More Hard Drive Issues Than You Require

Note to self: Never ever attempt to play back DVDs on your notebook when your hard drive is not quite sure of making it through the day without coughing up this:

Error: {DRDY} Logical Block(head) error at logical block no 123451
Error: {DRDY} Logical Block(head) error at logical block no 123452
Error: {DRDY} Logical Block(head) error at logical block no 123453
Error: {DRDY} Logical Block(head) error at logical block no 123454
Error: {DRDY} Logical Block(head) error at logical block no 123455
Error: {DRDY} Logical Block(head) error at logical block no 123456
Error: {DRDY} Logical Block(head) error at logical block no 123457
Error: {DRDY} Logical Block(head) error at logical block no 123458
Error: {DRDY} Logical Block(head) error at logical block no 123459

Data backup is something I've not really takne that seriously over the past many years. But after the past two weeks, I've learnt from bitter bitter experience that you're better off spending the money on DVDs and backup your data up, or spending the time and bandwidth on uploading it to an off-site backup like Live SkyDrive (it's free, and crappy UI comes with it). But one thing is for sure, these backups must be regular and continuous.

More on this issue later.

I used to be like this kid who implicitly trusted his hardware: "it's never going to fail, I know that."

Giving the notebook back to HP for service. I write this now thanks to the pen-drive image of linux I'd made for some emergency that had occured earlier.
So, yes, I have learned something after all from this experience.

The cats need to be taken to the vet now.
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