This post dedicated to Marvin, who I bore with my stories and always tells me “you should write a blog”
Occasionally I like to back up, reformat and reinstall all my operating systems.
I’ve got quite good at it, and can get Windows 7, Ubuntu and any arbitrary testing distro up and running the way I like it in under 4 hours.
I also have a nasty habit of throwing away DVDs of distros etc, and have to redownload and burn them when I want to reinstall.
OK so today I decided to take the first step and perform a full backup, which I needed to do anyway. I then downloaded an untouched Windows 7 Professional disk image from a torrent site (I have an MSDN AA license key, but I hate their downloader).
I dug out a blank DVD from the depths of under my bed, hunted around for my trusty permanent marker, and in my neatest handwriting, I inked the DVD: “Windows 7 professional - 64 bit”
Then I fired up Windows disk management, and removed all non-Windows partitions. I find this is the easiest way to do partition management, since my files live on my Windows partition, and are mounted across all my operating systems (see here for instructions on how to do this). This is pretty much the point of no return, as one of these partitions contains my bootloader, Grub, without which I can’t boot anything, or even chainload into Windows.
I then stuck the DVD in my drive and rebooted.
I’m dumped at a non-functional bootloader. eh?
I head into my BIOS settings and make sure my motherboard is set to boot from my DVD drive first. It is. So what’s the problem? My disk spins up, but then nothing. It’s not a dodgy ISO because the checksum matches.
It can’t be a dodgy burn, because I always set the disk burner to verify the disk after burning.
It’s then I realise I didn’t actually burn the disk. I’m trying to boot from a blank DVD. Turns out writing “Windows 7 professional” on a blank DVD doesn’t automatically make it so. Who’d have thought it?
Well now I’m stuck. I hunt around everywhere, and eventually find an Ubuntu 8.04 CD with sticky fingerprints all over it, which I boot into and then burn the DVD.
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I might post a lot of these now I have Tumblr on my phone…
My desktop is so beautiful
Hooray today I got my student loan and grant paid into my bank.
This is brilliant news as it means my net balance is positive for the first time in around a year.
I’ve set aside the rent that I’ll need until my next loan, so at least I won’t get kicked out of my flat.
Not only this, but I have phoned the taxman who said I will be getting a rebate on my next paycheque, which should be a total of around £600!
Plus this month is my birthday, so things are looking up!
I’d better do a new post or that enormous picture of me that I uploaded as a test is going to dominate my page and make me look like some kind of vain, iPad-wielding bellend.
EDIT: Brilliant, it’s still there. Oh well.
First post. Testing…?
Pic related: it’s me