Being a bit of an IT geek, I recently built myself a quite nice computer from bits and pieces lying around. So I have the folowing machine:
CPU Pentium D (2 x 2.8GHz)
3 x 250GB hard disks (SATA interface)
So far, so good, but remember, this was built from other people's scrap. And that's where the problem starts.
Last night, the heatsink fell off the CPU (well, not exactly, but you get the idea!), causing the machine to switch off after about 30 seconds of frying the CPU.
Never mind, I thought. I will get a new heatsink and in the meantime, I will transfer all my hard disks to another machine. This is where the problems started.
I have only one other PC with SATA interfaces, and it only has two. I have 3 drives.
Oh well, I will just have to keep fiddling until I find out which drives I want most, or keep switching them around, copying data ferom one to the other - how boring.
The cause of the heatsink becoming detached from the processor was that the plastic posts had deteriorated (probably from constant heat) and snapped.
I have ordered four new ones for the princely sum of 99p each (+99p p&p). AS long as they arrive in the next couple of days, I may just survive.
At least I have Internet access, email after a fashion, blogs, Twitter and Skype.
WhatI don't have is all my records of clients and my diary, other than what was downloaded to my PDA.
I'll survive ... I mean, it's not as if I need all this data every day ~ is it?