CRASH – Crummy Rotten Appalling Sick Hard-disk.
Got into the office on Tuesday morning, full of verve, only to be greeted by this cryptic message:
"Disk Read Failure. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart".
Dejavu. Exactly one month ago, I stepped into the office, half an hour before an important meeting to be greeted by an almost identical message. Only that time, the screen was a lot bluer and there were numbers all over the screen. My heart sank… I had not backed-up some important code, documents and e-mail since a few days ago and this time, the hard-disk could not be detected even after trying it in other laptops and external USB casings. Basically, this thing was hosed.
As if things were not bad enough, I got home wanting to update my blog (which was 1 month behind) and was greeted by this message :
"WP doesn't seem to be installed."
WP stands for WordPress, the blogging software I’m using. So I fire up my MySQL Administrator and log into my blog database and find that all my data is missing! I contact Brinkster tech support and am patiently told that the database server had, you guessed it, c-r-a-s-h-e-d, and that I should’ve backed up my data yadda yadda. *groan*
To cut a long story short, after two failed Hitachi Deathstars (Hitachi Deskstar is the actual laptop hard-disk brand) in the space of a month and many tech support calls to restore my blog, I decided to get myself a new external hard-disk to do backups on a regular basis. Being so reliant on the digital, losing data is like getting part of my memory wiped out. Another crash and I’ll develop amnesia! 😛
My new Seagate 300GB backup drive in an external Sarotech aluminium casing. Who says backing up data can’t be sexy?
Anyway, Kaidy, guess I can really empathise with you better now! Haha…