November 25, 2015

Still on the laptop

My hopes of recovering the data on my computer’s hard drive have sadly been dashed. After replacing the controller board on the drive in question, I initially tried it on an external drive mount that I have, attached to my laptop. I could hear that the drive was powering up, but it never got beyond just going ‘tunk….tunk….tunk…’ just the same as it did before I sent the board off for repair, and failed to connect.

So I wasn’t optimistic when I replaced the drive in my computer and tried to boot it up. Sure enough, it did the same thing and was just the same as before. So that’s it. I’ll take another look on the internet for any other data recovery options but I don’t think that there are any, not ones that are economically feasible anyway. So I’m now resigned to the fact that all of the stuff on the drive has been lost, which is both disappointing and upsetting.

I have never lost irreplaceable data before and have cheap old Maxtor hard drives that are still going strong after being kicked around for many years. The drive that has failed, a Seagate, was less than a couple of years old and I thought that by paying a bit more, my data would be more secure. Evidently not. I’ll never touch another Seagate product with a barge pole.

November 25, 2015

Strange inevitability

I’ve been becoming more and more impatient waiting for my ‘repaired’ disk drive controller board to arrive back from Canada so it was somehow inevitable that it would arrive today just as I was banging the last nail into my new tool store. So no distractions there, then, to take me away from the job until it was totally finished.

And here are the pics to prove it.

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And here’s what it was all about, getting the stuff out that was filling up my wood store so I can at last get on and order some more wood for the winter.

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So what’s happened to the stuff that was in that space? Here it is.

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As I mentioned in my last post, there are still a couple of tasks to do, namely to fill up the gaps along the top and sides of the roof with mastic and then to treat all of the wood with weather-proofing, but it will need dry weather to do both of those. So that is probably it until the spring – and I can’t say that I’m sorry to see the back of it.