This Sunday, I was using my desktop and it decided to throw a tantrum and freeze up. Even Ctl+Alt+Delete wouldn't bring up my task manager, which I found odd. So, after shutting down, I got my dreaded "not sure what hard drive to boot from" message of doom I get every few months. I've managed to fix the issue several times by myself, but this time...nothing.
Fearing the worst, I took it to the only computer shop in town that is open on a Sunday afternoon to hear the bad news. That my SSD wasn't getting recognized on other machines, because it couldn't turn on. Now, it's just a shiny, expensive brick. There also isn't a way to recover files off bricked SSDs, so I lost some important work files and all of my programs. (It was a Crucial SSD, and mine turned out to be a POS. Not buying them again.)
I was working on a Freelance 3D project between work and commissions, and THANKFULLY had a back up copy of a recent almost complete file. However, I only had a few days left on my 3ds Max subscription to render out the project again. When the computer repairman said that it would take a few days to get around installing my new SSD/Windows, I couldn't accept the offer from the time limit. I decided to do the unthinkable. I tried installing it myself.
In the past, I've done some somewhat shoddy (excellent) Frankensteining to my machines. Like, installing wireless cards/new CD drives, but I've never installed a hard drive and loaded Windows.
BUT I DID IT! Now it works great. It's very naked, but it works.
There was only a minor instance of confusion/panic, because of how my computer handled 3ds Max 2016. I could open the program, but I couldn't look at any of my projects. I really derped up on that one, and figured out that I had to install a driver so my desktop could find its video card. It's the thing in your computer that let's you see complicated interactive things like art or video games. Otherwise, working on any art project might be a bit difficult. Not being able to see the drawing area and all...
I learned more about computers this week than I ever wanted to know. EVER.
Sorry that I've been a bit lax on uploading anything. I had a bunch of scans to upload from the past few months, but they're gone now from the crash. Might be able to work around that with pictures I took with my phone.