The hard disk drive on my computer crashed yesterday. I should have known it was coming. I had been fighting a full hard disk for the past couple months, deleting enough files each time I received an error message to continue on. I also knew I would be upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 in a few weeks, and I thought I could just get by.
Yesterday morning my computer refused to boot-up. Nothing I could do or say would get past the blue screen of death. Even our IT department was unable to initially access my files. Fortunately, they had access to a number of tools which they were able to use last night to recover my files. The two tools they used were Microsoft CHKDSK and SpinRite. I will certainly keep SpinRite in mind if I have future hard disk drive problems, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
I had all of my photos and most of my other files backed-up. The problem was that I had not backed-up the files I had been working on over the past couple of weeks, including a talk I am presenting next week. The lesson that I learned is to make sure that current files are backed-up, as well. After all, these are probably the files I need most. I am also planning to deal with a full hard disk immediately, rather than taking the band-aid approach that I used this time.
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