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September 27th, 2007
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Home computer is broken ... Windows is corrupt, need to reinstall, no guarantees what will happen when we do.

Work laptop is broken ... Windows is corrupt, need to reinstall, no guarantees what will happen when IT does it, IT has 3-4 machines that need repair in the queue ahead of mine.  Was gonna be fixed today, but now it looks like tomorrow, which means I probably won't get it until next week sometime ...

Gotta dig out that old Win98 laptop and see if it still works.

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Date:September 28th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)

Well, did you at least have a backup on a separate partition that held your data?

Sorry Windows decided to crap out on you. It's always maddening when something that needs to work doesn't.

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Date:September 28th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
Well, did you at least have a backup on a separate partition that held your data?

That's why I keep all of my useful stuff on a separate FAT32 partition that is automagically mounted in both Windows and Linux...
Still, that must suck. Sympathies.
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Date:September 28th, 2007 11:27 am (UTC)
The hard drive is supposed to have this nifty automagic backup system that works transparently behind the scenes. Of course, there's no way of knowing exactly *how* it works until you try it.

The home machine is probably going to be just fine. It's just that the support techs from Dell are giving us a CYA response ("you need to do an in-place reinstall of Windows ... but we can't guarantee that you won't lose data"), which put Jane on a three-day quest to try and figure out how to copy several GB of files off onto some sort of external medium just to be safe. Which is complicated by the fact that we can only prompt into command-line safe mode at the moment, which limits our peripheral options. Grr.

It'd be a whole lot less annoying if it was actually possible to understand something about Windows. I mean, I've got a freaking Ph.D. in computer science, and I can't get anyone to give me an explanation of what goes on in Windows internals that I can understand.
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Date:September 28th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
You didn't happen to have PowerPoint installed on it, did you?

Power corrupts. PowerPoint corrupts absolutely.
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Date:September 28th, 2007 11:28 am (UTC)
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Date:September 28th, 2007 12:26 pm (UTC)
You really don't want to know much about the internals of Windows. I know far more than I really want to. That said, sometimes the best way to get something done on a Windows system is to bypass Windows. For example, I've thought for some time that someone needs to write a defrag utility that runs under Linux. The problem with the Windows defrag utility is that it can't touch the system files and the swap file which are generally the most fragmented files in the system and the most important to defrag.

That mini-rant aside, There are a couple of good options. A lot of Linux distros have the ability to read NTFS partitions, and write to an external hard drive. It might also be worth getting a hold of Partition Magic. Not exactly a cheap program, but since you can shrink your existing partition down and create a new partition for a fresh install of windows without any real risk of losing your data, it's often worth the price.
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