Just a month or so back, I “wrote about the virtues of having a second computer”:http://dzine-studios.com/2012/04/19/old-macs-are-awesome/, and what do you know, it came out to be extremely useful when my main MacBook Pro died. Its death was very sudden and unexpected. I closed it and went to go eat dinner, and it wouldn’t wake up or turn on an hour later. I took it to the Apple Genius Bar immediately the next day, where a technician diagnosed a dead logic board. He told me it would cost a flat fee of $310 + tax to ship it off to Apple to get repaired, and it would take 5-7 days from start to finish. What’s sad is that I don’t have that money, because I was going to earn around that much with some recording work which I was doing on the laptop. Now that the laptop’s dead, there goes my main source of income.
Fortunately, my hard drive was not affected, and after cracking the laptop open (with an ungodly assortment of philips and torx screws to remove first), I was able to transfer all the data off the hard drive with a SATA to USB cable. Phew, so all my work survived. Trouble is, my backup iMac isn’t nearly powerful enough to handle any serious mixing or recording. I’ll probably work something out with my dad to use his way more powerful recent iMac to finish the works and get the money. At least I can still do design work and such on the iMac, and I’m not forced to do everything on a smartphone. I might just borrow some money and get the laptop fixed now and worry about paying that off later, once I’m able to make money again.
Moral of the story is to back up your data *all the fucking time*. I was lucky that it wasn’t my hard drive that died, but others are not so lucky. And maybe have a cash reserve for these random unplanned things. Thankfully I don’t have any bills to pay and I’m not living paycheck to paycheck, but I can see how a computer breakdown could really screw over somebody who relies on it to survive.