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Rarrggh your data is delicious rarrgh

JaninJanin Registered User
edited December 2007 in Social Entropy++
This is a thread for sharing stories about your total fuck-ups, the more damage caused the better.

Earlier this week, I decided to resize my home filesystem (containing all code, pictures, music, movies, passwords and encryption keys etc). Total of about 350GB. It freezes about halfway through, so I leave it on over night. In the morning, my filesystem is read-only and measures 11TB of 3TB used.

Fuck.

It is now three days later, and most of that has been spent trying not to let my compute rape itself. The filesystem checker took days to run, and in the end couldn't seem to fix everything (as I type this, I/O errors stream by in another window). All of my wallpapers, tv shows, movies are gone. About half of my music has nothing but 0-byte files remaining. I still don't know how much, if any, of the projects I was working on at the time survived.

I type this on my portable, next to the shell of a once-mighty computer, and hope some of you guys can share horror stories that make this not seem too bad (in before Stale: "I once destroyed three planets with sheer manliness").

Janin on
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  • FrylockHolmesFrylockHolmes Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    My computer got a few viruses a while back and needed to be reformatted

    that's all I got

  • KoshianKoshian __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2007
    once I shot a man in Reno

    just to watch him die

    but now I'm stuck in folsom prison

    and time just keeps dragging on

  • Captain HeavysteinCaptain Heavystein Registered User
    edited December 2007
    My computer's been hit by a car. It still goes.

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • KovakKovak did a lot of drugs married cher?Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    my computer is weird

  • redheadredhead Registered User
    edited December 2007
    my computer didn't work for a long time

    I had faulty RAM and a shitty Windows install, so I was getting all sorts of problems and was really confused and didn't even want to fix it

    it had been unable to start up for a month, but that went away when my friend touched it

    then we fixed the other stuff and it's all good now

  • KovakKovak did a lot of drugs married cher?Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    it seems to only be useful for posting on the penny arcade forums

  • monkeyfeet63monkeyfeet63 Registered User
    edited December 2007
    I went off the road yesterday.

    It is fucking icy in Vermont right now.

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  • Me Too!Me Too! __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2007
    Koshian wrote: »
    once I shot a man in Reno

    just to watch him die

    but now I'm stuck in folsom prison

    and time just keeps dragging on

    But that train keeps a-rollin'
    On down to San Antoine

  • AirAir Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    earlier this week i accidentally deleted about 50 or 60 movies
    i hope 50 because i have no idea what the other 10 could be
    and ive recovered pretty much all of it then

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  • AirAir Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    oh do you guys remember that cih chernobyl virus thing?

    that thing went off on my birthday
    completely broke that computer
    what a great birthday surprise

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  • KilljoyKilljoy __BANNED USERS
    edited December 2007
    I once sent about a couple thousand dollars of video and projecting equipment crashing down on me when I tripped on a wire.

    Nothing happened.

  • PotUPotU __BANNED USERS
    edited December 2007
    I'm going to reformat it over the holidays.

    It's too slow because it's full of shit.

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  • PonyPony Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    i have years of writing and rpg work on this hard-drive

    no back-ups

    yeah that whole unified thing i've been working on for almost a year now?

    one good hard-drive crash, all of that is gone.

    so is two and a half years worth of campaign notes for my greyhawk campaign

    three years of writing for various comic book things i will do some day

    the entire script for a pilot for a tv series the scifi network rejected

    no back-ups

    i really should back that shit up.

    but instead i'll just go to sleep

  • RaneadosRaneados Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    I want to reformat but I don't know where my CDs are

    defragging tonight

    Dubh wrote: »
    Rane is the future of ancient greek tradition
  • AirAir Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    what does 'resize home filesystem' mean?
    plugging in a new hdd?

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  • Me Too!Me Too! __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2007
    Pony you should email me all of the Unified stuff.
    For safekeeping, of course.

  • PonyPony Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Lol! wrote: »
    Pony you should email me all of the Unified stuff.
    For safekeeping, of course.

    you know i might take the pbwiki offline and remove my shit from it

    because a reading of their eula seems to suggest that by putting up my stuff on their site they got some kinda legal claim on my creations

    and f that

    not entirely sure though

    i'm only a simple country pony, not some big city lawyer

  • PotUPotU __BANNED USERS
    edited December 2007
    Yeah, I should really back-up stuff.

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  • PonyPony Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    so i just checked the size of my porn folder

    because i was going to say "and i'd lose <this much> porn in a hd failure"

    and then i realized i have 18 gb of porn on this hd

    what the fuck

    that makes me seem like some kind of deviant

    the reality is i just don't bother to delete shit

  • KovakKovak did a lot of drugs married cher?Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Man I really should be writing essays for college apps

    the internet is just so much more exciting though


    SE++ do you think a good response to

    Tell us a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.

    would be to narrate a normal day in my life, I Am Legend/intro to shaun of the dead style.

