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Monday, 21 April 2003
Today my c: drive at work bit the dust.

I was installing Mandrake 9.1 and told it to go ahead and resize XP’s NTFS partition. It did that, but it also corrupted said partition. I actually don’t know for certain that the data loss is Mandrake’s fault — through a stupid mistake of my own that I cannot bring myself to detail here, the partition may have been in a damaged state when I told Mandrake to resize it. But I did not realize that until it was too late. And now I’ll never know.

The machine in question is a brand-spankin’-new Dell that I’ve only had for two months, and I still have my old machine, so I’ve really only lost two months’ worth of data. (Plus, a lot of my work — email included — lives on a server, not on my local drive.) The main loss is in the time it is going to take to rebuild my customized, comfortable Windows environment. No version of Windows has ever been usable out-of-the-box as far as I’m concerned, and XP is no exception. I spent three hours after my usual quitting time tonight installing and configuring software on the new box that our IS department brought over. I figure I’m not about halfway through.

Cherished readers, I hope your Mondays were better than mine.
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