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Biker Picnic & Hard Drive Success!

Before everyone goes overboard and says "I told you so", yes -- we did have some rain over the ECMC Biker's Picnic. All in all though, it wasn't that bad, considering! We had rain on the return trip home from Dresden, NY to Waverly, NY (60 miles) -- we stopped several times when the rain got hard and took our time -- once beyond Waverly, we were in good shape (except for a mechanical problem on one of our guests' motorcycles which slowed us down to ~50MPH).

The ride up to Hemlock, NY was fantastic (and dry!) -- riding up NY-97 was picturesque! Lunch in Hancock was great -- we were the stars of the day as they waited on us hand and foot! We arrived in Hemlock on time to see K.K. and crew preparing dinner and h'orderves for us all -- and we were all ready for a cocktail!

We were served a dinner of steak, chicken and a vegan dish for one of our guests which rivaled some of the best restaurants in New York City! We played billiards, had cocktails, did some well-deserved hot-tubbing and from the rumours I heard, Heaven (the playroom in the barn) was busy until very, very late!

Breakfast was served like never before at the ranch -- breakfast burritos with eggs, steak, chicken and cheese covered with an enchilada sauce! Yum! Again, K.K. and Tony's meal planning really paid off for the group!

We began our return home around 11:30, but due to the ominous sky -- a few of our guests opted to go their own way and try to race the clouds home. You know the rest -- about 60 miles of rain, several delays awaiting the rain to pass, then clear and dry all the way home...

When I was laid off from IBM in 2008 and returned my IBM Thinkpad, I felt as if half of my brain was removed -- whilst working at IBM, I started becoming more dependent upon portable computing -- my laptop completed my life, providing communications, scheduling, music, photos and more. The same day I learned of my lay-off, I went to eBay to search for a replacement Thinkpad. I found a T61 (which would work with all of the adapters and devices I personally purchased) and be a replacement for my IBM laptop. That T61 has been my primary computing device since 2008, and although my suite of software and the data contained upon it might have altered a bit since then, it's been a trusted device.

One tends to accumulate things as they age, this fact true is even more so with a computer! I started to notice that my original HDD was getting close to the full-up mark about six months ago. Even after deleting things I felt were not essential, I was having issues keeping the drive from becoming 100% full.

I purchased a new 2.5" SATA 750GB (3/4TB) hard drive to replace the original 144GB HDD. The new drive arrived last week. I am now happy to report after several failed attempts, as of this morning, I have successfully cloned the old drive to the new drive and expanded the primary partition -- injecting additional life into my four-year-old laptop! It was an exciting moment when I booted it up and everything worked!

I'm so proud of myself for accomplishing this task on my own!


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Jun. 7th, 2012 10:04 am (UTC)
All sorts of great news! I'd go on the motorcycle trips if anyone had a sidecar…I'd be too afraid to sit on the seat behind someone (although holding onto the pummel of the saddle might be fun!)

How did you clone the HDD? I might be doing the same thing with my desktop and am a bit unclear on the details.
Jun. 7th, 2012 12:34 pm (UTC)
It took a few tries before I fully understood what was needed with a Lenovo Thinkpad.

Lenovo sets up a special partition on the hard drive which, when copied (cloned) needs to remain the SAME SIZE; otherwise, the new cloned hard drive won't boot.

I am unsure that this sort of thing with any specific DESKTOP systems. Perhaps Dell.

In any case, I used "Acronis True Image"'s cloning feature and manually configured the partitions as I wanted them to be. (Acronis will automatically 'grow' the logical volume as you direct, following cloning.)

Acronis sets up the copy procedure in the boot area of Windows (as you know you can't accurately make a clone of a hard drive while it is in use!) Therefore, one the clone procedure is put into motion, Windows will reboot and just after the "splash screen" but before the "login" prompt, Windows will begin the cloning procedure. (It will look similar as to when Windows is performing an fsk/check disc).

Once the drive is cloned, depending on the type of drive (i.e. IDE, SCSI, SATA), you may need to move jumpers or SATA ports to indicate the new cloned drive is the boot device. (My recommendation is to completely remove and set aside the original drive while you are testing!)

The system should boot straight up, as if the original disc drive were in the system.

Once booted, ensure drive space has appropriately increased.

That's it!

Jun. 7th, 2012 01:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I believe that bootable partitions, to be accurately cloned, have to be the same size, original and clone. I am grateful for your explanation, which is clear and useful.
Jun. 7th, 2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
My laptop is now 6 years old and the only thing i think it can use is more memory.

Rain on a motorcycle ride never really bothered me. i never left without a rain suit on a ride longer then a day. On the bicycle I could not stand it.
Jun. 7th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)

I maxed my memory when I got the laptop -- so memory isn't an issue for me. Virtual memory (paging) uses the hard drive -- so a faster HDD with more free space helps performance.

Discovering the bottleneck can be a task at times.

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