Sunday, June 7, 2009

Don't get your Backup.

Tanya's computer needs the hard drive formatted and everything reinstalled, according to the guy whom Andrei says can fix it for less money than the computer shop. It is slow beyond belief and since her Windows XP is in Russian, there is not much I can do. Except back up her pictures and documents.

I have a cute little portable 60 GB hard drive, that runs off USB2, couple or three years old. I used it to back up my documents and pictures, when I last backed up. March but it was 2009 at least. Plugged it in, green light comes on but the computer won't recognize it. Neither Tanya's nor mine.

I had been reading about crashed hard drives yesterday on this neat website "How Stuff Works". Apparently just because you have a portable HD, does not mean you can treat it like a Flash Drive. Who knew? Anyhow, I broke down and bought a 250 GB portable HD, runs off a single USB2 cable at the speed of light. I was impressed and promised it I would treat it gently, not move it while it was operating or drop it or over heat it.


Backed up Tanya's computer and mine too. Now to repeat periodically. Like monthly at least.

4 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your computer malfunctions. Computers, when they are good, they are very very good, and when they are bad, they are horrid!

    I'm swiping the cartoon, and sending it to a tckie friend of mine.

    BTW: frost warnings last night and again tonight. And we're two weeks shy of "summer"? The Texans, apparently, are now hogging all the hot weather. Which is strange for cow-boy country.

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  2. Now let me make you angry. I've been using a Mac for 14 years now and I've never lost anything and don't bother to back up anything. Windoze the curse of Bill Gates. :-P

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  3. RB - Heard you have frost in much of Sask. Some snow and rain too. I should check the crop report. Terry will have it all summarized as of yesterday.
    D - yeah, I know about MACs and since I need a new laptop I really should consider one. Scared of the learning curve to some extent. Better the devil I know than the MAC I don't.

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  4. With the re-structuring, the Saskatchewan Crop Report is now being done out of the Ag Knowledge Centre in Moose Jaw. The crop specialist, Daphne Gottselig, is the author while Grant McLean does most of the interviews.

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