Last weekend, i decided to backup the downloads i had acquired over the few months i last did a back up. I also intended to rummage through my 25,000+ mp3 music files in response to a request. Less than half way through my backups, my 1.5 TeraByte Western Digital External Hard Drive suddenly spluttered and went belly up – just like that!
It was a surreal experience, it was like a dream. Try as i could, the drive suddenly became invisible to my laptop, it could not recognize the drive.
The least of my problem was the US$110+ that i paid for the drive at BestBuy, my problem was the years of downloads and backups that i had stashed into the hard drive that had suddenly gone up in smoke. Over 25,000 Mp3 songs, softwares, ISO images of DVDs and Video tutorials, tons of ebooks, the list is endless. In the face of such a catastrophic and monumental disaster, it is funny how i remained calm.
Still in a trance, i quietly packed up the drive and stored it away. I definitely was not in a right frame of mind to attempt any recovery of the data on the hard drive.
Thankfully, my movies were not in the crashed drive, they were safely stashed away in yet another Western Digital 500GB External Drive.
Looking back at it all, i can not help but wonder if it is worth it, accumulating all those digital files, not sure how long it would last. Yes, i could sync to the clouds and i did so but not 1.5 Terabytes (1,500 Giga Byte) of data!
I have turned philosophical, licking my wounds. A particular verse in the Bible aptly comes to mind:
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.