I had a bad weekend myelf, lol. My laptop was getting to be too slow, and when I did google searches, it would go to advertiing sites the first 3 times I click on a link, then on the 4th, it would go to the actual site. Also, it started taking 10+ minutes to start up, as well as shut down. And it's a 2.8GHz system with 512MB RAM and XP Home. So what did I do? Since I had Sun and Mon off, I decided to redo my system Saturday night. I backed my files over to my desktop, on the spare 80GB drive. Then I wiped my system and did a reinstall on my laptop. Then I remembered, I forgot to back up my Microsoft Money. So I lost over 6 years of financial info, lol.
Once I finished installing, I wanted to get online so I could move my files back to the laptop from the desktop. By now it was 3am. I fought and fought, and I could not get the network going. I was pulling my hair. Finally, at 10am, I figured out what I was doing wrong. I have my laptop on the wireless network, with 128-bit encryption. And I know I was typing the password in correctly, you have to type it in twice. It's a 26 character hex string, 0-9 and a-f. I tried, and tried, and still, no connection. Finally, I noticed that I had it on the wrong key. For the encryption, there are 4 keys, and each key has it's own 26 character hex passcode. This way you can change the passcode anytime you want by changing which key to use. Well, in short, it was on the wrong key, thus, no connection.
Now it's 10 am and I want to move my files back over, and I cannot access the D drive on the desktop. I go to the desktop, and still cannot access it. Said that the drive was not formatted, and asked if I wanted to format it. I tried everything I knew, and could not access it. Even putting the drive in another system as a second drive, no access. So all in all, I lost over 10 years worth of music, pictures, data, contact list and email that was backed up from my email client, all my pdf files from my commodities broker, and more. I got so tired of the losing battle, I decided to reformat the drive. I'm thinking of getting another drive to replace it, as I now don't trust the drive. Might get myself a 200G drive. But worst of all, I have to start all over. I reinstalled my Microsoft Money 2006, and entered all the info after last months statement. I had over 6 years of data in the program, and I'm really upset, lol.