Sunday, January 06
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: JohnL at Tuesday, January 08 2008 12:49 AM (QyxlX)
Posted by: thornharp at Tuesday, January 08 2008 01:35 AM (gDqIQ)
Posted by: madmike at Tuesday, January 08 2008 05:39 AM (o+iiH)
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!)
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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