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Eery! It's as if my HDD reminded me who's the boss

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Eery! It's as if my HDD reminded me who's the boss

Postby George Tyndall » Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:02 am

On Jan. 20, I posted that I fully expect my HDDs to fail at any time.

Today, Jan. 22, Windows advised me that, due to corruption, I must format external HDD letter A. :oops:

As many times as I hit Cancel the message reappeared.

What that meant was that ALL my recent data resided on A's backup, letter B.

Scary! :-8

Multiple restarts accomplished nothing.

As usual when I have a tough decision to make, I decided to "sleep on it" (like Meat Loaf).

So I shut the machine down, and we both took a nap.

Upon awakening, I pushed the power button and then began leafing through an unread magazine, while it was booting.

Next, I double-clicked Computer and immediately noted that matters had worsened: the HDD no longer appeared, which meant I couldn't format it even if I decided to. :pull: ](*,)

So I once again shut down completely.

Lo and bedhold! upon booting from the second complete shutdown the drive reappeared -- and is now functioning normally :yh:

Any lesson to be learned here?
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Re: Eery! It's as if my HDD reminded me who's the boss

Postby Steve Grisetti » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:22 am

Backup backup backup!

I lost a month's work once because I got a little lax in backing up my data. Since then I've been doing a differential backup every Saturday morning.

Maybe solid state drives will eventually change things. But, traditional hard drives, they can die without much warning.
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Re: Eery! It's as if my HDD reminded me who's the boss

Postby TreeTopsRanch » Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:55 am

Interesting that it's says letter "A" for that drive. I always thought Windows reserved that letter for a floppy drive.
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Re: Eery! It's as if my HDD reminded me who's the boss

Postby George Tyndall » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:39 am

TreeTopsRanch wrote:Interesting that it's says letter "A" for that drive. I always thought Windows reserved that letter for a floppy drive.


With Win7, right-clicking Computer can bring up the below Computer Management Window.

If I right-click on either of the A and B drives in the Window, there's an option to "change drive letter and path."

No matter which of my Win7 machines I am working with, the drives always appear as A and B.

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Re: Eery! It's as if my HDD reminded me who's the boss

Postby Peru » Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:28 pm

George Tyndall wrote:Lo and bedhold! upon booting from the second complete shutdown the drive reappeared -- and is now functioning normally :yh:

Any lesson to be learned here?


I wouldn't trust the drive. Make it your third backup or keep unimportant stuff on it.
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Re: Eery! It's as if my HDD reminded me who's the boss

Postby George Tyndall » Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:16 pm

Peru wrote:I wouldn't trust the drive. Make it your third backup or keep unimportant stuff on it.


Agree.

Two new 4TB external HDDs will arrive tomorrow.

My current B will become A, and from now on I will back the new A up not only to one but to two drives, as my machine does have a total of four USB3.0 ports.

I still recall the famous prepper Steven Harris's motto: "one is none, two is one, three is two," etc.

If memory serves, you are the one who mentioned another re suspenders and pants, but I don't recall the details.
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Re: Eery! It's as if my HDD reminded me who's the boss

Postby Peru » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:02 pm

George Tyndall wrote:
If memory serves, you are the one who mentioned another re suspenders and pants, but I don't recall the details.

Probably. I've used "belt and suspenders" on occasion.
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