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.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 04:58 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 Pixy, Off-topic, I know, but I seem to have misplaced your email address. Are you still migrating willing Munuvians to Minx? I think Fred and I are about ready to try a site revamp of TexasBestGrok, including a possible rename to "AllTheBestGrok" since the blog is now multi- (or at least bi-) regional. Drop me a note whenever convenient. We're not in a rush. Thanks! 

Posted by: JohnL at Tuesday, January 08 2008 12:49 AM (QyxlX)

2 floating (open) ground?

Posted by: thornharp at Tuesday, January 08 2008 01:35 AM (gDqIQ)

3 I've had external drives fail in the past where the failure wasn't the drive, but a small interface board that attaches the drive to the usb/power ports on  the back of the enclosure. Could you problem be caused by the actual drive enclosure?

Posted by: madmike at Tuesday, January 08 2008 05:39 AM (o+iiH)

4 It takes a couple of minutes to set up each DVD to burn: Insert disk, click-click-click through the options in Nero, find ~4GB of likely files, drag and drop, note them in the backups log.  Then five or six minutes to burn the disk itself.  I can do twenty or so in three hours while I'm working on something else.

It would definitely be quicker and easier to back up to another hard disk.  The problem with that is that if one of the DVDs turns out to be a dud (and with so many, I'm sure there'll be one), I'm out one show.  If the backup drive fails, I'm out 100 shows.

If Blu-Ray disks were as cheap per GB as DVD-Rs, they'd make a perfect backup medium for this sort of thing.  Unfortunately, they cost $60 each when they need to cost $3.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, January 09 2008 11:30 AM (PiXy!)

5 Or I could get a few two-bay external drive cases and put the surviving drives from my old server in them.  That's only slightly cheaper than putting 500GB drives in my new machines, but I can only fit one more drive in each before I run out of both 3.5" bays and SATA ports.

I just ordered one of those cases and I'll see how it works out.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, January 09 2008 11:57 AM (PiXy!)

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