March 30, 2011

Brain Transplant

The new HD's just arrived, so it's time for Alcyone to get a transplant. First, one last backup. Then surgery.

UPDATE: Dammit, this is the same problem I had last time! The recover disk can't find the server! (This is posted from my other computer.)

UPDATE: The problem is that the recovery wizard is trying to do too much for me. There's a manual control mode for it, but all it does is ask me for the server name. What I want is a place where I can tell it the IP of the server, but I can't find that.

UPDATE: About the point where the recovery disk started blue-screening when I tried to boot from it, I said, "OK, Microsoft. I know when I'm beaten."

I just walked over to Best Buy and bought a full-install of Win 7 Home Premium. It's installing now.

And then I get to install all my apps again. Oh, joy.

The recovery disk was burned from an ISO I downloaded from Microsoft, according to their instructions. But I did that in July of 2008. Like as not it's been changed since then, and it may not be compatible with my copy of WHS, which is up to date on patches.

I could download the latest ISO, except that Arcturus (on which I'm typing this) doesn't have CD burning software on it. Only Alcyone did, but that would mean swapping the old drives back in, and then praying that they didn't deep-six while all that was going on. It just didn't seem worth it. (If I had more energy I'd have given it a try.)

UPDATE: Alcyone is up again. No apps installed yet, but at least it's working. I'm using it to make this post.

About the only good sides to beginning with a full install disk is that it made the C partition completely fill the first HD, and it didn't load the machine down with all kinds of sampleware.

UPDATE: Good lord. 53 updates, just in preparation for the second wave. And I haven't seen SP1 yet, either.

In one sense, I'm glad they're there. Sun stopped doing patches for the Qube about 8 years ago.

UPDATE: The second wave was only two, though one of those was SP1.

UPDATE: ZoomPlayer and CCCP are installed, and they work!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Computers at 10:15 AM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 I've always regarded repair attempts on Windows installs to be akin to scoopable kitty litter.  Every once in a while you have to throw the whole pan out anyway and start fresh.

Posted by: Douglas Oosting at March 30, 2011 01:34 PM (sdWdc)


There wasn't anything wrong about my previous installation that needed repair, except that the medium it was stored on was failing. That's what's frustrating.

The recovery should have been straightforward.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 30, 2011 04:46 PM (+rSRq)

3 While I tend to agree with the "nuke from orbit" approach after a machine has built up a few years of cruft (Windows, Mac, whatever), in the specific case of a Windows machine that hasn't actually failed yet, I like the Acronis migration tool.

Which reminds me that I need to update my personal license for it; for my most recent drive-swap, I used a copy from the office, but they deserve the money for making the experience painless. (replaced the 250GB drive in my little Lenovo with a 500)


Posted by: J Greely at March 30, 2011 05:56 PM (fpXGN)

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