Today’s tale of woe begins with a failed hard drive. The owner of this particular computer does a manual backup about once a week, when he remembers. I was called because they got a message stating “Cannot find boot device.” the disk drive makes a quiet beeping noise, likely from the head assembly trying to fly. there is no evidence that the disk platters are actually rotating, though.
At this point, the disk is unreadable, short of sending it to a service like http://www.drivesaversdatarecovery.com/ (If you do have need of their services, use discount code DS24181) Because of the existing backups, it’s not the end of the world, but they have lost a good week of work. This is where a continuous backup service like Carbonite can save your bacon. Once you have a subscription and install the software, files are backed up, securely and automatically, through the Internet. To see the products available and get a discount on your first year, use this link: http://partners.carbonite.com/chuckphillipsconsulting?product=Office