So my little freak-out post about my hard drive just proved itself true. WDE, my 320GB drive full of movies, music, books, and (ironically) backups just gave up the ghost. It actually froze up my machine in it’s dying gasps.
I know it wasn’t full of content, but that’s a big hit. It’s also the newest drive in my machine, lasting one day under 8 months. Thats silly. Plus I voided the warranty on it, so no replacement for me. Oh, bonus note, I bought 100 DVD blanks yesterday to start backing things up on from it.
This little fiasco is going to implement some new procedures. I’m making weekly tree listing of my media folders so I can know what I lose from here on out, and I’m going to back important stuff up to disc. This really sucks.
Here’s a little sample of the script I wrote for my tree listings.
DATE=`eval date +%F`
tree /media/hdb1/Music > MUSIC.$DATE
MUSIC=`eval diff MUSIC.$DATE MUSIC.CURRENT`
if [ "$MUSIC" = "" ]; then
echo "No Change" > MUSIC.$DATE
cp MUSIC.$DATE MUSIC.CURRENT
tree /media/hdb1/Torrents > TORRENTS.$DATE
TORRENTS=`eval diff TORRENTS.$DATE TORRENTS.CURRENT`
if [ "$TORRENTS" = "" ]; then
echo "No Change" > TORRENTS.$DATE
cp TORRENTS.$DATE TORRENTS.CURRENT
As much as all of this sucks, I really enjoyed learning that much bash scripting.
So, I dug back into the machine and tried the old “hit it with your hand” method, and lo and behold, the drive works again. Dunno why or how, but it’s alive again, and all of that data is coming off of there. (Eeep! 195.21 GB -> 42 DVD’s)