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So my engineering degree comes to an end this Friday and I have booked today and tomorrow off work to complete everything.

I'm using SolidWorks for my modelling package and fortunately I'm the only geek on the course with a computer strong enough to run it efficiently at home.
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I get up this morning, turn the PC on and go cook some breakfast. As I'm eating my bacon, sausage and hash browns I notice a funny smell. At first I thought it was the bacon but afterwards I realised it was an electrical smell. I investigate the house, all is clear, so I check the computer and it turns out my pump is totally toast!

Bugger.

Luckily I have the stock heatsink and it only took me 45 minutes to pull it all apart and install the stock heatsink, now I'm all up and running again.
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Although the bearing on the heatsink is whining like hell.
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Time to turn the music up!

A) Bloody good job I kept the stock cooler, usually I don't.

B) Good job I know what I'm doing!

C) This would never have happened if I wasn't such a geek and got watercooling in the first place.

That was a close call!

*prays that my computer lasts until Friday before breaking again*
 

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The difference between Armageddon and being pissed about a lost day is the proper backup schedule
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These things just happen, usually a week before some important deadline. I had a RAID 5 array to fail most spectacularly during writing my thesis (added a disk, it went over 2.4Tb and I found out hard way that I have BIOS and BIOS does not like that kind of stuff), although not immediately before defense
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I lost three days of work, however, without proper backup schedule I would have lost several years of work. I stepped up redundancy a bit after that and are steering clear of any hardware RAID since that experience.

Important stuff on Raid 1 on parallel so I can keep working even if one disk fails totally, Less important stuff on single disks and once a week full system backup.

A sata hot swap backplate for 5.25'' drivebay costs 15$ and 3 Tb HD approx 150 but having a backup when you need it is priceless.

Glad it worked out for you
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I was reading your post and when I got to the breakfast part and read
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As I'm eating my bacon, (...)
I said to myself "He's from the UK", and then immediately looked at your location and voilá, you're in the UK.
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Glad it all worked out, and hope all goes well with the work to get your engineering degree!
 

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I recommend a 655, I trust my 655 waay more than my 355 which is a little broken now. I want to switch to another 655 for my cpu loop. Glad your hardware survived
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