I got home from my good, yet exhausting, trip on Tuesday night. I was all excited to blog about food on Wednesday…and my computer started being crazy weird and slow. That continued, while I tried to fix it, for about 24 hours, then it totally cratered in the middle of trying to run disk utility. So, off to the Apple Store, where they told me my hard drive was toast, and did I have a backup?
As a matter of fact, I did; it was from two weeks ago, the last time I’d been in to work before I left (I keep my backup drive at the office) but everything I’d done since then was saved in dropbox, so assuming my backup actually worked and wasn’t corrupted or something, it was all good.
(Hey kids, back your stuff up. For real.)
As you might be able to tell by the fact that I’m typing this, $210 later, everything does seem to have worked out ok. I’m considering either buying another backup drive, or getting an unlimited dropbox subscription, at least until the book I’m writing is finished, so I can back all my photos up in more ways than one. But for the moment I’m feeling like I got off really lightly here, courtesy of Planning Ahead. Also possibly courtesy of the fact that I think this hard drive was probably kind of burnt from the beginning; this computer’s always been less stable than any Mac I’d ever had before, so I’ve been more paranoid than I was about backing it up. Paying the “insurance” cost of the external drive plus remembering to plug it in every few days: totally, totally worth it.
Back to normal blogging on Sunday, assuming nothing else goes disastrously wrong between now and then!