Data Woes
July 20th, 2008 by Jessica

A few weeks ago, I pulled out an old 120GB external Maxtor hard drive from the safe to pull some backup photos off it and copy them to a newer 500GB hard drive.  I ran out of space on my own computer with all the video editing and DVD creation that I do, so I had to offload some of the files onto external drives. 

Well, the 120GB was showing signs of failure.  I couldn’t get my computer to read from it, so I had to take it to *gasp* Data Doctors for help.  Can you believe it?  Me, at Data Doctors.  Yup, I’ll admit it, I needed help.  My new best friend Jon was able to recover my digital photographs from 2001-2005 which apparently I didn’t have a backup of anywhere else in my house.  Shame on me!

So with my $199 slap-on-the-wrist complete, I came home to start reorganizing all of my files and structure it in a way that it could be backed up in a more efficient manner.  My home-build computer is running on approximately 5 years seniority in the house, which unbelievably is younger than Andrew’s dinosaur.  Our 2004 laptop is currently the most recent computer in the house!  That will not be the case for long, however.

As I was moving files around in a desperate attempt to clean up my five independent hard drives and organize them into areas like Photos, Music, Genealogy, Video Images, Documents and the like, My 250GB G:\ decided to fail as well.  Luckily I had everything from it backed up on the external 500GB drive as of yesterday!  Okay, fine, I can take a hint.  I desperately need a new computer!

Dell XPS 630This morning, I broke down and ordered a Dell XPS 630.   It has an Intel® Core2 Q9450 (12MB, 2.66GHz, 1333FSB) with 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz.  The video card is an nVidia GeForce 9800 GT 512MB, and it has 1.75 TB of hard drive space (the main drive is 750GB – 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache and the second drive is 1TB – 7200RPM, SATA 2 3.0Gb/s, 32MB Cache).  It has two optical drives: 48x Combo + 16x DVD+/-RW. 

We already have Vista Ultimate and Office Professional to install on it when it gets here, so I didn’t get any software loaded on it.  I also have a nice Samsung SyncMaster 204B flatscreen monitor so there was no need to get a new one.

Dell has some pretty good discounts available.  I got free shipping and about $430 off the list price, so the system cost $1,834 delivered.  It’s a bit pricey, but if I spread that out over the next five years I suppose it’s not that bad.

I can’t wait to get it!  It should be here sometime around August 1st.  It will be nice to continue working on my video editing and my archive scanning without worrying as much about the hard drives failing.

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