Well, that was exciting…


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!

16 thoughts on “Well, that was exciting…

  1. Liz says:

    Yikes! Glad it all worked out ok. Your writing a book? What is it about? Ya I’m being nosy. Anyway, after that reminder I’m going to go back up everything again, because it has been a while. So thanks for that reminder. 🙂

    1. thesingledollar says:

      Hee. It’s for work — I’m an academic. And good for you for backing up. It’s very important!

  2. FI Monkey says:


    Isn’t Dropbox unlimited like $15/month?

    Have you tried CrashPlan? I pay $60/year for unlimited backups.

    Just my $0.02.

    Glad everything worked out though!


    1. thesingledollar says:

      It’s $10/month for as much as I’d need. I’ve just been too cheap to do that when I was backing up regularly to an external. But maybe I should go for it….

  3. Whoa — good job with the planning ahead. What kind of Mac do you have that’s so unstable?? Have a great weekend!

    1. thesingledollar says:

      I think I just got unlucky and got a wonky hard drive. It does happen occasionally. The good news is that it’s been weird enough that I’ve backed up often; this has been kind of anticipated for quite a while now. And, fingers crossed, it’s been really stable since last night (when the new one went in) so maybe this has actually solved all my problems with it and it’ll last five more years 🙂

  4. I honestly think the last couple weeks have been weird…for everyone!! It seems between people I know, the news, and myself, the universe was a bit topsy turvy lately. Ugh! Glad you did back things up though. Always reminds me of the episode in Sex and the City where Carrie did not back up her work. I would probably have a meltdown too.

    1. thesingledollar says:

      I was so calm! Relatively speaking 🙂 Having the backup felt amazing. It was so good to see it all pop up again on my screen. I hope the universe resets itself for all of us soon.

  5. Kirsten says:

    Feeling your pain. My laptop died several weeks ago. Not too much on there but seriously, my budget for the next few months was not backed up! Looking into a MacBook for my next one because I think the support by Apple saves money in the long run. I still have our Mac, but I need something mobile so I can watch the girls and write!

    1. thesingledollar says:

      You probably don’t need anything more than the smallest, most basic Macbook; I’ve always had really good experiences with them before this. If you don’t get unlucky like me and get a bad part, they should last for five or six years easily.

  6. Revanche says:

    I agree with Tonya about the last couple of weeks being weird. And thank goodness you’re back up and running.
    I agree with you: back up everything in more than one way! I try to keep everything most current in Dropbox, have a subscription to a cloud backup service and routinely transfer to a physical hard drive too. It’d be terrible to lose weeks’ worth of work/pictures/etc.

    1. thesingledollar says:

      I hope Tonya’s right and we’ve now exorcised all the weirdness! I am redoubling my dedication to backing up 🙂

  7. Looks like I’m behind on the curve for the only backing up that I do is when I’m in the gym and jumping back in kickboxing class. Glad things worked out for you and good luck on your book.

    1. thesingledollar says:

      Hee! I never do that kind of backing up, so you beat me on fitness 🙂

      Do you read Real Simple? There was a story in there this month that reminded me of you — single mom who did 18 years (IIRC) in the military, then retired and started a really successful business.

  8. I’m guilty of not backing things up, and feeling like I should re-think that…

    1. thesingledollar says:

      You totally should! Most likely you don’t have all that much and could use a free dropbox account. I’m in a special position because I have so many photos for work reasons.

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