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The harddrives are conspiring against me?

11/14/05

  08:04:54 pm, by The Dreamer   , 391 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware, Momitsu V880N

The harddrives are conspiring against me?

U-(

Today around 15:55, the power went out in my building. I was accessing my computer from work....and didn't lose my connection until about 10 minutes later. And, then things were reachable.

When I did a traceroute there was nothing beyond the gateway from Level 3 to Time Warner. Though later everything appeared except the local net. But, I didn't realize that the cause was a power outage until I got home.

From my estimates.....the various analog clocks that I have, the power was out for about 50 minutes. Only one UPS stayed during the whole outage.

But, that's not what this post is about. The other significant thing standing out, post outage, was a bright blue light shining across my apartment from the top ReplayTV. There was also a bright blue light from the bottom of my component stack...but that's the Momitsu V880N.

Anyways that ReplayTV was looping away...at "Please Wait..." Looks like the harddrive is toast. Come to think of it, it might have been the ReplayTV that had trouble starting once....the kind of thing where I unplugged all the inputs and then it worked....and I didn't think anything about it again. But I guess this time it is gone.

So, I rushed over to TigerDirect.com and bought a new Seagate 300GB drive. While a 250GB would be sufficient...I already got a Seagate 250GB from them this month, and there's the rebate restriction. So, I got the 300GB...even though rebate isn't supposed to be a factor in getting the drive.

Though OnRebate.com had been pretty good in the past, though that recently changed..... Used to be $1 surcharge to get the rebate in 1-2 weeks, instead of 8-10 weeks, by PayPal. Now they want a $5 surcharge to get you the rebate in 1-2 days by PayPal. And, if you don't want that high surcharge taken out...they say 8-10 weeks by PayPal....

Of course, I treat PayPal money differently than a check rebate. Because any money that lands in my PayPal account is usually spent in an eBay auction.... &#59;D

After I ordered, I saw that Outpost.com has the Retail Kit version of the drive (TigerDirect.com's is OEM) for the same price, and it has a $50 (instead of a $40) rebate.

Though given my current situation...PayPal is probably easier to get my money.

Oh well....

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