going to work on my PC.

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Comments
  1. Christy Farmer says:

    Wow. Sorry to hear that Phil!

  2. petedenton says:

    I can’t believe they did that. Nightmare! You have my sympathy.

  3. zencherry says:

    Awww man! (Shakes fist at stupid tech guy)

  4. Nick Rolynd says:

    Oh, Jeez. That’s horrible. What kind of tech guy doesn’t know any better than that? Sorry for all the hassle! I hope you get all your data back.

  5. emmiemears says:

    Oh god…that made my blood run cold. I have nightmares about losing my book. *Shudder*

    Glad to hear you have it all backed up, but still…what a royal pain in the arse for sure.

  6. philsrogers says:

    Thanks everyone for the comments – I think I’m nearly up and running again now.

  7. clarbojahn says:

    Thanks for sharing this. Makes me all the more eager to down loud my stuff sooner rather than later. Think I’ll use a thumb drive.

    How do you go about getting back from the “cloud” and who do you use?

    • philsrogers says:

      Hi, I’ve started using a thumb drive as well. The cloud service I use is iDrive, they give you 120Gigs of space which is good for photos as well. They have a client which enables you to decide what to back-up and what to restore. I am very happy with them.

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