After two weeks of testing, the computer repair shop finally confirmed my laptop’s problem is a failing hard drive, as many of my geeky friends hypothesized. I’m going to get a larger drive because it just makes sense to do that now. I just need to figure out how much bigger is really better.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how storage media has changed. I remember the days when everything would be on diskette–actually, I can remember computers running reel-to-reel tape, believe it or not–because hard drives were so much smaller. Now, it seems like there’s an attitude that using that kind of storage media regularly is just silly unless we’re doing some kind of backup. Computers don’t come with much in the way of media drives anymore. We have to purchase many of them separately. Was it safer or better to store things elsewhere than it is to store data on a hard drive now? Both have their risks. It’s just that now when a hard drive fails, it seems that the consequences are so much higher because, at least in my case, hard drives hold so much more. I’m glad I did that backup a few weeks ago. (Thanks, J & P & JD, et. al., for all the nagging about that.)
My next task is to buy a protective case for my machine.
Addenda 2/28: When I originally wrote this post, I meant to link to the cool cartoon Tony sent via a comment, but forgot to work it in.