Thursday, April 01, 2010


So my Macbook Pro died today, after The Mighty Fang knocked the Roland amp off the shelf above it and put a dent in its case. (Yes, when an 18 pound cat wants to gravity-assist a 10 pound amp, the amp loses ;). The computer itself works fine despite the dent in its aluminum case, the problem is that it was running and hard drives do *not* like getting that sort of jolt. I tried mounting the drive into a USB enclosure and reading its data off into my Linux server(which can read the HFS filesystems just fine), but Linux reports that the drive is just dead, Jim.

So now I get to see how well Time Machine really works. My last backup was as of around 8PM last night, so ... anyhow, I put a new drive in the MBP, installed MacOS on it, told it to restore from Time Machine, and here we go. 2 1/2 hours left to go.

Which reminds me of just how lucky I am, actually. There's a lot of people who don't have any kind of real backup. If they lose their hard drive, they lose their photos, they lose their music collection, they lose everything. Even if they do have a backup, they're out of commission until the computer is repaired. I have my Linux server, this Acer Aspire One netbook that I'm typing this on, and if all else fails my iPhone. So I'm connected even if one of my computers goes down. But most folks are just SOL.

-- Badtux the Geeky Penguin


  1. So the good news is, the bad news isn't as bad as it could have been.


  2. Sort of. I did lose two days worth of work (as in, paid employment work) that was not backed up via Time Machine for security reasons (as in, my employer is nervous enough about me having that data on an encrypted virtual disk that is on my laptop's hard drive, a backup would send them to the fainting couch, so the only backup is to my Linux desktop at work and that was last done three days ago) and recent changes to my VMware virtual machines (which are not automatically backed up, but which rarely change because I use them only for compiling software except for the Windows 7 one, which I rarely run because W7 is such a pig). One cool thing is that I recently migrated to Google Chrome on the Macbook, and turned on the bookmarks sync. So now I have all my bookmarks on my Linux and Windows systems too, cool!

    So anyhow, it's going to be a tedious recovery, but I should have everything important back at the end. Not SOL, just inconvenienced. Quite lucky, there!

    - Badtux the Geeky Penguin


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