Once again resurrected my PC from certain doom, this time a dying hard drive that was visited by the bad-sector gremlins, which ate 6GB of data, including numerous user settings for programs. And all it took was a whole fucking day spent waiting for stuff to finish, with added facepalming due to not backing things up before hand.
Remember people - Always Back Shit Up when it appears your hard drive is about to go to the scrap heap in the sky.
Ended up loosing my firefox stuff and what was left ended up screwing up firefox ESR 52 somewhat so had to completely reinstall firefox. Though I think the most important thing, namely my Grim Dawn saves, is safe though. And it appears cloning over to a newer hard drive also solved the BSoD I was getting that was suggesting I was going to have to buy a replacement GPU as well.
Very tempted though to snag the 2nd RX 470 for NZ$200 via afterpay, but my budgeting senses are going “nope nope nope”. Despite getting it means I will be able to play Phoenix Point and other games that don’t play nicely with my ancient HD6850.
Also got an offer from an old high school mate to send me their retired gaming PC, but we’ll see. Will go for it though if it’s able to use DDR3, since DDR2 is limited to 8GB max, and the (apparent) PCI hole on my current system means only about 4.5GB is available for games when you take into account OS needs. But otherwise, next year, it’s finally upgrade time. Via ex-lease business PC or whatever else works to a mid range, 16GB RAM set up with whatever mid or lower-mid range GPU I can find. And then I’ll finally be able to play Deus Ex: MD and DOOM without issues.
Oh and due to being tired I forgot how to set advanced settings in clonezilla. So guess who had to restart 5 times until they worked out hitting the space key enabled the options? Primarily so it wouldn’t choke on bad sectors.