Saturday, November 14, 2009

Broken computer, broken camera, busy = few posts

I am afraid Leila and I both have posted very little over the last month. Part of that is I have been busier than expected at work. The other part is our computer hard drive started making strange sounds and then sometimes wouldn't spool up. The operating system wouldn't boot and it just sat at the Compaq startup screen for as long as you sat there.

I took it to Best Buy and they said if the hard drive was dead it would cost 1500 dollars to recover our pictures and files from my dissertation that we desperately wanted to keep. The guy at the desk said that if I put the hard drive in the fridge and hit it on the corner with a hammer just right it would start working again, for a little while. So I put it outside in the cold and then hit it on the side of the desk. I got it to start up and then took it back to Best buy for them to transfer it to a new external hard drive. I am still amazed at how advanced computer storage has become. The smallest one they had was 320 gb! I still have my laptop I bought in college that has less than 200 mbytes of total memory.

The camera is broken also. So no pictures and only a computer if I bring my work laptop home. We are still here and we will try to post more often. Heaven knows I have opinions and stories about my kids.

5 comments:

Marcus said...

Costco sells a tera byte hard drive for 120 dollars. This way you can back up everythng.

Mom (Brenda) said...

"leave it in the cold and hit the left corner???" Did that work? Were you able to save the pictures and such? I hope so. Love you and Leila and girls. Thanks for the update.

Brian G. said...

Yeah, it works. Crazy but it did spool up afterwards. According to the tech guy it shrinks the metal and then you loosen it up.

Becca said...

Our camera is on its last . . . pixel? and it makes me so sad. It's been a great one, and I DON'T want to have to buy a new one. On the upside, I doubt they sell cameras whose picture are only 3.1 megapixels anymore . . .

Erin said...

I hope this means you didn't have to spend the $1500! I have an old laptop that I'd like to retrieve stuff from. I'll try your trick. Nothing to lose ...