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Well… it was bound to happen… it *had* to at some point.. After using mac,…. no… nichts that – after using computers (with an internal hard drive) for 15 years……. I finally had a drive crash.
My powerbook started acting weird. Like really weird… I knew it was something serious.
So.. at the end of the day I did a back-up…
*here’s the lesson part*
I did what I always do… Hook up the external drive… DELETE the previous back-up on the firewire drive… THEN begin copying over my new back up files…
The drive was so fucked by this point that 45 minutes in it still said it needed 2 hours to complete the copy. (back ups normally only took about 50 minutes)… So… We wanted to go home so I thought I’d just take the drive home with me and finish the back-up at home and try to diagnose the problem or send it in.
My powerbook never restarted again.
I did all the tricks I knew how to do to no avail…. then schlepped out to west county mall to the Apple Store where the super-geek noted respectfully my attempts and told me that’s all he’d do, and also that my prognosis for DEAD DRIVE was most likely right. (but they’ll tear it open and have a look see later).
Here’s the lucky part… in that 45 minutes of copying – I got all of my work, freelance, financial data, library data (names / addresses / emails) copied….
I have lost every photo I’ve taken this year though. (*except for work-related pics which have mostly been replicated elsewhere)…
It could be SO MUCH WORSE.
Lesson: BACK UP FIRST… *THEN* delete the back-up prior to the one you’re doing.
The drive is being replaced for free… I can’t recommend the Apple Care program enough…. It’s paid for itself, (literally), EIGHT TIMES OVER.
So anyway – they said they’ll try to get it back to me before the weekend. (ugh – that means I know what I’ll be doing this weekend if they do)…
We’ll have to see… meanwhile I’m going to be in radio-silence – sorry….. 🙁
Maybe I should go play the lottery now or something oh look a chicken.