I won’t bore you with all the details, but suffice to say this is the third time (in about as many months) that I’ve had to completely reinstall my machine.
Everything is fine until one morning I will start my notebook and it just won’t boot. Our techies have looked at it, and it comes down to a corrupted boot sector thingy (whatever).
No tools are able to fix, dual boots can’t be enabled, even booting off CDs won’t work. I won’t go on with all the details, but after the first time (on XP) we replaced the drive, after the second time (on Vista Business) we made backups of everything, and now after the third time (again on Vista but this time Ultimate) we have now got a really slick reinstall process :-) It ends up requiring a complete reformat of the drive. I’m assuming it will happen again… at some point.
Luckily I haven’t lost anything of value any of the times (at least I have a thorough backup strategy in place), but it is a hassle of course.
After all that, I’m just glad to be back up and running again. But perhaps it’s time to go notebook shopping…