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Lonnehart at 8:43AM, June 23, 2007
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Last week I noticed that reading stuff off my 129 gig Western Digital hard drive took longer than usual. Three days ago I noticed that the drive clicked loudly when I started reading off of it. A day after that I lost my system partition's boot sector and had to do a reinstall of Windows XP. Realizing what was happening I rushed out and got myself a brand new hard drive. Good thing I did too. I was transfering the last few files off of it when it just stopped working. The files weren't anything important; I didn't want to have to download them again.

Now I've got a 250 gigabyte hard drive that's brand new (out of it's plastic shell). I'll probably open the old one and decorate the walls with its platters…

Anyone else have stories to share about their computers when they fail? :)
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dueeast at 9:53AM, June 23, 2007
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I have come to despise Western Digital (WD) hard drives. I had an 80gb drive that came with my desktop and it died after about a year. I replaced it with a Maxtor 200GB and then it died in a few months. Sooo, I went back to my tried and true favorite: Seagate!

I used to back up everything to CD but I've gotten lazy. I just use a spare pc to keep the majority of my info backed up and leave it off until I need it.

I've also become a huge fan of thumb drives! 8D
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Terminal at 10:16AM, June 23, 2007
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I plugged in a usb cable into one of those handy, dandy USB ports. When I took the cable out, the USB port came out along with it. Now there's a small hole on the bottom of my computer. Other wonderful things toward my trusty little Sony Vaio is how the monitor broke a while ago and is now just a flat screen without a stand. It's resting on top of my brown lamp and some old Webster's Dictionary. It usually falls over.

Ah, cosmetic changes matter not. Other things wrong with my computer would be the way I can't access my Control Panel. Or maybe the way I can't start my computer without a disk. Those “NTLDR is missing” errors are also a handful that take a while to fix.

Random DLLs crashing everytime I click on a program? Yup. The fact that Windows Media Player mysteriously crashes taking down everything with it is also another thing. Maybe it's just me, but I hate the way I have to keep Firefox, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks open because if I close them, I can't play with them anymore without having to turn off my computer. Trust me, turning off and turning on my computer is a bitch. I did forget to mention that I have to be in “Safe Mode” always?

Aside all these flaws, my computer works like a charm….sort of.
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suzi at 1:22PM, June 23, 2007
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My boyfriend's computer caught on fire.

Like…burst into flames.
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daniel_the_drummer at 6:54PM, June 23, 2007
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After doing a shed load of editing on my latest college film my computer crashed and it took me hours to re-do all the work i lost.
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ceb_dyson at 7:00PM, June 23, 2007
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I plugged in a usb cable into one of those handy, dandy USB ports. When I took the cable out, the USB port came out along with it. Now there's a small hole on the bottom of my computer. Other wonderful things toward my trusty little Sony Vaio is how the monitor broke a while ago and is now just a flat screen without a stand. It's resting on top of my brown lamp and some old Webster's Dictionary. It usually falls over.

Ah, cosmetic changes matter not. Other things wrong with my computer would be the way I can't access my Control Panel. Or maybe the way I can't start my computer without a disk. Those “NTLDR is missing” errors are also a handful that take a while to fix.

Random DLLs crashing everytime I click on a program? Yup. The fact that Windows Media Player mysteriously crashes taking down everything with it is also another thing. Maybe it's just me, but I hate the way I have to keep Firefox, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks open because if I close them, I can't play with them anymore without having to turn off my computer. Trust me, turning off and turning on my computer is a bitch. I did forget to mention that I have to be in “Safe Mode” always?

Aside all these flaws, my computer works like a charm….sort of.

Ya know, it'd probably be a lot better if ya build or get a new computer than continuing ta go through all yer crap. Cause it sounds like yer computer is trying to tell you that it's days are done, even if ya take it to a shop.

Still, a long time ago I had ta use computers that somehow managed ta get into our house. It was a family computer but they always had trouble. That is…until I found out that “someone” (namely the only man in the house at the time) was looking at porn on the internet and not being very bright about it. Never could solve that problem…well, I did. I got a costum built computer from my dad and he works charmingly for me. Unfortunately the hand-me-down monitor I had decided to die on me while I'm here in GA. So I can't use my Drake until I return to TX. Which sucks. Still, living with my techno-guru of a father has advantages. Keheheh
I've too many mottos ta say here, so be glad I'm not saying any of them.

Tale of Two Kitties is Soon to Come…weheheheh!
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lothar at 6:35AM, June 24, 2007
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My cat threw up on top of my monitor while i was using photoshop, i used to have 2 or 3 cats sleeping up there at any given time, anyway it let out this blinding flash of white light and shorted out. luckily i was able to plug in a spare monitor and continue like nothing had happened !!! and the cat was fine btw.
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