Huge Mistake



  • So let me start this off by saying if I hadn't listened to my boss first thing this morning, this mistake wouldn't have happened. but god forbid he say he was wrong.

    Edit I took ownership of the fact that I had Moved to fast and didn't verify what I was doing, before formatting the drive- The plan changed and I made the mistake, trying to resolve the issue.

    Okay: so, Went and picked up a PC from a customer: the plan as it was said to me was

    • Pick up PC

    *Bring back to office, put 2 new HDD's in and pull over the information after we image it.

    *take it back and install it at the site again.

    So, what actually happened?

    Brought the PC back, boss told me to stop, he has an idea.
    Reformat one of the Hard drives we have here, on that PC and then have the FakeRAID we use rebuild the information, then test the PC to run a terminal and verify it works properly.

    So I added the other drive to the PC. Little did I know (nor did I check) the Optical drive was set to boot first (which is where I added this Drive to the PC ). It came up as C: and the PC I wanted to load as C: loaded as D:

    so when I opened cmd and typed in
    format d: and pressed enter, I wiped all of the customer data from the Drives..

    it wasnt until I noticed a program we don't use on aloha PC's was when I realized what I had done.

    My Tuesday Fuck up in a nutshell. -- Let's all take a moment to give me shit for this colossal screw up.

    we already downloaded a Software to Recover lost partitions and I have that running right now .



  • Not your boss' fault. Know what you are formatting before you format.



  • @Obsolesce said in Huge Mistake:

    Not your boss' fault. Know what you are formatting before you format.

    If i Followed the original plan, it wouldn't have happened at all - There would have been no formatting what-so-ever involved.



  • @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    So let me start this off by saying if I hadn't listened to my boss first thing this morning, this mistake wouldn't have happened. but god forbid he say he was wrong.

    Okay: so, Went and picked up a PC from a customer: the plan as it was said to me was

    • Pick up PC

    *Bring back to office, put 2 new HDD's in and pull over the information after we image it.

    *take it back and install it at the site again.

    So, what actually happened?

    Brought the PC back, boss told me to stop, he has an idea.
    Reformat one of the Hard drives we have here, on that PC and then have the FakeRAID we use rebuild the information, then test the PC to run a terminal and verify it works properly.

    So I added the other drive to the PC. Little did I know (nor did I check) the Optical drive was set to boot first (which is where I added this Drive to the PC ). It came up as C: and the PC I wanted to load as C: loaded as D:

    so when I opened cmd and typed in
    format d: and pressed enter, I wiped all of the customer data from the Drives..

    it wasnt until I noticed a program we don't use on aloha PC's was when I realized what I had done.

    My Tuesday Fuck up in a nutshell. -- Let's all take a moment to give me shit for this colossal screw up.

    we already downloaded a Software to Recover lost partitions and I have that running right now .

    Sorry man.... I had a huge F'up in my career about 20 years ago. Fess up to it, fix it the best you can, eat crow, learn from it and never do it again. That is all you can do from this moment on.

    From my F'up, I learned to "slow down, verify and think before hitting enter or clicking "yes""



  • Been there before, professionally and personally.



  • @pmoncho said in Huge Mistake:

    @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    So let me start this off by saying if I hadn't listened to my boss first thing this morning, this mistake wouldn't have happened. but god forbid he say he was wrong.

    Okay: so, Went and picked up a PC from a customer: the plan as it was said to me was

    • Pick up PC

    *Bring back to office, put 2 new HDD's in and pull over the information after we image it.

    *take it back and install it at the site again.

    So, what actually happened?

    Brought the PC back, boss told me to stop, he has an idea.
    Reformat one of the Hard drives we have here, on that PC and then have the FakeRAID we use rebuild the information, then test the PC to run a terminal and verify it works properly.

    So I added the other drive to the PC. Little did I know (nor did I check) the Optical drive was set to boot first (which is where I added this Drive to the PC ). It came up as C: and the PC I wanted to load as C: loaded as D:

    so when I opened cmd and typed in
    format d: and pressed enter, I wiped all of the customer data from the Drives..

    it wasnt until I noticed a program we don't use on aloha PC's was when I realized what I had done.

    My Tuesday Fuck up in a nutshell. -- Let's all take a moment to give me shit for this colossal screw up.

    we already downloaded a Software to Recover lost partitions and I have that running right now .

    Sorry man.... I had a huge F'up in my career about 20 years ago. Fess up to it, fix it the best you can, eat crow, learn from it and never do it again. That is all you can do from this moment on.

