If there is something more terrifying than a Japanese horror movie, I think it’s when your laptop’s hard drive crashes with all your important data and you were not able to create any backups.
That is actually what happened to me. Last month, the hard drive of my laptop just died (literally), and along with it are all my files including the ones that I use for this website, and to make the matter worse, I was actually not able to make any backups, so I guess you can imagine how horrified I am on that fateful day.
Should Have Read The Signs
My laptop has actually showed signs several months ago that it is about time to get a new replacement because aside from the fact that it’s more than 5 years old already, It actually crashed around 7 months ago, though it still worked after I reinstalled the operating system, (my important files are in a partition so it’s not affected) I noticed that it has slowed down significantly considering that it’s a core i7 (though second generation) with 8gb memory
Right then and there, I should have already tried to back up my files, but procrastination, complacency, and laziness got me, thinking that if it ever crashes again, I can still recover the files anyway just like what I did when it first crashed, but alas! several weeks ago, my worst nightmare happened while I’m awake.
The Beep and Click of Death
It happened July 28, 2017, when I turned on my laptop, the hard drive just made some beeping and clicking sound but didn’t continue to load the OS. I thought that is was just another “small time” crash and I thought I’ll just have to reinstall again the OS, but, when I tried to reinstall it, I got the shock of my life because the hard drive was not recognized.
It turns out that the hard drive actually died. After I bought a new system, I tried to access the old hard drive by placing it in an enclosure, but the issue is still the same, it just beeped and clicked but it’s not recognized.
I tried to find solution in the internet, and I actually found some and watched several hard drive repair videos in Youtube and tried to do it but it didn’t solve my problem. I guess the only way to do it is to have the files recovered by a specialist but I still have to think about it because it’s really expensive and way out of my budget
That is actually the reason why I didn’t have any new posts for most of this month, as I just got my new laptop last week and still wondering how will I begin again from scratch. To tell you honestly, I actually felt a bit down and discouraged, and it’s really disheartening, considering that I have already put considerable effort in making the files I need for this website and now it’s all gone together with my old hard drive.
Anyway, if there is someone to blame for this mess, it’s actually me, because I didn’t do the necessary steps that should have saved me from this mess. I should have done my file backup months ago, when my system was still ok, but I became complacent thinking that everything will be alright, but it actually didn’t.
For now, I guess I’ll just take it as a hard and painful lesson, and there is really not much that I can do now but move forward, start working again from scratch, and make it a point to always backup my files, just like how I backup my website files with VaultPress, I have to make sure that my important offline documents is also backed up in a timely manner so I won’t be put in a situation like this in the future.
Have you been in a similar situation like this? What have you learned and what did you do afterwards? Were you able to recover your files? Share it by commenting below