The last weekend was an especially long but interesting one. Man, i am such a geek :) . I was able to get some pending technology fixes out of the way. I had a Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB hard disk sitting and smiling at me on a shelf for a couple of days now. That was destined for my gaming rig, which was at that time running a Seagate Barracuda 250gb that came with the PC. Needless to say, i was running out of space and hence the hard disk upgrade was necessitated. On friday evening i cracked open the gaming rig and installed the new disk, installed Windows XP and copied some of the data from my old hard disk before removing it from the PC, this took me to Saturday.
This older hard disk then went through partition magic to clean it up and was going into my download rig when i came upon a hurdle. My download rig (aka old gaming rig) has an older PSU which doesn't have SATA power connectors. There was another SATA hard disk in there, which was using a molex to sata power convertor and this was something i had forgotten. So this upgrade was going to have to wait as i looked high and low in my den but i wasn't able to find a suitable cable amongst a myriad of cable collections. The next day being Sunday i was again with my hands tied behind my back as i was not going to be able to find a cable on that day, oh i miss Fry's :( . So this upgrade was going to have to wait.
A third upgrade that was also going to happen this weekend was that my Macbook Pro was getting Snow Leopard. I had the dvd in hand since the day it was launched but i was waiting for a replacement hard disk. My macbook pro had a 200 gb Hitachi 7200rpm disk which was full. In any case, i like installing fresh operating systems after cleaning up the disk and this being my primary machine i didn't want to take any chances with the data backup. So while i had a full time machine backup i wanted to keep this hard disk as it is, plus it was creaking at the seams. I needed a bigger disk. I had been researching for a suitable disk the last couple of days and had run into the familiar choice conundrum , speed vs space. I could get a 320 gb 7200 rpm disk for about the same price as a 500 gb 5400 rpm disk, 500 gb 7200 rpm drives are still expensive and not that easy to find in Delhi. So i pondered over my priorities, is the little increase in speed enough to forgo 180 gb ? After an unreasonable amount of time i finally made up my mind, i would rather take the increase in space over the speed. I chose a Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500 gb and ordered it online. That drive also came in on Saturday, so while my download rig had to wait for an upgrade, i could work on my macbook.
I visited a number of websites explaining the upgrade procedure and then saw the wonderful video at OWC (Other World Computing). The OWC videos are a great resource for any mac user wanting to get into the hardware. Very well detailed and the narration was also excellent, a must see for all mac users . So i laid out the tools and got set to operate. I have done many hdd upgrades in the past but i have to say none have been this complex and painstaking. 4 different screw types and about 20 in all, most so tiny they are a hard to handle. Its almost like Apple doesn't want people to open up their laptops :). Anyway, i broke into the laptop and was able to replace the hard disk without too much trouble. Put the case back together, and wow i still had all the screws where i left them :). So with the laptop back together i started installing Snow Leopard (OS 10.6) which took about 45 mins in all before i booted into the newly setup machine. I placed my older hard disk in a USB enclosure so i could copy stuff across to the new system. Next i set about reinstalling all my application, finding all my serials/keys in my email etc, not the best time. It also showed me what my priorities were, LOL! first installed Mozilla Thunderbird and next was Tweetdeck which i must add, is fast becoming one of my favorite apps. Another advantage of making an external storage device out of my old hard disk was that i could selectively copy stuff as i needed it. That leaves out a lot of stuff i had installed on my older hard disk, keeping my new one clean and fresh at-least for now (why does that sentence sound like an ad for womanly products ?) . Copying some of the preference files and settings over from the old however turned out be quite a task. Anyway, monday morning i had my Macbook all ready for action :).
So, coming back to my download rig, on Monday i visited the mecca of IT components in Delhi, Nehru Place. After jostling through the crowds and visiting about 10 shops, i had my cable, actually 3 cables. I bought them from different shops as i wanted to be sure at-least one works. I didn't want to go back for a cable that was cheaper than the amount of fuel i would burn by going back and forth. With the cable in hand, that evening i installed the hard disk in my download rig and install Ubuntu 9.04 and now with Azureus running 24x7 again , i am at full productive capacity :).
Now that was a fun weekend.