MacBook RIP

That's me at the Apple Store in Walnut Creek yesterday afternoon, right before Antoine at the Genius Bar turned to me and broke down the meaning of that clicking noise my five-week-old Gori's Seagate Momentus 60-gig hard drive started making earlier in the day.

It came with a year warranty. I'd popped for AppleCare as well. A replacement's ordered. But a metric fuckload of last weekend's pictures are gone. That is, unless I care to spend at least $500 for five-to-seven-days' turnaround at DriveSavers.

And a 500-gigabyte Firewire drive sits on my desk at home, nigh well useless, for as often as I'd been in the habit of backing up my PowerBooks' contents, who, I ask, expects failure five weeks into an uncrated item's life?

9 Comments

  1. vanderwal
    Posted 2006-06-30 at 13:12 | Permalink

    Is it really dead? What happened? So sad!

  2. Brian Oberkirch
    Posted 2006-06-30 at 14:37 | Permalink

    5 weeks! Foul!

  3. Cecily
    Posted 2006-06-30 at 15:41 | Permalink

    I know I should be saying “Poor George” and all that stuff, but your mad face is just too precious and it makes me giggle.

  4. Steve
    Posted 2006-06-30 at 15:54 | Permalink

    That sucks.

    It happened to my 12″ powerbook when it was a little less than a year old, and I lost a bunch of photos.

    I try to back up more often, but I don’t do it nearly enough.

    So far my Macbook is working find (I did just transfer a bunch of videos I shot to a firewire drive).

  5. BusyME
    Posted 2006-06-30 at 17:33 | Permalink

    Um. That totally sucks.

    *runs to back up pictures on laptop*

  6. Vasta
    Posted 2006-07-01 at 06:09 | Permalink

    Wow, I’m going to back up my files right now too. I’ve been having a problem with the battery on my MacBook, so I think I’m going to take mine in this weekend as well.

  7. karenjeannette
    Posted 2006-07-03 at 07:29 | Permalink

    oh no! my sympathies.

  8. yevgene
    Posted 2006-07-17 at 15:00 | Permalink

    Lesson N: Expect failure always. Brand new gear as much (or more) than ancient.

    Sucks though. :/

  9. smallerdemon
    Posted 2006-07-18 at 15:24 | Permalink

    Where I work, we go through dozens of new Dells every month, and I’d say fully 10% of those will have dead drives within one month of deployment. I ordered a new one for myself last summer, and that one was DOA out of the box (OptiPlex GX280). Dell did buck up and overnight a new machine to me for that one.

    We probably go through about 150-200 computers a year, and hard drive deaths count for the largest single point of failure for all of those devices.

    Motherboard death is second. 🙂

    So, yeah, what yvegene said for sure.

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