Here’s a short update on my current computer woes:
IT WORKS AGAIN AND I HAVE ALL MY FILES!!!
Note the use of the legal maximum of three exclamation points.
I had a phone conversation with Apple support on Tuesday night and the support guy agreed that it seemed like a hard drive failure so we made an appointment at the Apple Store to get a tech to look at it and possible replace the drive. Then I mentioned how important the files were to me and asked how to recover those from my Time Machine backup. He walked me through how to get selected files and how to back up the whole drive to a second external hard drive as I was worried about how reliable my current five-year old USB drive is.
Well, turns out I messed it up and instead of recovering my files to the new external drive I bought, I ended up recovering the original hard drive in my iMac and now I am fully up and running again without the need to haul hardware to the Apple Store. Guess it wasn’t a hardware failure after all, but just a disk corruption caused by the problems I had Monday night.
I’ve been thinking about it all morning and there is one failure mode I can think of that fits this situation so I am now just going to save up my money for a new iMac (or maybe a refurbished one) next year and hope for the best. I’ll also be improving my backup strategy by adding a method to back up my important files to the cloud (either a google drive or Amazon S3 using a package called Arq).
I’ll have a more detailed post on Sunday about what happened and what my new backup plan will be. In the mean time, it’s off to Starbucks for a treat before going to the office.