This is one of those rambling, disjointed posts that’s gonna make me sound stupid and neurotic, but since I need to vent I will risk it.
I am really lousy with hardware stuff.
Ok. The thing is, I just don’t like dealing with computer stuff that seems complicated to me. And the huge costs that follow if you can’t fix the darn machine.
Don’t trust inanimate things that I feel will go kaput on me. Things I don’t have any control over. Years ago when I was still on a PC, a Seagate external hard drive just stopped working after a while. I handled it with such care and never dropped it once, or allowed it to overheat. It had all my files on it. Luckily my computer had not crashed before I discovered this. That would have been devasting. I have cried over computer problems before.
Had the same issue with Samsung. Since then I avoid the Seagate and Samsung brands for hard drives. So far I have no problem with WD or Buffalo so I am going with these for now.
Took 2 hours to do a Time-Machine (Apple’s application to back-up your whole system) back up last night, and then I got the message that I don’t have enough disk space so the back-up wasn’t complete.
It was 1 am already. And by then the external hard drive felt like it was just out of the oven, so I decided to wait till the next day to try again. The forums say don’t let your hard drive exceed 60 degrees. How the heck would I know unless I place a thermometer next to it, but it did feel pretty hot. I did something really stupid then. I felt the temperature of my own body, with the back of my hand and then compared it with the temperature of the hard drive. So dumb, I know. But I had a former colleague who used to speak to her computer the way gardeners speak to plants.
On some forums I even saw a picture of a ice pack taped to a hard drive, which makes me think, they designed an amazing thing like the ipad, but now we need someone to work on a cooling device apart from those fan thingys which don’t really seem to work that well.
Today I played with the option button on the Time Machine application, where you can select what you don’t want to include in the back-up. Wish it was the other way around so that I could just back-up my photos. Somehow searching for the stuff you don’t want to include is a bit hard. So I opted not to include documents in the back-up as it was an easy folder to find. So this time after 3 hours I managed to do a back-up.
Now I just feel a bit of relief, but neurotic me still wants to do a manual photo back-up.
Just in case.
I could live with losing all my files but not my family and travel photos which in the modern times of the digital camera, we stopped printing out. So the digital copy is the only copy.
Would love to hear about your computing meltdowns or am I sadly alone here?