Showing posts from March, 2007


After my Woe is Me  entry a few weeks back, I thought I was all set to keep my old Windows ME machine running a good while longer. But it had other plans. One evening a couple weeks ago it failed to boot up, giving a "Non system disk" error. That usually means there's a floppy in the floppy drive, and it needs to be removed. But there wasn't. This time it wouldn't recognize its own hard drive. Further investigation revealed the hard drive still had data on it, but the directories were gone, so the computer couldn't find anything. GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Fortunately, I had backed up all my vital files the previous week. Unfortunately, I had not backed up all of my fun files, like my collections of NASA photos and comic strips, which I kept saying "I'll back those up when I have more time." At this point I had two choices. 1. Run the so-called "Recovery" disk that came with the computer to restore it to its original factory con