    From my F'up, I learned to "slow down, verify and think before hitting enter or clicking "yes""

    Yeah, pretty rough. going to try fixing it with this software that's running.
    But, I told him as soon as I saw what I did, took ownership because as @Obsolesce pointed out, I didn't verify what I was formatting before hitting enter.



  • @black3dynamite said in Huge Mistake:

    Been there before, professionally and personally.

    I'm sure, and I bet that it's happened to a lot of IT People over the years..



  • The software I installed was a free Trial
    it wont let me actually recover anything until I pay for it...

    🤦🏻♂



  • This is why I have a bookstack instance. I create documentation on everything I've done, how I did it and why it was done that way. Sometimes looking through what you've done allows you to organize it better in your head (at least in my case). I actually make checklists of sorts in my head just to make sure I am doing everything correctly



  • We have all done stupid shit like this in our careers, and that is not really the issue here. I am worried about you passing on the blame to your boss as a maturity issue.

    In no way shape or form can you blame the boss for this. It's on you 100% and that is ok because it happens ONCE or maybe twice. But you need to man up to the mistake, or else you will never grow as an IT professional. There is a reason why IT veterans like myself verify 3 or 4 times and click once. We have made the mistake before, but we learned from it.

    Take ownership on this one, bud.



  • @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    @pmoncho said in Huge Mistake:

    @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    So let me start this off by saying if I hadn't listened to my boss first thing this morning, this mistake wouldn't have happened. but god forbid he say he was wrong.

    Okay: so, Went and picked up a PC from a customer: the plan as it was said to me was

    • Pick up PC

    *Bring back to office, put 2 new HDD's in and pull over the information after we image it.

    *take it back and install it at the site again.

    So, what actually happened?

    Brought the PC back, boss told me to stop, he has an idea.
    Reformat one of the Hard drives we have here, on that PC and then have the FakeRAID we use rebuild the information, then test the PC to run a terminal and verify it works properly.

    So I added the other drive to the PC. Little did I know (nor did I check) the Optical drive was set to boot first (which is where I added this Drive to the PC ). It came up as C: and the PC I wanted to load as C: loaded as D:

    so when I opened cmd and typed in
    format d: and pressed enter, I wiped all of the customer data from the Drives..

    it wasnt until I noticed a program we don't use on aloha PC's was when I realized what I had done.

    My Tuesday Fuck up in a nutshell. -- Let's all take a moment to give me shit for this colossal screw up.

    we already downloaded a Software to Recover lost partitions and I have that running right now .

    Sorry man.... I had a huge F'up in my career about 20 years ago. Fess up to it, fix it the best you can, eat crow, learn from it and never do it again. That is all you can do from this moment on.

    From my F'up, I learned to "slow down, verify and think before hitting enter or clicking "yes""

    Yeah, pretty rough. going to try fixing it with this software that's running.
    But, I told him as soon as I saw what I did, took ownership because as @Obsolesce pointed out, I didn't verify what I was formatting before hitting enter.

    good. I see you have taken ownership of it



  • @pmoncho said in Huge Mistake:

    Sorry man.... I had a huge F'up in my career about 20 years ago. Fess up to it, fix it the best you can, eat crow, learn from it and never do it again. That is all you can do from this moment on.

    From my F'up, I learned to "slow down, verify and think before hitting enter or clicking "yes""

    Pretty much this. I was burned years ago from the result of trying to move too fast and cutting a corner. As annoying as it can be to make yourself slow down and verify, we all have to do it.



  • If you are doing PC repair often, a hardware cloner can help. Back when I was doing desktops, I could clone a drive in 5-10 mins. SSDs are a fraction of that now.

    I learned your same lesson and always had spare HDs that I would use to clone information. Somebody on here will talk about how this is bad for SSDs to be written over and over, and they are right to a point. However, to reach that write level is pretty fucking difficult and drives are cheap. So cover your ass by cloning especially in a situation like this.



  • @IRJ said in Huge Mistake:

    We have all done stupid shit like this in our careers, and that is not really the issue here. I am worried about you passing on the blame to your boss as a maturity issue.

    In no way shape or form can you blame the boss for this. It's on you 100% and that is ok because it happens ONCE or maybe twice. But you need to man up to the mistake, or else you will never grow as an IT professional. There is a reason why IT veterans like myself verify 3 or 4 times and click once. We have made the mistake before, but we learned from it.

    Take ownership on this one, bud.

    I already took ownership of it and am Trying to fix it



  • @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    @IRJ said in Huge Mistake:

    We have all done stupid shit like this in our careers, and that is not really the issue here. I am worried about you passing on the blame to your boss as a maturity issue.

