Jun
21
2013

Well, the good news is that the new computer works.

The bad news is that I cannot in fact access my old hard drive. This is only a mildly frustrating problem – I can eventually get somebody to yank the files I need – but it does mean that I will have to do quite a bit of pulling and yanking and finding stuff that I’ve forgotten that I had installed until the lack bites me on the tuchus.

Still. The new computer has definite advantages. Like USB ports that don’t disintegrate when you look at them funny.

9 Comments

  • Darin_H says:

    I had to do something with the permission in windows on the old drive to access it when I upgraded. Don’t remember the exact way to do it, but Mr. Google does.

  • Aruges says:

    So, what rig are you running now? Specs man!

    • Moe_Lane says:

      Nothing particularly special: I more or less picked up something that was like my old computer, only a couple of years newer.

  • Herp McDerp says:

    What’s the reason for the inability to access the old drive? Hardware, like old drive = parallel ATA interface, and new computer = serial ATA? Or software, like password protection? Or just no-worko? Inquiring minds want to know …

    • Moe_Lane says:

      The computer just won’t access it even after I had put it in the external hard drive casing. It knows the drive exists, it knows that it’s a hard drive, it just won’t show me the files. It’s either a Windows 8 thing or the drive itself is slagged.

      • sicsemperstolidissimum says:

        I supposed it would be silly if I suggested bootable linux CDs? They worked for me when doing recovery on windows systems.

        • Herp McDerp says:

          You don’t even have to use CDs — Ubuntu Linux (and other distros) can run from a USB flash drive. Disk diagnostic software is bundled with Ubuntu, and it’s all free and downloadable from the Web.
           
          It knows the drive exists, it knows that it’s a hard drive, it just won’t show me the files.
           
          Hmm. What do your Windows diagnostics say?

          • Moe_Lane says:

            “Hmm. What do your Windows diagnostics say?”

            …The magic thinking box will not let me open the smaller magic box and let me get my ghost-music.

          • Herp McDerp says:

            “Huh. That doesn’t sound too good,” said Mr. Obvious.

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