Rough Month

By | December 23, 2014

Saying that the last month was rough is in some ways putting it mildly. Oh things between Kayla and I are fine, we are moving forward in our relationship; exploring, experiencing, and laying plans for the future.

What has made it rough are some of the speed bumps I’ve encountered along the way.

Just after Thanksgiving I started having some computer problems. I began troubleshooting and working my way through the problems. Bit by bit I began replacing parts in my computer until it came down to each part in my desktop was now new.

Sounds like a great solution, I ended up with a new computer…not so.

My computer would only boot intermittently and then when it wouldn’t work it wouldn’t even POST, meaning the motherboard didn’t detect ANY of the hardware needed to work. Okay once again easy right I had determined it was the motherboard and since it is new just RMA it for another one.


The first time I called the manufacturer I got right through, they issued me a case number, told me what to try and then call them back with the results.

I had to disassemble the computer and with the very basic of hardware put it together outside of the case. It had to wait till the weekend, I set aside the time, Kayla worked it so her and the boys were out and I could work in silence, call them back and get my RMA.

It was another week and a half before I could even talk to another human being on the phone!

After explaining my troubleshooting they agreed it was a bad motherboard. But wait there was still a catch. If they (the manufacturer) RMA’d it they would send me a refurbished board. If I went through the reseller I would get a new one.

I opted to go through the reseller, thankfully things went through with them quickly and with only one call. What helped was having a case number from the manufacturer. I was sent a return shipping label and two days later the motherboard was on its way back. No new MB till they get the old one and test it.

So hopefully sometime shortly after the New Year I will have a new motherboard and be back up and running.

Now mixed in with that I found I had a need for some files stored on an external drive I have. A 4 terrabyte drive which contained 2 terrabytes of data.

All I have at this time is my work laptop which I am very cautious in using with my kink stuff. But I hooked the external drive to the laptop as I needed these files.

The laptop would not read the drive! Linux said the drive was corrupt and needed to have Windows Check Disk run on it.

SO into Windows I went and tried to run Check Disk.
It wouldn’t work, it said the drive was to corrupt and needed to be formatted.

My heart rose up in my throat.

After I calmed down, I have some software that can recover failed drives.
So the software was installed, the external drive hooked up, and away we went.

6 hours later after the scan was done…

It found no data, nothing, nada, zip, zilch.

Everything gone, documents, videos, digital photos that I have taken over the course of the last 12 years.

A portion of the family photos I do have stored in places like Drop Box and a few other places so a portion of them I will be able to recover.

It has taken me a bit for my mind to wrap around this. Kayla says I am a digital hoarder and I had to much data.
Being a computer guy; data is my life’s blood.

I am ready to put all these computer problems behind me and move forward.

24 thoughts on “Rough Month

  1. Kayla Lords

    I’m ready to put all these computer problems behind us, too. And yes, you ARE a digital hoarder.

    I believe in silver linings, though. It absolutely sucks that you lost all that stuff (pictures, movies, and more). But now you have incentive to get back out there with your camera and start fresh. ((HUGS))

    1. John Brownstone Post author

      While you may not be totally incorrect about me being a hoarder of files anytime you needed something, I always seems to have it πŸ˜‰

      Also you are not off base when you say it is past time for me to take up my camera once more.

  2. Cathy Brockman

    I had that happen too though Im not a digital hoarder so I dint lose nearly as much but i do feel for you on the run around of gettigin stuff fixed. I figured buying a new computer was the answer wrong. it too was defective three New computers later this one is passable but barely. I hope you have a better year and listen to Kayla She sounds smart! go take more pictures! maybe this was a way for Destiny to tell you put the past away and start fresh

    1. John Brownstone Post author

      Cathy, just because electronics are new doesn’t mean they are exempt from problems.
      After some time to think it all over I agree with you it is the Universe telling me to look forward and not back.

  3. hispetitelle

    Uggh! How exasperating! I hope you get all your computer problems resolved soon.

    Hi, I’m Elle, and I’m also a digital hoader. I have photos and files on 2 SD cards, 3 hard drives, 4 flash drives, Dropbox, and Snapfish, and a partridge in a pear tree. I’ve started planning how to organize them because it would crush me to lose them. We had a fire when I was 14 and half our house burned down and I lost a ton of childhood memories. I think I will just get an external drive to store them and load everything up on Snapfish as well as make sure they get backed up by Carbonite. I think. It’s my last organizing project because I’m a pretty organized person. This one got away from me and just keeps getting bigger by the day.

    1. John Brownstone Post author

      Welcome to the Club Elle, The 4TB drive was my effort to get my files organized and all together.
      While some of the files I don’t deny it was time to let go of losing the photo’s has been the hardest. I do have some burned to CD and some I found at work so not all is lost.
      What I did lose where most of the pictures I took from my years of kayaking, fishing, and traveling on the motorcycle.

      I’ve heard of Carbonite and I will have to look into it a bit more.

    1. John Brownstone Post author

      I have been digging through various thumb drives and old drives I have help onto and I have been able to recover a portion of the photos.

  4. Anna Marie Kenward

    I second marion’s comment. I also have a ton of files here on my laptop, some of which are redundant now, but photos, files, Documents, Apps, all of which I’d hate to lose. Some stuff is stored in the ‘Cloud’, but not all of it. Time I went through and removed stuff I really don’t need any more. I hoard too, and it’s time I cleared my life of all the clutter, both physically and digitally.

    1. John Brownstone Post author

      That is going to be a priority project of mine in this upcoming year. I wish you luck as it isn’t easy digging through tons of files.

  5. Kevin Little

    You two are in need of a NAS and a Ubuntu server
    I’d be glad to help!

    1. John Brownstone Post author

      Hi Kevin, I LOVE Ubuntu, over the years I’ve played with Red Hat, Mint, as well as a few others. Ubuntu to date has become my favorite.
      A server and NAS was the direction I was headed in when everything went south.
      As I move forward with it if I need any help I will keep you in mind. Thanks

  6. Mrs Fever

    I’m sorry. Especially about losing your photos. Pictoral history is irreplacable. πŸ™ Tecknologees are teh suck.

    Good luck with the fix. I hope the follow-thru is quick and painless.

    Merry Christmas!

    1. John Brownstone Post author

      Technology it has become such an integrated part of our day to day life anymore.
      The holidays have slowed some things down but now hopefully they will pick up steam and move forward once more.

  7. Wordwytch

    Hugs Dear! I went though some of that a few years ago. I’ve become rather “religious” about redundant backups. Plus, I’ve been having computer issues too. Wolf redid my system and finally fixed a few issues.

    Hope that everything mellows out for you!

    1. John Brownstone Post author

      Glad you past your computer issues. Hmm is that where that new chair came from??? hehehehe
      Part of what will be done is more redundant backups.

  8. Cheeky Minx

    Losing precious family photos – any loved photos or pieces of writing, for that matter – is horrid.

    I can only hope 2015 is a smoother technology ride for you, JB!

    1. John Brownstone Post author

      Thank you Minx, it has been slow moving but at least it is moving in a direction and I have a backup plan in place as well now.


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