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Uber Geek


  # 2131883 22-Nov-2018 14:05
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Ah, throwback to my first PC, a Compaq 386 which had a 20Mb IDE and a 20Mb "hardcard II" in an ISA slot :D I had a few junkers as well over the years including one with an old school MFM drive, full height, 20Mb as well.  In the days of floppy disks, General Failure was someone most of us knew well.


How things have changed, and yet at home, on account of having a mortgage and all, everything's still spinning with the exception of a couple of chromebook and similar devices.


An SSD in my desktop would really change my life!


Oh a more recent "fun" story was that time I misplaced the GELI keys for my freenas box when I did a fresh install... But thankfully, one of the boot mirrors was still intact and I could recover them.  There were a few cold sweats that day.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 2131884 22-Nov-2018 14:06
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In London long before the advent of the desktop or laptop computers were room sized beasts that used both magnetic tape and disk storage.


When transporting the magnetic tape from one computer site to another I found out that one should never put the box of mag tapes on the floor of the tube train - especially when the motor was on the outside under the floor.


Look mum - no data!




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  # 2131885 22-Nov-2018 14:07
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Back before we really had external/removable storage, I remember backing up my 386 over a 9600 bps modem to a friend's computer over a period of about 4 days straight.


Another time I remember backing up to about 50 1.44Mb floppies, in a single archive (zip or RAR) such that ANY of the disks going bad would likely have meant I'd have lost everything.


These days ironically our decisions tend to be more around what we need to store locally, versus what we can just re-download.  All my Steam content, most media etc can be re-acquired.




I would need a vastly increased amount of space to store everything I like...but frankly the internet acts as my storehouse for most things where I may never need it again.




I certainly could use a nice SSD though!

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  # 2131887 22-Nov-2018 14:11
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Haha, so I had set up a backup system for my Father's workplace (this is back in the good old days). They weren't very tech savvy, but dutifully backed up the DB to a 3.5" floppy every day. 


One day, the main DB on the PC got corrupted. So guess what? They dutifully backed it up at the end of the day... completely overwriting the one good backup they had... yell


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Uber Geek


  # 2131898 22-Nov-2018 14:17
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In 1999, I bought my first ever laptop for uni. Postage stamp screen, several inches thick, weighed a tonne. A couple of year later, this laptop was barely not really hanging on, but I was still trying to write my final thesis on it for uni. Got most of the way through...


... then it died.


The combination of sheer panic and red mist was extreme. It came very close to being hiffed out of the window of a multi storey building.


I did manage to recover the hard-drive and ended up only losing a few days worth of work on the thesis. But lesson well and truly learnt about redundancies of backups. Many hours was spent thereafter waiting for CDs to burn. I still have backups of my university essays scattered around half the cloud storage providers on the internet.

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Wannabe Geek

# 2131899 22-Nov-2018 14:19
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the more storage you have the more the family needs your storage so the more you go without

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Wannabe Geek

  # 2131900 22-Nov-2018 14:19
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Finishing off the report drafted for hours and there goes my precious son pulled out the power cord. -.-


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Ultimate Geek


  # 2131901 22-Nov-2018 14:20
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my nephew thought flipping a hard disk while reading it is fun, because he can feel the disk turning around inside.


it cost me 2 hard-drive before i found out what he is doing and hours to restore the stuff. 


that was 3.5inch external hard drive still a thing, with the massive power plug.





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  # 2131902 22-Nov-2018 14:21
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In 2016 we had a fire that melted a server plus onsite USB backup drive & a offsite USB backup drive (melted items on top of server case)


the servers mirrored raid drives were removed & all data was recoverable.


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Ultimate Geek

  # 2131903 22-Nov-2018 14:23
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After we got gigabit I realized the need for more storage and faster data transfer speeds, my laptop would get a fantastic boost from switching out it's early gen m2 ssd

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Ultimate Geek

  # 2131905 22-Nov-2018 14:24
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I just had an ssd fail in my gaming and vr computer. After three months of random crashes and errors i did several reinstalls which initially worked and then started crashing. I finally got smart enough to read the event log and the penny finally dropped when I saw disk read errors in the log. After checking my receipts i don't that the ssd had a three year warranty and was three years and three months old...

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Wannabe Geek

  # 2131906 22-Nov-2018 14:26
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This is a little while back... the boss is making an impromptu presentation in 45 minutes but left his laptop on site cause his laptop bag was too big to carry, pre convenient USB storage / high speed internet (note tenuous storage tie-in), so I am driving quickly to transport required laptop - a little too quickly as it turns out - and put my car in a lake with the laptop... I loved that car :(

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  # 2131908 22-Nov-2018 14:28
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Mine would be in the late 90's selling second hand cd burners I was getting from a new company called at the time.


I happened to pick a conman to sell my goods,  in Chch who was doing all this IT con selling. He took it off my hands and I ended up with my Compaq presario pc worth over $4k at the time. 
It was a disaster.

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Master Geek

  # 2131909 22-Nov-2018 14:29
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I lost an entire development project due to lack of backups back in the 1990s… had to restart from scratch

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Master Geek

  # 2131922 22-Nov-2018 14:38
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Over the years I have lost quite a few machines and drive, and in the past I have backed up to Floppies, two different versions of ZIP drives, and USB attached drives, but these days I keep all my documents on OneDrive and my contacts on so if I lose a drive or a machine I can still access all the information from the cloud on my next drive or device.

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