Timing is everything and anything. After finally getting back to work after all the insanity of life after Hurricane Dennis, Katrina, Rita, and…I’m sure there are more hurricanes that smacked us. Sure felt like it…and working like a fiend for the past two weeks totally focused on catching up with tons of deadlines and past due work, my main computer server and my husband’s laptop all crash at the same time. Have you been keeping score for me? I think that makes six hard drive crashes so far this year. I’m really, really, REALLY tired of it.
Luckily, this time both computers responded to using Windows XP Recovery Console and running
chkdsk /r to fix all hard drive errors, but I don’t expect either hard drives to last, just long enough for me to do an emergency backup of the most critical files (again and again and again – as long as it lasts), and to check warranty and replacement plans to get new hard drives in before these give up again.
Since hard drive crashes and computer bumps-in-the-road are a fact of life for everyone who comes within a meter of a computer, here are some tips to help you with your next crunch.
- Digital Webcast – Windows XP Crashed? Here’s Help
- Backing Up WordPress
- Recovering Windows XP using the Recovery Console
- Microsoft – Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console
- Troubleshoot System Restore Restore Point Failures in Windows XP
- Web Tree – Repair XP Tips and Techniques
- Windows XP Home Edition Utility: Setup Disks for Floppy Boot Install
- Windows XP Professional Utility: Setup Disks for Floppy Boot Install
- Recovery Console in Windows XP
- Burn CD Boot Disc with Windows XP Recovery Console (ISO file – burn to bootable CD – 7MB)
- Microsoft – How to use System files to create a boot disk to guard against being unable to start Windows XP
- Windows XP – Automated System Recovery
- Windows XP Backup and Recovery
- Create a Windows XP SP2 Recovery CD
Other than switching to a non-Windows based operating system (I’m considering it), any good recommendations on resources for handling computer crashes?
And send good wishes for no more computer crashes…EVER. And invest in stocks for manufacturers of external and portable hard drive units. We are buying them up for backups faster than the local shops can keep them in stock. Ugh.