Dear Santa, thank you for the dolls and pencils and the fish. It's Easter now, so I hope I didn't wake you but... honest, it is an emergency. There's a crack in my wall. Aunt Sharon says it's just an ordinary crack, but I know its not cause at night there's voices so... please please can you send someone to fix it? Or a policeman, or...
Back in a moment.
Thank you Santa.

Sunday, January 06


Don't Do That To Me!!!

Okay, so I've been having trouble with these external drives of mine, and one of them I converted to an internal drive, recovered the data from it, reformatted it, moved 300GB of stuff onto it, and then put it back in its old case.

At which point it refused to work, causing me a minor heart attack.  So I opened up the external case, and discovered that it wasn't spinning up.  after a few minutes of poking around I realised that the power light was only coming on when the USB cable was connected, which (with these cases) means that the power isn't connected.

Which could explain the not-spinning-up business.

So I reconnect the power (the plug was in, but loose) and try again, and the drive...  Isn't recognised by the computer, and it's going tick-tick-tick.  Which is a common symptom of death in disk-drive-land.

So I shut everything down and put the drive back in its internal bay, and reboot, and up it comes as though nothing had ever happened.


Okay, I'm off to burn about 120 DVD-Rs.  I'll get back to blogging when I'm done with that.

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