So I replaced my broken hard drive over the weekend.
I’ve never been a fixer. I’ve never had a mechanically-inclined mind. When I played with Legos as a child, I never created things – I gained intense pleasure from building the thing that was on the cover of the box, following the instructions to the letter, and that was the extent of my creativity with physical objects. (This is, I think, a reason why Minecraft holds no appeal for me.)
So, yeah; I had a busted hard drive and absolutely no idea how to fix it, and even less desire to learn. The broken hard drive was a $100 problem; if I tried to fix it and ended up breaking something else, I’d then have a $1000 problem, and that’s just not something I can deal with right now. So early last week I’d asked my Facebook friends for advice, and a friend of mine who lives in the neighborhood offered to fix it, but at the last minute he had to cancel and wouldn’t be able to help until next week, and I knew I’d start to go insane if I had to go that long without a working PC.
So I put on my big-boy pants, sent the manual to my iPad (since our wireless printer is on the fritz, which is a problem I have NO idea how to solve), got myself a screwdriver, and prepared for the worst.
And 5 minutes later, my new hard drive was in place, and I was installing Windows 7 again, and now everything seems to be working quite well – better, in fact, than it was before the old hard drive failed. (The PC had been having very weird problems for quite a while, actually – so, in a way, this was a boon.)
The new PC is strictly a gaming machine now – the only applications it’s running are Google Chrome, Spotify, and Steam. (Previously it had also been running ProTools… until, for some strange reason, it couldn’t run it anymore.)
Let me interrupt myself here to say this: I love the cloud. I finally get the cloud. There wasn’t really all that much on my PC that I needed to save, and it was backed up on an external hard drive anyway, but truth be told everything I’d be using on this PC is either in Google Drive, Spotify, or Steam, and I didn’t need my external hard drive for any of that stuff.
The only real pain in the ass is rebuilding my Steam library, and it’s only a pain in the ass to the extent that my download speeds aren’t where I want them to be. (They generally average around 2.5 MPS, but sometimes they just conk out completely.) But I’ve also realized that I don’t need to download everything. Before my old hard drive failed, I had over 100 games installed. This time around I’m just going to stick to the essentials, the stuff I may have already beaten but still enjoy wandering around in. (Cloud saves are great, by the way. I’m finding that I’m less inclined to re-download stuff where there are no cloud saves - Far Cry 3, for example.)
I have more to say, specifically about being disappointed by Metro Last Light and about feeling disconnected from gaming in general, but the XBOX event is about to happen and I suspect my tune may change considerably once that’s over with, for some reason.