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Windows box repair - Alex Belits
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Windows box repair
Two days ago an extraordinary event happened -- a Windows 2000 box was brought to me for repair, with the user convinced that the problem was with viruses. And the user was wrong -- it was a GENUINE HARDWARE FAILURE, hard drive got bad sectors, and it caused NTFS to become unusable in Windows. It still could be mounted readonly in Linux, and this is how I have saved the data, to place it on the new hard drive that the user bought. This is the second time I have seen this problem -- NTFS becomes unusable because of some few bad sectors.

Of course, this couldn't be the only problem that the box had, and the new hard drive failed to boot thanks to the ancient BIOS until I have enabled the infamous 33.8G clipping, but the extraordinary part was that the box completely lacked any viruses, worms or spyware.

After reinstalling W2K, enabling port blocking (in intuitively-named "local policy", and with blocking weirdly mixed with Kerberos setup -- go Microsoft!!! It's easy!!!), installing Firefox, Thunderbird and Openoffice, I have made another partition, and installed Debian Sarge there, first time in my life installing Sarge from its CD, as opposed to upgrading Woody to Sarge. Everything worked perfectly, even though I had to install Firefox and Thunderbird manually (Sarge packages are hopelessly behind the releases), and now the user can see two weirdly similar setups in different OSes on the same box.

If anyone cares, I have installed Gnome as the default desktop, and configured gdm to automatically log in the user, mimicking the W2K setup.
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j_b From: j_b Date: August 12th, 2004 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
mindslide From: mindslide Date: August 12th, 2004 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I read this entry to my fiance, and we both laughed our asses off. He is also going to try linux, because when I read to him

...caused NTFS to become unusable in Windows. It still could be mounted readonly in Linux, and this is how I have saved the data, to place it on the new hard drive that the user bought. This is the second time I have seen this problem -- NTFS becomes unusable because of some few bad sectors.

He said "Hrm....maybe THATS whats happening to me".
dk379 From: dk379 Date: August 15th, 2004 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
i just hope that the user is not Administrator, I mean, root.
abelits From: abelits Date: August 16th, 2004 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is what Lindows/Linspire does. And, obviously, what I don't do.
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