Goodbye Bill Gates

First, before I say anything, let me say it’s ultimately my fault for not having better backups of my data (yeah, it’s been 9 months).  Secondly it’s my fault for not having better backups.  Had I had current backups we all know Vista (Yeah, I know – I know – Believe me – I know) would have never gone belly up on me.

Oh Don’t feel too bad, Bill.  I’m still gonna visit from time to time (only because Dreamweaver makes me (for now). Quickbooks just made the switch easier for us.

Yesterday, I finally reinstalled Vista and my next step is to partition the hard drive (oh and <sarcasm class=”extreme”>thanks for changing how that was done too</sarcasm>) and then create a dual-boot with Linux (Ubuntu) as my primary OS.

More on that as the days go along.

And if you are curious as to what caused the crash all I was doing was trying to clear some disk space. Vista’s shadow copies were taking up 10 Gigs of space on my hard drive (minimal space they say, right)! I rebooted and :p she was gone.

I was able with a Helix/Linux boot disk to recover many of the files I needed.  But it was so time consuming that it wasn’t worth much of the effort.  Did I mention I am a fool for not taking the time to back up my data in the first place?

Please don’t help me row my ship of fools.  Get off and make a back up of anything you deem mission critical today.

BTW: If you are reading this because you fried your hard drive and didn’t make backups, let me know and I’ll be happy to help as much as I can.