What a crazy few days I’ve had! When I went to my studio around 8 am on Wednesday to prepare for the SURTEX webinar I was conducting at 9, I arrived to discover that my computer was toast!
It gave me some weird error about not having enough memory to run my programs – false! I just added a bunch so I knew this wasn’t legit… some of my programs had been working a bit slower than normal for a few days and even crashing… that’s a sure sign you are headed for trouble.
I closed the programs like the warning told me to do and attempted to restart my computer. All I ever saw again was a gray screen and the Apple…
Apparently there has been a recall on some iMacs with Seagate hard drives. I don’t recall getting an email about it – so I didn’t know until I went and chatted with my local Apple Store genius. My poor computer was just destined to fail!
If you have an iMac, I highly recommend figuring out if yours is a ticking time bomb BEFORE it stops you in your tracks…
Here is a link to learn more: http://www.apple.com/support/imac-harddrive/
I tried to keep things in perspective and focus on everything I could be thankful for – here’s a partial list:
- I was thankful I had my husband’s laptop so I was able to do the webinar – although I was a bit more frazzled than I would have liked to be.
- I was practically kissing my external Time Machine drive because it had backed up everything on the drive that crashed 2 hours before the crash. After the new hard drive was installed, it took about 4 hours to reconfigure it from Time Machine and almost everything was back to normal. PHEW! I just have to hunt down a few software license keys and it will be like I time warped back to Tuesday when things were hunky-dory!
- No art was lost! That is the MOST IMPORTANT THING – had all my work been on my main drive and if I didn’t have backup systems in place, I could have been out of business! * shudder *
- I live close to an Apple Store and they took care of me quickly – thank you Patrick in Washington Square!
I will be reviewing all of my backup systems and options again to see if there is anything that can be done even better – stay tuned, I’ll let you know what I discover.
In the meantime – if you have an iMac – PLEASE see if you are at risk. A controlled, planned hard-drive change would have been a much better way to go!
Here’s to your creative success!
– Tara Reed