So it took the better part of six DAYS to finish transferring NEARLY the entire contents of my old hard drive over. I trimmed out a few subdirectories I felt comfortable doing so with (eg. why keep the twice-recovered Steam directory when there's a more up-to-date version with all my games in the SAME HARD DRIVE?, and if I haven't needed to transfer more than the old fonts and drivers from the old Windows directory in the past year and a half, I probably won't ever need to), and it turned out the only big loss was the Team Fortress 2 installation. For some reason, it was "cursed" (and I use the term in an ironic, sarcastically non-superstitious way) such that it would not read the installed directory, nor successfully transfer the more-than-4GB cache file.
My hypothesis was that Team Fortress 2 had had so many updates, and my attitude towards defragging had been so lackadaisical, that the relevant files were SO fragmented that attempting to retrieve them in full overheated the hard drive.
The entirety of the rest of the disk was successfully transferred to my new hard drive with the help of two gel icepacks rotated in and out of the freezer--when the icepack was not present or was hot, the drive had a propensity to lock up just as before.
I'm currently running updates for WoW, Steam, and sorting through all the files that I downloaded on my laptop during the time I've had my desktop out of commission.
7 years, 2 months ago
29 Jul 2011 08:06 CEST