By: Joey Cam
February 7, 2009
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I was working on an experimental website earlier today when Vista slightly froze. It also gave a weird write error message that I have never seen before. I figured it was just some weird Vista glitch I had never seen in my life. I reset my computer. Suddenly the computer would not boot to Vista.
The main hard drive had a whiny sound coming out of it. The whiny sound faded then came back to life. The sound pattern was very similar to a car that slightly cranks but refuses to start. I knew from experience this was bad, very bad. All the information on this drive will probably be nonrecoverable unless I pay someone $800 to recover it. It is a good thing I had 2 different physical drives on my computer, one with Windows Vista and the other one with all my data.
Luckily the drive that died was the one with Windows Vista installed. My data drive was working fine.Now I am deciding what to do now. Either I purchase a replacement hard drive and start up everything from scratch or I upgrade to something new. I was thinking about purchasing a new motherboard that could support more RAM (8 or more GBs). To have more than 3.2 GB of usable RAM you must have a 64-bit operating system. That is no problem for me since I have Vista Ultimate 64-bit. But I was also thinking about going back to Vista 32-bit since there are very few programs out there that are 64-bit. Other 32-bit programs will not even work in Vista x64. With all that being said I am at a crossroad.
UPDATE 02/16/09: I am almost back to 100% again. I am glad I had my important files backed up to another hard drive or else I would have been S.O.L.
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