A Word To The Wise

I am currently trying to retrieve photos for an individual off of a dieing laptop. It was a Windows XP system and will not boot even in the “Safe Mode”.

My assumption is that the OS has become corrupted. Reinstalling Microsoft would require loosing all data on the hard drive.

I tried removing the hard drive and putting it into an external case and reading it via the USB port, but that would not work.

I reinstalled the hard drive in the laptop and booted up UBUNBTU on the CD drive. I have been able to copy some files before the system hangs. I have a long way to go, but given time maybe I will get the majority of the needed files recovered.

The point of this post is to remind everyone that PCs break. Hard drives fail. If you only have your photos or important documents stored on a PC and not backed up to another medium, you are at risk.

That reminds me, I need to back up my primary PC again. :)

UPDATE: I completed the process and recovered all of the files that were important. A couple photos would not copy. I would say that I copied 99% of all photos. I declare the exercise a success. Had I taken it to a computer repair place here, I am sure they would just have reformatted the hard drive.

Trip To Panama City from David

We drove to Panama City for the holidays. I drove to the Bridge of the Americas in Panama City and then turned the driving over to a more accomplished and experienced resident. Following are a few photos that will provide a small taste of the drive. Most of the photos were taken beginning at the bridge, since I was no longer driving.

The following photo is representative of the highway between David and Santiago. For the most part, it was in very good shape. You always have to be alert for small ruptures in the highway, but I didn’t see any that would have punctured a tire between David and Santiago.
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Chiriquí Storage Units

I just received the following email announcing storage units in Chiriquí.

Good Morning Don,

Can you please post the following announcement on your blog? We have officially opened Chiriquí Storage (www.chiriquistorage.com) in Dolega and would like everyone to know that storage service is available.

Please come by and visit our new facility. I will include the information in this email and also attach the announcement.

Thank you,

Linda and Hellmut Pedersen
Penny

ANNOUNCING THE GRAND OPENING OF

CHIRIQUI STORAGE


PROVIDING 20 DRY SECURE STORAGE UNITS OF VARIOUS SIZES,
AND OUTSIDE STORAGE SPACE FOR VEHICLES
WE ARE LOCATED ON THE BOQUETE-DAVID ROAD
1.7KM NORTH OF THE ACCEL GAS STATION
ON THE EAST SIDE (north of Dolega)
PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE:
WWW.CHIRIQUISTORAGE.COM
Or call Linda at 6714-2487
Penny at 6510-8934

If you visit these storage units, tell them you learned of them from Chiriquí Chatter. If you use the facilities, feel free to leave a comment.