D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

Some of the best lessons are the hardest learned.

Thursday, June 22, 2006 2:22 AM

So last night as I'm booting up my laptop, I notice something odd. Apparantly my profile went corrupt. This of course had a ripple effect accross everything: Source Safe decided that it didn't want to play nice with Visual Studio anymore, all my settings were toast...had to re-connect and download all my Outlook stuff over again...etc.

But whatever, made the best of it. Windows was using a user directory called TEMP to put all my “new” settings in, so whatever. To be safe though, I copied all my stuff from my old profile to my new desktop in a folder called “To Sort”. All my pictures and videos from Dev Teach, all my sample projects I was working on, the Mad Mexican videos and pics...(are you seeing that forebowding cloud of gloom and despair approaching?)...

So after a whopping 1.5 hours of sleep (a whole other story), I decide to dive back into testing before we unleash the RC1 of the project I'm working on. As I boot up my laptop, I notice that its taking FOR-EVAR for it to load after I enter in my password. The hard drive light is on non-stop...but the Compaq splash screen isn't going anywhere. So after a few minutes of this, its time to shut it down and re-start. Which is a bit quicker...not much, but a bit.

But...where's my “To Sort” folder? Oh...it switched me back to m original profile...how nice. I'll just go get my files then and...er, get my files and...uh...Where the hell are my files?!

Gone...that's where. Adios. I'm running a search right now, but I'm not necessarily hopeful. I know that Joel had an issue with his laptop and there was some way they rescued some files, so I'm holding on to a glimmer of hope.

But let this be a lesson to you all:

1) Don't store stuff in My Documents if you don't have to...don't rely on the corruptable profile file
2) If you do tempt fate, then backup backup backup...have a plan...I left it way too late thinking it would never happen to me :(

I think the biggest thing that I'm pissed off about is that I keep a journal in Word, and for the first time I kept it on my laptop (I use it more than my desktop it seems). The pictures I'm not as worried about...we all shared pics at Dev Teach, so I'm sure that I'll be able to get copies from my peeps. And I'm not even going to dwell on what else I might have lost...

Great way to start the day!!!



# re: Some of the best lessons are the hardest learned.

Man, that sucks.

To avoid a lost profilekilling my "My Documents" folder, I always reassign it to a folder somewhere else. Anywhere except in "Documents and Settings\<user>". Since I'm a bit more paranoid, I usually have it on a mirrored (RAID-1) drive nowadays.

Good luck with the recovery. If you're looking for a great data recovery tool, I recommend SpinRite (grc.com). It's $90, but to me it's the best. (a little disconcerting when you get a tiny 750K download for your money, but it works great!) 6/22/2006 3:54 AM | AF-Geek

# re: Some of the best lessons are the hardest learned.

Losing all of the Mad Mexican footage would have been the biggest tragedy since I tore my shirt on a metal outhang at work yesterday. 6/22/2006 7:37 AM | Justice~!

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