There was a long squealing noise and then silence. My son, in his characteristic loud manner, shouted “Daddy, who is making noise?” Wasn’t sure, but I had been hearing some squealing noises from my computer for a while, a noise I had attributed to the usual noise they make when they are been put to real use. My sixth sense never warned me.

We had just gotten back from church and I was thinking of posting an article on this blog. I tried working with my laptop but the whole stuff was “hanging”! Now, I was getting suspicious. With my heart gradually getting close to my mouth, I forcefully rebooted the system. All I got for my efforts where some error messages. Oh Lord, my God, I must have recited about 5 chapters from the book of Psalms. I dashed for my toolkit, a Live Ubuntu DVD and a Hiren CD. Both confidently reported back that no hard disk was on my laptop! My God, I suddenly felt very sick, the laptop is barely 4 months old! The SEAGATE, 500GB Hard drive in the laptop had crashed. Did I not pray well in church? I know I did, the Pastor even laid hands on me, so why this? The website design I was working on, just because I couldnt pay some guy in the UK $700, was right in it. All my Youtube tutorial videos, my software downloads, my music files and my blog write-ups were all in it. I have not been having much luck with gadgets these past few years, is it me or is it that they don’t make them as good as they used to?

First, it was my 2 high end Windows mobile phones, then my Garmin Car Navigator, followed closely by my Ipod Touch, then my $500 6 hour battery life Samsung netbook literally fell apart. Now this!

Well, what can I do? I couldn’t continue crying over spilled milk. My eyes fell on my wife’s 17 inch, 500GB HP Monster and the proverbial light bulb came on. Made a grab for my screw driver and relieved her of the 500GB Hard Drive, she won’t be missing it anyway, afterall, all she does on the laptop is 75% Facebook, 20% GAMEHOUSE games and 5% Microsoft Word. Why would you need 500GB for that? I replaced it with a 160GB that had been lying around. That, in my opinion, was more than sufficient.

Ok, maybe I did lose all my data, but i’m back on the beat, punching away on my Mandriva laptop.

Moral of the story? Yeah, it’s very boring and a little tedious, but you will do well if you always back up your files!

PS: Suggestions welcomed, will be glad to recover the content of the drive.


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