This is part one of a two-part series called, What You Can Learn from a Broken Computer.
The first thing I learned when my computer broke is that sometimes things just don’t work. We can spend time doing diagnostics to check hardware, uninstall and reinstall drivers, make sure there are no viruses or malicious invaders, and still might find that for whatever reason, the dumb machine won’t do what it’s supposed to. Sometimes you just have a lemon.
My computer started having issues early this week, so I took it to our awesome guys in IT. We’ve got an excellent and very capable IT staff here at StorageCraft, so I knew when one of them looked at my computer and said, “uh-oh…” that I had a serious problem.
My former laptop (the dirty traitor) has some inexplicable issues and must be repaired by the manufacturer. It’s likely that since our IT staff has already done just about everything imaginable to determine the issue, they’ll simply scratch their heads and toss it in the junk heap (at this point I’d really like to be there to watch them destroy it).
There comes a time in the life of any equipment, whether it’s computer, car, or camera, that it just fails beyond repair. At some point, it must be retired and no amount of fixing will do. There are certain warning signs you can look for when it comes to hard drive failure and other hardware issues, but usually a problem will take your computer down whether you’re ready or not.
Nothing lasts forever and failure can come without warning. But that’s exactly the reason we take backups, and that’s the reason we plan for this type of failure. Even as I write this on a sad and empty “loaner” computer, I have no need to be too upset because I have an external hard drive sitting on my desk that has a pristine backup of my computer. Once I get a new (I hope it’s brand new) computer, I’ve got every single thing that was on my old computer ready to go onto the new one. While it may have been a frustrating journey, I never once had to worry about losing my precious data; it’s great having a plan.