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Mac Woe Update

The Powerbook problem: failing hard drive.
Repairs are still covered under the AppleCare warranty, so there will be no charge for the repair. The parts have to be ordered, and will take five to seven working days to arrive. So I'll be without my Powerbook for at least a week, and more likely two weeks.

The Apple Store will attempt a data transfer, but no guarantees.

I recently backed up most of my Flickr photos, which is a relief. I dunno about replacing software, especially stuff that I downloaded from the interwebs.

Losing all my email addresses would be a bit of an inconvenience as well. And it will be sad to lose all the scintillating emails I've received over the past couple of years, and the numerous text files I've saved. I think I backed up some of that stuff on my external drive.

I guess I'd better start backing things up more regularly. Which, of course, is a good reason to upgrade to the Leopard OS, which has, so I understand, some fancy new easy-archiving features.

Anyway... yeah... boring, I know.


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May. 17th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
Too bad. Are you using the loathed Thinkpad this week then?
May. 18th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
Are those disk THAT special?

I mean two weeks for a replacement disk?
Last time I replaced a notebook disk I went to a shop, bought one of those external USB disks, pulle the drive out of that casing and inserted it in the notebook. (Later I put the old drive in the borken casing to transfer the data.)
May. 18th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
They're replacing it with the exact same drive, an ATA 120 gig. This being more or less a third-world country when it comes to, well, lots of things, they have to order the part from the mainland USA. Or maybe it's just that Apple has to "go through the proper channels" to get a part you can probably pick up on eBay or Amazon for fifteen bucks!
May. 19th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, ATA ... Maybe I was just lucky, the notebook drive I pulled out was a SATA drive and the USB drive had a SATA disk inside. If one was SATA and the other ATA I would have had a problem, there are serial-to-parrallel converters but they are rare. Of course none of the external drives mention what type of drive they have inside
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