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Sep. 12th, 2009 10:00 pm Computer Update

This afternoon, after the appointments with the Dentist and the insurance agent, I headed to Fry's to get a replacement drive.

Fry's no longer has IDE drives as large (I think) as the one I had. So, I ended up with a pair of 500 GByte SATA drives (99% sure these are bigger) and an SATA adapter to connect them to. My intention is, probably after I get the system back installed and stable on one of the new drives, is to set them up as either RAID 0 or RAID 1 (probably RAID 1/Mirrored) so that the next hard drive failure is easier to repair.

But, when I went to install them, I discovered that SATA drives use a different power connector. After confirming that Best Buy doesn't carry them, I headed back to Fry's -- this time with robot_grrl and Derrick. I got the adapters I needed, the second SATA cable I also needed, and Tara got a couple of Anime DVDs. After that we got dinner at Noodles and Company and did some shopping at Target.

Now, I'm trying to figure out how to recover the data on the drive (and am hoping that my current attempt, using SUSE's repair facility on the install will at least get me back up and running. Knoppix was not being vary helpful tonight -- I couldn't access any outside websites, nor could I format either of the new drives.

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