Back Up Your Hard Drive!
I was installing a couple of Apple updates yesterday, and my MacBook froze up on me, and I was unable to do type or use the mouse pad. Everything completely froze up, and I had to hold down the power button until my computer powered down. No big deal – right? I’ve had this issue happen a couple of times before on other computers, and the computer starts back up without fail…
Well… unfortunately for me, when my computer turned back on, I was prompted to reinstall my operating system. I panicked as I have a ton of information saved on my hard drive, and I infrequently back it up – maybe once every other week or so. I powered down my computer and tried again, but had the same problem. I immediately called the Apple Care phone line (800) My-Apple and got on the phone with technical support.
Very fortunately, they said they’ve seen this problem before, and the technical support representative instructed me to restart my laptop again in safe mode. After a ten minute loading period, the computer started in safe mode and asked if I wanted to continue with my software update. I finished the updated, restarted my computer, and everything came back safe and sound.
The moral of this story is that you should back-up your hard drive as frequently as possible. If you leave your laptop on your desk, I recommend that you keep your back-up attached at all times – possibly even using the “Time Machine” application on the new Leopard operating system. If you are always mobile like me, I recommend backing up your hard drive every evening before you head to bed. Trust me – five minutes of backing-up time is well worth it!
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