    In no way shape or form can you blame the boss for this. It's on you 100% and that is ok because it happens ONCE or maybe twice. But you need to man up to the mistake, or else you will never grow as an IT professional. There is a reason why IT veterans like myself verify 3 or 4 times and click once. We have made the mistake before, but we learned from it.

    Take ownership on this one, bud.

    I already took ownership of it and am Trying to fix

    try to keep in mind that not everyone has seen your posts as you've posted them and we will respond to things as we see them



  • @wirestyle22 said in Huge Mistake:

    @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    @IRJ said in Huge Mistake:

    We have all done stupid shit like this in our careers, and that is not really the issue here. I am worried about you passing on the blame to your boss as a maturity issue.

    In no way shape or form can you blame the boss for this. It's on you 100% and that is ok because it happens ONCE or maybe twice. But you need to man up to the mistake, or else you will never grow as an IT professional. There is a reason why IT veterans like myself verify 3 or 4 times and click once. We have made the mistake before, but we learned from it.

    Take ownership on this one, bud.

    I already took ownership of it and am Trying to fix

    try to keep in mind that not everyone has seen your posts as you've posted them and we will respond to things as we see them

    I see.
    I added to OP



  • @WrCombs We all make mistakes. Just important to learn from them and hope they don't bite you in the rear too much. Personally I wouldnt have liked boss's plan either, too much at stake to rely on suboptimal raid if I understand what he meant.



  • @jmoore said in Huge Mistake:

    @WrCombs We all make mistakes. Just important to learn from them and hope they don't bite you in the rear too much. Personally I wouldnt have liked boss's plan either, too much at stake to rely on suboptimal raid if I understand what he meant.

    I'm guessing you did : but the idea was to format a drive to start with something brand new, and let the good Drive rebuild it .



  • @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    So let me start this off by saying if I hadn't listened to my boss first thing this morning, this mistake wouldn't have happened. but god forbid he say he was wrong.

    This is another way to say that "he made a mistake" and it wouldn't have happened if you had stopped it. That's true of any mistake 🙂



  • @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    @IRJ said in Huge Mistake:

    We have all done stupid shit like this in our careers, and that is not really the issue here. I am worried about you passing on the blame to your boss as a maturity issue.

    In no way shape or form can you blame the boss for this. It's on you 100% and that is ok because it happens ONCE or maybe twice. But you need to man up to the mistake, or else you will never grow as an IT professional. There is a reason why IT veterans like myself verify 3 or 4 times and click once. We have made the mistake before, but we learned from it.

    Take ownership on this one, bud.

    I already took ownership of it and am Trying to fix it

    You are still trying to blame your boss, in the very first fucking sentence.

    @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    So let me start this off by saying if I hadn't listened to my boss first thing this morning, this mistake wouldn't have happened. but god forbid he say he was wrong.



  • @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    Brought the PC back, boss told me to stop, he has an idea.
    Reformat one of the Hard drives we have here

    FYI... RAID overwrites everything. You never need to prep a drive to be added to a RAID array because, by definition, everything on the drive has to be wiped from the action of joining the array.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Huge Mistake:

    @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    Brought the PC back, boss told me to stop, he has an idea.
    Reformat one of the Hard drives we have here

    FYI... RAID overwrites everything. You never need to prep a drive to be added to a RAID array because, by definition, everything on the drive has to be wiped from the action of joining the array.

    Fake RAID does all kinds of stupid.



  • @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    So I added the other drive to the PC. Little did I know (nor did I check) the Optical drive was set to boot first (which is where I added this Drive to the PC ). It came up as 😄 and the PC I wanted to load as 😄 loaded as 😨

    I truly hate Windows letter naming system. It's so dumb. Both fundamentally as a way to present drives, and it's so random in how it presents them. You can never trust it.



  • @JaredBusch said in Huge Mistake:

    @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    @IRJ said in Huge Mistake:

    We have all done stupid shit like this in our careers, and that is not really the issue here. I am worried about you passing on the blame to your boss as a maturity issue.

    In no way shape or form can you blame the boss for this. It's on you 100% and that is ok because it happens ONCE or maybe twice. But you need to man up to the mistake, or else you will never grow as an IT professional. There is a reason why IT veterans like myself verify 3 or 4 times and click once. We have made the mistake before, but we learned from it.

    Take ownership on this one, bud.

    I already took ownership of it and am Trying to fix it

    You are still trying to blame your boss, in the very first fucking sentence.

