Backup Backup Backup
I recently suffered another disk failure in my Macbook, was happily working away, spinning ball for a few minutes, tried force quit, nothing, tried any keys, nothing, took power out, waited, plugged back in, waited, waited, waited, then the dreaded “?” or QMOD – a few choice phrases went through my mind and then one very load one came out of my mouth, then i realised my office widow was open so had to look outside to make sure no-one in the street was offended.
I took the disk out, tried again, checked it in an external caddy where i could here it making odd clicking sounds, definitely dead, the odd thing was that my Macbook has been sat on my desk for nearly a year, it just doesn’t move anymore!
I immediately checked with Seagate and it was still under warranty so packed it up in the packaging my last exchanged drive was sent in and off it went.
like i said in the beginning this was ‘another’ disc failure, last time i lost pretty much everything and since then backup up religiously using Time Machine, first to my NAS and then switched to a local external hard drive, so this time I should be fine right? – WRONG, in what can only be SODS LAW i ‘borrowed’ the external drive for something else the day before – the day before – and so had no backup, a seriously bad move, I still haven’t fully appreciated how much I’ve lost again, certainly all the mail for 2009 so far, god knows what else !
What I do know is that Mozy has saved my life in terms of those small but very valuable files, one issue is that they are backed up from Mac so when I restore them I get offered a DMG file which is no good on my Windows 7 machine
When i get it back the external drive is going back in and NEVER getting borrowed again ….