Written by Christopher Null on November 10th, 2005

There is nothing quite like coming home and seeing a reflection in the window of your computer screen, a gargantuan error message regarding KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR. I.e.: Hard drive crash (usually).

An hour of troubleshooting led to nothing but a grinding noise that didn’t sound so good. At 11:30 I gave up, shut the whole thing down, and went to bed. By 6am I was up in a sweat. I have backups of all my important data, but it’s the unimportant data that I didn’t have covered — namely my software archive of utilities I use in product testing and my 30GB music collection, only 18GB of which will fit on my iPod. Trying to reconstruct the other 12GB would be a nightmare — as the iPod chooses files at random to fill the space.

This morning, everything boots up just fine. The hard drive is still making some not-quite-right clicking noises, but I’m not looking a gift horse in the mouth. It’s backup time! The software archive is done, and the music is now copying to a fresh 40GB backup drive. If the machine can just hold out until that’s finished, I’ll happily replace that dead drive with something that works. Thank you, computer gods!

Stop 0x0000007A or KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR

 

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