I woke up this morning, fired up my main PC, and Windows would not load.
I tried to start Windows in Safe Mode, and that didn't work.
I tried to load the Last Known Configuration, and that didn't work.
I figured, ok, I might have to re-install Windows, and that should fix the problem right?
My main C drive was listed as Unknown, and to re-install windows I would have to
Reformat the drive. Not a chance, all my important data was on this drive, and
formatting it meant I would lose everything on that drive.
After spending the last 6 hours today attempting to recover the data from my main
hard drive, I finally was able to recover everything on my drive, and I'm re-installing
Windows as we speak. Lucky for me, I have 2 computers that I work with....
My question to you is, do you have a Master Back Up of your important data OFFLINE
on DVD's, in case your hard drive ever fails on you?
If you don't, for your sake, make one now, and get into the routine of making regular back ups.
I used to have the attitude that it would never happen to me, and it had been a couple
months since I did a master back up, so, if I lost everything, it would've been a nightmare
to recover from.
Consider this as your reminder to start backing up now, and don't think that it will
never happen to you, because hard drives have a life span of 5 - 10 years, and it's
not a question of "IF they will fail, but rather, When"