Ever since I started Percworks in 2003, there was always that one hot computer problem that seemed to happen in the summertime. Why summertime? Beats me. But this summer it was hard drive failures. Last year (2005) it was damage from electrical surges. I don't know which is worse, but those who experienced hard drive failures were not happy campers. Although most of them were able to recover their files but there were some who were not so lucky. And one hard drive we had to send to a data recovery specialist and the bill wasn't pretty.
So if you use your computers fairly well (remember just like a car, we really look at the mileage of the computer vs. how old it is) do your backups on a regular basis and it might be prudent to consider upgrading your hard drive (100 GB hard drives are cheap over at Staples) if it's 3 years or older. When computer manufacturers eventually move to flash drives, these mechanical hard drive crashes will be a thing of the past.
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