I upgrade to Windows 7 a week ago and everything seemed to be going fine. I normally don’t turn my computer off at night but my whole apartment building was having electrical inspections and they wanted to take the power out for a five hour period at night. I turned the PC off and in the morning was met with this screen showing that the hard disk had a problem.
After spending some time on the phone with DELL they told me I would need a new hard disk. Lucky I live so close to Akihabara, I was able to go and buy one straight away rather than waiting for the DELL suggestion of them sending me a quotation and then ordering.
It looks like the broken part of the disk is just the boot sector so I am confident to get back the data on the disk. I hope that is right, because all my original photos for the last year are on that disk. The flickr and internet images are a compressed version of the original, so whenever I need to print the data on the disk was required.
The disk hookup inside the machine wasn’t so hard. the DELL machines are really compact and tidy inside. Everything is color coded and looks very smart.
Time to put the case back on and start remembering what software is required. Fortunately all of the code and images for the website are on my server I host in the US. I switched to a dedicated server about 6 months ago and have been backing up that data every evening. I have never tried restoring that data so it might be worth a test run one day before a problem crops up.
I now have about half of my software reinstalled and will spend the weekend trying to get the data off my machine.
From all the messages I got on Twitter, I realize that a failed hard disk is more common an occurrence than I first thought. What is your worst experience with failed disks or lost data?