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Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: dmann
Date: December 28, 2005 10:09PM
My hard drive is failing and my most recent backup is 3 weeks old. It won't be a total tragedy if I lose the stuff I have done in the past 3 weeks, but I'd rather not- you know?

I have tried to reseat the HD a million times. I did manage to get the system to boot and the Dell guy had me shut it down to do some tests. Since then, no joy.

Any tips for getting it back one more time before the new one arrives?

DM
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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: dmann
Date: December 28, 2005 10:18PM
Never mind- I guess posting here did the trick. The darn thing booted up just fine (after 1 MILLION tries.)

Starting the backup as I type!

DM
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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: Gutenberg
Date: December 28, 2005 10:31PM
Here's hoping for a successful emergence from Dell Hell.
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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: dmann
Date: December 28, 2005 10:39PM
UGGGHHHHH!

When I did my last backup, I just backed up the files and programs I needed and didn't do a whole system deal. Everything I am reading now says that in order to do the whole system I need to manually install a program that is on my system CD.

Problem is- THERE IS NO SYSTEM CD!!! Instead, I have a piece of paper with a picture of a CD on it that says: Your new computer does not require an operating system CD or drivers CDs....

These people should die a slow painful death...
DM
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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Anonymous User
Date: December 28, 2005 11:22PM
LOL, Dell hell indeed.
Buck up dmann and learn from your mistake. grinning smiley

Carm
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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: wowzer
Date: December 28, 2005 11:25PM
I back up my work Dell onto my home mac. I use SFTP to transfer the files.

Hate the dell at work...they do not install enough RAM, plus windows just feels slow as a result of virus and spyware checkers. It essentially causes the machine to run at 3/4 speed...pieces of junk.



All I ever really needed to know, I learned from watching Star Trek.
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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: December 28, 2005 11:44PM
wowzer Wrote:
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> I back up my work Dell onto my home mac. I use
> SFTP to transfer the files.
>
> Hate the dell at work...they do not install enough
> RAM, plus windows just feels slow as a result of
> virus and spyware checkers. It essentially causes
> the machine to run at 3/4 speed...pieces of junk.
>
> __________________________
>
> All I ever really needed to know, I learned from
> watching Star Trek


"plus windows just feels slow as a result of virus and spyware checkers. It essentially causes the machine to run at 3/4 speed...pieces of junk."

That is only Dell's fault with respect to the fact that they make hardware that runs Windows.
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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: dmann
Date: December 29, 2005 12:09AM
The whole thing is dying. I can't burn a CD or get it to play a DVD. I am guessing the optical drive is shot too.

Can I just upload all the stuff I need onto my iDisk? Will that work?

I don't know what else to do because there is no way most of this stuff is going to fit on floppies...

DM
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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: Bubba3K
Date: December 29, 2005 01:02AM
Do you have a USB capable ipod? They make great rescue drives. Maybe an external drive of some kind? Flash drive? Might be worth a trip to staples to pick up something if your files are worth it.

-Bubba3K
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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: dmann
Date: December 29, 2005 01:15AM
I do have a 128MB flash drive which I know is kind of small. No iPod or external drive. This is a total nightmare.

DM



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 12/29/2005 01:55AM by dmann.
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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: dmann
Date: December 29, 2005 01:57AM
I was able to fit more than I thought onto that drive which is good news. Those .doc files really aren't all that big!

I plan to pick up a 512MB drive tomorrow, but my big question is this: Once I get the files backed up onto the flash drive, can I put them onto one of my Macs to store them? Will this compromise the files in any way?

DM
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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: bangman
Date: December 29, 2005 03:32AM
Dude, you could've had a Dell.

BTW I love PC users who say that can't use Macs. I just laugh, and laugh, and laugh.



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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: elmo3
Date: December 29, 2005 04:37AM
Why is this a Dell/Windows problem? Why are you all acting like this never happens on Macintosh?

