18 March 2006

Guest book removed from Pork Scratching World

Posted in Pork Scratchings, technology, Uncategorized at 4:05 pm by coralsoft

I’ve had to take down the guest book link from Pork Scratching World.  It was just being spammed by loads of entries posting masses of links or pointless ‘great site’ messages from people leaving a link back to their own sites.  I don’t remember seeing stuff like this in the past whenever I looked at others’ guestbooks, but I guess that’s just internet marketing in progress.

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20 January 2006

Computers – Aaarrrggghhh!!

Posted in technology, Uncategorized at 10:12 pm by coralsoft

We’ve not been having a good time recently, thanks to computer problems. Basically, I’ve got a main PC and server PC, both with RAID mirrored disks and both of them ended up having problems, so I’ve spent 2 weeks getting things back in order! Firstly, the main PC lost access to its disks when I decided to split them into system and data partitions for easier backups. I couldn’t get the system running again without going back to a very old system image or completely rebuilding. Not a problem in theory, since I’d only just copied over all the data to the server as a backup.

However, in restoring the system on the main PC, by putting the disk into the server, I lost access to the backup disks in the server containing all my data, in particular everything since the old system image I’d used to restore from!! No problem, I’d use the software on The Ultimate Boot CD to recover the system partitions, in the same way I’d tried with the main PC. Did that OK, but it turns out all the backup up data on both mirrors is corrupt!! How’d that happen??!!

So after a week getting both PCs working, I’ve now spent another week using file restore software, doing directory content comparisons and hunting through all my disks looking for replacements for missing that are only available in corrupt form. Brilliant!!

It looks like I’ve recovered most things, but I’m not a happy bunny. ;-(