So it happened. Two nights ago, after trying to install the latest version of iTunes, my computer hard-drive crapped out on me.
- After trying to restart -- the thing just hangs with the Apple logo and a grey background.
- Trying to start it up as an external hard-drive (hold down "T" when you startup) alerts that disk is unreadable (first sign of major issues)
- Trying to reinstall the OS from disks fails
- Trying to repair the disk from disk utility fails
- My friends at Tekserve ask me "How much is your data worth to you?", in reference to their expensive ($800) data recovery services
Of course I should have seen it coming -- and I should have been better at backing-up. Duh.
Now I'm left trying to figure out what to do next.
On the data recovery issue, the question is complicated. I last backed up a year ago, so I'm looking at a year of data loss with everything except my company files, which I backed up in December. This means I still have my old college papers, photos from before last year, and music from that time frame as well. I just don't have any files from the last year.
That being said, I've been living more and more in the cloud -- so all is not really lost.
- Important photos are on Flickr
- Important thoughts are blogged
- Important files may have been mailed via Gmail
- Other docs were drafted in Google Docs
- My musical thumb-print can be listened to on Last.fm
- My contacts and calendar are on my iPhone (as well as my latest two months of music, due to the way I set up my play-lists)
Anyway, I don't know why I'm considering the $800 it will cost to try and recover my data. "I just want my life back" is the justification I keep coming up with... but on one hand that sounds pathetic and on the other hand I may not have lost as much of my life as I imagine.
Of course there's also the potential of the "clean break." What would I do with a new computer and no record of my past? For one, I'd be more organized with my folders. Is this a chance at organizational rebirth?
It's certainly a chance for a backup service to convince me to use them. I'll certainly be using my DropBox and JungleDisk a lot more.
Watch this space for future updates.