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Time Machine Saves My Bacon

If you see this on your Mac at startup, you might have a bad boot drive. (image courtesy of TRC Data Recovery).

In 2009, my wife’s iMac suffered a drive failure due to a bad logic board. While we were able to replace the drive, the data recovery was very expensive, as the drive had to be taken apart in a clean room and recovered piecemeal. While most of the data wasn’t that important, there were enough family photos that justified the expense. Since then, I’ve had an external Time Machine drive connected to her computer (just do it, I said).

Two weeks ago, while I was out of town, that 2009 drive stopped dead. It failed without any warning whatsoever. Of course, these things always happen when I’m out of town, but at least this time I was able to say “don’t worry, we’ve got everything backed up” (holding my breath). Continue reading Time Machine Saves My Bacon