Posted 11 July 2012 - 05:26 PM
Best call I ever got (or actually worst, I felt for the guy).... and honestly, if you don't really know a whole lot about computers this is understandable.
Friend calls up and says: My hard drive has crashed. But I have a backup on the D: drive but I don't know how to get to it. I made a backup every week of all my work!
After some troubleshooting over the phone and him getting "Operating System Not Found" messages on the screen, I ask him if he could bring over his PC the next day, and I would go take a look at it.
He shows up next day, I hook it all up, and sure.... the disk inside the computer is making an all too familiar grinding/clicking sound, indicating the disk has physically crashed and is beyond any sort of software-type recovery.
No problem, I figure.... he said he had a D: drive. I will take out that drive, hook it up to my system and rescue his precious data. I open up the box, and low and behold: There is 1 physical hard drive in the system.
And now it is starting to sink in.... Upon questioning further how he had setup this D: drive, he said it was already there. And sure enough, after calling the builder (a local grey clone maker), it turns out that they had installed a 160 Gb hard drive in this particular system, which was HUGE at the time, but due to a 128 Gb limitation for the boot partition that existed in XP at the time (SP1) the drive was partitioned into a 100, and a 60 Gb section, and they had send out many hundreds of these systems configured like this.
I could see him sink into his shoes when I explained the concept of partitioning to him, and that there was only 1 drive in the system that was completely toasted.
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