Yesterday my primary HD crashed, but that's not the whole story. This was one of the strangest weekends I ever had. So many coincidences.
Let me start by saying that I live in Israel and am connected via ADSL to my university as an ISP (at home) and have a dorm room with my primary PC (running GNU/Linux) on campus.
Well, on Thursday I come home for the weekend, and lo and behold, the phone company has replaced our nice working ADSL modem with something that looks more like an iron, and it didn't work ofcourse. Well, on Friday morning (after a lot of angry calls and threats to switch to cable) the ADSL was almost online, with several more calls it actually worked (from linux!). I then reconfigured the ADSL script for PPPoE and was happy.
Friday evening the network connection falls. Reason: No connection outside the university (inside works perfect). Well, they fixed that on Sunday morning, but about an hour later the ADSL falls again. I call them and they fix ADSL and the dorms network is down. So, I come to campus only to find out that in addition to all the troubles my primary HD has crashed.
Luckily for me, my nightly backup was OK, so I bought a new 80Gb WD HD with 3yrs warranty and started to reinstall and restore the system.
Then I made a fatal mistake.
I reinstalled the backup script. Which runs rsync --delete. 6 AM comes along. Wham! No backup. Or technically, a perfect backup of a clean system. Luckily for me, I copied
I can't even start to think what would I have done without this backup.
My tip for you all: Backup! It's worth it.