One of my catchphrases of late has been "Luck is better than skill or smarts" or "Luck is better than a good plan". In an ideal world skill plus a good plan will win out, however when things go wrong I am happy to have some luck or maybe instinct. It especially comes in handy when I don't listen to my own advice. I am the perfect example of "Do what I say not what I do."
This week I came home twice to find my main computer at the bios screen frozen. Obviously it had rebooted on its own and then not finished booting up again. In each case simply powering off the machine and back on seemed to fix it. Yesterday morning I turned on computer and it seemed ok at first. Then I had a problem with some apps crashing. Lastly I heard what sounded like a HD spinning down. I rebooted machine and the SCSI BIOS didn't find my main drive.
Uh oh. I knew something was potentially wrong and I should have immediately backed up. Of course I didn't do that. I was unable to get drive to boot again. At that point I took the machine into work to attempt to image the drive. I spent the next 5 hours working on it. I could get drive to spin up for a bit but not for long. At one point I got the drive to work long enough to image 90% or so of it, which really didn't help since it is all or nothing. The next thing I tried was placing drive in freezer for a while. Problem was I actually got drive too cold, had to let it warm a little. I then could get the drive to spin up for a few minutes at a time but never long enough. After lots of power cycles I finally got drive to spin up and stay working long enough to image.
Thus the point of luck winning over planning. Sure if I had backed it up at the right time I wouldn't need luck, but I still want the luck. No I just have to figure out what to do about the dead drive, since it is no longer under warranty.