The task is laborious and delicate, and relies heavily on an element of luck; a low-level recovery essentially requires you to virtually rebuild the drive and excise each file (in most cases) one at a time from the rubble and ruins. Before this could begin, however, I would need to buy a new boot drive, and a new destination drive to act as a triage for the recovered files. “Easy enough” I mused to myself; I have a couple of dollars spare from the move, and nothing but time on my hands until I can find a temporary job over here. This was a mistake.
Loki, the trickster god of mischief, must have heard my musings and taken in upon himself to rub fistfuls of salt into my emotional wounds. He did this in most crippling way he knew how; by destroying my motherboard’s power regulator. Who else but Loki could have cause almost every single component in my computer to die at once, with the final blow being the most expensive to recover from; a new motherboard means choosing between a new CPU or trawling the Internet to find a legacy motherboard that is compatible with my current out-of-date components. This brings the tally up to one motherboard, three RAM DIMMs, three hard drives and a grand total of 5TB of lost data, and a new CPU as a corollary requirement. It is all well and good to parrot my own advice about backups back at me, but the sad truth of the matter is that it is gets very expensive to start backing up huge swaths of data, and my machine carried a grand total of 8.25TB of hard drive capacity, all of which was full.
Here, we have two options:
- I could wallow in my own self pity, moping through my daily life and extolling my bad fortune to each and every uninterested passer-by;
- I could move on, rebuild, and use it as an opportunity to learn and improve – both the computer and myself.
To be painfully honest with you and myself, a couple of years back I probably would have taken the first option. I mean, it is easier, right? The problem is, it also doesn’t go anywhere, and while I admit that is seems strange to have all these revelations come from a broken computer, I feel like this is reinforces my latest attempts at being a better person in general.
So here is to rebuilding our lives, and to upgrading our broken pasts into powerful new futures.
Just in case anyone is interested, here are the specs of my new machine:
- Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H rev 1.0
- Intel i7 3770K @ 4.2GHz (watercooled w/ Corsair H70)
- 16GB Corsair DDR3 @ 1600MHz
- Corsair Force 3 240GB SSD
- nVidia GTX680 Gainward Phantom OC edition
- Corsair Graphite 600T Special Edition case