Computer Crash

My computer is about to crash.

Do you know how disheartening it is to know that my hard drive will crash, even though it hasn't yet? This forboding feeling comes alive when my computer starts slowing down because I know that it is just time before the inevitable happens. How do I know?

One day, I restart my computer and XP suddenly wants to check my disk for stability. I'm like, say what? But it does it's thing, then starts up XP as normal. Everything runs fine until I open an old file. This old file seems to mesmorize my computer. After that, all I hear is a click, click, whirrrrrrrrrrr, click, click, whirrrrrrrrrrr, click, click, whirrrrrrrrr on repeat. Tell tell (or is it tale tale?) signs that a problem is arising. After consulting the web, my brothers, and Dell, it does not look good.

I recently read something about this as well in Circuits, a newsletter written by David Pogue who works for the Techonology section of the New York Times. His hard drive crashed, so he consulted a thousand dollar a bang hard drive restoration (or you could say excavation) expert for his expert opinion. His finding? No hard drive is better than another. New or old, it's onlny a matter of time until your hard drive crashes. The question is not to ask, "Which hard drive is the best?" It's, "How often do I back up my hard drive?"

What I learned: I am very fortunate to have my hard drive crash slowly. This gives me the opportunity to transfer my hard drive information to my external hard drive without losing everything. Lucky me!

For goodness sakes, though, don't just read this! puhhLEIGHze back up your hard drive! Ways you can protect yourself:

  • Buy an external hard drive. Oh, and USE IT! (*Leigh tested and approved)

  • Get a program that transfers the information to another source automatically so you don't even have to think about it. (*Leigh tested and approved)

  • Sync your e-mail, contacts, and calendar with a PDA. (*Leigh tested and approved)

  • Sync your music with an MP3 player. (*Leigh tested and approved)

  • Use programs that upload your information to a website, such as Plaxo. (*Leigh tested and approved)

  • Use e-mail programs that are online (such as gmail, hotmail, or yahoo). (*Leigh tested and approved)

  • Run an updated anti-virus software program. (*Leigh tested and approved)

  • Run an updated anti-spyware software program. (*Leigh tested and approved)

The time to do this is now, not soon. You never know.