Recently, two of my hard disks crashed. One containing data and the other containing miscellaneous media files.
Fortunately, I had taken a backup of the data about seven days before the incident. So I lost seven days of email, documents and photos. Sadly the cats will not pose once again, for which I did not have a backup.
Partly, this was due to my own mistake. During a recent machine re-configuration, I added one more HDD to the mixture of two existing ones. This seems to have added load on the power supply. I faced intermittent disconnections on connecting external HDDs and also my mobile phone. but not being savvy enough, did not realize the root cause
of the issue. I continued to blame the product makers.
One day the power supply did not give up, but the HDDs gave up. Then I went out an bought a new HDD to replace the one that crashed. On connecting and rebooting, I was operating normally. After copying data to it from the backup, it suddenly got disconnected. I was puzzled and worried but not scared. I shutdown the computer and started it again. The new HDD was visible and available without problems. I was relieved. Then one day went by. The next day, the same thing happened and I was scared. I immediately shutdown the system and was relieved to find the new HDD still available
and accessible. This time I shutdown the system, disconnected all HDDs except the one containing the OS and took it to the computer shop.
Now I have the system back with me and I am facing the task of reinstalling all the software that I use on a regular basis.
I also connected the mobile phone – and touch wood (here you can picture me touching my head) – the phone did not show its earlier behaviour of intermittent disconnection.
Moral of the story: I learnt a good and expensive lesson due to my stupidity and it might be good to consult others rather than assuming that you are the expert, due to your experience in software.