Friday morning the worst thin that can happen to a computer happened: The hard drive on my 6 month old MacBook died. I wasn't doing anything particular, just surfing and playing iTunes over AirTunes. Suddenly a song just cut of and the machine froze up - totally - the only sound was a couple of ominous clicks from the HD. I did a hard reboot and all that gave me was the dreaded "question mark folder" (which was in a new and quite nice design, BTW, compared to older Macs), and additional clicking. Once I booted from another source and opened Disk Utility my worst fears came through: The internal HD was just "gone"! Now, this could have been a total disaster, just last Sunday/Monday I tried backing up using SuperDuper!, but for some insane reason it seems that the combination 10.4.8 and Intel Macs doesn't go to well together with SuperDuper!, and the program alternated between crashing itself and my MacBook. The guys who make SD blames Apple, who probably couldn't care less. I did, however, find a work-around, after many, many tries (and fails), lots of seaching and several hours: The error has to do with the UI, so if you start SuperDuper! and then hide the progress window, it works. So I got my backup, in the end. By now you might wonder what the irony is, and here it comes: 6 months ago my iBook's HD was acting up, and I figured a total collapse was imminent. I didn't change that HD, but got my MacBook instead. I even named my MacBook "Serenity" because it gave me a piece of mind. After I got the MacBook I even pulled my RAM upgrade from the iBook to put in my girlfriend's iBook (giving her 512 + 512) and now the iBook is barely running Tiger with it's 256 MB RAM (been meaning to downgrade to Panther). The irony is that until I get my MacBook back, which will take at least a week due to frelling bureaucracy, that iBook is going to be my main machine. I'm actually posting from it right now, with the same HD that apparently was dying all those months ago... In the end, and this is why I put this in Hardware -> Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion, an advice: Always keep current backup. So I lost a couple of days worth of data (and one large software install), but luckily most of my (important) work is done on-line, on remote servers, and I hadn't added any photos in iPhoto or ripped any CDs into iTunes since last weekend, so all in all I cannot complain. Also having an old backup machine means that I can work while the MacBook is in shop (even if the machine is excruciatingly slow and takes long pauses to access virtual memory all the time).