Twenty years of graphic design experience has instilled in me to always backup my computer files. I have learned the hard way that hardware sometimes fails and files can suddenly become corrupt for no apparent reason. However, deadlines still need to be met in spite of all these problems.
I have learned to take precautions. I double back up my MacPro at work. I back up my work G5 at home. Why is it I didn't even think to backup my personal MacBook?
Complete hard drive failure zapped my personal photos, recipes, garden notes, diagrams, and other data into oblivion. What hurts the most is all the garden photos from over the last year. Luckily, this blog holds some of them.
So I begin again. New hard drive, fresh install of the OS and software, and a dedicated backup external drive just for my personal stuff. Live and learn.