A bad Week for Computer Hardware

One of the drives in my disk array just failed this morning. Seems like it has been a bad week for computer hardware here. More irritating at the moment as this is an array and the remaining three disks are keeping things running.

Next step will be locating the failed drive when the replacement arrives sometime in the coming week. The new boot drive helps as well since it has space for working files in the interim.

Last weekend I spent a couple days working through issues around my boot SSD as I worked to upgrade to a 2TB drive to make space for working files on the fast volume. I remain nervous that this machine may start seeing more failures as it gets older. For now it is still doing reasonably well.

Working from home makes my local systems that much more important. I’m doing quite a bit of prototyping that involves network activity. My work laptop can’t see anything local once the VPN is engaged so all of the things I could have done with a USB network adapter creating a small local network for experimental use are off the table when I’m home. I have more compute resources on my home network than I have at work so this isn’t a big issue…but when my local systems have problems that spills over.

Hoping this will get me past most of the problems and next week will be smoother.