Persistence pays off, eventually - sometimes

 

Things are rarely as easy as you think they will be.

You have a little project – let’s say, changing a light fixture – and before you know it, you’ve been to the hardware store three times.

Seems to be the same with computers these days.

I’ve upgraded my sons’ hard drives in the past couple weeks, most recently with a Lenovo running Vista.

I thought I learned from the difficulties I had with my older son’s laptop; it took three tries, and worked only when I stopped using the pay software and used free software instead.

This time, it also took three tries, and the free software wasn’t worth a lick. Neither was the paid software.

I was upgrading a 250-gig drive to a 640, and first I tried Easeus Todobackup, which has a great “clone drive” feature that I’ve used successfully several times. When the drive wouldn’t boot, I loaded Acronis’ True Image 10 and started all over, trying both in manual and automatic mode. The process seemed to work, but again the drive wouldn’t boot.

So I switched to a Western Digital 640-gig drive and used the free version of True Image that’s available for WD drives. And then we went to dinner for my son’s birthday. Six hours later, the new drive was installed and running.

I used Easeus’ Partition Master to resize the two partitions on the new drive and finally, this morning, I was able to text my son that his laptop was back up and running.

I still don’t know exactly what was wrong with my first two attempts. I’m not sure whether the lesson is “if at first you don’t succeed,” or  “third time’s the charm.”

I know this: If that third time hadn’t worked, I know a guy who can do this for money.

Never hurts to have a backup plan.

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