Knitting |Techie Talk by Judy @ 2:15 PM

Yesterday I learned some interesting facts about hal.dll, as well as a few other related items.

The first thing I learned is that when you fix things that aren’t really broken take care of some long over-due partition realignment on your hard drives (yeah… that’s the story), one problem that you might have is that your computer then loses its mind and will refuse to boot. Insane computers, as any follower of sci-fi could tell you, are not a good thing.

But that’s why we do backups, right? And, yes grasshopper, I did do backups before starting down this path. I had brand new, shiny backups of all three logical drives on physical hard drive #1 (c:, d:, and e:). And I had a whole physical drive (#2), originally set up to dual-boot, no longer being used for anything. All I wanted to do was remove everything from no-longer-used hard drive #2, freeing up a bunch of space to move e: into, and thus freeing up more space for d: on physical drive #1. So I had backups, and I had tools (Partition Magic, which has worked well for me in the past).

Happily whistling We’re Off To See The Wizard, I started down the yellow brick road. I’ve done this sort of thing before. Lots of times. I have backups. It’s not that scary. Not as scary, say, as cutting a steek.

And, speaking of knitting, as you follow along the yellow brick road with me you might realize that there are actually several long periods of technical inactivity on my part whilst the computer “did it’s thing,” and that left quite a bit of down time (pun unintended) for knitting. The socks are ready to have their little heels turned. And if they still fit afterwards, I’ll post a pic.

Now, disclaimer: Don’t try this at home, kids, unless you are prepared to face the consequences.

I set up a bunch of disk changes in Partition Magic and pressed the “submit” button. A nice message told me my computer would reboot. “OK” I said, still whistling. The computer rebooted.

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