The colorful wolf

June 3, 2009

I am an idiot!@

Filed under: Daily Life,Tech — randy @ 15:14

While cleaning my room today I accidentally switched the power adapter of my external harddrive from a 12 volt one to a 24 volt one… 1.5TB harddisk destroyed. Watashi wa baka desu. -___-

Fortunately(1) I had a backup and fortunately(2) there was only 200gb of data on it. Unfortunately(0) the backup is three months old. I am a sad panda.


Evening update: it seems that there is no way I can revive my harddisk. I tried removing it from the external case and I put it inside the case as an internal harddisk, but the PC just refuses to even start. Must be shortcircuiting or something.

Lesson learned. Back when I lived in Holland (three years ago already o_0) I was always very careful with my data, making sure that I always had a backup of everything. I also had my most important data on a drive running in RAID 1 mirroring so that even if one drive crashes, I would not lose any data. After coming to Japan that determination weakened a bit, and now my carelessness has finally paid its toll.

Another thing that bothers me is that I don’t even know exactly what I’m missing! A lot happens in three months, and I don’t remember what I did and what changed during that time. To prevent this from happening again I am now running a simple indexing script on all my harddisks, so I can always remember what files were on my harddisk at any given point in time.

I’ve ordered an external RAID enclosure and two new 1.5TB harddisks. I’m a bit worried that the raid case will only have a manual in Japanese, and it might be hard to get a replacement if it’s the raid case that breaks instead of the harddisk, but even if that happens I’ll be able to somehow get my data out. Safety first. I wouldn’t want to lose all my photos..



  1. Oh no! Sorry to read about this.

    This is my second comment and so I should introduce myself. I am Christopher (Chris) from Prince Edward Island, Canada. I found your blog when I searched for blogging programmers. I’ve been reading your blog for more than a month! I enjoy your perspectives and I’m glad you continue writing as you do.

    When your hard drive fried it was perhaps only the circuitry of the disk and not the platters that were damaged. If this is the case, your data may be intact. You could purchase an identical drive and do some surgery – swap the platters from the burnt hard drive into the new one. You may be able to access the data that way.

    Comment by CJW — June 4, 2009 @ 9:12 | Reply

  2. Thanks for your suggestion ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve considered it actually. It would be much cheaper than approaching a data recovery program, and I could probably get my data out alive, or at least I will be able to reproduce what I’ve lost when I get a list of files out. Fortunately this drive did not (yet) contain much important information, so rather than risking another broken disk I’ve decided to use the backup instead.

    (replacement drives arriving tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜€ )

    Comment by rheide — June 4, 2009 @ 18:08 | Reply

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