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There's terrorism and then there's *terror* [Feb. 1st, 2010|09:46 pm]
Young Geoffrey

You suddenly realize just how much of your life is encompassed by your hard-drive when (because it's been making some strange noises and you've taken the side-panel off to take a look) you tug on a wire, see a spark and hear the entire unit just shut right down.

And do nothing at all when you ... with a great deal of trepidation ... gently press the power button.

Strangely, I did not shout and neither did I cry. Readers, I merely muttered, like a mantra, "Oh please, don't die," and pressed the button again. And again. And a third time, all with no result.

I pulled back from beneath my desk and sat straight upon my haunches. I thought and pondered and I mouthed the world, "Oh please, don't die," still strangely, preturnaturally, calm.

Then remembered the main switch at the back and descended — why not? — to switch it off, and then on again.

My beast lit up, powered on and booted (and you know it, because I'm typing this entry now).

"Oh thank god!" I whispered in a breath like a desperate rush of a prayer. And I returned to Raven in the kitchen, laughing, as I told her what had transpired. And laughed some more, when I realized that — now the danger was passed — my heart was beating like a winded rabbit cornered by a pack of hungry hounds.

I think one of the fans is dying (it's certainly making enough noise!), and I'm going to back up everything tomorrow; but for now, I can rest easy know I can return to my labours in the morning. <*knocks wood*>

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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2010-02-02 03:21 am (UTC)

*Thank* you!

Funny how simply having someone say it can suddenly snap everything into place.

I am now fairly certain that it is the hard-drive what's making all the racket. It sounds a lot, but not quite, like a DVD drive when a disk's been popped in and is just starting up.

Back up tomorrow and I think I'll see about getting a new HD as well. (The motherboard and CPU are both only a couple of years old — less, come to think of it.)
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[User Picture]From: beable
2010-02-02 03:48 am (UTC)

If you can ...

back up everything tonight.

First rule of sysadmin club: Don't tempt Murphy to smack you in the ass.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2010-02-02 03:56 am (UTC)

Re: If you can ...

You're absolutely right, of course.

Doing it now.

(And that you, too. Why is Young Geoffrey so stupid?)
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From: mountain0fwhen
2010-02-02 06:28 am (UTC)

Re: If you can ...

Lol I'm glad you agreed with beable. My heart was beating for you as I read this and then I thought, "Tomorrow !? Aren you kidding me !?"
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2010-02-02 06:47 am (UTC)

Re: If you can ...

Me too. I'm dumb, but not that dumb (or so I like to think). Meanwhile, I'm shuddering everytime I hear a change in pitch while I watch the progress bar(s) slowly move forward.
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[User Picture]From: jade_noir
2010-02-03 03:02 pm (UTC)

This was probably the most frightening livejournal post I've read in a long time.

I have a lot of my pictures in three different hard drives but I still have nightmares like this.
Good luck!!!
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[User Picture]From: vienneau
2010-02-04 03:48 am (UTC)

Re: This was probably the most frightening livejournal post I've read in a long time.

Glad someone else jumped in and said "don't wait until tomorrow".

When my drives have started making noise, I immediately start begging the non-existent gods and then copy everything to somewhere else. No waiting on that one.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2010-02-04 06:08 am (UTC)

Re: This was probably the most frightening livejournal post I've read in a long time.

Funny thing is (and I swear to any and all gods you'd care to name), as soon as I rebooted after getting the last bit of data backed up, the beast fired up and purred as smoothly as I've heard it do in a month or more.

I told a friend I was kind of hoping it would die so I could replace it with something twice as fast and with five times the storage - but that it will probably now last for years.

(But meanwhile, I've got the back-up every night religion.)
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2010-02-04 06:09 am (UTC)

Re: This was probably the most frightening livejournal post I've read in a long time.

Thanks - in case you didn't see my response to vienneau, below, I'm all backed up and now the thing is purring like a contented kitty.

Go figure.
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