Last Saturday morning.
I’ve got my steaming hot cup o’ Joe and I crank up the ol’ laptop.
While I let the computer warm up…I throw a few dishes (and a piece of pizza crust) in to the sink, wipe the counters down and sit down to start my day.
Then I look on the screen…
There’s nothing on the desktop.
“What the….?” I mutter to myself.
Eh. This has happened before…let me just restart it.
25 minutes later I still have no desktop…and mild panic starts to set in. “I must have a virus.” I’m thinking. To make matters worse, I have a flight later in the day and work to get done.
I can’t screw around. I flip through my phone and get a guy named Dustin from a some local computer and virus repair. “Can you get here today…I know it’s Saturday…” My computer is barely working and I’m already scheming of how I’m gonna find the #@#hole who infected my machine.
“I can be there in about 3 hours…and we’ll fix it.”
“Great!” I exclaim. His assurance calmed me. This guy will get to the bottom of it.
Fast forward 3 hours later…
“Bad news.” he says flatly. Dustin had been on my machine about 20 minutes.
“What…what? Is it a virus??” I plead.
“No…that’s easy. Your hard drive is failing.”
He shows me a diagnostic menu on my PC. “Look here.” I look…and it has a bunch of gibberish. But under that it says ‘disk health: warning’.
“Your drive is starting to fail…who knows when it will die. It needs to be replaced.”
Dejected, I plopped on the couch and cursed myself for a moment. Why don’t I have a backup computer? I’d been thinking that I needed one…just never got around to it. Why today? I have a flight in 4 hours…clients to meet.
Dustin did some more tweaking and testing…restarted my machine and it started working again…”It could work for awhile, but don’t chance it for too long. You either need a new drive, or a new computer.”
Fortunately, my laptop worked through the weekend with some hiccups…but I’m heeding his advice and getting my machine upgraded.
But what did I do? I put things off always thinking “I’ll get a backup PC…or a backup drive……later.”
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