2398 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 3, 2011 2:57 PM by rkaufmann87
If you can get the HD back you can send it to a Data Recovery service (Google it) and pay to have your data recovered. Your iMac has a utility built into it to do automatic backups, this is called Time Machine and only requires an external HD. All computers must be backed up, not just PC's. Here is an article from MacWorld that discusses backup and some strategies. While this information won't help your current situation as soon as you get your iMac repaired simply plug in an external HD (the largest you can afford) and begin using Time Machine.
Best of luck,
Thankyou for your advice.. I realise that I should always backup, and I do have external HD's but for some reason, I had not thought about my iMac crashing, or so soon. It still has 4 months under warranty, and over 300 G's available space, so not sure what went wrong? The technician says it was just a faulty HD. It is my own fault for not backing up, and unfortunately nothing will change the fact that i've lost months of work, ongoing documentary projects etc..that I will either have to start over or cancel altogether.
Thanks once again....
Hard disks can go bad at any time, some can last a couple of days some will last up to 10 years. There just isn't any predicting when they will die, it's not a matter of if it's a matter of when. That is why backing up is so important.
I'm sorry to hear you lost your work. In addition to getting an external HD to use for Time Machine I would also suggest getting AppleCare for your iMac while you still can. It will add an addition 2 years years to your warranty and give you more peace of mind. While Macs are very reliable in most cases AppleCare pays for itself if your machine needs just one repair. If you do decide to get it don't buy it from Apple you can find it discounted from a reliable reseller like Amazon, just ensure you buy AppleCare for an iMac and that it comes in the original box.