Taken from the Scary Devil Monastery via http://home.xnet.com/~raven/Sysadmin/ASR.Posts.html#tribute, e-mail address removed to block spam-bots
Subject: A tribute to /dev/ad43c
Today, we are mourning the loss of /dev/ad43c. He was a kind, gentle disk, early in his years, with much free space ahead of him. He passed away today, Friday, January 27th at 9:05am Pacific time. It was a an unexpected death, with no signs of illness or a history of complaints; he simply went into spams, and started to slip away.
Despite our best efforts to save /dev/ad43c, despite two hours spent trying desperately to bring him back from the brink, he simply lost the battle, and passed on into oblivion.
I will miss /dev/ad43c. He served us well, and was dedicated to living the best life that he could. He will live on in our hopes and in our dreams, and in our hearts. Though he can never truly be replaced, his essence-- his soul-- shall be with us, always.
Good-bye, /dev/ad43c, and farewell.
Pretty similar to what happened here, except /Device/Harddisk/DR0 weakened while inactive over the past weekend and then bravely limped into action when I returned on Tuesday. His condition soon worsened, however, and by approximately 10 am on Wednesday he went into spasms and slipped away, leaving Windows dead in the water.
After many abortive attempts he made a reappearance on life-support as /Device/Harddisk/DR4, but he deteriorated rapidly and eventually I was forced to admit defeat. During those tense hours however, a backup was made of all except the last parts of the directory tree (abandoned shortly before \WINNT\system32), and for this he shall be posthumously awarded the Platter of Courage, and in respect of this I shall decree in my domain a minutes silence for him at 1632 hours.
Now where did I put my Torx bits...