Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Mac ness of it all!

nights backdrop, originally uploaded by Paul Grand.

Thursday night I had meltdown with my 24" Imac, I'd maxed out on both my HD internal memory and externals. I was just going through old pictures on the externals and viewing each one when everything froze, nothing was click-able, though the web worked fine.
I rebooted and cleared out the cache etc several times and then left it overnight, but not before having discovered I had 300GB of memory left on my Ex HD, so I turned on 'Time Machine' and left it a couple of hours backing up.

Next day after finding it was all still frozen I decided to bite the bullet,with Re-formatting...O_O
This time I clicked on an option that said 'Save your old system files' and then left it an hour or so to see If I'd lost all this years work....
After a restart I was amazed to see all the file crap on my screen reappear and was once again working! :-)
Thus, I then checked the backed up files on the external to find to my relief it had indeed backed up:-)

So just to cover myself I'm now backing up all important files of finished work onto a third external HD before deleting and have so far, recovered 80 gigs of space back on the mac...When everything is backed up,
I'll re-format again but this time a full reformat, to get the Mac back to its newish-old self...

The first page flickr explore winning picture, shown above, was just one that could have been lost forever, had the 'Time Machine' malfunctioned and the Mac having had a full reformat.


Steve Law said...

Bloody hell man - I thought Macs didn't get viruses. That's terrifying. Bring back cave painting, that's what I say.

paulgrand said...

Lol, no, its wasn't a Virus, its was probably a glitch brought on by not having enough space left on the HD and doing too many differing functions.
But on the other hand, it could have been a virus also, suppose I'll never know!

Borealnz (Jill) said...

I'm so glad you got things working again Paul, and that you managed to recover all your work, I can just imagine how scary it was checking to see if the back-ups had been successful after the reformat.
Great photo BTW :-)

paulgrand said...

Thanks Jill, I've been taught a valuable lesson and will try to back-up much more regularly in future! O_O

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

P.B.Toman said...

Hello Paul; thanks for adding me on Flickr as a contact; never asked anyone before, and i figured u where a big time charlie potatoes;
and wouldn't happen;
pavlos lismo [also a paul]

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