One of those days...

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  1. etmb61

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    When you're working on your research computer and you get that cryptic warning that the hard disk is about to fail. Stop everything and back it up NOW! :eek::mad::oops::(:banghead:

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  2. etmb61

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    Then you discover the operating system you purchased and have used for years is a pirated copy.:banghead:
     
  3. PatH

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    So sorry to hear your experiences. Unfortunately, I think many of us have been in similar situations. I'm also taking your message as a reminder to save often - and if the doc is vital and isn't too large, email it to yourself or save to a flash drive at the end of the day.
     
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  4. etmb61

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    Yes! Backup important stuff often!

    I managed to recover all my data files, but the operating system and most of the programs I've been using , because I really liked the way almost intuitive they worked together, are all obsolete and/or no longer available or supported. That loss of functionality will be difficult to recover from.
     
  5. MartyR

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    I only ever backup data files - the automatic recovery system also backs up system software, but since it will often be the system software which will fail, I consider that a wasteful and potentially self-defeating process.

    I try to remember to back up data files every week (to an external hard disk) but even then I am aware that Murphy's Law dictates that the crash will occur after I have carried out a series of important data updates and just before I take a security copy :excited: That will mean that I need to remember exactly what changes I have made since the last update and that I will then need to replicate all of those changes. I think that carries a likelihood of achievement of about 1% ... but what can I do?
     
  6. novicetimekeeper

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    I use a chromebook now, every keystroke is backed up. I decided if Google goes down we all go down with it.
     
  7. Rick Hufnagel

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    I haven't had a computer since the early 2000s... The kids do, but I don't use it or even look at it... they also have Chromebooks for school.

    I actually bought a Chromebook for myself a few months ago, because I liked the one that child #1 had.. and I have to say it is absolutely great. Like novicetimekeeper said... It backs up everything, instantly, and has seemingly unlimited storage on this "drive" thing. I bought it because It was supposed to work like my phone. It does too, I can bounce everything I'm working on between the two devices.

    Keep in mind however... I am not a very fluent in computers. My amazement in these devices is most likely from skipping many generations of technological advancements, haha!
     
  8. D.th.munroe

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    Glad you got your data back. I had one of those days a few months ago.
    I failed to backup my smartphone and lost at least 200 before and after photos of clocks and watches I had repaired or restored in the last year and even though they were all on the sd card, nothing will read the sd card now.
     
  9. etmb61

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    I knew I had problems, even had a replacement drive, just never got around to changing it out. Now I have no choice.

    Thankfully I saved all my work, but it was a very close call. Yesterday I put the drive back in to make one last ditch effort to clone it and it burned up, so I guess I dodged a bullet. Never seen one do that before.
     
  10. shutterbug

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    I subscribe to Carbonite. It backs up my important stuff and even pictures in the back ground while I work, and keeps them safe in the cloud. Its worth the money to me.
     

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