Tag Archives: hard disk

Terra Bytes the Dust

Download PDF

Lacie 1tbA month ago I purchased two 1TB Lacie Big Disks. One as a backup for my MacBook Pro (using Leopard’s Time Machine) and the other as much needed extra storage for our Mac Mini Media Centre.

Yesterday I connected one of the Lacie’s to the Mac Mini and transferred all our Eye TV recordings (some 60GB) to it to free up space on the two smaller Lacie disks we had been using and had pretty much filled up. Then I left the computer on as it was downloading episodes of Dexter to the the 1TB.

This morning, heading for the loo with sleepy eyes, I heard a helicopter in the living room. CRSSSCCCHHH CRRSSCHHH tjakktjakketjakketak. It was the 1TB. Forced to switch it off without unmounting, the helicopter spun down and switched off its engines. Silence. The silence of lost data. No remounting possible for this month-old terrabyte.

I am glad there was not a huge amount of personal and irreplaceable data on there (except for some damn excellent Eye TV recorded documentaries – grrr). There are people who have had it a lot worse. But this kind of thing really damages one’s trust. It’s not the first time a disk has crashed on me.

Tech lifestyle is rather like romance. The giddiness of being in love with a new gadget as you explore and discover the beauty of it. Tentatively you let it deeper into your life, settling down a bit, relying on each other more and more. Then, just when you think you’ll be together forever, Lacie suddenly breaks up with you. No signs, no warning. Bam! And it hurts all the more because you were so open. You shared music, photos and spreadsheets with her. She burnt them all. The bitch.

Then you’re on the rebound. Looking around for a replacement but finding that you’re more cautious than before. Cynical, in fact. Monogamy has lost its charm and polygamy seems the way to go. Cover your bases. It’s hard to ever open up again and let the bytes back into your life. 😉

Category: Gadgets / Tech | Tags: , ,