Tech pendants claim that it is not IF your hard drive will fail but WHEN will your hard drive fail.
Well this date was this past Aug. on my 24″ iMac with a 1TB hard drive.
Think now of all of the data on your hard drive currently. Will you be ready for disaster?
This failure (disaster?) can be manageable. First it did force my hand into purchasing a new 27″ iMac with a lot more RAM. No longer will Photoshop grind slowly in the background. A silver lining you say.
Necessity is truly the mother of learning. Here are the other aspects that the dead hard drive have forced my hand into doing.
The first was that I felt that I could replace the hard drive. Why? Because as any good geek, it was a challenge and besides what did I have to lose? Success! Thanks to instructions from ifixit.com, the machine is back in operation as a backup media computer. Still using Snow Leopard for the OS, because “if it ain’t broke…don’t fix it”
All is not lost!
Thankfully I had the insight to actually have a workflow that included regular backups. I currently use a Drobo FS as my NAS for both data and music, but more importantly, ALL of the digital photographs that I have taken over a long period of time. A hard drive failure is the digital equivalent of a house fire for all of your photographic prints. 😦
Backups work! Go do one after you finish reading this blog! One month after the computer died; the Drobo lost one of its drives. Oh No! It worked as it should. The drive was replaced without even a hiccup in data. I have also gone and increased my storage capacity on my Drobo. Bring on the data.
Now for the last of the problems! The only thing that was NOT backed up was the files to alter the web pages to my photographic site, Northern Image Photography. These had been save using iWeb. (Oh the shame of it.) So here comes the last stage of the recovery . I am in the process of converting my self-hosted sites over to WordPress sites. Maybe this blog was my gateway drug to easy web pages! I am leaning towards trying the Luminescence Lite wordpress theme. But I am open to suggestions….
Hopefully this learning curve won’t be too difficult.