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Always Make a Recovery Disk!

July 1, 2011

Well, apparently I have an expiration date of about three years on computers.

I bought a laptop in 2005 that worked fine for three years until the hinges on the lid failed and the lid would no longer stay upright.  The machine still works just fine and in fact, the Hubs is using it as his personal laptop at home.  He built a wooden support for it to hold the lid upright when he’s using it.

So I got a new laptop in May of 2008, which has worked fine for the past three years.  However, in the last few months it’s been acting a little bit funky – not wanting to boot up regularly and other little quirks.  This week it started having serious problems – it would go to sleep and not want to wake up and was having major boot issues.  Most likely, the hard drive is going bad, so I’ve got a new drive coming in the mail and it should be here next week.

However, the drive is messed up to the point that I can’t even make a recovery disk to load the system onto the new drive when it comes, so I’ve also had to order the disks from HP since they don’t ship with recovery disks anymore!  Yay, modern technologies!  The disks are not scheduled for delivery until July 12, so I have to hope the thing doesn’t completely melt before then.

Luckily, we were able to back up all of my data onto an external hard drive last night, so it’s just a matter of waiting for the deliveries to come in and reloading everything onto the new drive.

So, word of warning – if you get a new computer and it doesn’t come with a set of recovery disks, make a set right away before you do anything else!

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