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rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrtttttttttttttt... the sound of a drive reaching the end of it's life.
Booting up the computer and having all your profiles corrupted is another sign also ..

Right another Maxtor harddrive died in my system . Not maxtors fault i think (hope). After a few WD's and seagates we switched to Maxtor and so far only 4 dead HD's so far . Not a bad score . Why they die i dunno .. Need cooling ?? Maxtor says not . Tobe sure all my harddrives have extra cooling (double fans) mounted right onto the harddrive . Harddrive is attached to the upper metal front in the case so it can pass the heat to the case itself . The cd burner is mounter all the way 10 centimeters away from the HD.

Just writing this down incase someone thinks i do not know how to install a harddrive .
Guess my luck ends with harddrives even tho they never get hot .

Anyway's let's get to the point .. Since the whole harddrive was corrupted i installed a new harddrive (nother maxtor) and attached the old drive .. Not much i could recover and there was not much i needed to recover from it anyways (hello mr backup).
Cept that one little email i wanted back that holded some info i needed .

Test case . corrupted maxtor 40 Gb drive. one partition formatted 4 times from fat32 to ntfs and back :)

I first started with getdataback.. awfull program .. that people pay money for it .

Nother util is . It's for free . And wow it was able to get some folders back in 100% working condition . Even was able to recover photo's from a format 2 years ago .

But still not the file i was looking for .

Virtual Lab from
Now this is a powerfull program . I was able to retrieve the email . Cept it was corrupted and still not got it back . But i was impressed on how good it worked ! You can recover 1 meg for free wich is not much but still awesome if you really need to recover that one special file you deleted. The price for more data is reasonable . Granted when you just wiped the company's database and 200 angry persons are banging on your door everything is cheap hehehe :D

Nother fine util for the suffering people who work in the IT sector called techs and have to deal with users with high demands .
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  • Varine Varine:
    What a fucking disaster. Are all of the Texas people okay? I see TH is, are we the only two?
  • Varine Varine:
    How have the other states held up? I just got power back so I have no idea what's going on, we didn't get warning
  • Varine Varine:
    Why the fuck didn't they fix this ten years ago when it happened?
  • Blackveiled Blackveiled:
    I'm in it with you and TH as well. My power has been in and out, and I have a ruptured pipe that I need to fix, shouldn't be too bad to fix myself.
  • Varine Varine:
    I hope you're staying warm! Apparently the supply is coming up so hopefully we can get back to normal power soon, mine has been on for six hours now.
  • M Mulciberxp:
    My power has been off most of the last 2 days. We had a generator installed 3 years ago though, so we're staying warm. Water is another issue...
  • The Helper The Helper:
    Where I live has a pool so we are using that to get water to flush the toilets. We have enough bottled water to drink and brush teeth and stuff but it has been a few days and no shower though....
  • Varine Varine:
    I had some water in gallon jugs, and got our water back on yesterday. We don't seem to have any leaks, but I haven't crawled down there to look yet.
  • The Helper The Helper:
    still no water I cannot remember when I last showered now I know how they felt in the old west lol
  • Varine Varine:
    My poor plants are happy, they aren
  • Varine Varine:
    aren't used to going this long without water or lights or normal heat. I think a couple of them froze, but they look like they'll make it
  • Varine Varine:
    Well one of them is pretty rough but I think it was sick to begin with, that one always had some problems.
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  • Ghan Ghan:
    That is such a Texas thing to say lol
  • midnight8 midnight8:
    a positive could come out of this. So many people trapped at home could put a dent in the covid numbers in Texas
  • Varine Varine:
    That dude, Tom Boyd, is really upset about the backlash from his "it's your fault you're freezing" thing because he claims he resigned before saying it, so it wasn't like he said it in his official capacity or anything.
  • jonas jonas:
    Almost as if he was saying "screw you guys, I'm going home"
  • Varine Varine:
    I'm fairly new here still but that seems to be the analogous message by several of our politicians.
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  • jonas jonas:
    Hi vypur85, long time no see
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    Hi vypur85, long time no see.
  • The Helper The Helper:
    We are all somebody
  • Varine Varine:
    I kinda like being nobody tho.
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