Isabel's computer is back up and working! And I learned a few things in the process.
Like how that unlabelled partition on an OEM is the boot partiton and you need to clone that one too for anything to work. I figured it was the Windows Restore partition; I'm used to computers having the Windows installation files on another partition for safe keeping. That way, when the hard drive dies and you need to reinstall Windows on your new hard drive you're entirely outta luck.
Cloning the drive (we used EaseUs Todo Backup Free
) is so much easier than reinstalling Windows, reinstalling all the programs, reconfiguring them, and getting all the data back in place.
Also, turns out Windows 7 Home Premium doesn't let you create RAID 1 arrays, where you have two disks with the same information in case one fails. So we're going to do that manually.
Finally, it's amazing how solid state drive prices have come down in the last few years. Getting her a 240MB drive cost half as much as the 120MB drive I've got in my computer. And both of them put together cost less than the 50MB drive I had in my first computer, all those years ago.
Comics are delayed on account of Isabel's having minor hard drive issues. And we're taking care of it before it becomes major hard drive issues. That's the thing is that hard drives fail very slowly, right up until they fail very fast.
Unfortunately, there have been a series of minor complications (making the cloned drive bootable, missing cables, and so on) that have slowed the process down. So we're going to muscle through it and just get it donw.
So, double comics Monday. Hope you have a great weekend.