It was 8:00pm on a Friday night and I was stuck at the office still second day in a row!
I was in my office trying to repair my work. Yes, my whole years of work that is contained on the rotating platters inside the small box on my desk.
My hard-disk has crashed and all forms of work ended as I know it!
No significant enough sign to think that it would go bonkers on me on Thursday morning after slowing down when shutting down my Excel spreadsheet.
After two days of investigating which drive was bad and salvaging whatever valuable data I had stored in my D drive, with the help of my colleague's PC, we were able to restore my PC as before with a new hard-disk and without my PST Outlook data file.
At the late end of what was left today, I was still installing some applications to complete the restoration of my work. I was like a new hire, with no history of correspondences. My MS Outlook congratulated me with a welcome note. Sigh.
Come Monday, I know I have a daunting task of collecting whatever emails I sent and many important emails with attachments for me to try getting up to speed with what I have worked to date.
Hard-disks are so powerful, but so fragile. IT has informed that my hard-disk has had hardware failure and nothing can be done to it anymore.
Boom! It shocked me Thursday morning. Crash! It destroyed years of my correspondences.
Burn! Either trash the hard-disk away or burn a big hole in the pocket if I wish to send it to a professional recovery centre.
Recovery of data will range from a minimum of S$400.00 to about S$2,000.00 for extensive damage. An evaluation of S$90.00 will be charged for evaluation either way.
I was lost for words and "lost for work" without my PC!
That is how dependent I am and am sure everyone is with their PC in their work... to depend on those rotating disks that bound to fail after several years of use.
No decent amount of work could be done these past two days. I was there just staring at flickering boot-up screens after boot-up screens, and installations messages after another to bring-up my PC as before. Scary, just scary.
Burn! Back-up my data and burn important ones onto CDs. Yes that is what I have to do from time to time from now on.