I came to Japan with my trusty 15″ Powerbook and an external 250GB Firewire 800 drive. I never found the time to set up the hard-drive around the house, so since I wasn’t using it at the time, I lent it to a friend for a couple of weeks to use as a vessel for transferring his data from his old PC to his new MacBook. He ended up keeping it 4-5 months and gave it back to me 2 weeks ago.
So this Sunday, I decided on a whim to plug it in and finally use it to store all the TV shows I download. Once setup, first thing I did was launch a backup of my data since I was wary of a drive failure like the one that happened to me 2 years ago (where I miraculously save my data by putting the drive in the freezer).
… That’s when it happened… 5 minutes in the backup, the OS freezed, the little whine of the internal 3.5″ 100GB drive disappearing. My HD had just died on me.
So thanks to my friend Jon who provided me with an OSX Tiger DVD, I’m now running from a system installed on the external drive. It looks like I should be able to rescue most of my data but I’ll have to wait 2 weeks until I can go to a friend’s house with all the tools I need to change the drive.