Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

One week! For the second time since I purchased this PC I had to re-install the operating system and all my applications. As I mentioned in a post early last week the boot drive of my photography laptop crashed last Sunday. I played with it until late Monday night in a desperate attempt to make a miracle happen… I couldn’t.

I decided I was not going to completely tear the PC apart in order to reach the small SSD drive embedded in the heart of this beast. Considering the non-existent use of the CD drive I chose to replace the drive with a HD drive tray and install a second 1 TB, 7200 RPM hard disk. Yes, I will lose a little startup speed and the applications might not pop open as quickly as they did from the SSD but the extra storage space would be great and ease of any future repairs would be increased. Besides, it was not like I was playing online games with this baby!


MLCreations Photography: Magic Kingdom &emdash; Castle Color Reflection


All the pieces arrived Thursday and about an hour after getting home from work the system was performing the first of the OS installs to bring everything back to normal. As I had learned from the last system crash I needed to first restore Windows 8.1 before I could upgrade to Windows 10. The Win 8.1 restore was not a problem. I attempted the upgrade to Win 10 but the system was hanging on the process. That issue took me another day to resolve (FYI – Win 8.1 Windows Update programs needed to be updated manually via a few downloads before the system would work properly – OMG!).

By Saturday morning I had my basic system working. The rest of Saturday was all about reinstalling my photography software and getting the system back to its fully protected, fully backed up operating condition. About half way through the process I found a directory with a lot of my stuff that I must have setup last crash. I wish I had written that down somewhere. It would have saved me an hour or two! 🙂


MLCreations Photography: Magic Kingdom &emdash; Era Mixing


I have started working through my images from last Sunday’s trip to the zoo. I’ll get a post online soon. I chose to add a few Cinderella Castle images to this post instead. To revive the post-processing muscles after a short hiatus I went with pics from my happy place. I also ventured to those directories first as I have been trying to plan a Spring trip back down and coordinating my work schedule with price shifts at Disney has been challenging. As much as I love going, I am unwilling to pay the prices during the ‘Peak’ seasons. I get supply and demand, but really, does the hotel room’s cost to operate increase by 50-100% during specific weeks of the year? Crazy!

Anyway… Make sure your files are backed up! The crash didn’t upset me too much other than the fact I would need to do all the work to restore the applications. I knew my data and those files important to me where safe.

6 responses to “Restored

  1. Glad you’re back. I missed my daily fix! Love these photos too, especially the first one. But you’re also scaring me because I wouldn’t have a clue how to install anything if I had to. I do have my husband regularly backing up my files…and he’d do the reinstall…but still I sort of feel like I should learn this stuff myself.

    • Thanks Dawn! Most of the time there will be no problems with a PC. I wanted to make sure everyone at least considers protecting any files they can not afford to lose. Learning it yourself would be fun if you are into computer geekdom like me… 🙂

  2. Glad you’re back – you have been missed. Arrrgh! with problematic computers. Windows 8 is what drove me to buy a Mac, something I had sworn I would never do. Now, I am glad I did.

  3. Hi Mike, catching up this morning on a snow day home from school. Looks like all is working well for you now. Computers – we love them and hate them at times, and can’t imagine life without them! I’m happily scrolling through your images today – especially enjoying the ones that don’t feature snow as we now have about 20 fresh inches from 2 storms in the last 4 days.

    • Yeah, we got about 14 inches of snow here, more on the way. I knew the mild January would lead to an interest February. Hope you enjoyed the snow day.

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