Sometimes, you start the day and think, “The Jets are going to win, and I am not going to completely reinstall my operating system!”
Well, it’s the end of the day and I was completely wrong.
I first downloaded some photos off our newish Canon Powershot SD890IS. Then, I uploaded them to our Picasa web album. Much to my surprise, the photos were messed up. Almost all of them were corrupted. I think I know what happened.
My pictures were on an external USB drive, which happens to be a SATA 500 gig drive in an external case. It’s supposed to be able to connect via eATA, but for some reason that never happened.
So I tried for an hour or two to get it working. I opened up my Dell Precision 380 (4g of ram) and deconstructed the external drive. I was going to plug this badboy right into the motherboard. Turns out that I only have one acceptable SATA cable. So once again, I was stymied. Damn!
Ok, well, I need the stuff on this drive. While I was sorting this out, I noticed that Windows 7 beta1 had been leaked to the world a little early. I decided, it was a sign! I should re-install Windows 7 on the 500g drive. After all, it was twice as big as the original 250g drive. Done! I downloaded the 2.5 gigs of install and burned it to a DVD. I started the install process and lo-and-behold…it found a TON of errors on the drive itself. Now, we are getting somewhere.
The install itself was pretty fast. Some new slick touches here and there. About 30 minutes later, I am up and running on build 7000 32-bit (I was using 64-bit vista previously). Woo Hoo! Now, I just need to re-install EVERYTHING.
The UI is pretty much Vista. I can’t tell anything yet about speed. A new install of Windows always acts fast. Let’s give it some time.
I am trying to fix up my photos. Some were permanently destroyed, but most were saved. I think I might have been able to save more, but I probably messed up something along the way of my muddling.
I guess I am going to get the second hard drive (the original) installed, but I need to find another SATA cable. Ugh..it’s amazing what one little photo mess up will do. This is the last time I keep an external hard drive for something important.
It’s late. I need to go to sleep.
One quick note. The Windows 7 start-bar at the bottom is pretty different. I am not sure about it. It’s REALLY different.