Curse Partition Magic, curse it... I hope it goes to the hell of software :twisted: ... and worse yet, I'll probably keep using it! :oops:
Yesterday night I decided I needed more space in one my hard drive partitions and proceeded to resize them without backing up anything. Midway there was an error!!! And my computer wouldn't boot... I just got a blue screen after the Microsoft Windows logo and nothing, back to boot, and blue and back to boot. I tried to outsmart it and installed a new Linux partition to try and get my data out of there... it kind'a worked, except the loader couldn't read the Windows damaged partitions and didn't work, so I just had to boot from the CD and tell to boot my installed system... and then Linux couldn't mount my Windows partitions... Anyway, that just made things worse.
In the end I couldn'd do anything and ended up going to the Science Center walk-in clinic today, at around noon, to get some help (living in the FAS dorms gives me access to their computer services). I was there until 6pm!! When I got there, my data could still be seen if the machine was booted with a Linux CD (not my install)... After extracting 1.5 GB of data out of the 13.5 I had, (((and refusing to save more due to space restrictions on their server... I lost my legally acquired music, software, and tons of files...))) people there basically managed to get my hard drive reformated several times (just to make sure none of my data survived ;-)) and tell me I would have to call IBM and ask them to send me the recovery CDs.
I just did and they said it could take anything from 2 to 7 days!!! 2 to 7 days with no computer!!! That's gonna be awful... awful... with all the work I have for Ilona's class!!! I'll have to live in Gutman 3rd floor now!
Things I lost and can't really get back: my bookmarks... I just couldn't access that part of my hard drive... lots and lots of music (my own CDs I had ripped, of course ;-))
1. backup.... regularly... daily... or weekly... or so... especially if your gonna mess up with partitioning.\
2. Buy an external hard drive and use it for backups... make images of your computer when it works and save them...
In short... a great start for what will likely be a great week: first chemo on Thursday!