We didn’t post a lot of synth news on Wednesday of this week. But it wasn’t because there was less going on in the synth world – it was because I had a catastrophic failure of the startup drive on my primary computer.
My machine is configured to start from a 500GB external hard disk and the drive had died overnight.
Fortunately, the computer was configured to do automatic backups. So, getting the system back up and running was a matter of getting a new drive, starting from a system disk and restoring the backup. But, for a day, I didn’t know if my music library, audio projects, email history and years of digital photos would restore correctly.
I was relieved to find out, Thursday morning, that the restore had worked perfectly. But the experience was a real-world reminder to me of the importance of having a backup plan.
If you don’t have a rock-solid backup plan currently, get yourself an external hard drive and do it. Here are a few links that may help:
- Mac OS X v10.5, v10.6: How to back up and restore your files
- Windows Vista Backup Center
- Windows 7 Backup & Restore