20091212 – 4 – harddrive failure – SpinRite software – GEDC1114 – Real-Time Activities

20091212 – 4 – harddrive failure – SpinRite software – GEDC1114 – Real-Time Activities
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It was interesting watching the "Locus Of Control" change from SpinRite to "diskdrive or bios". And raw data snapshots always rule. Data is pretty.

Hard drive problems! We went to watch Flapjack last night at 2:30AM and noticed the folder wasn’t there. In fact, folders stopped after the letter S (And this folder started with T for The Marvelous Adventures Of Flapjack). In fact, a lot of the drive was seemingly missing. Adding to the confusion, I could do "dir t*" and see all the folders that started with T, but if I simply did "dir", it would stop at S. This is bad.

Opened case to hook to a different SATA port, my first line of defense that so often fixes SATA drive problems. Replaced my cable. Noticed my RAM wasn’t fully seated. In fact, it’s physically mangled to the point where I had to pull 2 of my 4G. That’s okay — I regret buying the extra 2G, and it cost me infinitely more time than it saved anyway.

Burned an ISO of SpinRite and ran SpinRite. It said it would take 43 hours. Ran downstairs, found the optical digital cable from our X-Box that recently died of a crashed drive (lost all savegames!), and hooked it from Carolyn’s computer to my stereo. Since she has a backup of our complete music collection, we had music restored again! Enabled her 2nd monitor, played with the optical/HDMI settings on my stereo, and we had it so that we could watch videos on the big 52-inch TV and nice 7.1 stereo again. Though her computer only outputs in 4:3, so we would probably stick to fullscreen shows.

But then SpinRite petered out and said it couldn’t finish, so I rebooted and am now moving files off. This will likely take a good week. I’m probably going to order another drive to copy recovered files to. And then RMA this drive to Western Digital. It’s only 7 months into its 5yr warranty. They’re going to lose money on me.

data recovery.
Locus Of Control, Real Time Activities screen, SpinRite, Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EADS00R6B0 harddrive, data, raw data, raw data snapshot, screenshot.

upstairs, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

December 12, 2009.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

…View video of SpinRite in action at: www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/4179386545/

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So as I reflect on 2008 sitting out here on the porch (it’s 72F btw), obviously a lot has changed. I look back at my photos from January 2008 and it’s pretty obvious. For those just tuning in, I started this year as a senior at RIT (Rochester, NY.. a big cold slum) studying Information Technology. Some time around February or March I decided I wanted to escape the cold misery of snow once and for all. My initial thoughts focused on Australia, specifically the city of Perth. I researched how to get a visa, how much living expenses were, the culture of the country, etc. At that point I realized that I couldn’t just up and move to Australia by myself, at least not right after graduating college. I just couldn’t finance it.

Further research narrowed it down to southern California or Arizona –really Los Angeles and Phoenix, as I liked the idea of living in a top 5 major U.S. City once and for all.

Los Angeles is ok I guess but the more I read about Phoenix the more I liked it. Not only was it a large city in a warm climate, it was in a very warm climate, and on top of that it had a huge active Mazda community. Unlike older cities, Phoenix lacked a true decent mass transport system like NYC’s Metro, Boston’s T, and San Francisco’s BART. As I was reading, I discovered that Phoenix would soon have this distinction as well, with Valley Metro Light Rail, opening December 2008.

As I talked about my endeavor with my friends on themazdaforum.com, I don’t think people really thought I was serious. I started compiling a list in a discussion thread on there of all the reasons Arizona/Phoenix seemed like a great place to live. As the talk of moving became more serious, one of my friends from the forum decided he’d be up for it as well. We decided we’d drive cross-country to Phoenix in September, soon after my expected graduation date.

I started a blog to document the planning phases of the trip, found at transamericanzoom.wordpress.com. We planned out a pretty indirect route to Phoenix, stopping and hanging out with Mazda people most nights of the trip.

The summer quarter at RIT, I took 7 classes (anything more than 4 is considered an overload) to ensure that I could graduate in August with my B.S. in Information Technology, minor in Psychology, and concentrations in Networking and Systems Administration. Starting at the end of July, I started really looking at careers in IT in Phoenix. I began with the obvious major players in Phoenix, places like GoDaddy and other large companies. I looked at a national Best Places to Work list, and found a company in Phoenix called McMurry, a publishing, advertising, and web design company. Reading up on the company, it seemed like a utopian dream world, and better yet they had an open position in their IT department so I gave it a shot. I only got about 1/5 of the way through the interview process by the time Rob and I had planned to leave for Phoenix, so I embarked on the cross country trip without any guarantee of a job.

We made the drive, and boy was that a long journey (see the "Trans-American Zoom" photo set for details). We arrived September 6th. A few days after arriving in Phoenix I spent the day at McMurry going through a long series of interviews, and later that day (September 11th) I was offered the position 🙂

September 24th I started my career, and since then time has gone by at a crazy pace. My lifestyle has changed substantially, as I’m finally able to go hiking and cycling every weekend –something I could never do in Rochester as there’s no mountains at all near that region. Plus, the lack of winter is pretty friggin awesome. I’ve never been so happy.

RUMS–right-of-way tracking: software from Virginia helps manage this complicated process from start to finish and provides real-time customer service.: An article from: Public Roads

RUMS–right-of-way tracking: software from Virginia helps manage this complicated process from start to finish and provides real-time customer service.: An article from: Public Roads

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Title: RUMS–right-of-way tracking: software from Virginia helps manage this complicated process from start to finish and provides real-time customer service.
Author: Sande Snead
Publication: Public Roads (Magazine/Journal)
Date: January 1, 2005
Publisher: Superintendent Of Documents
Volume: 68 Issue: 4 Page: 24(4)

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