My main computer has had its 1T startup disk fail. After nearly 24 hours of working on it, I at least have it running again. I’ve had to take another 1T internal drive and make it the new start up drive with OS 10.6.x. So far, I’ve had success getting all of my document files, my upgrades and installs files, and numerous supplemental system files off of the bad drive and onto the new startup drive.
I have now successfully copied the movie files folder, the music and pictures folders over to the newly purposed drive. These contain literally hundreds of thousands of files representing hundreds of gigabytes. Fingers crossed: I don’t think any of the files I copied over were corrupted.
The final step is reinstalling all of my applications. I’ve reinstalled all of the smaller, simpler applications. Now I’ve tackled the enormous applications that take hours and hours each: Logic, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop Extended, etc. This entire process will take at least a week! Then I can have Apple replace the bad hard drive.
What a mess! But again, I am soooo thankful for Backblaze, which is my off site backup service. I know that even if I can’t get all of my files off of the bad drive, I can get them from Backblaze. I also have to extol the virtues of my password and serial number management system, 1Password. I would be considerably more frustrated with the reinstallation of all of my software if I had to go digging around for my over 500 serial numbers.
And, as if fate has it in for me, my iTunes 500 GB music library drive, which had given me problems earlier and lost all of its data (and had to be restored from Backblaze!), is having issues again. I just replaced it with a 1T drive, as it was almost full, which may have contributed to its issues. So, while I’ve been reinstalling software on my Mac Pro, I’ve been painstakingly making certain that all of my iTunes data is recovered and properly installed through iTunes so it plays correctly.
Even with excellent backup strategies and serial number management, this has been a week in technology hell! The silver lining: my system folder has accrued a massive amount of needless, useless clutter through about 10 years of migration from older machines and upgrading the operating system and software. Now it will be vastly less junked up with useless files.
- Backblaze vs. CrashPlan: Mac Backup Smackdown, Round 2 (nytimes.com)
- Backup service Backblaze almost acquired by … someone (venturebeat.com)
- Petabytes on a budget: How to build cheap cloud storage (backblaze.com)