I was in the middle of a game of Starcraft 4-days ago, trying to recoup after being behind from a failed attack, when my screen started to flicker. At first I thought I had received an AIM message or something and would need to alt-tab to fix it, but then my computer rebooted.
“Sigh, he’ll think I disconnected because I was losing” I thought. Pissed at my computer, I waited for Windows to load again. However, my computer kept getting stuck at the “F8″ screen. No matter what option I chose, the end result was the same with the Windows loading screen appearing, then a quick blue screen flash, followed by a reboot, which then took me to the F8 screen again.
After checking for any hardware issues, I then tried a Windows CD installation ‘repair’. That at least paused the blue scren for me to see what the error was. It was very vague though, stating that there was an issue with ‘ntfs.sys’.
Long story short, my computer has been in for repair for a few days now. Unfortunately, the technician said he couldn’t recover my data and is now putting the computer back together. Damnit. It’s all gone. The worst possible thing that could happen to my computer happened; my HD completely broke and all my data is lost.
The good news is that fortunately I kept monthly backups on DVD, and I made my most recent backup on June 27th so it’s only 5-days of lost data. The bad news is that I’ll have to repopulate my advertising records (I still have the receipts and information in E-mail) which will be a pain, and other modified work data I’ll have forgotten, such as new entries to my work and blog ‘todo’ lists, changefiles of my blog, etc.
In all truth, it’s not too bad. If I hadn’t made my backup DVD’s, I’d be in a big mess though. I’m still waiting to get my computer back, but hopefully I’ll get it later today or else tomorrow, so that I can begin restoring it and getting it ready to work on again. I’ve been on my laptop since then. It’s funny – I’ve only used this laptop a number of times, and forgot how useful a laptop can be. The past few days I’ve been playing poker and browsing around on my laptop from my couch in the livingroom, while watching TV. Right now, as I type these words, I’m sitting at my kitchen table, with my windows open and a gentle breeze flowing in, helping to dissipate the warmth that the summer sun has brought in.
I really need to get some furniture for my little patio outside so that I can work outside, that would be amazing.
Anyhow, this is why you haven’t had a blog entry in a few days. I’m going to write a few right now though as soon as I post this.