I’d been proud of the fact that my computer booted quickly. Pride cometh before…you know…
All the sudden it was being wonky. When it would boot, it wouldn’t let me do anything with the start menu but would let me start lots of programs that I had shortcuts on the desktop, except chrome. It wouldn’t even let me ctl-alt-delete to get the task manager going. It would let me run my scan and after about 15 minutes, it would it would finally finish booting. At first, I thought I’d picked up a virus/worm etc. that was jacking my groove. I’d been trying every trick I could figure to try to get it back to normal. No dice. I finally broke down and called my buddy, Joe, to see if he could fix it. I’m a hack. He’s a real computer guy.
After messing with it for awhile, Joe confirmed my suspician that it’s not really a virus issue. He said that for some reason (possibly a virus, although I’d effectively blocked it), for some reason explorer was hanging up. He even showed me how I could get the task manager up before everything started up, kill explorer and let it restart. The problem is that he could mess with it for 4-8 hours and not be able to figure out what was causing the problem. However, I could just wipe the machine and re-install windows and everything in just a couple of hours.
I have not doubt that the actual installation process might only take a couple of hours. Sorting, deleting, filing, backing up, important (or maybe not even real important; I am a packrat in the cyberworld as well as real life) files in order to be ready to wipe and re-install windows fresh has taken me a couple of days.
So, I’m ready. I’ve got, or think I’ve got everything on external drives or backed up to dvd. Why I lack faith in external drives that I’ve not had any problems with when I’ve let important files sit on the system drive without proper backup for months, I don’t know. It’s still scary.
The upside is that I hope to partition the ginormous system drive into two drives. From here on, I’ll just save files to one partition that’s separate from the system. That way, if I have to do this again, I won’t have to go through this winnowing process.
I know that I should have everything. It’s just the psychosis of a pack rat. “What if I need this? What if I forgot to back something up that I’m going to need?” gag.
Commencing operation wipe. See you on the flipside.