Patience

Sunday afternoon through Wednesday pm – 27% and counting…

The old, external backup drive crashed over Xmas. I have some redundancy, so I don’t think I lost much. But it meant it was time for a trip to the tech store.

I purchased one of those new fangled one terabyte, USB 2.0 My Books. Reading through the user guide pdf, I noticed it was supplied with a Fat32 file system.  There was a recommendation to reformat to an NTFS file system for better performance, if it was to be used solely on a Windows Vista system.

When I plugged it in, I noticed that all the USB ports on the back of my computer were USB 1.1. Imagine advertising USB 2 all over your computer package and only providing 2 out of 6 USB 2.0 ports…. Sigh.

The drive is backward compatible, right? Yep.

Fine. The instructions were 4 steps – go to computer management, delete the partition, re-initialized the drive, and choose to format the drive and follow the wizard.  Oh, and they note it might take some time (heh).

Done. On Sunday around 3:00pm.

Nothing much seemed to happen immediately, so I let things run for a while. When I went to bed around 10:30, it was reading 1% and formatting.

Now it’s Wednesday, and it’s getting exciting. This evening it’s reading 26%, and I’m sure by the time I hit the sack it will be 27%. Sheesh, I hope you caught the sarcasm.

Something’s up, but I don’t know what, and I really don’t want to start again – just in case it works. I’m just hoping that it won’t get to something like 75% or 80% and then announce that it can’t complete. I’ll really be pissed at that point.

Keep ya posted…

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