    @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    So let me start this off by saying if I hadn't listened to my boss first thing this morning, this mistake wouldn't have happened. but god forbid he say he was wrong.
    

    Yeah, Cause this has every part of him being wrong as I do, because he told me to change my plan and do it his way.
    My fault was not verifying what I was doing.



  • @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    @Obsolesce said in Huge Mistake:

    Not your boss' fault. Know what you are formatting before you format.

    If i Followed the original plan, it wouldn't have happened at all - There would have been no formatting what-so-ever involved.

    Sometimes you have to format. A common pattern for safety with that is to format on a device that has no data. Example... old worthless PC that boots to a Linux Live USB and it's always safe to format anything that gets plugged into it. A pain for a one off, but if you do it with ANY regularity, you'll appreciate the safety it provides.

    Good for data recovery needs, too.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Huge Mistake:

    @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    Brought the PC back, boss told me to stop, he has an idea.
    Reformat one of the Hard drives we have here

    FYI... RAID overwrites everything. You never need to prep a drive to be added to a RAID array because, by definition, everything on the drive has to be wiped from the action of joining the array.

    I think his point was "To make sure I dont overwrite the wrong drive.."
    Well that went to shit , no?



  • @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    @JaredBusch said in Huge Mistake:

    @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    @IRJ said in Huge Mistake:

    We have all done stupid shit like this in our careers, and that is not really the issue here. I am worried about you passing on the blame to your boss as a maturity issue.

    In no way shape or form can you blame the boss for this. It's on you 100% and that is ok because it happens ONCE or maybe twice. But you need to man up to the mistake, or else you will never grow as an IT professional. There is a reason why IT veterans like myself verify 3 or 4 times and click once. We have made the mistake before, but we learned from it.

    Take ownership on this one, bud.

    I already took ownership of it and am Trying to fix it

    You are still trying to blame your boss, in the very first fucking sentence.

    @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    So let me start this off by saying if I hadn't listened to my boss first thing this morning, this mistake wouldn't have happened. but god forbid he say he was wrong.
    

    Yeah, Cause this has every part of him being wrong as I do, because he told me to change my plan and do it his way.
    My fault was not verifying what I was doing.

    There was zero mistakes made by your boss. You fucked up.

    If you cannot handle someone telling you to try something a different way without fucking it all up, just STFU and get out.



  • @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    @JaredBusch said in Huge Mistake:

    @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    @IRJ said in Huge Mistake:

    We have all done stupid shit like this in our careers, and that is not really the issue here. I am worried about you passing on the blame to your boss as a maturity issue.

    In no way shape or form can you blame the boss for this. It's on you 100% and that is ok because it happens ONCE or maybe twice. But you need to man up to the mistake, or else you will never grow as an IT professional. There is a reason why IT veterans like myself verify 3 or 4 times and click once. We have made the mistake before, but we learned from it.

    Take ownership on this one, bud.

    I already took ownership of it and am Trying to fix it

    You are still trying to blame your boss, in the very first fucking sentence.

    @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    So let me start this off by saying if I hadn't listened to my boss first thing this morning, this mistake wouldn't have happened. but god forbid he say he was wrong.
    

    Yeah, Cause this has every part of him being wrong as I do, because he told me to change my plan and do it his way.
    My fault was not verifying what I was doing.

    That's just not true man. Your boss didn't say anything that is wrong he made you change what you were doing. Maybe this threw you for a loop, but it's up to you to organize your thoughts and make sure you fully understand what you are doing. It's okay to make mistakes. It's not okay to not take responsibility for them. Trying to share responsibility, when you are the only person responsible, is not taking responsibility.



  • Guess that Makes Sense, Had I have not listened I wouldn't be in this situation, but I did and Still ended up having an issue.
    So Yeah, it's my Fault, I fucked up, I already told my bosses boss that before i even got online.

    In my mind, Had I have done it the right way the first time, I wouldn't be in this situation, but since we have to try and Screw over our customers as much as possible, and not do it the right way, and just replace both hard drives, for billable time to the customer, he made that decision. Guess My thought process was wrong .



  • @WrCombs said in Huge Mistake:

    In my mind, Had I have done it the right way the first time, I wouldn't be in this situation,

    We don't know why your boss made the decision he did, and honestly, it doesn't matter. Your comment I quoted above makes it sound like you are still trying to blame him. Aside from morals and ethics, which we cannot surmise from what has been stated here, there is no reason to believe his way was wrong and your way was right. They are both workable solutions.