-8gb GSkill DD3 PC1600-
-M4 SSD 120gb-
-Noctura CPU Cooler-
-H67 M-ITX board-
-TX650M Corsair psu -
I also opted for extra USB ports on the front instead of the disk drive.
I'll be honest, this was my first time buying a card of this performance level or price-range, so I was stoked to do some benchmarks. I picked up BioShock Infinite and Total War: Shogun 2 during the Steam Sales and figured that they would be proper candidates.
But first, it was time to.......
I had already been going at it all day when I decided to pop open the Win7 Disk Management utility*. I was mentally fatigued at this point, but since my 1.5TB drive was coming from my old Dell, I wanted to see what sort of wonky partitions had been setup.
There was my large main partition and then two smaller ones. No big deal, I thought that I'd just combine them and be done with it.
*The picture here is just for reference, and is/was not my actual drive partitions.
I wasn't paying attention 100% and wound up deleting my main partition...after I had formatted my back-up drive and before I was able to copy the files back over......over 600gb worth of files....
Out of options, I spent the best $39 I have ever spent. I installed Partition Wizard and within 5min I had ALL of my files back! It was literally: start program, click maybe ten times on buttons/tabs, partition recovered.
If you follow me on twitter you would have seen me sing its praises and promise a blood sacrifice in it's honor.
-Always backup in triplicate
-Don't mess with your data late at night
-Spending a few bucks can be worth more in mental sanity than in your wallet.
Moving forward, before this scare happened, I was planning on using my old Dell to setup a NAS (Network-attached storage) box anyway. I've decided to use an unRAID setup by LimeTech. I'll be sure to document the build for a future post. Until then, back that data up!