This morning, the hard drive on my primary laptop PC failed. Not a sudden failure, more a gradual grinding down over a period of time.
The signals had been there since last week, now I think about it. Peculiar noises from the computer (a heavily-customized Toshiba Satellite 5105-S701), hard disk activity when there really shouldn’t have been, things taking a long time, the CPU cooling fan on more frequently than usual, other odd things happening. But I didn’t pay much attention. Some app I’d installed to play with (and I do a lot of that) not behaving very well, I thought.
One thing I do, though, with almost religious zeal, is back up my hard drive every week. Not the whole drive – you can always reinstall the programs – but the documents, emails, RSS stuff, etc. Backup day is usually Sunday and, thankfully, I had done the weekly chore last night. All I’ve lost today are some emails that came in this morning, and a lot of time.
Now comes the inconvenience of re-setting up all my stuff on my secondary laptop. On that PC (an IBM ThinkPad T30), I don’t have my favourite things like WindowBlinds or ObjectDock installed. The screen resolution, video memory and sound quality aren’t as good as the Tosh. But I can live with all that for a short while.
One thing I will say about Toshiba is that, in my experience, their support services are excellent. I bought my laptop in the US two years ago. Last year, with only 3 days left in the international warranty, it needed a new system board. Off it went to the Toshiba Europe repair center near The Hague, back in 10 days with a new board. No questions, no quibbles. That’s what I call service. I hope to have a repeat relationship this time, warranty or not.
Meanwhile, normal blog service will be resumed as soon as possible.