April 19th, 2006

Keep Walking

Laptop Down...

Well, I know that my hard drive in my laptop has been getting sicker and sicker with every "clunk" sound that it makes, and after last week's issue with not being able to boot for 5 hours, it was time to call in a ticket... I got a replacement hard drive from IBM service last week then opened a problem ticket so deskside support can move my image over to the new hard drive...

Well, Monday was my appointment in Waltham, MA to move the image, and they do not copy the original disc, they will install an "e-client build", the standard Windows XP build that all IBM employees get on their new laptops... Yes, I could have simply gone with this and re-installed my software and data from my backup files -- however, there are some applications I use (like Avantail Connect, which I require to access the server consoles from remote) that would be VERY difficult to replace. So I asked the service technician if I could borrow the IDE to UltraBay converter module so I could do the rebuild myself.

Well, today is Wednesday and I'm still working on getting the image to be a bootable image! It takes a good four to ten hours to copy hard drive to hard drive, and I have tried several applications that 'claim' to be able to carbon copy the drive, including boot sectors. HA! In about 2 1/2 hours I'll know if DriveImage XML will be able to do it for real! (So far,so good!)

Needless to say, this is putting be behind the "eight ball" in respect to work and personal e-mail by days!

Last weekend I went to Maine with Dave, Mark and friends. It was a nice getaway. On Easter Sunday we went to Dave's family (Mary Kay and Mark's) for Easter dinner and Ellie's 3rd birthday -- a good time was had by all! Ellie is such a sweetie!

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