It Lives! (my PC that is)

Finally got the PC carcass (that was kindly donated) up and running, would have been a lot sooner if for one thing: I wanted an exact clone of my existing PC, same settings, programs, partitions (all 8 of them*), etc.  And it wasn’t much fun. A clean install of XP would have been over and done with in under an hour, but the idea of re-authorising all of my (paid) software was more than I could bear…**

Since my PC was an Athlon XP 3000 (ask your Granddad) it was really struggling to do the things I was doing – making music, editing movies, etc.  This ‘new’ one (which is not all that new) is at least twice the speed, and so far runs like a dream.

Next time, there won’t be a next time – I’ll just buy a new computer.



*I have separate partitions for Documents, MP3s, VSTs, Music recording, etc. It makes it easier to back things up. In theory.

**Luckily, quite a lot of the software doesn’t realise it’s on a different hard drive in a different machine, and it didn’t need re-authorising at all.


Re-installing Windows, and more


Finally got a ‘new’ Sata drive for the PC carcass I was given, so the job now it’s to try and transfer everything across from the old machine without losing anything
important. Not sure how well it’s going to work. Also wondering if I should have saved to get a brand new and larger hard drive that I can fit everything on.

I’ve started getting errors, not sure if the graphic card is playing up, the second hand hard-drive is faulty, or I somehow damaged the CPU. All are possible. Our maybe I should break with tradition and buy a computer instead of building it from scavenged bits and bobs…

What I did in 2011, Part 8 – Destroyed My Computer

I am fairly careful with my data; I backup my photos and music to external hard-drives on a semi-regular basis. So I was not very happy when I lost almost 6 months’ worth of photos and downloads and general digital art, through a combination of bad luck and a misplaced optimism in technology.

Although my PC is too old to use these new-fangled SATA drives,  I found an adaptor to allow me to install a massive 500 gigbyte SATA drive. brilliant, thinks me, I can put almost all of my stuff on this massive drive (except my songs which all live on an external drive) and backup the important stuff to my external drives.

There was strange burning smell coming from the PC, probably the fluff in the power supply. That’s OK, I need to get a supply with higher output, it’ll be fine for a week or two until I get paid. Except…  the burning smell was coming from the new drive, along with SMOKE. I think one of the 1st rules of tech repair is When you’ve got smoke coming out of your PC is is probably broken.

 My PC, after the smoke incident

Of course this happened before I’d fully backed everything up. Of course it did. So what did I lose? All my holiday photos from this year, and most of my photos from past couple of years, and Some music ideas I’d left on the desktop instead of putting on the music drive, and loads of stuff I can’t remember, because there was a fair bit of it.

Luckily, I had backed up my Windows installation to DVD-R  a fw months back, so at least that works.

I could probably have condensed this blog down to the more pithy: ‘I didn’t backup my data and now I am sorry‘ .