I’m an idiot.
No, that’s not news. But among my idiocies is my love for Linux… and my inability to get it installed on my new computer. There is a hardware/software conspiracy from HP on my computer that will let me install Linux but then wipes the MBR (Master Boot Record, where the bootloader is installed) and requires me to run the Restore disks… I can get my Windows back to the way it was after a few hours of work and hair-pulling… but while Linux is indeed installed, I can’t boot to it, so it’s just sitting there useless.
Well, I got another idea from a Linux user, to wipe my System Restore partition and try again. Lo and behold, Windows will not boot without that. And while I *could* have saved my files then, I trusted the Restore disks not to wipe them…. and was wrong.
So now I’m without all my document files, which includes all the AHN files as well as other business and personal documents, my pictures, my music (I had over 6 days’ worth, played end to end with no repeats)… I can get some of this back, the way I did previously — i.e., if I emailed it to someone, it’s in my Sent folder, and if I received it by email, it’s in one of my folders. Good thing I virtually always use Yahoo and Gmail, so these files are saved on their servers rather than my hard drive.
Waaah waaah waaah. I did it to myself, thinking I knew more than I did and making one or two too many assumptions along the way. I’m currently restoring the new computer and typing on my old one. I’d be going crazy without at least that one to work on.