Thursday, October 16, 2008


You may wonder where I've been, all four of you (see my fan base to the right). Or, maybe not. Anyway, you're going to hear about it. About the time the stock market started to crash, so did my hard drive on my aging desktop. I found through much trial and error, and a week's worth of work, a way to get it to reboot, but I worried - it was an old computer and on it were precious photos and documents. I needed to back up.

Investing in a Maxtor external hard drive, I was encouraged that it said plug it in and "get ready to save your life". I was ready. My computer was not. Another week of here and there trying everything, searching the internet, checking things I didn't know existed, until one day, I came to a reference which suggested it was my USB. It seems that my external hard drive came prepared to work with a USB 2.0, not a 1.1. Which did I have? One geek forum said that if you had to ask, you had a 1.1. At this point, you should box up your computer and ship it to the archives of the Smithsonian Institute.

Being a glutton for punishment, I decided to confirm that it was a 1.1, not 2.0. To do this, you must look on the Device Manager. If you don't know where this is, I've lost you already. If you are still reading, a USB that says "enhanced" anywhere under the USB section means that it is 2.0. I am not enhanced. (Like I needed the computer to tell me that.)

Luckily, I have my handy-dandy-notebook (see Blue's Clues for reference) and I am copying the files onto CD and using the laptop to connect to the external hard drive. I should be finishing this project just in time to find that the technology has changed so drastically to render all the saved data irretrievable and useless.

The cats have tapeworms. Ick factor.


Robin said...

Good times, huh! Missed ya though! And my poor Bella had tape worms...about to post that ordeal!

Welcome back! I did the blog follow thang! You now have 5 fans and more to come I'm sure!

Camflock said...

Your persistence is admirable. I know who to call when my computer breaks. :)

pita-woman said...

When you said: About the time the stock market started to crash, so did my hard drive on my aging desktop... I had visions of a little boy climbing on your desk and the computer crashing to the floor. ;)
Glad you're back on-line!

Anonymous said...

I have two Maxtor drives. One is USB 2.0 and the other also offers Firewire connection. They're great products. Good luck on saving your life! Sounds like someone needs a new desktop for Christmas.

Kristina said...

Glad you're back.

whitetr6 said...

C, don't panic...all you need is a USB 2.0 PCI card, available at your local computer store. It will give you the 2.0 connection you need for the Maxtor and/or any other USB 2.0 devices


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