For $89, I can buy a lot of HD as well.
But not your data.
Well, that's what backups are for. Last time I moved to a new HD, I got lax about those. On my list for this weekend though. Knock on wood, but the only time I've ever lost data was completely my fault. Fortunately, it wasn't anything critical.
Also on my list is to get Smartmontools doing regular checks. I used to do that too.
I'm sitting here wondering about trying Slackware.
I used Slackware back when it was new. Eventually I moved on to Gentoo.
I was intrigued by Gentoo when it first came out. Back then, I was doing odd things like compiling Gnome from CVS, and compiling my own kernels, so a full-on build-it distro had more appeal, since I was already doing a lot of that anyway. Though the thought of how long it might take to re-build when something like glibc updates is a bit daunting. (And yes, a new glibc shouldn't
, except in rare cases, require a complete rebuild.) I might still give it a go, if I decide I don't like Slack. Sidux (now renamed to something I don't recall) is a possibility too.
Yeah - I feel your pain - it really sucks. I'm sorry to hear about it, but at least it sounds like you're able to recover...
Yep, been there, done that. Of course, in my past, it was more like, "Oh cool, an excuse to build a faster machine!" I really want a RAID in a NAS box. Not in the budget for this year, though.
Have a look at clonezilla and just copy the whole drive over to the new one.
Doesnt matter if the new drive is larger just expand the partition after the transfer.
I've read about Clonezilla. Been looking for an excuse to try it out. Does it copy the UUID? (Relevant to grub stanzas.)
FWIW, I think the problem is heat. Somewhat surprising given the airflow I have in the box, but one fan is a bit sluggish (and in theory, I shouldn't even need it). I had 2 drives unrecognized earlier today, which came back fine after I opened up the case and blew out the dust. Kinda odd, because I've seen much dirtier PCs running without any apparent trouble. However, getting my Uno to turn on the AC has moved up in my priority list. I sure wish I knew of someplace in the Denver area where I could just go pick up an SSR.
Thanks for your comments folks. I'm hoping by the end of the weekend I'll by dual booting my existing system along with Slackware to try out.