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Master Geek

  # 2131961 22-Nov-2018 15:28
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Once ran linux equivalent of fdisk on a mounted web server, completely corrupted the entire server, had to reinstall everything, luckily had a recent backup - took over 8 hours!

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Master Geek

  # 2131963 22-Nov-2018 15:31
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My wee NUC is constantly running out of hard drive space.  It has a very small SSD (M.2) - but my OneDrive for Biz folder is huge.


So I'm often right-clicking folders and doing the "Clear space" thing to stop it filling up.


I tell ya, it's a PITA! :) 





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Ultimate Geek

  # 2131964 22-Nov-2018 15:35
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The worst thing that happened to be would have been in the early 2000s, when a school friend lent me a CD that came with a South Park windows theme..  needless to say it pretty much destroyed the contents of my parents computer and we had to take it to a shop to be completely restored (no recovery partitions back then)...  I didn't get off lightly for that one lol  

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Wannabe Geek

  # 2131966 22-Nov-2018 15:38
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A few years ago I got the spare sata slot in my imac filled with a SSD, and kept the HDD for a redundant system.


Now I just keep it running on the SSD, as it is ten times faster not having to hit the HDD all the time.


I can highly recommend getting a SSD to increase the speed of your older computers.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 2131969 22-Nov-2018 15:43
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When transferring files once I got the source and destination for the robocopy command around the wrong way when using the /MIR option. This replaced the data in the original location with the blank folder I was hoping to copy to.

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  # 2131971 22-Nov-2018 15:48
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Will never forget the day I bought Worms early in the morning before school. After school I run home with the 14 floppy disks in my backpack, go straight to the computer, lie about not having any homework, start installing.... wait.... change floppy, wait... (repeat 12 times)... ERROR! the last floppy was corrupted... I cried.

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Master Geek

  # 2131976 22-Nov-2018 16:06
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Woke up a few months back to an ominous ticking sound from my computer, bailed out of bed and sat down to see folders disappearing one by one from my media drive as windows tried and failed to scan the now dead drive.


Rushed quickly to take screenshots of the drive so I could have some chance of remembering what had been there. 


Still the only mechanical drive I have ever had fail, and it wasn't even the oldest one in my system by a long shot.


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  # 2131978 22-Nov-2018 16:09
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Many moons ago I got me one of those Synology 411j NAS units. Years later I upgraded to the 416play. I was petrified that I might lose data with the disk swap over and started looking for storage on cloud and drives for the most important data and photos. Luckily the swap over is as easy as pie (provided you put disk 1 in bay 1, disk 2 in bay 2, etc). I lost nothing. 

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  # 2131983 22-Nov-2018 16:14
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Remember the early DOS days when to format a floppy it was format a: but if you forgot the a: it wiped the c: drive?


That was embarrassing. The only thing worse is I did it more than once. 





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Uber Geek


  # 2131985 22-Nov-2018 16:17
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What fun we have had over the years! Those VERY expensive low storage devices are embarrassing to remember. How did we find the money for those early purchases?


Had many experiences, like most of us, that have had us sweating, hoping we had formatted the right drive!


Credit is due to the manufacturers who have done such an amazing job of increasing storage while, at the same time, reducing the price immensely. This 1TB Crucial SSD is an example, especially for one of us at $0!!

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  # 2131995 22-Nov-2018 16:27
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Put a cheap Chinese SSD in my new rig to keep my steam library on. So far, no issues and faster load times -touch wood-

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  # 2132004 22-Nov-2018 16:52
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When I got my first PC it had 2megabytes of RAM, TSENG 4000 Video card, no sound card, and a 40Megabyte hard drive. It had dos 3.2 supplied and I was only shown how to turn it on and do the Dir, Dir/w commands and left to sort it for myself. My friends who also purchased at the same time ribbed me because I had overdone the spec's of my new computer. I was assured that never in several lifetimes would I ever be able to fill up a 40Megabyte hard drive nor would I ever need the 2Megabytes of RAM.




I found I had to  partition the hard drive into two, so I chose 20/20 thinking that would be plenty for programs and extra storage of whatever. I later added windows 2 to the mix.




When I finally got it all up and running and installed things like Frogger and pacman I decided I needed productivity software so purchased FirstChoice package.


Of course part of the learning curve was to save documents etc. All went well until I saved a document to what I thought was a blank floppy disk, 360kb, only to realize I'd just overwritten my FirstChoice disk. That's when I learned about write protection on floppy disks. Fun times indeed learning by myself using the what happens if I... method.


More recently I overwrote my 16Gb pen drive with a few 1000 photos on it. Managed to retrieve some using recova software. Grrrr.

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Wannabe Geek

  # 2132005 22-Nov-2018 16:54
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It was Feb 2007 1.30am. Tax returns were already overdue but my tax spreadsheet was 99.9% ready to send to the accountant. The silence was suddenly pierced by a horrible mechanical whine and the spreadsheet dissolve before my eyes. My initial relief thinking I saved it two minutes ago was immediately replaced by the horror of realising it was all saved to the hard drive. I felt a sharp pain as my pulse raced. The pain spread like a metal band around my chest. I knew something was wrong and it was not just my hard drive.
I managed to stumble through to the bedroom and wake up my wife. By 2am the paramedics had administered something to open my circulation and I was on my way to North Shore Hospital.
I have only good things to say about the emergency services and all the follow up procedures that got me back to normal health.
Bloody hard drive....

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Master Geek

  # 2132006 22-Nov-2018 16:58
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Some funny HDD sound. Windows booting errors and that was the end of my boot drive.


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  # 2132007 22-Nov-2018 17:00
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Setting up backups for family and neighbours, or more importantly convincing them that they needed backups. This is a blah blah blah blah reminisce blah blah I wonder if anyone actually reads these messages given that they're only being posted for the prizes? In any case blah blah blah eighty-year-old blah blah reminisce reminisce blah blah dead hard drive blah blah.



(Hope that doesn't disqualify me :-).

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