This isn't Dell Hell; this is a failing hard drive and someone who has no strategy for backing things up or restoring them.

This could EASILY happen on Macintosh, and does every day.

Yer all idiots.
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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: TheTominator
Date: December 29, 2005 06:53AM
dmann Wrote:
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> Once I get the files backed
> up onto the flash drive, can I put them onto one
> of my Macs to store them? Will this compromise the
> files in any way?

No, it won't compromise the files in any way. You can use your Mac as a file storage area safely.

The only issue you will encounter is that the MacOS X Finder may add extra files for its own housekeeping into your folders (but only if you visit them individually in the Finder). These are kept invisible to the Finder on the Mac, but they will show up in Windows. They all start with a period and underscore ("._") so they are easy to spot. The most common one is "._DS_Store" which contains information useful to the Finder such as where the icons were last positioned in the window. It is always safe to delete this extra file since Finder will recreate it whenever it needs to.
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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: TheTominator
Date: December 29, 2005 07:03AM
dmann Wrote:
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> Can I just upload all the stuff I need onto my
> iDisk? Will that work?

Yes. That will work fine.

Apple provides a WebDav client for Windows for you to be able to access your .Mac storage space from your Windows machine like a removable drive. I've never used that client software but I assume it works so that you can easily drag and drop your files onto a new Windows drive letter (e.g. F: ).

There is a link to it on this page in the "cross-platform advantage" section.

[www.mac.com]

After logging in to your .Mac account, they provide this public link to it.

[www.mac.com]





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/29/2005 09:10AM by TheTominator.
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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: dmann
Date: December 29, 2005 08:24AM
Thanks for the VERY helpful info The Tominator. I appreciate it! smiling smiley

BTW elmo- thanks for the insult. I do have a backup strategy which I have used successfully. What I do not have is a backup for my backup strategy. My CD drive is also failing and my employer has not provided me with any type of external drive. I don't think this makes me an "idiot."


DM
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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: Gutenberg
Date: December 29, 2005 08:34AM
dmann, he said we're all idiots. He just lumped you in with the rest of us, which is pretty good company IMO. Better than his company, anyway.
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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: onthedownlow
Date: December 29, 2005 09:59AM
Make/Model of Dell? If did come with a System CD, I'd bet on it. Perhaps even a hardare test CD, too.

Who is your "IT/IS" guy(s)?

What type of hard drive does it have in it? (Slimline Maxtor drive?...Dell had a bad batch a couple years ago and they had a high failing rate...not Dell's fault though).

More information on the hardware.
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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: dmann
Date: December 29, 2005 10:12AM
It is an Inspiron 2200 with a 40GB Hitachi drive.

Not only did it not come with ANY CDs, it came with a small piece of paper with a picture of a CD that says: Your new computer does not require an operating system CD or drivers CDs. Instead, if you ever need to reinstall your software, use one of the following methods...Microsoft Windows System restore or Dell PC Restore...

I *AM* the IT person. I work for a small company (10 people) and we are all in remote locations. My nearest coworker is 350 miles away and he knows less about computers than I do. They buy Dell so they can rely on Dell's tech support. Pretty much the only thing I don't like about working for these people- otherwise this is the best job I have ever had.

DM
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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: $tevie
Date: December 29, 2005 03:19PM
I know it's not really funny, but there's something about the idea of the paper with the picture of the CD on it that makes me laugh each time you mention it. I am sorry for your troubles -- but that CD picture thing is like from a sitcom...
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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: dmann
Date: December 29, 2005 04:36PM
$tevie- I agree with you! smiling smiley
DM
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Re: Have I mentioned that I hate the Dell I have to use for work?
Posted by: TheTominator
Date: December 29, 2005 05:09PM
dmann Wrote:
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> THERE IS NO SYSTEM CD!!!

In an odd way this reminds me of Jeff Goldbloom saying
"THERE IS NO STEP 3!!!"

It illustrates quite a constrast.
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