  • Me Too!Me Too! __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2007
    Yes.
    Fun fact: My question was "What sets you apart from the other applicants?"
    My response was "I'm Batman."
    Too bad they rejected me because I never sent it in and they got sick of waiting for part 2.

  • DrIanMalcolmDrIanMalcolm Does somebody go out into the park and pull up the dinosaurs' skirts?Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    My family used to use computers from Milwaukee PC

    We don't anymore

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  • The Geebs That Got BigtimedThe Geebs That Got Bigtimed Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited December 2007
    nothing on here is worth backing up

  • Me Too!Me Too! __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2007
    I think the only thing on here that I really don't want to lose is a short story I've been working on.
    Mainly because I can't find the notebook that I wrote the first version down in.

  • JaninJanin Registered User
    edited December 2007
    Pony take it from me, back that shit up. Even if you just go buy an external HDD and let everything copy over during the night, you don't want to deal with the shit I'm dealing with right now.
    Air wrote: »
    what does 'resize home filesystem' mean?
    plugging in a new hdd?

    I had a 20GB filesystem containing system files, and a 500GB one dedicated to personal files ("home"). They're made by merging all the physical disks in my computer into one logical volume, then splitting it up as needed. I decided to resize my home down to 100GB or so to fit one just one of the disks along with the system files, and convert the now free physical disk to FAT32 so Windows can read/write to it. This way, I won't have to keep a copy of my large folders on the small Windows disk.

    Now, my plans involve what I should have done in the first place - move all the data to another computer over the network, straight-up reformat, move everything back. Except now half the stuff yields only errors when copied.

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • SilvoculousSilvoculous Registered User
    edited December 2007
    Air wrote: »
    what does 'resize home filesystem' mean?
    plugging in a new hdd?

    Editing the size of the partition that your C: drive resides on. Paritioning involved one of the bigger computer-related fuckups I was on the wrong end of. I was running DBAN or something and for some reason I picked the wrong partition. I have two NTFS partitions - one for XP and one huge one for installing all my games and stuff so it'll still be there if I ever need to reinstall. ext3 and swap partitions are there too. For some reason I ended up selecting my important NTFS and killing all my stuff.

  • redheadredhead Registered User
    edited December 2007
    Kovak wrote: »
    Man I really should be writing essays for college apps

    the internet is just so much more exciting though
    oh man I am right here with you on this

    well it's not more exciting actually since I'm not doing anything, but

    it's still better than working, somehow

  • The Far SideThe Far Side __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2007
    My computer runs on marijuana did you know that

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  • redheadredhead Registered User
    edited December 2007
    thefarside are you confusing your computer with your self again

  • The Far SideThe Far Side __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2007
  • redheadredhead Registered User
    edited December 2007
    it's okay

    just wait for the future to happen and that distinction won't even be relevant

  • KovakKovak did a lot of drugs married cher?Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    redhead wrote: »
    Kovak wrote: »
    Man I really should be writing essays for college apps

    the internet is just so much more exciting though
    oh man I am right here with you on this

    well it's not more exciting actually since I'm not doing anything, but

    it's still better than working, somehow

    yeah its not too exciting really

    man i dunno i got a bunch of good ideas for an essay

    i just dont feel like actually writing it right now

  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited December 2007
    My computer runs on marijuana did you know that

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    ?

  • redheadredhead Registered User
    edited December 2007
    my idea is that I'm going to apply early decision to this small liberal arts school I fell in love with, get accepted and find out before everyone else does because the turnaround for early decision applications is really short, and then just relax

    my alternate plan is to apply early decision and not get in, then go to community college

  • KovakKovak did a lot of drugs married cher?Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    ive already been accepted to one of my top picks

    but i am applying to university of Seattle

    because if they want to give me some money i will totally go out there

  • redheadredhead Registered User
    edited December 2007
    that second plan makes me want to cry just thinking about it, but it somehow still doesn't make me want to write this essay

  • The Far SideThe Far Side __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2007
    Rolo wrote: »
    My computer runs on marijuana did you know that

    stoned.png

    ?
    secret fact i am actually weedmaster p

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  • LarlarLarlar Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited December 2007
    Partitions and active smart are your friends.

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  • JaninJanin Registered User
    edited December 2007
    Larlar wrote: »
    Partitions and active smart are your friends.

    I did not until this moment consider that the drive itself might be dying. If it happens that I must buy new drives the week before Christmas, I blame you.

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • LarlarLarlar Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited December 2007
    I take full responsibility provided you never find out where I live.

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