A little lesson on the power of a back up for your Mac.
For many years I scoffed at the constant barrage of people here who harped about being backed up. What could possibly go wrong?, I thought. Nothing has ever happened to any of my stuff.
Finally I relented and have had a 350 GB external available for my MBP for a couple of years now.
Yesterday, our daughter came home with a picture of her nephew (and our grandson), given to her by her brother. It had been taken free at a local mall and featured the six month old on Santa’s lap.
She scanned the picture so we both could add it to iPhoto and e-mailed it to me, a trip from the basement to ground level in our home.
I got the e-mail just fine, clicked on the picture to highlight it, then dragged it onto my desktop like I had done to thousands of other pictures we had traded over the years.
When I went back to Mail.app and clicked beside the picture to remove the highlight dullness nothing happened. It stayed highlighted, so I tried clicking in a couple of other areas within the e-mail when Mall.app suddenly quit and I got the notice warning window.
I tried to reboot mail and it opened fine, but without doing anything, it would quit again in about 10 seconds. Try as I might in the few seconds it stayed open, I could not delete the e-mail.
Long story short it crashed the entire MBP about a half dozen tries later.
I restored the computer to yesterday’s date, but it must have updated just seconds after I got that fatal e-mail and after an hour and a half restore, I was in the same boat.
I then restored from two days earlier, waited another hour and a half and all is now up and running like it should be.
If you are one of those people who like me, have not yet convinced yourself to get a back up system in place, do it now.
I used to back up every three days. No more. Now I will back up every morning to avoid losing even the few e-mails I did, which was a huge problem since they just happened to contain some sensitive information that I had great difficulty obtaining again.
All this over an innocent little e-mail that is not an issue on her MacBook by the way, from someone I know and trust. Imagine the danger out there from people you don't know.
I will never doubt the power of back up again. You shouldn’t either.