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Lacking Drive... And Other Things

It's been a while! Meant to be posting a steady stream of movie reviews from the backlog the last week or two but time doth not wait for no one... and Pico Day's now closing in. Next weekend. Wonder if there's still time to manage something for it. Would've been nice!

Apart from work, and hoping to help out with a little something on ^ but not yet making the progress I'd hoped - a drive gave up on me last weekend. My project drive. A 3,5' 2TB WD HDD. The one I've occasionally been migrating more space-consuming items to as to free up space on my internal ones. Suddenly it's just... unrecognizable.

I wonder if I unplugged it too fast. I wonder if I jostled the chassis a little. It's an external case that can hot swap two internal drives with either RAID or JBOD formation - and one of those little rubber spots on the bottom of it has been missing for some time, so every time you hit the power switch on or off it tilts slightly. Been meaning to do something about that but figured it wasn't that big a deal. But what if that's the one thing that caused this?!

Drives are brave yet such brittle and easy breakable things.

Regardless of cause though, it's now so that every time I try to plug in said drive I get a 'this drive needs to be formatted' error, and I keep getting dialog boxes on said error even if I don't click away the first one, so clearly it's more than just a formatting issue. It seems like it might be trying to start up, but can't find any data, and runs into some hardware failsafe in regard to the maybe a faulty read head that stops it, and then starts up again and runs into the same error, over and over...

I know you're not supposed to even try to activate a drive with a suspected hardware issue, but I tried some recovery/troubleshooting programs anyway in hopes they'd help. Alas they either don't even locate the drive, or they freeze up whilst searching. I tried running a few commands with chkdsk but ran into the same issue there. Either nothing happens or it gives a: drive data is RAW error.

So that's not encouraging.

Been looking at companies that might mend this drive, but all the reputable ones are hella expensive. Was on the verge of running with a cheaper one, but fortunately did some reputation research first, and I'm glad I didn't. Soondata, if you're wondering, it seems is a company you'd do best to either avoid or use at your own risk. Too good to be true? May be.

There are some good ones though. I contacted one. They couldn't give a quote without being in actual possession of the drive. Transport's costly. I assume the job would be costly enough already - unless this really has nothing to do with hardware and I might best-case-scenario actually be able to fix this thing myself.

Hmm. What are files worth? What are these files worth? And more importantly: exactly what ARE these files?!

I haven't kept track enough. I have vague memories of basic folder structure, but not content. Fortunately I backed up a number of the directories on a whim just a few months back, and this past week I made an effort to backup those backups again in case they're currently the only copies, but I'm not sure exactly what else I had on the drive. I've been listening to less podcasts than usual the past week though since one of them was my main podcast collection. I downloaded all the Joe Rogan Experience ones right before he went all Spotify exclusive (legal downloads - official site) and have been sifting through those a few at a time, moving over a few to the computer every now and then, slowly building up a massive list of podcast ratings I've been meaning to publish here later...

At least that's still there. At least I know exactly which I've listened to. At least I do have a backup of most of the others, too. There are three larger folders I know I haven't backed up, but don't know if they're important enough to merit a costly data rescue operation. No personal data there. Nothing all too memorable - but useful. There is a folder of personal video material I'm not sure if I added more material to post the last backup of said directory, and there is a folder for personal music projects I'm not sure I'd added anything to either. If I did I might have cleared out those files on the computer, and those files might be the only copies. There's possibly some other temporary stuff I don't recall at all. Not sure...

If I knew I'd know if it was worth the effort, and it's that uncertainty that bothers me. If I had saved lists of all files I could've cross-referenced those, and made sure I had backups of what mattered, and could maybe fetch some of the non-personal files again elsewhere, but as it is it feels like some memorable or monumental bits of of history and/or notable creative endeavors might be trapped in this withering metal box; it'd be cheap to recover those files compared to the material losses if not...

I guess I'll figure that out though huh.

In other news I updated the anime sidebar a while back, fixed a few broken links, removed the old bookmark script in the link sidebar - apparently there's no way to let a user bookmark your page via JavaScript these days! Not at all. Security concerns. It makes sense but... shame.

Also got a small pay raise (yay/praise) at work, have been exercising a bit more (had a grueling first-of-the-year-and-then-some jog last Saturday - sore muscles for days - finally recouped enough for a somewhat easier/shorter one today), and I may be taking a one day vacation next weekend, pandemic or no. Fingers crossed. It coincides with another day of esteemed creative endeavor alas (don't usually use that word so often), but I'm hyped about that regardless. Hopefully there's time to do both.

Not much else to report. I saw a beaver this Friday. That was cool. Shared a spinach and tuna wrap with a squirrel too.

Next time I post something hopefully there's been a bit more progress made with that one project I'm working on apart from... well, work.

It's eating up my time! I'll see you though; be fine.

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