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Posted on 2008.08.24 at 14:30
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: You'll Believe A Man Can Fly

The 500GB external drive went out - my backup drive. Its been acting up, and I've been thinking of ways to back the data up on it, but I never seem to have everything together at the right time. When I find my dual-layer DVD's, I don't have my laptop with me, the only machine I have with a DL-burner. I powered the unit off and connected it to my mac, getting errors about bad data. XP returned an unrecognizable device. Linux regurgitated a whole host of sector errors, and the dmesg output booting into gparted live confirmed that I was in serious trouble.

Having recently pulled my 160GB iTunes drive from its external enclosure to mount it internally due to what ended up being a failing power supply on the external device, I cracked this one open as well. That's when I realized that I run so much junk hardware, that I was not going to be able to easily overcome this. Though my Antec case is rather large, its nearly full. Furthermore, purchasing when I did - SATA & PCI Express being brand new technologies - my XP box has only a single IDE interface. When I cracked the case, I found that the 500GB was SATA. Not being deterred I pulled out another project I was working on what I had recently added two 500GB drives to only to discover that they were IDE drives. My XP box has four SATA connectors, but in digging through miles of cables I keep in four containers spread throughout the attic and house, I couldn't find another SATA cable. That's when I discovered that the external drive uses SATA power as well...the Raptor in my XP box contained only the SATA data interface - no power. The other project box had SATA power on the supply, but no interfaces on the box.

All my shit is old.

And while dreams of a $3000 Mac Pro often fill my head, a $500 e-machine with a dual-core proc & 4GB of RAM is more my budget. The reason all this came about is my daughter needs a family portrait and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF MY PICTURES IS ON THAT DRIVE. I need a new computer. And when I get it, I'm going to splurge on a 1TB RAID vault and an external 50GB dual-layer Blu-Ray burner.

Turned out it was only a bad USB cable.

This time.


David Alexander McDonald (Steven E. McDonald)
wyldemusick at 2008-08-24 19:55 (UTC) (Link)
When my Maxtor 200Gb external shit the bed I ended up trying all kinds of crap to see if it would go -- turned out to be a bad interface, and a common problem with this particular model of Maxtor external. Shoved it into a cheap case and BAM! stereolocalmusic! It's been chugging along ever since.

I run several externals. It's security blanket thing.
ehowton at 2008-08-25 00:24 (UTC) (Link)
Redundancy is key.
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2008-08-25 23:16 (UTC) (Link)
Redundancy is key.
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2008-08-24 20:09 (UTC) (Link)
When re-arranging my bedroom, I dropped my 250 gb external hard drive - I think the drive itself is okay, but the USB connector is now shot. A few weeks later, the network card on my desktop went south.

I really should do something about both of those things.

Either way, before the year is out I must myself purchase a Blu-ray burner...
ehowton at 2008-08-25 00:26 (UTC) (Link)
I really should do something about both of those things.
Time and money are two things I always seem to be short on.

I must myself purchase a Blu-ray burner...
They're getting cheaper all the time.
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2008-08-25 16:50 (UTC) (Link)
I am told that I can just take apart the external hard drive and put the HD into a standard external mounting (this is what I did with my old hard disc when I got my new computer), but I'm a bit nervous about pulling apart a glued-together piece of plastic. The external hard drive was a found thing, not something I bought, so there is no receipt or warranty involved.

My brother is on Blu-ray burner watch right now. I'll need one so that I can burn a high def copy of The Early Mixes once it is completed, but the storage capacity ought to be good for other back-ups as well, including copies of the CD images for my mixes.
ehowton at 2008-08-25 18:41 (UTC) (Link)
The external case is just that - inside is a harddrive, either full-width or laptop, in any number of interface combinations, any of which your new computer should be able to handle, or you could put it in a new, empty external case.

The dual-layer Blu-Ray burners run about $100 more, but double the capacity to 50GB. Almost future-proof. That's a lot of backup space. I'm constantly making backups of my iTunes database. There's a lot of things I can live without. Music is not one of them.
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2008-08-25 23:16 (UTC) (Link)
So it won't damage the HD if I just tear open the plastic? Good.

If I get a Blu-ray burner, I'm going to go the full monty. Just because The Early Mixes is only going to be about 25 minutes long or so doesn't mean that all of my future projects will be so short...
ehowton at 2008-08-26 00:29 (UTC) (Link)
As long as we're not talking a USB thumbdrive you're safe.

About half the movies I watch are through my computer on a widescreen monitor. With the Blu-Ray burner, I'll also be able to watch HD movies here as well ;)
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2008-08-26 04:37 (UTC) (Link)
With the Blu-Ray burner, I'll also be able to watch HD movies here as well ;)

I have five words for you: The Hunt for Red October.
irulan_amy at 2008-08-24 22:01 (UTC) (Link)
I confess that the tech talk usually looks like "asjlhtueh" to me (it makes as much sense), but I did get that something went wrong. And that sucks!
ehowton at 2008-08-25 00:25 (UTC) (Link)
...but I did get that something went wrong.

The picture of the computer on fire helped, right?
irulan_amy at 2008-08-25 01:38 (UTC) (Link)
Yep, I'm smart like that. ;)
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ehowton at 2008-08-25 12:34 (UTC) (Link)
PERFECT! That'll be the one dude. Thanks.
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