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Alfador

I live!

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.
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Added: 7 years ago
 
drakiskier
7 years ago
welcome back.
Alfador
7 years ago
Thanks!
kawaiikatana
7 years ago
Fragmented so hard that you overheated a hdd? Whoa bro, you might want to try linux with that type of destructive ability.  But you game and linux is doesn't game :S. Better fans would probably work too. Yeah, definitely better fans.
Alfador
7 years ago
Better fans, and/or just keeping it defragged and de-dusted more than once a year. :x
Jasu
7 years ago
Hah, good stuff man. :D
Alfador
7 years ago
'tis!
LandonFox
7 years ago
Glad things turned out well, although I didn't really doubt they would.
Alfador
7 years ago
Thanks!
AlexReynard
7 years ago
I encountered a similar thing while fixing my own problem. I realized just how many giant folders I had full of stuff I never look at, so I'm gonna be going through them and cleaning house over the next few weeks. I already saved about 600+ megabytes just last night. I also found some gigantic Japanese and Korean fonts I very likely will never need.
Alfador
7 years ago
I keep Asian fonts around (or rather, fonts with the Asian sections of Unicode glyphed in) so when I go to a site with that character set, it looks like the incomprehensible moon letters it should, rather than a glitchy series of boxes not even Google Languages would be able to make head nor tail of.
AlexReynard
7 years ago
I still have a few, just not the thirty-megabyte ones. Even if I jettison one I might need, it's not like I can read it either way.
Shokuji
7 years ago
Glad you made it back at all! o.o Hardware things like that can be pretty crappy. Make sure you make yourself some backups either on DVD or an external hard drive. =3
Alfador
7 years ago
Yup! I've already got the most important stuff backed up, and I'll reformat the old drive and make it into a media drive, where hopefully single-block errors won't cause such huge problems.
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