Computer Crash and Restoration

I have had a Dell Dimension e-521 desktop PC for a number of years now. It has always run Windows XP and for the most part it has done well. My second drive, the one I store most of my data on, did crash a while back and while I did loose some data as a result, most of my data had been backed up to the cloud (Amazon S3) or CD/DVD’s.

So a few days ago, I thought I would try to dual boot my pc and install a copy of Linux Fedora. I wanted to do this so I could install a cool application called Amahi. Amahi is a Linux version of Windows Home Server. To make a long story short, after installing Fedora, instead of getting the Grub loader, all I got was a hard drive error and a dead C: drive.

Thankfully, after having gone through the loss of my data drive earlier, I had backed up all the data on the C: drive to the D: drive. Then, to make sure I didn’t lose any data trying to restore Windows to my pc, I booted in with an XP CD and moved all the data from the D: drive to my 1 TB Buffalo NAS.

After giving it some thought, I decided against re-installing XP and opted for installing Windows 7 Home Premium. Since I had Windows 7 running on my Asus laptop, not to mention Teresa’s new HP laptop, I thought I would go for the trifecta. The end result is that we are now the proud owners of 3 Windows computers. The moral of the story is always backup your data, preferably to both the cloud and a NAS. That way, if your house is flooded or burned down, you will still be able to restore your data from the cloud.

Did I mention Teresa’s new HP laptop? Actually it is a refurbished 15.6 inch laptop. I have never bought a refurbished product before, but the price was fantastic. BTW, I found the deal on CNET Cheapskate. It is a great place to find fantastic deals on electronics and computers. When the laptop arrived, it looked brand new. I could find nothing that indicated it was used. So if you are thinking about buying a refurbished product at a great price, go ahead and do it, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

That is all. Peace.

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